532 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.

    Attitude, Preparation, and Teaching - Michael Toerper, Head Coach, Ithaca College

    Attitude, Preparation, and Teaching - Michael Toerper, Head Coach, Ithaca College

    On today's podcast, we sit down with Michael Terper, head coach of Ithaca College. He discusses his start in coaching, influences, his pillars of coaching - attitude, prepartation, and teaching, and his passion for special teams. He also shares his keys to being able to have a successful year one as a head coach.
    This was recorded at the New York State High School Football Association Clinic at Turning Stone Resort in Verona, New York.
    Coach Toerper completed his first season as a head coach at Ithaca College. He was named as the 11th head coach of the Ithaca College football program on February 18, 2022.
    In his first season as head coach in 2022, Toerper guided the Bombers to one of their most historic seasons in program history. The Bombers finished 12-1 and reached the NCAA Division III Quarterfinals. IC secured its first undefeated regular season since 1986 and claimed its first outright Liberty League title with a 31-28 win over Union. The regular season was capped off with a 34-17 win over Cortland in the 63rd Cortaca Jug Game at Yankee Stadium, which was filled by 40,232 fans. Toerper would go on to be named AFCA Region 1 Coach of the Year, as well as D3football.com Region 2 Coach of the Year and the Liberty League Coaching Staff of the Year. Sixteen players were named All-Liberty League, including the Offensive (A.J. Wingfield), Defensive (Matt DeSimpliciis) and Special Teams (Nicholas Bahamonde) Players of the Year. 
    Toerper, who is no stranger to the IC program, served as the defensive coordinator for the Bombers from 2017-19. He then departed to become the safeties coach at Division I Holy Cross for the past two seasons and contributed to turning that Crusaders defense into one of the top units in the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) in 2021.
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    • 22 min
    Easy Completions - The Coach's Role - Joe Davis, OC/QB Coach, Eastern Illinois

    Easy Completions - The Coach's Role - Joe Davis, OC/QB Coach, Eastern Illinois

    Joe Davis is now the OC/QB Coach for Eastern Illinois. This episode is a segment for his clinic talk at Lauren’s First and Goal. Be sure to register for this year's clinic at lflg2023.coachesclinic.com.
    The clinic benefits so many families who need help while their child is treated for cancer, and it also benefits pediatric brain tumor research.

    Show Notes:
    -Everyone runs the same stuff for the most part
    -How can we do it better by focusing on details
    -Common language
    -Sinking towards mediocrity
    -Mission statement for your room - OEP
    -Sets a standard for the room and competition
    -Operations
    -Cadence and manipulate the snap count
    -Efficiency
    -Shooting for perfection and settling for excellence
    -Production
    -DSR Drive Success Rate
    -Getting a young QB started
-Qb coach needs to organize mind and sets the tempo
    -QB Manual
    -Meeting plans
    -Great note-taking instead of playbooks
    -Footwork is the clock
    -Organized cut-ups
    -The on field plan
    -If you want to be a great thrower you have to throw
    -Drills are based on two things pocket movement and ball location
    -Miss outside and live for another day - miss inside and it’s going the other way
    -All interior throws, numbers, and below
    -Getting the quarterback going with easy completions
    -minimal pre-snap recognition
    -Half field or access reads

    Related Episode:
    https://soundcloud.com/user-804678956/qb-development-efficient-game-planning-joe-davis-off-coord-at-the-university-of-albany-ny

    Joe Davis “Easy Completions for Your QB” course:
    https://coachtube.com/course/football/joe-davis-easy-completion-concepts-for-developing-young-quarterbacks/13522760?a=ddd391c93af2433281656b763

    Joe Davis “All Position Screens” course:
    https://coachtube.com/course/football/joe-davis-all-position-screen-game/11754424?a=ddd391c93af2433281656b763

    Both Joe Davis courses 50% off at time of release. DM @CoachKGrabowski if you missed the discount.
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    • 22 min
    The Yearly Process of Putting Together an Offense - Nick Sheridan, TE Coach, Washington

    The Yearly Process of Putting Together an Offense - Nick Sheridan, TE Coach, Washington

    Nick Sheridan reunited with Husky head coach Kalen DeBoer on the 2022 staff as Washington's tight ends coach.  
    Sheridan, who was offensive coordinator at Indiana the previous two seasons, worked as tight ends coach under DeBoer at Indiana in 2019, when DeBoer was in charge of the Hoosiers' offense. 
    A former walk-on quarterback, who eventually earned a scholarship, at Michigan (2006-2010), Sheridan began his college coaching career at Western Kentucky, first as a GA in 2011, then as quarterbacks coach the following year.  
    After stops at South Florida and Tennessee, he was hired as quarterbacks coach at Indiana in 2017, when he was named one of the top-30 coaches under the age of 30 by 247Sports.com. In 2019, with DeBoer as offensive coordinator, Sheridan coached the tight ends. On today’s podcast which is a segment from the IHSFCA Clinic, Coach Sheridan shares his process of putting together an offense.  

