Keith Grabowski interviews the most knowledgable head coaches, coordinators, and position coaches from professional, college, and high school football. Keith and his guests discuss the philosophy, concepts, schemes, and strategies that they have learned throughout their careers. Each show includes a specific idea that can be applied to help coaches at every level find the winning edge.
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In this podcast we share coaching points from Kyle Flood, Offensive Coordinator and Offensive Line Coach at the University of Texas. These were from the Lauren's First and Goal Clinic and the COOL Clinic. Those clinics will be in March and May respectively. Shownotes: -Three coaching points for each position -What makes an effective blocker? -Inside Zone or Duo? -Coaching the OL on RPO and considerations for the future -Coaching points for insert zone frontside and backside nyshsfca2022.coachesclinic.com Related: https://soundcloud.com/user-804678956/nyshsfca-kyle-flood-university-of-alabama-offensive-line-coach?si=900ab8bf64d24b5697a5dee30696aeb9&utm_source=clipboard&utm_medium=text&utm_campaign=social_sharing https://soundcloud.com/user-804678956/winning-on-the-line-of-scrimmage-kyle-flood-ol-coach-alabama?si=49dc4431d56744f5bfdce9dfcae8cef1&utm_source=clipboard&utm_medium=text&utm_campaign=social_sharing
Today's guest on the Coach and Coordinator podcast is Pete Shinnick, head coach at the University of West Florida. 2016 was the first season for the West Florida football program and the Argonauts compiled a 5-6 record, marking the most wins by a first year NCAA Division II program in over a decade. The following year, Shinnick led West Florida to play in the D-II National Championship. Shinnick has been awarded the 2017 AFCA Coach of the Year, the 2017 D2Football.com National Coach of the Year, and the AFCA Region 2 Coach of the year. On today's episode, Shinnick and host Keith Grabowski talk about what he looks for in a player and creating unity among players and the coaching staff. Show Notes -Starting a football program -Shinnick's background -Lessons Shinnick has learned throughout his career -Teaching players off the field -Flipped coaching -What Shinnick seeks in players -Pillars of West Florida's culture -Creating unity among coaches and players -Translating culture to the field -Offense at West Florida -RPOs -Gap scheme -The winning edge
This is one of our most listened to episodes from the first years of the podcast. The QB Collective's influence both in quarterback development and coaching education continues to grow, and you see it's influence all over the game today. This episode tells the story of the QB Collective's beginning and the vision of Richmond Flowers III to grow something that positively impacts the game and the people that are a part of it. From the Archives: Today's Coach and Coordinator podcast guest is Richmond Flowers III, CEO and founder of QB Collective, which trains high school, college and NFL quarterbacks. Flowers coached four seasons as an offensive assistant for the Washington Redskins under head coach Mike Shanahan, a QB Collective staff member. Flowers – a wide receiver during his playing days – was drafted in 2001 by the Jacksonville Jaguars and spent three combined seasons on the Dallas Cowboys and Redskins practice squads. Flowers also played in NFL Europe, the Canadian Football League and Arena Football League. He played three years at Duke, before spending his last collegiate season at Tennessee-Chattanooga. On today's show, Flowers and host Keith Grabowski talk about Flowers' coaching experience and how it helped him create and develop QB Collective. Show Notes -What is QB Collective? -Instructors at QB Collective camps -Influence of his father in football -Why he picked Duke to play college football -Meeting Kyle Shanahan at Duke -Experience in the NFL and NFL Europe -Being out of position in the NFL -Takeaways from playing career -Time between playing and coaching football -Differences from playing and coaching -Learning while with the Redskins as a coach -A system to develop players and coaches -Favorite moments from QB Collective camps
In today's podcast Keith Grabowski is joined by Tim Sauer head coach at Jesup Community School (IA) in the “Your Call” series. Coach Sauer introduces his F.R.E.A.K acronym that helps control the culture climate in his program. Grabowski and Coach Sauer discuss why it was made and how it is used in his program. 00:47 Creating F.R.E.A.K 02:20 Process of creating F.R.E.A.K 03:10 Expectations in F.R.E.A.K Insert Chart 03:15 No Fluff 05:00 Respect 07:00 Enthusiasm 09:15 Always count on me 11:18 Keep swinging 12:55 Sharing F.R.E.A.K with the players 14:26 Integrating F.R.E.A.K into Jesup Football 15:40 Involving the staff to set the standard 16:37 Evolving F.R.E.A.K down the road 17:45 Connect with coach on Twitter: @timothyjsauer
Ryan Maiuri joins us on the podcast to discuss the Central football offense which was #1 in total offense (570.1 yards per game) and scoring (53.5 points per game) in 2021. . Originally from Sterling Heights, Michigan, Maiuri graduated from Lakeland College (Wis.) in 2006 and received Illini-Badger Conference player of the year honors in 2005. He led the Muskies to their first-ever playoff berth and was the league's offensive player of the year in 2004. Maiuri has been an assistant at Lakeland, Winona State, Adrian College, and a graduate assistant at Minnesota under Jerry Kill. Shownotes: -Start in coaching -Offensive philosophy and culture -Having undersized, athletic players -Schemes that fit well with undersized linemen -Balancing the use of tempo and motions and shifts -Player involvement in constructing the offense -Educated freedom -F.R.E.A.K.S -Decentralized decision making -QB and WR meeting time -More group and team during season than individual -Group and team periods used throughout the week -Communication in inside run -Pass concepts -Teaching four verticals -Practicing four verticals -Most effective plays in the Central passing game -The need for having Both RPO and play action -Technology and changes through COVID -Winning edge - coaching with love Twitter: @coachmaiuri
