Category Archives: Coaching Philosophy & Strategy

5 Steps to Communicating Your Vision and Brand

We live in a “noisy” culture. These days everybody has something to say and everybody has a platform to say it from. There are many wonderful things about this social media age, but there is no denying it’s noisier than ever. When it’s noisy it’s hard to be heard and being heard is a critical component to being a successful coach.

In his book “Platform: Get Noticed in a Noisy World” Michael Hyatt (@MichaelHyatt) shares his wisdom on using social media and the internet to build a business platform. While some of his wisdom isn’t applicable to the coach, much of it is. In my previous post, “3 reasons football coaches must be salesmen“, post we learned why we, as coaches, are all in sales. This post we are going to discuss why we all must establish and build a platform for our programs.

What is a platform? A platform is any position of influence you use to state, defend, and build your vision for your team. It’s a place where you state why your program exists, what you’re all about, and establish expectations and norms.

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5 Keys to Developing a Defensive System in Football

Last year, I was asked to put together a new defensive system for our football team. We were moving from the Fritz Shurmur Eagle 5 linebacker defense to a more modern 4-3/4-4 defense.

As I was sifting through endless books, playbooks, and clinic materials to compare what all the best and brightest minds in the game of football were doing, I realized that there are five keys to creating a defensive system, and only 2 have anything to do with X’s and O’s.

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Fritz Shurmur’s 5 Eagle Linebacker Defense wasn’t cutting it anymore.

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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