    Show Notes:
    -What you do matters
    -How you do it matters more 
    -Create the vision: what do you want to see on tape 
    -Sell the vision 
    -Create belief so the players bring it to life 
    -Expectations for staff and players 
    -High standards dictate the way you operate 
    -No excuses: Production vs. Performance 
    -Pygmalion effect: your beliefs impact your actions 
    -Have a strength coach mentality: get everyone as good as you can 
    -Importance of a common language: critically think about the words you use when trying to teach the game 
    -Base Fundamentals 
    -Communication is critical 
    -Simple is better 
    -Commit to what you want to get good at 
    -Scheme selection 
    -Become an expert at what you do 
    -Be unique and tough to defend 
    -Adversity and prosperity: go back to the process  

    Related Episode:
    https://soundcloud.com/user-804678956/training-camp-developing-tight-ends-with-nick-sheridan-tight-ends-coach-indiana-university  

    The entire presentation on CoachTube:
    https://coachtube.com/course/football/offensive-organization-qb-play/16253800?a=ddd391c93af2433281656b763
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    • 27 min
    Coaching Innovations - Tools to Help HS And College Coaches Win in Recruiting

    Coaching Innovations - Tools to Help HS And College Coaches Win in Recruiting

    On today’s episode, we focus on innovations in coaching that allow for coaches on both the college and high school side to provide verifiable data and measurables through technology and AI as well as being able to analyze and better determine the fit of a prospect in a program. On both the high school and college side, technology exists to help you better understand the talent in your pipeline.
    While at AFCA, Keith walked around and took a look at some of the most innovative products in the market. He identified a dozen that help make a coach more efficient, enhance player development, and ultimately add to the win column.
    We sat down with representatives from Catapult, Reel Analytics, and War Room to discuss the technology they developed.
    Please note that none of these companies paid to be on the podcast. This was purely Keith's research and time spent with them to learn more about what they do. Some of these you may have heard of, and some are brand new to the market, but all are innovative in their approach to helping you as a coach.

    All of them were asked four questions as you will hear:
    1. How does this make me more efficient as a coach
? 
    2. How does this help me develop my players
? 
    3. How does this help us win
? 
    4. What’s the feature that coaches like the most?

    The objective is that you get a feel for these companies and what they can do for you as a coach as well as your players to help create a better game.

    Show Notes:
    Catapult: Catapult has several products to provide coaches and programs solutions to build a better team. In this segment, former college coach and current Director of Scouting for the Carolinas, JP Gunter discusses their Thunder Cloud Recruit Service as well as the Catapult technology behind it.
    https://www.catapultsports.com/sports/american-football
    Twitter:
    @CatapultSports
    @CoachJPGunter

    Reel Anayltics: Reel Analytics is Verified In_Game athleticism data powered by AI. We were joined by Cory Yates, Co-Founder and CEO of Reel Analytics. Reel Analytics’ proprietary IGA Score is a measure of in-game athleticism derived from position-specific athleticism metrics extracted by their tracking technology. To train their scoring model, they measured the in-game athleticism of over 15,000 college and NFL players for current and historical context. Each metric is weighted, contextualized by percentile rankings, and scored.
    NFL scouts, NFL agents, and major college football programs integrate the IGA Score to add objectivity into their player evaluation process.
    Download a free sample report from their website.
    https://reel-analytics.net/
    Twitter:
    @RAanalytics
    @CoryRAanalytics

    War Room: We spent time with Moose Bingham, a former kicker for BYU and former college coach. He developed a solution that handles all aspects of developing a program as well as integrates with other software you may use.
    WARROOM Is the all in one software that helps to take your team to the next level. After being used by Major D1 Universities for almost a decade they are bringing our product to the High School ranks and allowing coaches to do what they love and spend more time with the players and game plans. The software includes unique features for recruiting like the trip planner and Recon which scrapes information from the internet as well as social media and through algorithms develops a player profile to better understand that player’s character and make-up.
    https://www.collegewarroom.com/
    https://www.prepwarroom.com/
    Twitter:
    @WarRoom_1

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    Twitter: @CoachKGrabowski
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    • 27 min
    Creating a Culture System - JP Nerbun, Leadership and Culture Consultant

    Creating a Culture System - JP Nerbun, Leadership and Culture Consultant

    J.P. Nerbun is the founder of TOC Culture System, a mentor, writer, coach, and sports consultant. He’s worked with numerous football teams in helping them install a culture system. Today he shares insight into some of the best practices in implementing a culture system, repeating buy-in, building relationships, doing accountability and discipline in a productive way, and player development plans.