Having trained more than 60 Division 1 quarterbacks in the past several years, quarterback coach Will Hewlett has quickly become one of the country's most sought after experts on the position. Hewlett is known for his focus on elite-level passing mechanics, helping quarterbacks improve speed of release, accuracy, and performance under pressure. “Traditionally, the quarterback has been one of the most under- coached positions on the team,” says Hewlett. “Playing QB can be both frustrating and rewarding. I love seeing the progression from a youth camper into an elite position player – physically and mentally.” Parents and coaches alike have seen the progress Coach Hewlett can bring about in a young QB – often referred to as the “difference maker”. Hewlett is constantly traveling throughout the country working with quarterback prospects from coast to coast. Hewlett says, “I love working with developing talents all over the country. To meet with a young player's coaches, see the programs and even watch the progress unfold on Friday nights is as fulfilling to me as anything in my career.” Hewlett has consulted with NFL, UFL, and NCAA coaches and continues to work with quarterbacks in the SEC, ACC, Big 10 and other conferences. In addition, Coach Hewlett is a top-ranked speaker at the Glazier Clinics tour, the largest football coaching clinics with over 26,000 active members and has co-authored a top selling book on passing mechanics. Hewlett is the first Australian-born quarterback to play NCAA football. His playing career extended to the pro-ranks, with a stint in the Arena League. His college experience included the University of Nevada and the University of Dubuque. Shownotes: -Overview of Sports Illustrated article, QB creativity -Progression to teaching fluidity and athleticism -Allowing creativity and free play for QB self discovery -Inadvertently coaching creativity out if the QB -Patrick Mahomes comes along and things change -What if we encourage creativity? -Free play approach in training -Learning from movement specialists - Shawn Myszka -What happens when the line on the diagram ends? -Evolution in involving movement coaches - Kurt Hester -Recommendations for drilling and practice programming -Football is not an individual sport, timing is developed together -Teaching the QB to perform in chaos -Utilizing technology to train -QB coach as the artist -Aaron Rodgers foot pop -Learning through social media -The QB Collective
On today's Coach and Coordinator Podcast, University of Chicago Offensive Coordinator Kyle Derickson joins us to discuss the Maroons' high powered offense which was #5 in NCAA D3 in both total yards (518 per game) and points (48 per game) as well as #1 on 3rd Down Conversions (56.6%) and #8 Red Zone Offense (88.9%). Coach Derickson discusses the philosophy behind their offense as well as how his football journey has taught him to be adaptable to the coaching situations he's been in. Show notes: -Learning on the defensive side of the ball -Being adaptable in new situations -From Zone/Play Action to Triple Option to Air Raid -Progression as a teacher of the game -Taking a piece of the last stop with you -Learning from coaching the Triple -Adapting terminology - one person vs. 55 people -Developing a philosophy of offense year to year -Taking control of the game through running the ball -Ball control to open explosives -Giving QB control of the game -Creating explosives by being simple -3rd down success -Red zone success -Stats that are most important: Touchdowns and Turnovers -Practicing situations -Call sheet organization and volume -Unique characteristic as an OC -The winning edge - be a part of something bigger
Jim Meyer is today's guest on the Coach and Coordinator podcast. Meyer currently retired from coaching after serving as the defensive coordinator at Baldwin Wallace University (Berea, Ohio). He sits down with Keith to discuss why it's critical that coaches stick to a schedule, why head coaches need to be respectful of their assistants' time and how he contains the perimeter with his blader and razor concept. He also dishes on his most famous football pupil—LeBron James, who Meyer coached on the gridiron during his freshman and sophomore seasons at St. Vincent-St. Mary (Akron, Ohio). Show notes 1:08 Coaching at every level of football 2:51 Why it's critical that head coach starts on time (not early) and ends on time (not late) 5:05 "No new plays go in after 10 p.m." 8:20 There are people behind the Xs and Os 12:15 Your opponent is working, too--and you need to do more 14:15 The art of coaching is understanding what your kids can and cannot do 17:23 Shutting down the outside perimeter game with the blader and razor concept 22:49 Importance of a strong relationship with the offensive coordinator 24:56 Coaching LeBron James in high school 28:54 Coaching Jason Taylor in college (and Taylor's transition from OLB to DE) 32:51 Respecting other coaches' time 37:02 The winning edge Learn Defense: coachtube.com/courses/football/team-defense
On today's podcast, Joe Matheson, offensive coordinator at the University of Wisconsin - River Falls joins us to talk about their Top Gun Offense which was #2 in NCAA Division 3 in total yard in 2021 at 544.3 yards per game. He discusses how they utilized the pandemic to take care of their players and create a brand behind what they do. Shownotes: -Start in coaching -Working for Jerry Kill -Leading people to meaningful results -Transition to being an OC -What can you be great at? -The Top Gun Offense -Branding the offense -Aligning the staff to go fast -Coaching the mechanics of playing fast -As much of what you don't do as it is what you do -Creating a game like environment in practice -It's about what you emphasize -Balance of the personnel and how you attack within the system -Every run has an attachment -Not striving for balance - run/pass -Receiver blocking in an RPO offense -Drills and techniques for receiver blocking -Millenial Oklahoma drill -Being great upfront opens up explosive opportunities -Approach to going for it on 4th -Trends vs. Tempo Offenses -Handling simulated pressures -Winning Edge: Consistency Twitter: @CoachJMath
