Post by Coach Campbell on Mar 20, 2005 9:42:35 GMT
Coaching Philosophy For Developing A Successful Football Program. I believe, irrespective of the time element involved, an athletic program has little chance of succeeding unless the following "Musts" are adhered to:
Â· As a head football coach you must have a definite plan in which you believe in, with no compromise on your part.
Â· The head football coach must have the cooperation and support of the administration, who must believe in the head coach, his staff, and his plan.
Â· The coach must be mentally tough and dedicated to football. Must have the ability to make all those involved in the program feel important to the success of the program.
Â· The head coach must make each person involved in the program understand their role.
Â· The head coach must have the sole responsibility and authority for selecting his staff of dedicated coaches, who must in return believe in the head coach and his plan.
Â· If applicable the head coach must be able to select and coordinate coaches at intermediate schools and see that the head coach at each school adheres to the philosophy of the varsity head coach. The future of any program lies in the success of the lower level programs. "Winning Breeds Winning" at any level.
Â· The head coach must organize the football program from top to bottom in order to operate at maximum efficiency.
Post by Coach Nicholson on Mar 28, 2005 15:28:52 GMT
I know these things are essential for a head coach to succedd. I am a young assistant coach and I have already heard way too many horror stories about head coaches not being given the authority to do things they need to do in order to win. That is why I asked the questions.
I was just hired in the end of January to my first Varsity Head Coaching job and one of my questions in the interview was about hiring staff. The AD and Prinicpal left it 100% up to me and I hired 4 paid staff(5 including myslef) and 5 volunteers that could step into a piad position anytime if one opened. As for now this school has let me run this program and do whatever it takes to keep this a winning program. They have been very good in the last few years in a competetive league 8-3, 10-1, 6-5. I'm not sure if any of that will change once the actually season or school starts next fall, but I hope not!!!
David Tinglof Head Football Coach West Boylston High School West Boylston, MA
I've been pretty lucky so far. All my coaches are really involved and working hard to keep the strength and conditioning program going and attending a clinic in May and waiting to have more staff meetings, etc. I was hoping that the volunteers would be involved as much as they can and they have been there just as much as the paid staff.
This discussion post is a big one for me because I truly believe that an assistant coach or coaches are the backbone of a successful program. I can not tell you enough how much my assistants have meant to be in the past. In your most stressful moments they can help you as a head coach to take a breath and think clearly. If you have the right people on staff it can make the experience of coaching an even better one than it already is.
For me my expectations for assistants are the same expectations I hold for myself as a head coach. I want them to be on time and held accountable for knowing the content of that days practice. They need to be knowledgeable of the sport or specifically their position they coach. They must hold our players to the standards of the school and our team. On the field I expect them to be dressed properly and prepared in their designated areas. I am a huge proponent not micro managing my coaches as far as their coaching style and ideas. I want them to follow the overall idea of my program but still be able to add their own twist when necessary. Off the field they should be reminded that they represent the school and team no matter where they are. Its a privilege to work with kids and we are always held to the highest moral standards as coaches and teachers. I expect nothing less from my assistants.
Listen I think we all know by now that we are not making millions coaching unless we are the very few in the pros/big name colleges. So just having coaches who come and work hard can mean the world to you as a head coach. Loyalty is key. In my opinion its similar to a relationship, its probably the most important thing there is for longtime success. As a head coach you need those type of people around you and your players. There are not even enough words to describe how having the right coaches can be the difference between winning and losing. Not just on the field but building up young men to be just as loyal to their team and coaches.
Evan James As the head varsity football coach, I will institute a variety of activities throughout the course of the year to maintain a competitive and lively team environment. I will develop a framework encompassing an approach, assistant coaches expectations, offense, defense, kicking game, in-season, Leadership, off-season, and summer programs.
My approach to the program is based on the traits of toughness, unselfishness, relentlessness, being coachable, and being a great teammate. In order for a team to be truly unselfish and relentless, they have to be tough. Toughness enables players, as well as coaches, to achieve great things both on and off the field. Toughness will be evident in everything we do as a program. Players will demonstrate a willingness to compete without fear or failure. Giving great effort will demanded at all times. They will trust in their abilities, play with a sense of urgency, and do the dirty work. When this becomes the norm, it will become evident who on the team is not willing to sacrifice. When toughness is the norm, players are forced to be tough!
