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Keith Grabowski interviews the most knowledgable 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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    • 4.7 • 305 Ratings

Keith Grabowski interviews the most knowledgable 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.

    Game Plan Your Next Job- Interviewing Through Zoom, Chris Fore, Coach Interview Expert

    Game Plan Your Next Job- Interviewing Through Zoom, Chris Fore, Coach Interview Expert

    On today’s episode, host Keith Grabowski is joined by Chris Fore, former High School Football Coach and Athletic Director and currently a Principal at Yucca Valley High School. Chris is an expert in the field of resumes, cover letters and references. Fore has even authored his own book titled “An Insider’s Guide to Scoring Your Next Coaching Job.” Grabowski and Fore talk about how the environment we are living in today has affected the interview process and how to best tackle those interviews.


    Show Notes:

    1:20 Fore’s transition from AD to Principal
    2:45 Operating in today’s culture
    4:50 Virtual interviews and how Covid has changed the interview process
    9:50 How an initial virtual interview can be more beneficial than in person
    11:23 Keys to interviewing on zoom
    13:50 Virtual Backgrounds
    15:10 Importance of being on time to zoom interviews
    16:55 Making sure your tech is up
    19:11 Getting your personality to come through via video
    21:22 Keeping you attention span
    23:12 Sending emails before and after the meeting
    28:17 Recording yourself
    30:55 Sharing your screen in an interview
    33:10 Fore’s resources that are available to you

    An Insider's Guide To Resume Building
    https://coachtube.com/course/coach-development/an-insiders-guide-to-resume-building/11845302?ambassador=325306f59bb543b6883ff4baa

    29 Resume Mistakes Every Coach Makes and How To Avoid Them
    https://coachtube.com/course/coach-development/29-resume-mistakes-every-coach-makes-and-how-to-avoid-them/2014920?ambassador=325306f59bb543b6883ff4baa

    Cover Letter Templates
    https://coachtube.com/course/coach-development/cover-letter-templates/2499194?ambassador=325306f59bb543b6883ff4baa

    An Insider’s Guide to Scoring Your Next Job
    https://coachtube.com/course/coach-development/an-insiders-guide-to-scoring-your-next-coaching-job/2499254?ambassador=325306f59bb543b6883ff4baa

    An Insider’s Guide to Writing a Champion’s Cover Letter
    https://coachtube.com/course/coach-development/an-insiders-guide-to-writing-a-champions-cover-letter/2135131?ambassador=325306f59bb543b6883ff4baa

    Resume Templates
    https://coachtube.com/course/coach-development/resume-templates/2499196?ambassador=325306f59bb543b6883ff4baa

    Outside the Lines Coaching Manual
    https://coachtube.com/course/coach-development/outside-the-lines-coaching-manual/2499287ambassador=325306f59bb543b6883ff4baa

    Build a Better Resume and Cover Letter Bundle
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    • 37 min
    Game Planning Field Zones- Jeff Mullen, Former FBS OC

    Game Planning Field Zones- Jeff Mullen, Former FBS OC

    On today’s podcast, host Keith Grabowski is joined by former FBS Offensive Coordinator Jeff Mullen. Most recently at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Mullen served as the offensive coordinator from 2011-2017. Prior to that, Mullen was offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at West Virginia from 2008-2010. Mullen joins the podcast to talk about how to gameplan Field Zones.

    Show Notes:

    1:46 Different Field Zones
    3:09 How the field chart breaks down
    7:43 Personnel groups and strategy when you’re in the “black group”
    14:39 Situational identity in practice
    22:22 Gold Zone Goals
    25:27 Brown Zone
    28:51 4-Verts and other courses Mullin has on Coach Tube
    31:00 Connect with Coach

    Illinois Coaches Clinic:
    ihsfca.coachesclinic.com


    Coach’s Coach Tube Courses

    Defensive ID: The Triangle
    https://coachtube.com/course/football/big-o-defensive-i-d-the-triangle-attacking-a-defense/12748136?ambassador=325306f59bb543b6883ff4baa

    Situational Identity: Coming Out and Going In
    https://coachtube.com/course/football/big-o-situational-identity-coming-out-and-going-in/12779046?ambassador=325306f59bb543b6883ff4baa

    QB Pre Snap Anticipation. Coaching and Reading 4 Vertical
    https://coachtube.com/course/football/qb-pre-snap-anticipation-coaching-and-reading-4-verticals/12809076?ambassador=325306f59bb543b6883ff4baa

    • 31 min
    Making the Switch to the 3-4 Defense- Brock Spack, HFC Illinois St (FCS)

    Making the Switch to the 3-4 Defense- Brock Spack, HFC Illinois St (FCS)

    On today’s Coach and Coordinator Podcast, Host Keith Grabowski is joined by Illinois State Head Coach Brock Spack. Coach Spack took over in 2009 for the Redbirds and has amassed a record of 83-50 since then including 2 Missouri Valley Football Conference titles. Prior to taking over as Head Coach, Spack was the defensive coordinator at Purdue from 1997-2008. Spack joins the podcast today to talk about his switch from an even front to an odd front.