Today's guest is Colin Bruton, head football coach and offensive coordinator at Lakeland University. In 2021, Lakeland had one of the top producing offenses in the country in NCAA Division III. Total offense they produced 523.4 yards per game (#4) and 45.1 points per game (#10). Coach Bruton talks about making the transition from defensive coordinator to offensive coordinator as well as what makes their 10 personnel uptempo offense successful: Shownotes: -Start in coaching -Evolution as a coach -Start in coaching the back end of defense -How he expects his young coaches to develop years 1-3 -Mentor - Mike Emendorfer - learning how relationship make a difference -Kevin Daugherty -Moving from DC to OC -Promoting from within -Controlling the game O vs D -Leveraging knowledge develop on defense as the OC -Things that give defenses trouble -Speed option -Make all skill players a threat -Operating at the fastest tempo -Toughest concepts to defend at tempo -Psychological effect of how many series are played -Playing complimentary football as a high tempo team -Approach to play calling -How speed option helps play calling in 10 personnel offense -Key to successful speed option -Winning Edge - get our guys healthy and happy to Saturday
Having trained more than 60 Division 1 quarterbacks in the past several years, quarterback coach Will Hewlett has quickly become one of the country's most sought after experts on the position. Hewlett is known for his focus on elite-level passing mechanics, helping quarterbacks improve speed of release, accuracy, and performance under pressure. “Traditionally, the quarterback has been one of the most under- coached positions on the team,” says Hewlett. “Playing QB can be both frustrating and rewarding. I love seeing the progression from a youth camper into an elite position player – physically and mentally.” Parents and coaches alike have seen the progress Coach Hewlett can bring about in a young QB – often referred to as the “difference maker”. Hewlett is constantly traveling throughout the country working with quarterback prospects from coast to coast. Hewlett says, “I love working with developing talents all over the country. To meet with a young player's coaches, see the programs and even watch the progress unfold on Friday nights is as fulfilling to me as anything in my career.” Hewlett has consulted with NFL, UFL, and NCAA coaches and continues to work with quarterbacks in the SEC, ACC, Big 10 and other conferences. In addition, Coach Hewlett is a top-ranked speaker at the Glazier Clinics tour, the largest football coaching clinics with over 26,000 active members and has co-authored a top selling book on passing mechanics. Hewlett is the first Australian-born quarterback to play NCAA football. His playing career extended to the pro-ranks, with a stint in the Arena League. His college experience included the University of Nevada and the University of Dubuque.
On this installment of the "Game Plan for your Next Job" series, Keith is joined again by Frostburg Head Softball Coach and CEO of CoachingPortfolio.com Bill Vasko. The discussion centers around how the portfolio has become an important tool in the job search process and how to maximize the technology of today to show who you are, your branding, and how you can bring value to a program. Related: Game Plan for Your Next Job Playlist: https://soundcloud.com/user-804678956/sets/game-plan-for-your-next-job
For most programs, January is the start of the off-season.The gains made in the next six months are critical and must happen in order to have success in the fall. Keeping players focused and moving toward their goals and the team's goals sometimes is a challenge when the season is so far off. Having a system to provide feedback and recognize the accomplishments of players as they develop themselves helps motivate and create excitement while working through the winter months. Today Keith Grabowski shares four examples from both the high school and college level of how the staffs he worked on accomplished this and tailored to off season to meet the team's needs and objectives.
On today's podcast, Keith Grabowski share his thoughts on how coaches can receive and provide value from each other. The offseason is in full swing now and it is the opportunity to learn and develop as a coach. Keith addresses some myths in the coach education market as well as the best ways to share knowledge and receive value for it.
Part 2 with Rick Jones, now the Senior Assistant to Head Coach Eli Drinkwitz at the University of Missouri. Today's episode focuses on something exteremely important to how Coach Jones developed his career - learning. He explains his approach and how he helped his staff develop as well. At the time of the recording, Coach Jones was the head coach at Greenwood High School in Arkansas. In his 31 seasons as a head coach, Jones' recorded a record of 317-74 with nine state championships and five runners-up. including his record at Greenwood of 185-26 with eight state championships and three runners-up. His multiple achievements and awards include being named 18 times "Coach of the Year," "2012 National Coach of the Year," 2018 AFCA Power of Influence National Coach of the Year, and Oklahoma High School Coaches Hall of Fame Inductee, to name a few. But he'll tell you his greatest accomplishment is building up and empowering others, especially young men, to be successful in life. Shownotes: -Grading finish/definition of finish -Understanding the bigger picture -Have a burning passion to learn -Tony Mason “Coaching Coaches” -Book recommendations -Takeaway from a clinic -How Coach Jones snd his staff learn -Ideas to get better at 3rd and 1 -Finding balance in life -Concerns about the future of the game -Embracing change
This is an episode from the early days of the podcast with Rick Jones, now the Senior Assistant to Head Coach Eli Drinkwitz at the University of Missouri. At the time of the recording, Coach Jones was the head coach at Greenwood High School in Arkansas. In his 31 seasons as a head coach, Jones' recorded a record of 317-74 with nine state championships and five runners-up. including his record at Greenwood of 185-26 with eight state championships and three runners-up. His multiple achievements and awards include being named 18 times "Coach of the Year," "2012 National Coach of the Year," 2018 AFCA Power of Influence National Coach of the Year, and Oklahoma High School Coaches Hall of Fame Inductee, to name a few. But he'll tell you his greatest accomplishment is building up and empowering others, especially young men, to be successful in life. In part 1 of our interview, Coach Jones discussed why he coaches, his approach to coaching, and his philosophy of building a culture.
