835 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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    • 4.7 • 377 Ratings

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.

    Champions Series: The Annual Plan – Brad Zelenovich, Head Coach, Southeast Polk HS (IA)

    Champions Series: The Annual Plan – Brad Zelenovich, Head Coach, Southeast Polk HS (IA)

    In this week’s installment of the Champions Series presented by Signature Championship Rings, we are joined by the head coach of a state champion from Iowa who just completed a three-peat winning the title in 2021, 2022, and 2023. They finished 2023 at a perfect 14-0 and are also on a 22-game winning streak.
    Brad Zelenovich has been at the helm of the Southeast Polk football program since 2015, leading the Rams to a record of 78-26. In this episode, Coach Zelenovich talks about their annual plan, how they invest in their players, and the detail they put into their development plans.
    Coach Zelenovich emphasizes the importance of investing time and effort into developing not just good football players, but good people. By fostering open and honest communication and creating a supportive environment, he demonstrates a commitment to the holistic growth of his athletes. This personalized approach not only builds trust and camaraderie within the team but also instills a sense of responsibility and leadership in each player, both on and off the field.
    Coach Zelenovich's focus on creating a comprehensive annual plan for the program underscores his dedication to excellence. By valuing multi-sport athletes and emphasizing skill development alongside athletic training, he ensures his players receive a well-rounded experience that prepares them for the challenges of high-stakes games.
    Through a combination of data-driven speed training, game-speed drills, and situational football practice, he equips his team with the tools and mindset needed to excel in critical moments, ultimately shaping them into resilient and adaptable competitors.

    Show Notes:

    Importance of Investing Time in Young People

    Individualized Meetings with Players to Show Care and Investment

    Importance of the Coaching Staff in Player Development

    Creating a System for Developing Better Athletes

    Emphasizing Skill and Athletic Development Over Specialization

    Implementing Data-Driven Speed Training

    Practicing High-Stress Game Situations Intentionally

    Reflecting on Celebrating Achievements and Turning the Page

    Focusing on the Upcoming Season and New Team Dynamics

    Winning Edge


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    Signature Championship Rings is a leading designer and supplier of championship rings, serving over 10,000 teams and organizations. With a focus on quality craftsmanship, easy team ordering processes, and affordability, Signature Champions celebrate every champion and their achievements, making their moment last a lifetime. For more information, visit www.signaturechampions.com/podcast.

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    • 34 min
    Culture OS – Kyle Ralph, Head Coach, New Palestine High School (IN)

    Culture OS – Kyle Ralph, Head Coach, New Palestine High School (IN)

    Join host of Culture OS Rob Pomazak in a deep-dive conversation with special guest Coach Kyle Ralph from New Palestine High School as they discuss the key elements of building a successful football program and creating a winning culture.
    Discover the importance of commitment, toughness, and passion in shaping the culture at New Palestine, as well as insights on player development, staff involvement, and the relentless dedication required to maintain a winning edge year after year.
    Gain valuable lessons on leadership, hard work, and continuous improvement in the journey of building a program from the ground up.
    Kyle Ralph is a highly respected figure in Indiana high school football, known for his exceptional leadership and coaching prowess. As the head football coach of New Palestine High School, he has achieved remarkable success, guiding his team to three state championships and winning the Don Shula High School Coach of the Year and the US Marines Semper Fi Awards.

    Show Notes:

    Embracing New Challenges

    Building a Successful Football Program

    Addressing the Importance of Character Development

    Making Sacrifices for the Program

    Finding Motivation and Sustaining Success

    Core Beliefs: Win the Day Motto

    Establishing Core Values: Commitment, Toughness, Passion

    Involving Stakeholders: Parents and Staff

    Advice for Aspiring Head Coaches

    Introduction to Leadership Values

    Players Crafting a Leadership Manifesto

    Importance of Building Initial Building Blocks

    Winning Edge


    Follow Kyle Ralph on Twitter/X @NPCoachRalph.

    Additional Culture OS Episodes:
    Matt Drinkall
    Rob Pomazak

    Related Episodes with Rob Pomazak:
    Giving Your Players a Madden Rating to Help Development
    What I Learned in My First 10 Years as a Head Coach
    Remote Learning and the Four Quadrant Plan
    Adjusting and Adapting the Season During Covid 
    The Head Coach and Coordinator Dynamic
    Additional Coach Pomazak Resources:
    Coaching by Design: Complete Guide to Program Development

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    Signature Championship Rings is a leading designer and supplier of championship rings, serving over 10,000 teams and organizations. With a focus on quality craftsmanship, easy team ordering processes, and affordability, Signature Champions celebrate every champion and their achievements, making their moment last a lifetime. For more information, visit www.signaturechampions.com/podcast.
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    • 56 min
    Leveraging the Quarterback in the Run Game – Patrick Rotchford, Offensive Coordinator, SUNY Cortland

    Leveraging the Quarterback in the Run Game – Patrick Rotchford, Offensive Coordinator, SUNY Cortland

    The QB run game is an aspect of the game that can create a strategic advantage on offense by effectively utilizing the quarterback's mobility and decision-making skills. This approach involves a meticulous balance between incorporating the quarterback into various run schemes while considering the overall offensive game plan.
    In this episode, we share a segment from National Champion Offensive Coordinator Patrick Rotchford's clinic presentation at the recent D3 Top 25 Clinic. Coach Rotchford takes us through the thought process for how SUNY Cortland thinks about the QB run game, as well as their use of offset gun to make the QB a dual threat.
    Coach Rotchford will also be presenting at the 4th Annual Lauren’s First and Goal Clinic this week. To register for the event, visit https://lfgf2024.coachesclinic.com.

