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Friday, September 23:

A new clinic article will be posted on Monday, September 26. A few years ago Coach Gifford Lindheim was appointed interim head coach at Santa Monica College. His article, "Changing the Culture" details how he turned the program around.

Thursday, September 22:

Hal Mumme's Air Raid System is now available at and includes the complete package of video, plays, and available webinars.

A new book on his philosophy and strategy will also be released soon. "The Perfect Pass" by S. C. Gwynne chronicles Mumme's life as the Godfather of the Air Raid offense. Excerpts will be posted from the book later this fall.

Wednesday, September 21:

Tim Smith is the head coach at Leander High School in Texas and a member of AFM's Editorial Advisory Board. We asked him his goals for the season:

We have the same goals for our team every year.

We want to compete and win our one on one's every play, whether it is practice or a game. We will put our kids in adverse situations to make them think, react and compete at a high level and at a high tempo. We are getting to a point in our program where it is becoming second nature.

Our second goal is to improve. I learned From Coach Hal Mumme you can't get bored with the fundamentals and the repetition it takes to improve. Our players take a lot of pride in mechanics and the techniques they are taught. I tell our players every day to demand to be coached hard.

Our third goal is to train our young. If you come to our practice our younger players get a lot of reps. You will see our older players coaching them and encouraging them to get better and to do things right. It has created a really cool atmosphere during our sub varsity games where our varsity kids get so excited and are very invested in the play of our younger players.

Our last goal is to make a difference in someone's life other than themselves every day.. something as simple as holding a door, carrying a package or helping to clean a lunch table.. make a difference.

Tuesday, September 20:

John Sala is the Head Coach of Anderson University in Indiana. Posted today is a three minute video of his philosophy of coaching with character being given the highest priority.

We want to hear from you and post similar videos of philosophy and strategy - it's a great way to gain exposure for your program. Just send the clips to AFM's Managing Editor Rex Lardner -

Monday, September 19:

Posted today is the new clinic article, "Eight Parts of the Body that are Crucial for QB Accuracy." It was written by Mitch Dahlen, the Quarterbacks Coach at the College of Idaho and includes the complete mechanics and technique necessary to be a successful quarterback.

Friday, September 16:

On Monday, a new clinic article will be posted - "8 Parts of the Body That are Crucial to a Quarterback's Accuracy" by College of Idaho Quarterbacks Coach Mitch Dahlen. This includes the feet, knees, hip, hands, off-shoulder, elbow, throwing shoulder and the eyes.

Thursday, September 15:

Each week will post the season goals of one of the members of AFM's Editorial Advisory Board. The first one comes from Steve Specht, Head Coach of St. Xavier High School in Cincinnati. Specht is a two time state champion:

Why do I email this…simple…you ask about goals and we have learned early that the only attainable goals are the ones in which you can control. I’m not into establishing team goals but do encourage kids to establish personal goals. Having said this, I believe High School kids need to learn some basic fundamental beliefs that guide them into their futures. With this in mind, I challenge my players with the same three basic tenets and offer you offer the following:

1) Goal #1 – Love one another. Is there anything else?

2) Goal #2 – Be the best you…you can possibly be. Regardless of outside forces the only thing we control in life is how hard we work and the attitude we bring to the locker room, practice field and game field. Ultimately this attitude leads to the men we become and the future we hold. What else is there? We choose our actions…we do not choose the consequences of these actions. Make the actions conducive to the man we hope to become and continue to be our best.

3) Goal #3 – Lean on one another when times get tough. CHOOSE TEAM FIRST! Next man up is the way life strikes. When someone goes down someone else must replace. Nature is not kind and life does not care how you feel or whether or not your feelings are hurt. The world does not revolve around anyone or anything…it was here first. If you put yourself first life will put you last. DON’T EVER FORGET THIS!

Wednesday, September 14:

Tim Tobin is a former high school and college coach as well as an international coach for five years. Posted today is his article from his experiences as an international coach. "Building a Successful International Program" includes ten detailed priorities that are essential for success.

Tuesday, September 13: In addition to the new five set of DVDs - "Simplistic Multiplicity - Shutting Down the Spread Offense - now available at, there will be another four-set series that will be ready soon. It's the work of John Palmer, the Head Coach at Port St. Joe High School (FL). Entitled "The Fling-T Offense," Coach Palmer's offense is a pass friendly rendition of the run-oriented Wing-T that's adaptable to any offense.

Monday, September 12: Posted today is the new clinic article from Mark Theophel, the defensive coordinator for Hartwick College. Coach Theophel's article - "Variations for the 3-3 Stack Defense" - includes 11 diagrams.

Friday, September 9: will be posting a new clinic article this coming Monday, September 12. "Variations with the 3-3 Stack Defense" was written by Hartwick College’s Defensive Coordinator Mark Theophel. The article includes 11 different diagrams showing the various options that can be use with this defense.

Thursday, September 8th

Eddie Fields is a coach and teacher in Cocoa, Florida. He has spent the last 14 years coaching at the high school and college level in Indiana, North Carolina, and Florida. Coach Fields will be a regular contributor to and offers this perspective, posted today, on "What Football Means to Me – Win or Lose."