Brett Bartholomew teams up with Joe Eisenmann and Keith Grabowski in today's Coach and Coordinator podcast. Bartholomew is a strength and conditioning coach, author, consultant, and founder of the performance coaching and consulting company, Bartholomew Strength. In the podcast, he discusses his book Conscious Coaching, the importance of fundamentals, and shares ways to improve simple drills. Show notes =Bartholomew discusses his new book -Building trust within a team - How to communicate with “tough” kids -The importance of fundamentals -Improving on simple drills -Combating “copy and paste” coaching -Duties as a HS Strength coach Twitter @coach_brettb
Trinity (Louisville, Ky.) offensive coordinator Andrew Coverdale sits down with Keith in this episode of USA Football's Coach and Coordinator podcast. Coverdale dishes on how he defines toughness, why offensive coordinators need to understand the philosophy—and not just the schemes—behind opposing defenses and why “culture vs. scheme” is a false dichotomy. Coverdale also shares the key offensive concepts that paved the way for Trinity's 15-0, state title-winning season in 2016. SHOW NOTES •Most important advice Coverdale has ever received •What made him want to be a football coach •First coaching job •Keys to development •The philosophy of Coverdale's offense •How to build 'collective consciousness' in a program •Defining toughness •How to be a teacher •Keys to maximizing the walkthrough •How to keep more players engaged in walkthroughs •The key concept Coverdale leaned on during his team's 15-0 season in 2016 •Beginning the process of game planning, and why understanding the philosophy of a defense is critical •Translating a game plan to practice script •Mastering play-calling in the red zone through preparation •Mistakes made as a young coach—and lessons learned •Best coaching advice received •Why culture vs. scheme is a false dichotomy •Book recommendation •Lessons learned from coaching clinics •Learning this offseason from Chris Peterson •The NFL defensive trend that will make its way down to high school soon •Favorite piece of coaching technology •How to balance football with faith and family •Concerns for future of our game •Toughest defense to face •Why Coverdale would love to learn from former De La Salle coach Bob Ladouceur •What gives him the winning edge Other episodes from Coach Coverdale: Practice Tips: https://bit.ly/3qO3GaL How to Play Fast: https://bit.ly/3qya6KG Coach Coverdale Boundary Passing Concepts: https://bit.ly/3etVQNo
Jake Barro, head coach of Arizona state champion Casa Grande High School joins the podcast to talk about how they develop the individual and then the program. Coach Barro is the 2021 Arizona Cardinals High School Coach of the Year. Coach talks about how he evolved to this process of development as well as their wide zone play which gets their offense going. Shownotes: -Family experience -Showing them who you are -It's a process -Understanding who each individual is -Being vulnerable -Who are you? -meetings -Who are we - our standards -Evolution to focus on individual first -Why and why me? -Have to get to know individual -Building a champions in Covid era -Building around the wide zone play -It is about execution and repetition -Building drills off what will happen RB vision -Creating consistency with a play -The need for a starting point play -Diagnose the defense with the starting point play -The game is played within context -Situational football and practice -Reinvent yourself each year - constantly evolve but keep core beliefs -Winning edge - player development - the individual and then the team -Player development transitioned into program development Twitter: @CoachBarro
In this podcast, host Keith Grabowski shares and discusses the late George Allen's book, How to Train a Quarterback. Grabowski points out that the book was really designed to train a play caller, which in 1960, when the book was published, was the quarterback. A very detailed coach, Allen laid out a plan taking into account every aspect of the game which a play caller needs to be aware of and utilize when calling plays. Grabowski also shares Allen's drills for mentally preparing the play caller which applies today and can be used to enhance the mental process and understanding of both the play caller and his quarterbacks. Related: https://soundcloud.com/user-804678956/best-of-quarterback-development?in=user-804678956/sets/best-of-coach-and-coordinator&si=7f50182fec5c4c1eb15a1b7ab447ab09&utm_source=clipboard&utm_medium=text&utm_campaign=social_sharing
Casey Jacobsen, the co-defensive coordinator at Morningside College (Sioux City, Iowa), joins Coach and Coordinator podcast. He's been at Morningside for over 18 years, starting as an offensive line assistant, then transitioning to special teams coordinator before becoming the co-defensive coordinator. Jacobsen sits down with Keith to discuss the “Wolf Pack Pyramid,” maintaining tempo with the scout team and the importance of attention detail. :22 Why he became a football coach 1:02 Transitioning from an offensive line coach to a defensive coordinator 2:17 3 biggest influences on his coaching philosophy 4:14 How consistency has contributed to success 5:07 The “Wolf Pack Pyramid” and how it encompasses the team culture 7:02 Morningside's defensive philosophy 8:25 Paying attention to the details 12:37 How to get fast tempo out of the scout team 16:34 Getting too “fired up” at players 17:29 Book recommendation 19:12 Learning unbalanced formations from the NFL 21:19 Doing the small jobs right 21:46 Balancing family and football
On this episode of the Coach and Coordinator Podcast, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute's defensive coordinator Jeff Dittman talks about what he's learned and changed after a 600 day layoff from football and implemented in 2021 to help RPI to a championship and berth in the NCAA playoffs. Resources: https://soundcloud.com/user-804678956/deep-dive-on-defense-jeff-pittman-defensive-coordinator-at-rpi-ny https://soundcloud.com/user-804678956/mvp-process-ralph-isernia-hc-rpi State Association MegaTicket: http://coachandcoordinator.com/2021/12/its-clinic-season/
On today's episode, Scott Abell the head coach at Davidson College discusses what he's learned from the past season. The Davidson Wildcats won back-to-back Liberty League Championships as well as leading the FCS in Rushing Offense and 3rd Down Conversions in 2021. Coach discusses: -Dealing with a quarterback change -Process for determining what fits best with a new QB -Starting with a different base play and building off of it -Establishing answers - you need answers before you have to use them -Reps and practice needs to get the offense ready -Mapping out the install -How explosive plays are created -3rd down conversions - philosophy and execution -1 hour and 50 minute practice breakdown -Challenges to building a team in a COVID era -Turn obstacles into opportunity Related: https://soundcloud.com/user-804678956/college-leaders-scott-abell-head-coach-davidson-fcs-1-offense-in-2018
Chuck Kyle has ben the head coach at his alma mater St. Ignatius High School in Cleveland, Ohio since 1983, owning an overall record of 290-67-1 (.812) and a mark of 61-12 (.836) in Ohio state playoffs. He has led the St. Ignatius Wildcats to a state-record 11 Division I State Titles: 1988, 1989, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1999, 2001, 2008, 2011. Kyle's Wildcats have also won National Championships in 1989, 1993, 1995. Kyle was named the head coach of the United States' first junior national football team in 2009, Team USA. The team competed in the International Federation of American Football Junior World Championship, June 27-July 5, 2009, in Canton, Ohio. The event was a first and is slated to be held once every four years. Kyle lead the 2009 Team USA to an undefeated season. Kyle was himself once a running back at St. Ignatius in the late 1960s. He also played football at John Carroll University, where he injured his shoulder. In 1973 he began teaching at St. Ignatius. He continues there today, not only as the varsity football coach but also an English teacher and track coach. Kyle was named High School Coach of the Year by USA Today in 1989 and 1993, while his St. Ignatius squads of those years were named mythical national champions.