The approach also includes players being coachable and being a great teammate. Coaches will foster positive relationships with the players. This will assist players in developing the skill of being able to graciously receive advice and coaching as part of their growth both on and off the field. Players will be expected to demonstrate the characteristics of developing real relationships with their teammates, bring teammates together, demonstrate a willingness to play any role on the team, giving maximum effort, leading by example, and maintaining a positive and energetic attitude.
Assistant coach expectations will begin with building and fostering positive relationships with the players. Assistant coaches will develop strong relationships with their players to bring out the competitiveness, toughness, and trust. Assistant coaches will show players they care, be their friend but not their “buddy”, put the players physical and mental well-being first, remind players it’s “We NOT Me”, give players ownership, and by reinforcing good habits and actions. Assistant coaches will also emphasize how any individual success is always a credit and testament to others. I will ask assistant coaches to provide trust through loyalty, talent by possessing the knowledge to accomplish assigned duties, and time aspect of the profession by balancing life commitments to meet the demands of the football program.
The offensive philosophy is built around the basic principles of having a physical attitude, multiple simplicity, putting stress on the defense, and detailed teaching. A physical attitude involves making sure we approach every game as being the more aggressive physical team on the field, wearing teams down in the 4th quarter, and having players and coaches buy-in to the “Pound the Rock” mentality. We will use a simple system with multiple formations, shifts, and motions to look complex. We will also use a small package of well-executed plays out of many looks. By using multiple formations, it will force the defense to prepare and adjust to what we are doing. The difference between a touchdown and a sack is in the details. Hidden yards can be found throughout the game by coaching the details and fundamentals!
The defensive philosophy stems from four basic principles of dominating individual battles, playing with speed and physicality, attacking the line of scrimmage, and stopping the run. The philosophy of our defense is to be more aggressive, more physical, and execute better than the opponent’s offense each and every week. We will be relentless in our pursuit of the football and execute our assignments with aggression and determination. We will wear down the opposing offense mentally and physically; putting them into down and distance situations that allow us to dictate the offense’s options. Every snap, the goal of our defense will be to take the ball away from the offense. Our defense will be assignment sound. Each player will have a specific responsibility to the defense, which will be referred to as “doing your 1/11th”. Our defense will, relentlessly and aggressively, execute our game plan for the entire game. Our tenacity and mental toughness will set the tone for each game and remind everyone that DEFENSE WINS CHAMPIONSHIPS!
Special Forces will be used to recognize positive contributions players make on special teams during Varsity football games. Offensive and defensive statistics typically overshadow the impact special teams have on a game, and frequently the deciding factor in if a team wins or loses. As a program, we will take pride in special teams and their dedication in time at practice, in the film room, and at program meetings emphasizing and reemphasizing the importance of sound special teams. At the beginning of the season, each Varsity coach is assigned a special team. Following a Varsity game, each coach will score his respective special team unit during the repetitions they performed on Friday Night. A player earns points based on their individual performance and overall special team unit performance. The number of Special Forces points are then added from week to week. Players will accumulate points throughout the year and be recognized on a week-to-week basis, and then the top-11 total at the end of the year.
The in-season practice is where players learn the value of hard work that will help them throughout their lives. A team MUST practice well in order to achieve at a high level. Practices will be highly organized, efficient, and up-tempo to maximize player development. In broad terms, practices will follow an individual, group, and team teaching progression. Each day of the week will have a specific focus that guides our efforts. Also throughout the season, coaches will establish weekly practice plans, weekly scouting responsibilities, secure team meals, and set schedules, monitor academic eligibility and check on travel plans one week ahead of away games.
The purpose of the leadership council is about giving athletes a leadership role and influence over aspects of the football program, address operational and team management issues, determine the team’s core values and establish a plan to achieve overall vision and goals, open lines of communication, establish trust, replicate positive influences throughout the team on a peer perspective, and to empower leaders and increase ownership in the program.
The off-season will be divided into two phases: January – March, and April – May. The first phase will include responsibilities such as establishing the off-season strength/speed program, taking inventory on equipment and needs for the next season, evaluate staff and make changes as needed, review of game film, attend clinics, and monitor academic progress weekly. The second phase will include responsibilities such as continuing off-season strength/speed program creating a master program summer calendar, catalog all college recruiter information and visits for future reference, recruit the hallways for athletes that can help the team.