    Show Notes:
    -Background
    -Book
    -Systems approach
    -What drives the system
    -Change starts with the coach working on himself/herself
    -Establish, support and enforce the culture
    -Culture is measured in two ways
    -Decentralize command
    -Establish connections and standards
    -Goal is to have high character, intrisincally motivated individuals
    -Tips on establishing and strengthening relationships with players
    -Mike Abrashoff
    -Listen first and speak last
    -Empathic listening and intentional one on ones
    -Leadership council with 1-4 ratio
    -Delegating to the units
    -Connecting team beyond position groups
    -Check-ins and conversations
    -Motivational interviewing
    -Put the player in the driver seat for their development
    -Developing engagement and buy-in
    =Non-negotiables
    -The standard review
    -The player development plan
    -The one-pager
    -Google Doc
    -Implementation intentions
    -Best practices in dealing with discipline
    -Fear-based approach doesn’t achieve long-term
    - Too much permissiveness - empathy without accountability
    -Consequence as alternative to punishment
    -Practice is a “get to” not a “got to”
    -Firm and demanding without being demeaning 
    -Logical consequences
    -Competitive cauldron
    -Time spent with New England Patriots - Their intentionality
    -The Buffalo Bills - leadership council
    -The Winning Edge

    https://www.tocculture.com
    Twitter: @jpnerbun

    Related Episode:
    It’s Your Ship - Leadership Lessons with Mike Abrashoff episode:
    https://soundcloud.com/user-804678956/its-your-ship-leadership-lessons-from-mike-abrashoff-former-commander-of-the-uss-benfold

    CoachTube Course:
    Playing Time Systems, Competitive Cauldron, Captain’s Council
    https://coachtube.com/users/thriveonchallenge?a=ddd391c93af2433281656b763
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    • 39 min
    Coaching Innovations - The Classroom - Efficient Workflow and Enhanced Player Development

    Coaching Innovations - The Classroom - Efficient Workflow and Enhanced Player Development

    On today’s episode which is the first of four in a series that we will share over the next two weeks, we focus on Coaching Innovations that help you teach your players in the classroom.
    While at AFCA, Keith walked around and took a look at some of the most innovative products in the market. He identified a dozen that help make a coach more efficient, enhance player development, and ultimately add to the win column.
    Please note that none of these companies paid to be on the podcast. This was purely Keith's research and time spent with them to learn more about what they do. Some of these you may have heard of, and some are brand new to the market, but all are innovative in their approach to helping you as a coach.  

    All of them were asked four questions as you will hear:
    1. How does this make me more efficient as a coach
    2. How does this help me develop my players
    3. How does this help us win
    4. What’s the feature that coaches like the most

    The objective is that you get a feel for these companies and what they can do for you as a coach as well as your players to help create a better game.

    Show Notes:
    Pro Quick Draw - they create a more integrated workflow for the coach. PJ Katz, the Offensive Coordinator for Brookwood High School in Georgia, shares the benefits of Pro Quick Draw in this segment.
    https://www.proquickdraw.com/
    Twitter @PQDSystem

    Go Army Edge - Brent Osbourne of Go Army Edge shares how the platform has evolved and what you can do with it for your position and units.
    https://www.goarmyedge.com/
    Twitter: @GoArmyEdge

    Just Play Sports - Co-founder Austin Barone joins us to share the features of Just Play, a platform that integrates many aspects of a coach's workflow to create a teaching platform that enhances player learning.
    https://justplaysolutions.com/football/
    Twitter: @justplayfb

    Optimum Grading - Developed during the pandemic by then University of Illinois director of analytics and football technology Kingsley Osei. His innovative platform grew out of his understanding of the game and creating a better solution for grading that brings so much more to the player development side of grading. Here’s our conversation with Kingsley.
    https://optimumgrading.com/
    Twitter: @OGrading

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    Twitter: @CoachKGrabowski
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    • 27 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
360 Ratings

360 Ratings

jtpassot ,

Great Content

The content the podcast brings is great and probably the best of any football podcast especially in the way that Keith seeks information from coaches and has a plan.

Hollywood 74 ,

What a great resource

If you are looking for good coaching schemes, drills, or technical information it is in these podcasts. All levels great stuff

DJ5223 ,

Great information

The information received from the interviews are amazing. The only way we can get better as coaches is to learn from each other. Glad I was able to find this podcast

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