Today's episode of Coach & Coordinator podcast features legendary high school football coach Chuck Kyle. He's coached at his alma mater, Cleveland St. Ignatius High School, for 39 years, compiling 369 wins, along with 11 state championships and three national titles. He also works with the Cleveland Browns as their youth football advisor. 2022 will be Coach Kyle's 40th and final season as he announced his retirement plans on December 13, 2021. An English teach at the high school, Coach Kyle uses the analogy that "every season is a book" in this episode as he joins Keith to talk about how to properly evaluate the season. We wish Coach Kyle the best of luck and well wishes as he prepares for his final season. Show notes -How a football season is like a book -Why you should remember to focus on what went well when analyzing the season -Remember the human element in the game -The importance of analyzing what you did as a staff that helped a kid get better -How to convince a player why playing a certain position is better for them -Why the group mentality isn't always helpful -Why “keeping them honest” isn't enough -Why execution suffers when the playbook expands
For the past 10 years, we've heard and seen the word “culture” being thrown about arbitrarily. In conversations with coaches, in reports we've published, in clinic talks we've attended, in the posters and t-shirts we see in programs and in sports “culture” books we've read… Athletes and coaches praise it when things go well and cite it as the primary catalyst for things going wrong. It is the most hackneyed phrase in sports, yet no one doubts that it is the most powerful factor when it comes to building a football program. There were things we already knew about building culture. We knew it was the bloodline of any program and it had to be all-inclusive in order to be effective. We also knew that it had to continually be re-evaluated and re-aligned based on changing dynamics like environment and personnel. Coaches can never allow a culture to grow stagnant. Most importantly, we knew that the healthiest form of culture is one that is completely player-driven, where players are empowered with ownership in creating and defending a program's core values. The generated ownership and accountability that comes as result is invaluable to a program's success, often producing achievements significantly above talent level. But how do you get to player-driven culture? How do you make the transition from being coach-led to being player-led? And how will it take? Today's guest Mike Kuchar of X&O Labs shares what he found in doing an extensive study of over 40 programs and how they build culture, and then building his findings into a system that is built around 7 behaviors: 1. Messaging 2. Collaboration 3. Connectivity 4. Self Advocacy 5. Emotional Awareness 6. Responsibility 7. Resiliency Get Mike's study (over 3 hours)here: https://bit.ly/3EOKWh4
In part 2 of this podcast, host Keith Grabowski shares thoughts on how the game is becoming a thinking man's game and uses an interview from Bill Walsh to point out important philosophies and tactics that helped Coach Walsh bring his teams to the top. Evaluating Players in Training Camp: https://soundcloud.com/user-804678956/evaluating-players-in-training-camp-9-college-coaches-share-their-insight Ideas for Actionable Film Grading: https://soundcloud.com/user-804678956/ideas-for-actionable-film-grading The Edge Week 2 -Evaluating players, units, team and scheme throughout the season https://soundcloud.com/user-804678956/the-edge-week-2-evaluating-players-units-team-and-scheme-throughout-the-season Deliberate Practice Series: https://soundcloud.com/user-804678956/sets/deliberate-practice-season-2 https://soundcloud.com/user-804678956/sets/deliberate-practice Enter the Sweepstakes: glazierclinics.com/win Link to the Article in Harvard Business Review: https://hbr.org/1993/01/to-build-a-winning-team-an-interview-with-head-coach-bill-walsh
On today's podcast, Fordham assistant coach Vince DiGaetano shares the system which defines the tempo and finishes of their practices and how these definition create a synergy within different periods of practice and most importantly how it translates to game day. Shownotes: -Vertical alignment with the head coach/program -Tempo and finish carrying over to drill periods -Being a better Thud team -Keeping players off the ground -Meeting "on demand" player needs -Using acronyms -TAG: Tackle Grass and Angles -Eating up space -Translating to game reps -If you don't bend knees you are not making a tackle -TUC Tackle Under Control -Redistributing weight -Ball carrying hop into air = strike on the rise -Dig -Translate TUC into speed and power -Designing drills to work in the content of game/11 v 11 -Back to the vertical alignment to head coach on top -Staying off the ground -THUD Tackle High Until Domination -Tightening from the Grips to the Hips -If you are good enough to keep him up, you are definitely good enough to put him down -Not having text book tackles -70% of all plays end in a tackle -BALL Be At Leverage and Learn -How non-contact periods are like shadow boxing -Walk-thru periods -The results Sharing concepts and learning - Clayton Kendrick-Holmes, "I don't want to see someone else's drill tape. I want to see what meaningful for our players."
On today's podcast Keith is joined by Rich Massaro, a former player who is now the Assistant Personnel Director for the Hamilton Tigercats. Rich talks about the mindset that allowed him to break into the industry and the skill set that he has developed to continue growing as a professional.