During the summer, players will be expected to participate in summer camp. Coaches will check players’ final grades, follow up with all who will attend summer school, set initial pre-camp depth chart, prepare for football camps (7 on 7) and team camps, supervise summer weights and youth camps. I will meet with staff to discuss game night duties and responsibilities, finalize season-practice schedules, schedule final summer team scrimmage, schedule end of summer family BBQ, and organize a clinic with youth program coaches.
Setting up a 365-day approach to the football program I focus on one thing making the offseason demanding but not over the top so I do not lose anyone. This also goes for my coaches because football is one sport that is truly an all year sport, if you want to be good. I set expectations for my coaches to participate in as many offseason workouts as possible and if they coach another sport that is taken into consideration. One expectation that I will enforce is taking time to attend a clinic. I believe that as coaches we need to always be learning. I usually will book a weekend clinic for the whole staff to attend. This is a great time during the offseason to devote a whole weekend to football. We will discuss the strategies that cover all three phases of the game. At this time, we will start a foundation on what our identity will be going into next season, because each year we lose players and what is in the pipeline does not always fit the roles of what we have leaving. I truly love this weekend because when we leave every coach has a base knowledge of what is expected of them from that point to the end of the season. Another area that I take control on is meeting with each player after the end of the season and discussing where they see themselves contributing next season. I will also meet with the team captains every other week to discuss the team and if someone needs help. When we identify a teammate that is in need I assign a player to help mentor them.
In regard to the Summer program, in the state of Missouri we are only allowed 20 football contact days. So, we usually go with a Monday, Tuesday and Thursday schedule giving the week of July 4th off plus we have a camp at the end of the summer before the start of the season.
Football is a sport that you prepare and train for all year long both as coaches and players. As a head coach, I will make sure there is always something productively fun going on in my program to make all involved excited about being there. I think we all would agree that it takes a lot of planning, organizing, and communication to run a successful football program for 365 days.
My yearly process: New Football Year Starts
*I will send letters/calendar to parents with 2 a day schedule, game schedule, parent night date, picture day, etc.
*Week long Coaches clinic with our coaches presenting and demonstrating their knowledge of position coaching to our staff. We will also meet with junior high and youth football league coaches.
*THSCA Coaching School/Coaches Retreat- coaches will use this time to bond and gain professional development. During this time my Coordinators will set up all practice schedules and other duties assigned.
My Philosophy is, “Our players change but our will to win remains the same.” We will foster a winning culture, be consistent in our pursuit of greatness and work together as "One Heartbeat."
My Athletic Philosophy is TEAM-Together Everyone Achieves More “One Heart Beat.”
*No program is more important than any other. (Sharing Athletes)
My Defensive Philosophy is, “If they don’t score they can’t win”. We will keep things simple, be gap sound and know how to recognize and adjust to all formations.
My Offensive Philosophy is, “Protect the ball and score more points than them”. Again, we will keep things simple which will allow our kids to play fast and be creative with formations maintaining the integrity of our best plays.
Special Teams Philosophy is, “Special Players make special team plays”. Our special team’s unit will not be used to give starters breaks, we will play our best players to give ourselves a chance to make our Special Teams “SPECIAL”
My in-season program will consist of weekly grade checks, tutorials on Tuesday and Thursday with daily inspirational quotes. This will be part of our routine along with the normal activities associated with football practice.
It is my belief that the type of off-season your team has usually plays a big part in how your season will go. Teams will be able to see just how effective their preparation was when it comes to the deciding factor in close games. I look at off-season as the 5th Quarter, I stress the importance of off-season to my players and encourage them to look at off-season as another team or player they are preparing to compete against.
We have an Athletic Leadership Council and Character development program at my current school and I will incorporate the same programs when I become a head coach. These two elements add to the Class and Good Character traits I love to talk about and teach to my players.
Our summer strength and conditioning program will be four days a week and will run from 9 to 11. We will focus on building strength, balance and speed. We will encourage our players to attend and we will take strong notice on who is attending and who is not. Our players will be given all the opportunities they need to work themselves in position to be successful. 7 on 7 and lineman challenges will also be opportunities for our athletes to gain more reps and compete over the summer to get better.