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Calling the Shots

Posted by admin July - 14 - 2015 - Tuesday

This is going to step on a few toes… of good friends of mine who are head coaches! But, here goes!

You are a high school coach. You coach high school kids. You are not a college head coach. You cannot go out (at least most of you can’t!!!) and hire an OC or DC and pay him a couple of hundred thousand dollars to call your offense or defense. If you have a qualified coordinator, consider yourself blessed. You need your best coaches; your most knowledgeable coaches coordinating your game plans and… calling the plays on game night. To just hand over these verrrrrrrry important— perhaps the most important— aspects of your program to “lesser” coaches than you, the head coach, is doing your whole program a disservice.

A head coach in high school is not a CEO like many college head coaches. Again, your best coach(es) need to be your coordinators. One of the best (and most knowledgeable) coaches I’ve ever worked with told me this years ago: “Lew, nobody on this staff knows our Wing T offense better than you! You must be the one calling the plays! If there comes a time when you don’t have a qualified coach to handle the defense, you need to take that over too.”

If you really enjoy coaching and competition, how can you step back on Friday night and basically “watch” the game while 2 assistant coaches call the shots? It just doesn’t make sense to me!

So there you have it. I’d love to discuss this with anyone who is interested out there.

We’re less than 3 weeks away from pre-season practice starting. “Gettin’ ready cuz here we come!” I believe that’s Bachman Turner Overdrive for my 60’/70’s pop music fans!!!

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