On today's podcast, host Keith Grabowski is joined again by Tony Holler, creator of the Feed the Cats speed workout program. Holler has over 40 years of experience coaching football, basketball and track in the state of Illinois. Holler joined the podcast today to talk about the pursuit of speed and power and how coaches can set up their off seasons now to create "apex predators." Shownotes: -The current situation -Changing the Mindset -Working for 90 seconds of an hour (work to rest ration) -The need for speed in all positions -Data on top 10 NFL tackles -Slow does not age well and it doesn't play well -The average measurables of the sack leaders in the NFL -Issue with the “let's grind” mentality -Asking the right questions -Record, rank, and publish -Seeking fatigue instead of seeing fatigue as the enemy -Getting buy-in from players and coaches and parents -Joey Garuacio -You can't argue with the numbers -Measuring what matters -Creating apex predators -Baseline measurements -When is more strength detrimental? -Brian Kula - Christian McCaffery's trainer -No single lift translates to being fast -What to measure and how -Calculating MPH -You have to run fast to get fast -Testing is training and training is testing Measuring jumps twice per week -How to record, rank and publish -The numbers tell you so much -Treating entire team as athletes -Speed workouts and X-Factor workouts -Become like fast people and do what fast people do -Recovery is pronounced -Don't crush them on Monday -Track and Field Consortium -Change comes from the fringe -The Feed the Cats network of coaches Twitter @pntrack Feed the Cats Football Bundle: https://bit.ly/32F6RZD Track Football Consortium https://bit.ly/3cZMiJz
On today's episode. Keith is joined by the three state champion head coaches from Alaska, Mathias Weinberger from Redington HS, Luke Balash from Lathrop HS, and Jeff Trotter from East Anchorage HS. The share the challenges of coaching in Alaska, what went into winning a state championship, and their approach moving forward. Shownotes: -Mathias - coming to Alaska -Luke & Jeff growing up in Alaska -Exposure and recruiting for Alaska -Systems utilized -Developing the system to fit players -Getting speed on defense -Take away what they do best -Basing from a 3-4 -Lessons learned from 2021 and how it's changed the coach -Covid forcing to learn how to adjust better -Changing practice style -Keeping the kids up -Tightest team because they leaned on each other -Season end - starting connected -Social/emotional development -Did it to keep kids healthy -The need to keep it simple -Season rewarded simplicity -Consistency in staff as a component of success -Mantra - “Stay in the game” -Commonalities and things that led to a state championship -What makes a season special -It's ok to do it for yourself - enjoy the experience and the ride -Handling 40% turnover -Next steps to move forward after a championship -Code & the Keys: EMAL - Every Man a Leader -Winning Edge - Coach Win - Don't force a system on your players; they have to buy in -Coach Balash - Focus on the state of your heart -Coach Trotter - keep learning Rehgister to win the Coach and Coordinator 5 Year Anniversary Sweepstakes: glazierclinics.com/win
Today's guest on the Coach and Coordinator podcast is Angus Reid. Reid is a former CFL offensive lineman whose 13-year career brought championships and multiple awards of accomplishment. Keith Grabowski brings Reid on to discuss his TED talk on why kids need high school football and his book “Thank You Coach: Learning How to Live, by Being Taught How to Play”. In this podcast Reid highlights what the game of football does for young people, and the everlasting impact he received from his coach in the CFL which Keith believes should be a coach's ultimate goal. 01:53 Reid's TED Talk 08:35 Reid's relationship with Dan Dorazio 11:39 Football is a people business 14:56 Are you impacting players beyond the game? 16:12 Coach Dorazio's player to coach relationship 18:50 You must know people and treat them individually 22:05 Coaches must maximize what's in front them 25:19 You're not going to rise to the occasion, you're going to sink to your training 28:28 Coach Dorazio's use of humor 33:20 Excelling at the game with skill and technique 34:45 Practice: focus and frequency 36:15 If something matters you do it every single day 37:45 Make your standard crystal clear 41:25 How Dorazio looked at film 45:45 Dorazio's personal letters 49:20 Trust 54:47 The “Thank you” 55:48 Keith's thank you from a former player 57:35 Where to get “Thank You Coach” Win flight, hotel, rental car and Glazier staff pass: glazierclinics.com/win Reid's Ted Talk: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=go1-okBq3LU Episode with Coach D'Orazio: https://soundcloud.com/user-804678956/ask-coach-dan-dorazio-longtime-collegiate-and-cfl-offensive-line-coach
On this season wrap-up episode with Noel Mazzone we talk about the approach taken when a season ends in order to get your offense ready for the next season. We talk about emphasizing strengths, solving problems, understanding what answers you will need in the future. We talk about gathering information and making decisions for the next season as well as methods of improving in practice, in meeting rooms, and as an individual. Enter to win the flight for 2, hotel, rental car and Glazier Season Staff Pass: glazinerclinics.com/win
Today's Coach and Coordinator podcast, part of the High Performance Series, features Shawn Myszka, the pro performance director of Explosive Edge Athletics in Minneapolis, where he consults several NFL athletes. Myszka and USA Football's Dr. Joe Eisenmann discuss movement and agility in football with host Keith Grabowski. 1:49 How Myszka got his start in studying football player movement 7:26 How you teach agility and reaction on the field 12:38 How to teach agility concepts to high school players 20:33 How to teach fundamental agility drills to youth players 24:51 Myszka's views on “The Agility Ladder” 31:20 Tips that will improve player agility drills Register to win the staff pass, flight for two, hotel and rental car (awarded 12/12/21): glazierclinics.com/win Playlist with Shawn Myszka: https://soundcloud.com/user-804678956/sets/the-movement-miyagi-playlist?si=2c4195372f1d469d95b2e87183dda660