    Show Notes:

    1:16 Qualities that drive Spacks program
    2:55 When he decided he wanted to Coach
    7:11 The Coach who had the most impact on Spack
    11:13 Fundamentals that his defenses believe in
    20:26 What caused him to switch his defense from and even front to an odd front
    27:30 Advantage of going from odd to even based on the down
    31:35 How coach feels in the 3-4 going against run heavy teams
    34:42 Winning Edge

    Illinois Clinic Link:

    IHSFCA.coachesclinic.com

    • 38 min
    7x State Champ on Coaching Players Through Failure to Success- Tim Racki, HC Nazareth Academy

    7x State Champ on Coaching Players Through Failure to Success- Tim Racki, HC Nazareth Academy

    The Coach and Coordinator Podcast welcomes Tim Racki, Head Coach at Nazareth Academy in Illinois, onto the show today. Racki is a 7 time State Champion in Illinois and is known for his ability to turn programs around and take them from failure to success. Racki joins host, Keith Grabowski, to talk about how he raises the bar at programs and the key factors in doing so.

    Show Notes

    1:45 Coach’s ability to turn things around at different programs
    3:11 Empowering his assistants
    4:13 Trusting your assistant coaches
    6:17 Giving up play calling duties
    8:44 Making the bigger picture decisions during the game
    10:31 Game management
    12:26 Knowing who you’re coaching and building relationships
    16:43 Kids having different experiences growing up now as opposed to what you had as a coach and how that affects your style
    19:40 Getting players and coaches to buy in and be vulnerable
    22:42 Having your assistants adopt your philosophy
    23:42 Topic coach will cover in his talk at the Illinois High School Football Association Clinic
    29:17 Winning Edge
    30:40 Connect with Coach

    Illinois Clinic Link:

    IHSFCA.coachesclinic.com

    • 31 min
    Simplifying Culture- Adam Cushing, Head Coach, Eastern Illinois (FCS)

    Simplifying Culture- Adam Cushing, Head Coach, Eastern Illinois (FCS)

    On today’s episode of The Coach and Coordinator Podcast, host Keith Grabowski is joined by Head Football Coach at Eastern Illinois, Adam Cushing. Cushing will be going into his second year as head coach of the Panthers when their season resumes this spring. Prior to Eastern Illinois, Cushing coached at Northwestern since 2004, where he held roles of Tight Ends Coach, Superbacks coach and since 2009, offensive line coach. During his time at Northwestern, the team appeared in 10 bowl games including a win over Utah in the Holiday Bowl in his last game. Coach joins the podcast today to talk about simplifying culture.

    Show Notes:

    1:17 When Cushing decided he wanted to be a coach
    4:05 Key takeaways from the Coaches he learned from
    7:52 The foundation of Cushings culture
    10:14 Special things Coach’s teams do in the community, even during Covid
    13:13 Value of a football program in the big picture of the world
    14:55 Empowering his assistant coaches
    18:31 Simplifying his message to his players
    23:21 Doing accountability the right way
    26:42 How Coach took time to make his message concise
    29:22 How to adjust if players aren’t getting the message
    31:36 Overview of what Cushing will be talking about at the IHFCA
    33:46 Winning Edge
    35:45 Connect with Coach

    Illinois Clinic Link:

    IHSFCA.coachesclinic.com

    • 37 min
    3-3 Stack and Linebacker Play- Former FBS Coach, Lou Tepper

    3-3 Stack and Linebacker Play- Former FBS Coach, Lou Tepper

    Today on Coach and Coordinator, Lou Tepper joins Host Keith Grabowski to talk about his 3-3 scheme and the best characteristics for Linebackers. Tepper has coached numerous linebackers to the Butkus award, which is awarded to the best linebacker in the country. While he’s most well known for his time at Illinois, he also spent time at LSU, Edinboro, IUP, Buffalo and various other schools. Coach is widely regarded as one of the best Linebacker Coaches in the country.

    Show Notes

    2:35 Tepper’s great staff and background at Illinois
    4:11 When Tepper made the decision to become a coach
    7:06 Coach’s philosophy and the influence they have on kids
    11:02 How he landed on the 3-4 defense
    16:12 Adjustments to 12 and 21 personnel
    19:38 3-3 vs 12 personnel
    30:12 Playing vs teams that try and unstack the stack
    32:51 Studying of offensive line splits
    37:37 Finding people to gather important information for you
    39:22 Key attributes Tepper looks for in a Linebacker
    53:14 Intangibles Tepper looks for in his LB’s
    56:29 Winning Edge

    Illinois Clinic Link:

    IHSFCA.coachesclinic.com

    • 1 hr 2 min

Customer Reviews

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305 Ratings

305 Ratings

David6116 ,

Very Informative

It is great to be able to hear directly from coaches on a wide variety of topics ranging from game strategy to developing relationships the athletes that we coach.

MeltonD ,

Advancing the Game

No one promotes the sanctity of the game more than Coach Grabowski. He is a cutting edge offensive mind in his own right. We are fortunate to have his eyes on the game at every level.

DAWGS3 ,

Great Listen

Coach Grabowski is doing a great job of bringing on some really intelligent guests with a variety of experiences. I have become a daily listener — and the show has helped me develop professionally and network with the right people.

- Coach Jordan Irsik

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