    Show Notes:

    Offensive Philosophy and Success

    Importance of the Quarterback in Run Game

    Offensive Balance and Strategy

    Quarterback's Impact and Performance

    Decision-Making with Quarterback Involvement

    Utilizing the Quarterback in Different Situations

    Analyzing Gun Tendencies and Defenses

    Breakdown of Quarterback Read Runs

    The Significance of Offset Gun Formation

    Winning Edge


    Follow Coach Rotchford on Twitter/X @CoachRotch.

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    Learn More about Signature Championship Rings:
    Signature Championship Rings is a leading designer and supplier of championship rings, serving over 10,000 teams and organizations. With a focus on quality craftsmanship, easy team ordering processes, and affordability, Signature Champions celebrate every champion and their achievements, making their moment last a lifetime. For more information, visit www.signaturechampions.com/podcast.

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    • 19 min
    Field Work & Prep for Contact – Scott Leech, Strength & Conditioning Coach, Rhode Island

    Field Work & Prep for Contact – Scott Leech, Strength & Conditioning Coach, Rhode Island

    In the world of strength and conditioning for football athletes, the emphasis has shifted towards a holistic approach that goes beyond traditional weight room workouts.
    We are excited to have Scott Leech, the strength and conditioning coach at the University of Rhode Island, join us to share an approach for a well-rounded training program that includes field work, competitive drills, and prep for contact that fully prepares players for the demands of the game.
    By focusing on building strength, agility, and specific football-related skills, we better equip our athletes for success under the Friday night lights and on Saturday afternoons.

    Show Notes:

    Importance of Fun and Engagement

    Incorporating Competition and Reactionary Drills

    Teaching Skills like Tracking and Vision

    Position-Specific Drill Considerations

    Contact Preparation for Linemen

    Special Teams Skill Development

    Managing Volume and Workload

    Gridiron Warrior Program Overview

    Winning Edge


    Follow Scott Leech on Twitter/X @ScottLeech72.
    For more information on the Gridiron Warrior Program, visit gridironwarrior.carrd.co.

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    Learn More about Signature Championship Rings:
    Signature Championship Rings is a leading designer and supplier of championship rings, serving over 10,000 teams and organizations. With a focus on quality craftsmanship, easy team ordering processes, and affordability, Signature Champions celebrate every champion and their achievements, making their moment last a lifetime. For more information, visit www.signaturechampions.com/podcast.

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    • 36 min
    #1 Red Zone Offense Keys to Success – Ryan Larsen, Head Coach, Carnegie Mellon University

    #1 Red Zone Offense Keys to Success – Ryan Larsen, Head Coach, Carnegie Mellon University

    Carnegie Mellon University has been one of the best in D3 Football in Red Zone scoring the past two seasons, finishing second in 2022 and first in 2023.
    In this segment from the 2024 D3 Top 25 Clinic, Head Coach Ryan Larsen shares the way the Tartans plan and practice their Red Zone offense. His template for excelling in this area of offense is one that can be utilized at all levels.
    Follow Coach Larsen on Twitter/X @CoachRyanLarsen.
    For more details on the D3 Top 25 Clinic Presented by Coach and Coordinator Podcast, visit d3football.coachesclinic.com.

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    • 19 min
    Culture OS – Matt Drinkall, Offensive Line Coach, Army West Point

    Culture OS – Matt Drinkall, Offensive Line Coach, Army West Point

    In this first episode of Culture OS hosted by Rob Pomazak, Army Offensive Line Coach Matt Drinkall shares insights drawn from his extensive coaching career and offers valuable leadership and program development lessons.

    Show Notes:

    Matt Drinkall's Personal Mission and Vision

    The Impact of Mentorship in Coaching

    Creating a Positive Environment for Coaches and Players

    Challenges of Being a Head Coach

    Learning to Let Go and Assign Leadership Roles

    Building Success vs. Sustaining It


    Follow Matt Drinkall on Twitter @DrinkallCoach.

    Series Episodes:
    Culture OS Series Kickoff

    Related Episodes with Matt Drinkall:
    Structuring Your Offense
    Tempo, Offensive Design, and Organization
    From the Archives - Matt Drinkall
    Running Game and Tempo
    Coaching Cues in the Class Room, On the Field and In Game
    Defeating the Tite Front
    Creating the Best Experience for Staff and Players
    Keeping the Team Focused and Motivated Mid Season
    Strategic Practice Management - Less is More

    Related Episodes with Rob Pomazak:
    Giving Your Players a Madden Rating to Help Development
    What I Learned in My First 10 Years as a Head Coach
    Remote Learning and the Four Quadrant Plan
    Adjusting and Adapting the Season During Covid 
    The Head Coach and Coordinator Dynamic

    Additional Coach Pomazak Resources:
    Coaching by Design: Complete Guide to Program Development

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    • 45 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
377 Ratings

377 Ratings

Jeremy CF ,

Helpful for new and old coaches

Great content.

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

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