On today's podcast Keith discusses the importance of digging through the data of the just ended season to better understand strengths and weaknesses as well as a plan for the future. Keith discusses how evaluation is a key component of a strong culture, shares an example of what evaluation can do for a team, and gives suggestions on where to start the process. Win the sweepstakes for a trip for two plus a Glazier Clinic pass: glazierclinics.com/win
Today's Coach and Coordinator podcast, The Game Plan, features former coach Terry Shea, who does consulting work for future NFL Draft prospects. Shea was offensive coordinator for the Chicago Bears and quarterbacks coach for the Kansas City Chiefs, Miami Dolphins and Los Angeles Rams. The Game Plan is a weekly in-season feature that shares thematic ideas that can help coaches and teams once the season begins. Today's discussion will be focused a look back at a season after it's complete. Show notes 2:20 Looking back at memorable seasons 5:37 How to build loyalty within a staff 8:52 Taking accountability 9:39 What makes a team special? 13:07 Players' definition of roles 20:16 Developing the passing game 25:03 Play action mechanics Win the trip for two (flight, hotel and rental car) and the clinics staff pass: https://www.glazierclinics.com/win
Coach DJ Eliot joins us on the fifth episode of our Defensive Series to discuss the #1 ranked defense in the FBS, the Wisconsin Badgers. Coach Eliot has 20+ years of coaching experience in the collegiate rankings. Coach Eliot's pedigree includes coaching stops at Kansas, Florida State, Miami, Colorado and Kentucky, as well as time with proven winners and program builders Jimbo Fisher and Mark Stoops. Additionally, Coach Eliot is among a select group of defensive thought-leaders that regularly clinic around the principles of the 3-4 defense. Today we break down the #6 ranked Houston Cougar defense under defensive coordinator Doug Belk. Shownotes: -Division 3 football -Bracket and run fits -Adjustments to fly -How to play halves with a hook defender -Level, Look and Listen -"In" Calls -Handling motion in Man Fee and Match 3 -Determining how to adjust -Handling Y motion with Bump in the box -Alerts pre snap for Y motion -Simulated Man Free pressure -Bear on 3rd down to get protection you want -Nick Saban vs. Vic Fangio Match 3 and how to tell which is being played -Mixing Match 3 and Rat 1 to avoid the O picking on a weakness -Fishtail to hold 2 shell -Going from 2 high to 1 high off snap indicator -Study of snap indicator - using the play clock -Crash Quarters - running CB/Safety blitzes from boundary with a 2 speed -Red Zone Follow Coach on twitter @CoachEliot Listen to the Home Visit podcast
On today's podcast Keith Grabowski shares an excerpt from Bill Walsh's book, Finding the Winning Edge. He shares ideas from Coach Walsh on sustaining success after a winning season as well as rebounding from a poor season. -Pitfalls for a team experiencing success, especially if unexpected -Refocusing the team after successful season -Dealing with media -Dealing with assistants being in demand from other schools -Complacency -Sustaining the coaches level of detail -Tips for coaches and actions to take -Analyzing what did and did not work -Re-energizing the team that had a poor season -Making changes to staff and scheme -Expectations for players
Brian Kight and Keith Grabowski team up for this special Leadership Journey edition of the Coach and Coordinator podcast. This podcast will occurred weekly throughout the 2017 season, the first year of the podcast. The series focused on issues that teams face during the season. Show notes -The future episodes for the Leadership Journey podcast -An overview of the performance pathway -Leadership is the base for a successful program -Why it takes two years to change a program -Look for immediate impacts -There are no shortcuts
Today's Coach and Coordinator podcast, The Game Plan, features former coach Terry Shea, who does consulting work for future NFL Draft prospects. Shea was offensive coordinator for the Chicago Bears and quarterbacks coach for the Kansas City Chiefs, Miami Dolphins and Los Angeles Rams. The Game Plan is a weekly in-season feature that shares thematic ideas that can help coaches and teams once the season begins. Today's discussion will be focused on wrapping up the season. Show notes -Thoughts on approaching a new season -Handling distractions during the end of the season -Developing younger players -Reviewing the season's game videos -Wrapping things up with players the right way -An end-of-the-season questionnaire -Practice onside kick
Coach DJ Eliot joins us on the fifth episode of our Defensive Series to discuss the #1 ranked defense in the FBS, the Wisconsin Badgers. Coach Eliot has 20+ years of coaching experience in the collegiate rankings. Coach Eliot's pedigree includes coaching stops at Kansas, Florida State, Miami, Colorado and Kentucky, as well as time with proven winners and program builders Jimbo Fisher and Mark Stoops. Additionally, Coach Eliot is among a select group of defensive thought-leaders that regularly clinic around the principles of the 3-4 defense. Today we break down the #23 Wyoming Cowboys defense: -4-waying the TE/FB in man -Understanding the man coverage you are in to communicate how to cover -Practicing communications in inside skelly -Back to Backers drill for boot, play action, and bunches -Quarter/Quarter/Half coverage -Creating Bear fronts -Getting the offense to check into different protections -Variations of how to play stacked receivers -Playing sticks coverage technique -5 man pressure on 3rd down -Playing Orbit and Fly motions -Making motion adjustments look the same -Motion to Empty or from Empty -Cross face on Long stick and LB fits -LB coverage will take you to the run fit -Different ways of playing bunch -Man free sim -Aligning at different levels in man -2 minute QQH disguise Keith example that beat Quarter/Quarter/Half https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SvoU2kTTBAQ For your chance to win the package from Glazier, go to www.glazierclinics.com/win Drawing is on the 5 year anniversary of the podcast on 12/12/21.