Wednesday, September 7th

The five-set DVD series, "Simplistic Multiplicity – Shutting Down the Spread Offense" is now available at The work of Head Coach Tommy Lewis and Defensive Coordinator Jamie Lemmond from Victory Christian Academy in Lakeland, Florida, this DVD series details how to stop the spread run game and pass game. The titles include:

#1 – Defining Our Multiplicity
#2 – Stopping the Run-Pass Option
#3 – Using Multiplicity to Defend the Jet Sweep Series
#4 - Stopping the Spread offense Passing Game
#5 – Forcing Turnovers

Tuesday, September 6th

Travis Burkett is the Assistant Head Coach at Cornell University and a frequent contributor to AFM. His latest clinic article, posted today, is entitled, "Coverage 101: General Thoughts, Zone Principles, and Coverage Menu."

Monday, September 5th

Posted today is a new clinic article written by Mt. St. Joseph’s Strength and Conditioning Coach, Mike Shibinski. Coach Shininski details a complete in-season strength and conditioning program, emphasizing the importance of having an in-season training program. Mt. St. Joseph's In-Season Training Program includes a complete listing of workouts that every program can use.

Friday, September 2:

A new clinic article will be posted on Labor Day: 'A Complete In-Season Training Program' by Mike Shibinski, the Strength and Conditioning Coach at Mount Saint Joseph University in Cincinnati.

Thursday, September l:

John Palmer is the head Coach at Port St. Joe High School in Florida and runs a modified version of the wing-T, entitled 'The Fling-T.' Easily adaptable to any offense, his four set series of DVDs will be available soon at Terminology, actual run and pass plays as well as game film are all included in this series.

Wednesday, August 31:

There are many Woody Hayes stories but this is my favorite. One year Ohio State was beating Michigan soundly and the Buckeyes scored near the end of the game to go ahead, 48-0. Hayes then had his team go for a two-point conversion rather than kicking the extra point. When asked by a reporter why he went for two at that time, Hayes responded, "because I couldn't go for 3!"

Tuesday, August 30:

How do you stop the spread offense? It certainly keeps defensive coordinators up at night. Coaches Tommy Lewis and Jamie Lemmond from Victory Christian Academy (FL) have just completed a five set series on doing just that - shutting down the spread. The DVDs are available soon at

Monday, August 29:

Ken Wilmesheer, the Offensive Line Coach at Grossmont College, is the author of today's posted clinic article: 'Pass Protection: Basic Footwork.' A new clinic article will be posted each week.

Friday, August 26:

A new clinic will be posted next Monday - an offensive clinic article on 'Proper Footwork for Offensive Linemen' by Ken Wilmesheer, the offensive line coach at Grossmont College.

Thursday, August 25:

We welcome any fundraising ideas you may have. Posted today will be a fundraising article written by a coach that has mentored players all over Europe. He writes about what fundraising ideas have worked for him and his teams throughout the countries in which he has coached.

Wednesday, August 24:

AFM is surveying high school and college coaches for their 'Best Plays.' We would like to post video of your favorite play and include both a diagram and description of the play. Just send your bread 'n butter play to AFM's Managing Editor Rex Lardner -

Tuesday, August 23:

'Being Mentally Tough' is the subject and posted today. It was written by former coach Kevin Marks. Now a member of the science and health department at Solano College, Marks will be contributing regularly to on various subjects related to sports psychology.

Monday, August 22:

A new clinic article will be posted every Monday, beginning today. The initial subject is 'Advice For Young Coaches' written by former East Texas Baptist University coach Keith Pigott.

Friday, August 19:

Beginning this coming Monday, a new clinic article will be posted every Monday throughout the 2016 season. In addition to articles on offense, defense, and special teams, other topics will include strength and conditioning, motivation, and leadership.

The First article will be: "Advice for Young Coaches", written by former East Texas Baptist University Assistant Coach Keith Pigott. It's an article we believe every coach should read. Thursday, August 18:

Texas Wesleyan University is resurrecting their football program after a drought of 75 years. TWU is scheduled to play their first season of football since 1941 next fall. The head coach, Joe Prud'homme is in the process of putting all the pieces together for next August.

Coach Prud'homme will be contributing to AFM later this fall in an article he will be writing on the priorities of putting a football program together. Stay tuned!

Wednesday, August 17: will be releasing a five set series of DVDs soon entitled, "Simplistic Multiplicity: Shutting Down the Spread Offense." Victory Christian Academy Head Coach Tommy Lewis and Defensive Coordinator Jamie Lemmond produced the series which details stopping the spread running and passing game.

Tuesday, August 16:

The perfect compliment to Hal Mumme's Air Raid system will be available soon. Patrick Wilson, the offensive coordinator at North Surry High School (NC) has written an eBook entitled, "Open Grass Reads: Cognitive Training the Air Raid Quarterback." Coach Wilson details the step-by-step process in training your quarterback to be as efficient as possible and will be ready soon at

Monday, August 15:

Posted today is an additional Point/Counterpoint feature on 'The Blitz: How to Defend it vs. How to Make it as Efficient as Possible.' The two coaches partaking in the article are Jim Hilvert, the head coach at La Salle High School in Cincinnati and Jeff DiSandro, the offensive coordinator at Olivet Nazarene University.

