500 episodes

Keith Grabowski interviews the most knowledgeable 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.

Coach and Coordinator Podcas‪t‬ Keith Grabowski

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Keith Grabowski interviews the most knowledgeable 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.

    Defending the Evolving RPO Game- Ben Albert, Co-Defensive Coordinator/DL Coach, Duke

    Defending the Evolving RPO Game- Ben Albert, Co-Defensive Coordinator/DL Coach, Duke

    On today’s episode of the Coach and Coordinator podcast, Host Keith Grabowski is joined by Ben Albert, Co-Defensive Coordinator and Defensive Line Coach at Duke. Albert has been with the Blue Devils since the 2016 season, where he has had various different roles. Prior to his time at Duke, he spent 3 seasons as the Defensive Line Coach at Boston College and has also been a Linebackers Coach at Temple. Coach joined the podcast today to talk about how he defends the RPO game.

    1:01 Coach’s journey
    4:23 The “55”
    8:23 How they work to be efficient
    11:32 How coaching is like being a good parent
    13:55 What trends Coach sees to stopping the RPO’s
    17:44 What techniques his defensive linemen use vs the RPO game
    19:50 Favorite alignments vs the RPO
    23:16 Advice to young coaches looking to level up their careers
    27:35 Winning Edge

    • 33 min
    15 Coaching Points for the Player Coach Relationship

    15 Coaching Points for the Player Coach Relationship

    Coach Grabowski’s Notebook:
    Coaching Points for Developing a Strong Player-Coach Relationship

    Host Keith Grabowski shares a page from his notebook, specifically his coaching staff manual, that details the coaching points to develop a strong player coach relationship. He shares examples from his own experiences and recent FBS spring ball visits.

    00:42 Where this information comes from
    01:25 Relationships are important even at the highest levels
    01:14 Tom Izzo example of “tough coaching”
    02:19 Can’t find validation anywhere for treating players poorly
    03:01 Introduction – trust, respect, caring, and honesty
    05:24 Eye contact is important to communicating honesty
    05:58 Be sure of yourself
    06:31 Be careful with humor
    07:00 Be yourself
    07:41 Be honest
    08:48 Talk to your players as people not just athletes; U. Buffalo example
    10:06 When yelling is appropriate
    13:37 Be patient; their success is your responsibility
    15:54 Using physical discipline (running, sprints, etc.); is it appropriate?
    16:00 Physical performance error
    16:11 Mental mistakes
    16:46 Lack of effort
    17:30 University of Akron tempo example
    18:32 Be flexible
    19:55 Communicate positively and specifically
    20:55 Make sure the have a role and an opportunity to contribute
    23:05 Bench is a motivator
    24:00 Set them up for success
    24:59 No excuses mentailty

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    @CoachKGrabowski

    • 27 min
    Addressing the "Why" with Today's Players- Deonte Gibson, OLB Coach, Akron

    Addressing the "Why" with Today's Players- Deonte Gibson, OLB Coach, Akron

    On today’s Coach and Coordinator podcast, Host Keith Grabowski is joined by Akron Outside Linebackers Coach, Deonte Gibson. Coach Gibson was a formerly and elite player in the Big Ten for Northwestern, where he was a 3rd team All-Big Ten selection as well as a 3 time Academic All-Big Ten player. Gibson also found himself in the NFL, where he played for Tampa Bay and Detroit. Coach has been at Northwestern since 2020 and was formerly the defensive line coach at Eastern Illinois. He joined the podcast today to talk about what it’s like coaching and relating to players in today’s game.

    1:18 Coach’s journey
    4:24 Shift to the new age of coaching as compared to how he was coached
    7:40 Addressing the “Why” and how his experiences helped him do that
    10:18 How he relates to players initially
    12:17 How his youth has helped him coach
    13:35 How he tries to be a mentor
    15:42 Balancing scheme and technique
    18:36 Fine tuning your tools and changing things when needed
    20:23 Favorite piece that he’s read and learned
    21:30 His favorite defensive call
    23:46 What things help Coach stay focused
    25:20 Winning Edge

    • 28 min
    Q&A With Jedd Fisch, Head Coach, Arizona

    Q&A With Jedd Fisch, Head Coach, Arizona

    In all the activity of what goes into the process of getting a job and then getting started there, Coach Fisch heard about Lauren's First and Goal Clinic. He had worked the LFG Camp before and wanted to be a part of the clinic even though his schedule was full with getting things going in Arizona.

    His topic was marrying the run and pass in which he showed film from his time with the rams and how they make outside zone and play action look the same to create explosive plays.

    Today’s podcast is a Q&A moderated by John Loose, AHC at Army and Coach Fisch. He answers a variety of question from running back footwork in OZ, to effectiveness from gun or pistol, his best advice, how to handle a zero technique and more.

    There is plenty of insight packed into this quickcast.

    Entire clinic talk on CoachTube:
    https://bit.ly/3uzm9be

    All courses developed from LFG Clinic:
    Check out all the courses from Lauren's First and Goal Clinic here:
    bit.ly/3tgTrLB

    coachandcoordinator.com/

    • 17 min
    Creating Roles For More Players - Justin Hamilton, Defensive Coordinator, Virginia Tech

    Creating Roles For More Players - Justin Hamilton, Defensive Coordinator, Virginia Tech

    Today's Quickcast is form a clinic talk which Keith moderated at Lauren's First and Goal Clinic. Virginia Tech defensive coordinator Justin Hamilton talks about a changing landscape of college football and how coaches must adapt or die. To do this, he sees that it's necessary to rethink how players fit within a system and find them roles which suit their skill set.

    He talks about the coaches' roles in teaching and evaluating across all positions. In addition, he shares practical ides on how they will accomplish this as a defensive unit.

    The entire talk is available here:
    https://bit.ly/3s2wM4p

    Check out all the courses from Lauren's First and Goal Clinic here:
    bit.ly/3tgTrLB

    http://coachandcoordinator.com/

    • 12 min
    Navigating a Coaching Transition- Kyle Segler, TE's Coach, UMASS

    Navigating a Coaching Transition- Kyle Segler, TE's Coach, UMASS

    Today on the Coach and Coordinator podcast, host Keith Grabowski welcomes the new Tight Ends Coach at the University of Massachusetts, Kyle Segler. Coach Segler has had multiple stops on his 12 year coaching career including at Marshall, Louisiana Monroe, Sam Houston State and Lon Morris College. Segler has mostly coached the tight ends and offensive lines on his stops but has also had stints as a special teams coordinator. Segler joined the podcast today to share what it was like getting let go and how his search process went.

    2:12 Coach’s journey
    5:52 Advice he would give to a coach who has been let go
    10:57 Putting together a course of action to find your next gig
    15:54 Getting different resources together to avoid pigeonholing yourself
    20:32 How Coach manages making sure he personally has film
    26:30 Advice he would give to a coach transitioning
    31:00 What coach talks about in his clinic at the LFG Clinic

    • 32 min

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