On this week's installment of "In the NZone" with long time offensive coordinator Noel Mazzone, Keith and Noel continue their discussion and brainstroming in exploring different ideas of how to structure an offense, use picture boards and code workds, sequenced plays and more. -an uptempo system structured differently -colors/numbers meaning default plays -using boards and signals -building 2 and 3 play tempo plays -having a default starting point For your chance to win the package from Glazier, go to https://www.glazierclinics.com/win Drawing is on the 5 year anniversary of the podcast on 12/12/21. Keith's board system discussed: https://bit.ly/3Dat1Ra
St. Xavier (OH) offensive coordinator Andrew Coverdale sits down with Keith in this episode of the Coach and Coordinator podcast. Coverdale dishes on how the high school power house transitions their summer install into the season, the practice process on Monday and Saturday, and QB live pass periods. He also shares key offensive concepts that paved the way for Trinity's 15-0, state title-winning season in 2016. Show Notes -Transitioning summer install into the season -Forcing kids to use their eyes -How to keep a small playbook -The process for Saturday and Monday practices -QB “like it” or “love it” list -Breaking down Monday practices -Live pass periods that help QBs -The winning edge
Brian Kight and Keith Grabowski team up for this special Leadership Journey edition of the Coach and Coordinator podcast. This podcast will occur weekly throughout the season, focusing on issues that teams face during the season. Keith and Brian discuss the how to handle stress in today's podcast. Show notes -The “survival” mentality -Viewing “just get through it” mindset as a weakness -Acknowledging personal struggle is a strength -What lights your fire? -Understanding emotions -Kight's “Post-traumatic growth” idea -Foundation for managing stress -Fear, anger and love -3 takeaways for the survival coach -“We need great coaches” -The practices of the elite
Today's Coach and Coordinator podcast, The Game Plan, features former coach Terry Shea, who does consulting work for future NFL Draft prospects. Shea was offensive coordinator for the Chicago Bears and quarterbacks coach for the Kansas City Chiefs, Miami Dolphins and Los Angeles Rams. The Game Plan is a weekly in-season feature that shares thematic ideas that can help coaches and teams once the season begins. Today's discussion will be focused on tips for the fourth quarter of a game. Show notes -Weather as a factor -The passing game -Slowing down your offense -Four-minute drills -The running game -The positives of throwing incomplete passes -Letting the opponent score -End of season: Analyzing Protections -End of season: Analyzing Blitzes
Coach DJ Eliot joins us on the fifth episode of our Defensive Series to discuss the #1 ranked defense in the FBS, the Wisconsin Badgers. Coach Eliot has 20+ years of coaching experience in the collegiate rankings. Coach Eliot's pedigree includes coaching stops at Kansas, Florida State, Miami, Colorado and Kentucky, as well as time with proven winners and program builders Jimbo Fisher and Mark Stoops. Additionally, Coach Eliot is among a select group of defensive thought-leaders that regularly clinic around the principles of the 3-4 defense. Today we break down the Badgers defense, one that Coach Eliot is familiar with because it's the defense he ran as well. After week 9, Wisconsin is #1 in total defense (214.6 yards per game) and rushing defense (49.6 ypg) while ranking highly in several categories. Show Notes: History and background of the defense Base defense: Base Tite 3 Playing the with set A to A and B to B rusher Excellent way to keep edges on play action and boot and get inside pressure Compliment to it - double edge pressure with man free Wing bust adjustment for single high Tite 3 vs 12 and 21 Empty with big personnel Holes in match 3 and adjustment Check to 8 man drop to remove conflict Defending the Power Pass Getting eyes in the right spot to recognize power pass or power Technique fix - Can't IO the power pass Scheme fix - OLB drop Corner blitz Coaching Razor and Track Switch call with corner and safety Method for communicating adjustments between players Reasons for switch call Controlling the controllables Next level of coaching Badgers Nickel defense: Change Check Adjustment to Iowa snag concept Blitz hug technique Mirroring pressures Getting work in practice Inside skelly Cover 1 Changing techniques with under center/gun Scheme fix - chase/replace Technique fix - fallback 1S coverage 3rd down defense: Odd overload 8 man drop cover 3 Not wasting a guy - determining 3 over player 3x1 plus or 4x1 adjustment Middle pressure 3 cloud Change 3 over in match 3 Key call adjustment Practicing 3rd down situations Protections period Check out Coach Eliot's Podcast: Home Visit
This was Brennan Marion's first interview on Coach and Coordinator. At the time he was at Howard University as the offensive coordinator. He moved on to William and Mary and then Hawaii and is now the receivers coach at Pitt. Pitt is one of the top performing offenses in 2021 in total offense, scoring offense, and passing offense. Coach Marion discusses his philosophy, strategy, concepts and more in his first interview on Coach and Coordinator. More of Coach Marion on Coach and Coordinator: Building a Position Room: https://soundcloud.com/user-804678956/brennan-marion-wr-coach-university-of-hawaii-building-your-position-room NCAA Leaders - The Go-Go Offense: https://soundcloud.com/user-804678956/ncaa-leaders-brennan-marion-howard-university-offensive-coordinator
On this week's installment of "In the NZone" with long time offensive coordinator Noel Mazzone, Keith and Noel discuss the use of terminology in structuring an offense and how that is done with consideration of being an uptempo offense as well as a huddle team. Starbucks orders and the need for one word calls Learning terminology structures A study in shortening calls Using families to structure calls Starting with a default play as a starting point Thinking about the future as you create your structure Using terms to place X, Y, Z Using backs as adjusters Using Tight End as the adjuster Thinking about Tempo One word calls and picture boards
Brian Kight and Keith Grabowski team up for this special Leadership Journey edition of the Coach and Coordinator podcast. This podcast will occur weekly throughout the season, focusing on issues that teams face during the season. Today the co-hosts discuss the importance of humility for a leader. Show notes -Humility is important for leaders -The power of culture change -Adults struggling with instant gratification -Why humility is a core principle in football -Conceptual vs. functional humility -5 things required for humility -Be open to having hard conversations -Everyone has different experiences -Ego vs. confidence