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.
5 "Must Haves" For A Championship Defense - Mike Elko, Defensive Coordinator, Texas A&M
On this quickcast from Lauren's First and Goal Clinic which Keith moderated, Texas A&M defensive coordinator Mike Elko shares the 5 "must haves" that any defense needs to excel.
He also shares how they track these and use it to bring it to players attention to continuously improve.
Entire talk with drill video on CoachTube:
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All Gas, No Brakes! - Steve Sarkisian, Head Coach, Texas
All Gas - No Brakes, Steve Sarkisian, Head Coach, Texas
In the short time he’s been at the University of Texas, Steve Sarkisian has created huge excitement for what will happen in the fall. This talk is from the Louisiana Football Coaches Association Clinic. In this short segment, Coach Sarkisian shares the foundation of their program.
-All Gas no brakes
-Do your job to make others job’s easier
-Be the worker who gets things done
-Mental toughness -Dealing with adversity is critical
-Focus on this play
-Today is the most important day
-We make an investment, not a sacrifice
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Coaching Your Crowd and Communicating w/ Players- Lee Weber, HC Rose Hill HS (KS)
On today’s podcast, host Keith Grabowski is joined by Lee Weber, head coach at Rose Hill High School in Kansas. Weber has recently written a book titled, The Head Coaching Mentorship Manual, which goes into details about lessons that he would pass on to younger coaches about how to survive as a head coach. Additionally, Weber has created ways to damper negativity coming from the stands. Coach joins Grabowski to discuss all of this as well as being honest and open with your players.
2:00 Where his idea of working on being a fan in the stand came from and how he corrected it at the schools he’s worked at
15:00 How his system has roots in youth football
20:23 How to make sure the players are being coached correctly and listening to the players
26:50 Owning your words and actions
29:33 The Head Coaching Mentorship Manual
Remote Learning & the Four Quadrant Plan: Robert Pomazak, Head Coach at St. Charles North HS. (Ill.)
On this episode of the Coach and Coordinator Podcast, we welcome back Robert Pomazak, the head coach of St. Charles North High School. Coach Pomazak has contributed to the podcast continually, and during this episode he offers his insight into remote learning for your team. With players and coaches being separated, Coach Pomazak has developed a "Four Quarters" online system to educate his team while they are at home. Tune in and learn how you can organize your team's off-season film review, workouts, and personal growth all online.
2:47 The Four Quadrant plan
5:44 Developing the remote program
7:00 Information in each quadrant
10:50 Parameters for participation
13:15 Lessening the burden
14:43 Getting ready for the season
27:48 Staying connected
20:44 Player feedback
22:37 Future of remote learning
A Race For Growth - Sean Payton, Head Coach, New Orleans Saints
From the Louisiana Football Coaches Association Clinic moderated by Keith Grabowski.
New Orleans Saints Head Coach Sean Payton tells a story about a time when he was at Miami of Ohio and went to spend time at the Pittsburgh Steelers learning about the running game. While he was there Dick LeBeau shared a zone pressure with him and told him, you better get ready for this one.
Payton uses the example to explain the growth of a coach and how for the young coach it is a “race for knowledge.”
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Defensive Back Eye Discipline- Ross Douglas, Cornerbacks Coach, Richmond
On today’s podcast, host Keith Grabowski is joined by Ross Douglas, Cornerbacks Coach at the University of Richmond. Douglas just joined the staff at Richmond in the spring of 2021, having spent the previous three years as a defensive graduate assistant at Rutgers. Ross joins the podcast today to talk about how he has been adjusting to his new job as well as go into detail on his practices.
1:31 Coach’s journey
2:56 Biggest lessons coach has learned along the way
4:50 Building relationships with players
5:43 How he adjusted to being hired late in the process this past season
6:46 Challenging parts of adjusting quickly this past season
8:21 Putting this past season to bed and how they’re moving on
9:28 Creating competition throughout practice
11:05 Evaluating each practice
12:40 Dealing with players who are struggling
13:36 Keys to getting the corners to play at a high level
15:25 Training “Eye discipline”
16:21 Working eye discipline into a specific coverage
18:00 Where to stand as a coach and working drills
19:30 Evaluation of film
20:46 Continuing to build relationships
25:10 Winning Edge