Category Archives: Coaching Philosophy & Strategy

3 Reasons Football Coaches Must Be Salesmen

Guess what, you’re in sales even though your coach wasn’t

Take minute and ponder the answers to the following questions:

  • What percentage of your players truly believe in your offensive and defensive schemes?
  • How often do you field questions from parents regarding the validity of various aspects of your program?
  • How many of your players are seeking coaching or training outside of your program because they don’t believe your program offers everything they need to be the best they can be (this includes offseason strength and conditioning)?

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Why Some Football Coaches Never Win

This is a cautionary tale. You’ve seen them. You know, those coaches.

The coach who knows it all.CoachCP - Curtis Peterson

The coach who expects his kids to know it all.

The coach who can’t understand why his kids don’t know it all.

So, clearly, the coach who doesn’t know it all – but knows it all. Is that you?

I see more and more of them. Here’s a story on 3 football coaches, who won’t ever win. Continue reading

4 Time Management Hacks for the Field and Classroom

For us coaches, time is without-a-doubt our number one resource. We always wish we had more of it. I bet this applies to your full-time job or on the practice field. Your time is important, in the classroom, at your desk, on the field or at home.

Here are a few tips to help us through our day so we can spend time on what is most important to us.
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Exploring the Stockdale Paradox for Football Coaching

I’ve been reading Good to Great by Jim Collins , and in his book he takes a somewhat scientific approach to what takes a company from good to great, and in some cases, from “eh” to great.

In one of his chapters he explores what he calls “The Stockdale Paradox”, which is influenced by a story about Admiral Stockdale during the Vietnam war. Admiral Stockdale, according to Good to Great, was a POW during Vietnam who led the individuals inside the POW camp.

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The 5 Step Guide to Striking a Balance as Football Coaches

Guest Football Coaching Blog Post

This is a guest blog post by Coach Kurt Earl, offensive coordinator at Lincoln Christian School and publisher of Compete4Christ, a football blog. You can follow him on his Twitter Handle, KurtEarl14.

It’s early October and for football coaches like us that means one thing: life is crazy. It doesn’t matter if you’re undefeated, can’t buy a win, or anywhere in between, your life is crazy right now. The stress can be overwhelming and the hours are exhausting. We are all dealing with a million tasks and millions of pressures and if we aren’t careful we’re going to find ourselves in a dark corner of our homes in the fetal position. Therefore, I wanted to take this opportunity to encourage each of you to maintain a positive balance between your crazy obsession with coaching and the rest of your lives. Here are five ideas I have for maintaining your sanity and thriving on and off the field during the season. Continue reading

The 3 Types of Offensive Coordinators: Go from Good to Great

There are 3 types of offensive coordinators in my opinion. To be honest, only one of them is really special, and the best part, most play callers can get to that level, but most don’t.

The three offensive coordinator types are: player coaches, schematic coaches, and matchup coaches. Keep reading to find out which is the great one! Continue reading

3 Keys to a Better Football Practice

For some of us coaches, this may seem obvious, but it’s worth pointing out as we begin developing our football practice plans templates. How can we make football practice more efficient?

Well, here are 3 tips that everyday coaches shouldn’t just say they plan on doing, but that they should actively implement. Continue reading