Read the article

Friday, August 12:

Next Monday an additional Point/Counterpoint will be posted on The subject is 'The Blitz: How to Defend it vs. How to Make it as Efficient as Possible.' AFM asked two coaches - La Salle High School (OH) Head Coach Jim Hilvert and Olivet Nazarene Offensive Coordinator Jeff DiSandro - to discuss the subject. You don't want to miss it!

Thursday, August 11:

Beginning Monday, August 22 a new clinic article will be posted on Each Monday a different clinic article will be posted throughout the fall on a variety of topics including offense, defense, special teams, strength and conditioning and leadership.

Wednesday, August 10:

In the next issue of AFM, Auburn's outstanding special teams play will be featured. Additionally, clinic articles on the Power Play, Blocking a Punt, and Defending Play-Action Passing will be included. An excerpt from the new book, 'Saban' will be featured in 'From the Coach's Bookshelf.'

Tuesday, August 9:

AFM now has an editorial board to guide both the publication and website. Each coach will be giving their respective input on clinic articles and topics they would like to see. The board consists of:

* Mike Leach, Head Coach, Washington State
* Hal Mumme, Head Coach, Belhaven University
* Steve Specht, Head Coach, St. Xavier High School (OH)
* Jeff Hancock, Head Coach, Vidalia High School (LA)
* Inman Sherman, retired Head Coach, South Sumter High School (FL)
* Shawn Liotta, Head Coach, Albert Gallatin High School (PA)
* Tim Smith, Head Coach, Leander High School (TX)

Monday, August 8:

Shawn Liotta, architect of the No Huddle, No Mercy offense, recently sat down with AFM and talked about his offense. The Q & A is posted today. Coach Liotta details the origins of his offense, the basic strategy of his offense, and his philosophy in calling plays. His 2014 team scored 958 points in 16 games, the second highest scoring team total in the history of high school football.

Read the article Here

Friday, August 5th:

One of the most important challenges facing every football program is FUNDRAISING. We are looking for the best ideas that have worked for you. Share them with your fellow coaches across the football community. What has worked best…how you did it, when and how did you get involved? There will be a $250 AFM reward for the best idea.

Send your information to Managing Editor Rex Lardner (

Thursday, August 4th:

Recently retired Head Coach Inman Sherman of South Sumter High School in Bushnell, Florida, just completed a three set series of DVDs that will be available soon at Coach Sherman led South Sumter for 32 years (1984-2015) and his teams won 39 consecutive regular season games from 2011-2015.

His three-part series, "Priorities: How to Turn a Program Around, Practice Planning, and Defensive Philosophies and Strategies" includes a detailed priority listing of how to change your program - stay tuned!

Wednesday, August 3rd:

Posted throughout August will be additional X's and O's clinics beginning on Monday, August 22th. Each week there will be a new, in depth clinic. We welcome any clinics that you would like to have posted or published - just send them to AFM's Managing Editor Rex Lardner at

Tuesday, August 2nd:

With the conclusion of our current Point/Counterpoint, there will be two new additions to A detailed Q & A with ShawnLiotta will be posted on August 8th. Coach Liotta is the architect of the 'No-Huddle, No Mercy' offense.

The following Monday - August 15 - an additional Point/Counterpoint will be posted. The topic is the blitz - "How to Stop it vs. How to Make it Work."

Monday, August lst:

The final play of our Point/Counterpoint series is posted today matching Shawn Liotta's 'No-Huddle, No Mercy' offense vs. Steve Specht's 3-3-5 defense. The situation is third and goal at the 7-yard line with the score tied and one minute left to play.

We want to hear from you . You can vote as to which one you feel - offense or defense - has the edge. Click to Vote

Friday, July 29th:

Coming soon, the next issue of American Football Monthly includes a cover story on Hal Mumme, the Godfather of the Air Raid Offense, a Q & A with 11 State Champion Head Coaches, and clinics on offense, defense, and special teams play. Additionally, Erick Streelman, the athletic director at Archbishop Murphy High School in Everett, Washington, writes a candid Your Take entitled, 'I Hate Banquets.' You will enjoy this issue.

Thursday, July 28:

Earlier in the year, Coach Shawn Liotta, architect of the No-Huddle, No Mercy offense, completed a Q & A article on his explosive offense. Coach Liotta spoke about the origins of the offense, its basic strategy, how he scripts plays based on down and distance, and how critical it is to get the ball into the hands of his playmakers. The complete Q & A will be posted on in August - you don't want to miss it.

Wednesday, July 27:

We want to hear from you. With fall camp around the corner, send us your clinics and blogs. We will then publish the articles in an upcoming issue of AFM and post your blogs on both our website and Facebook.

Tuesday, July 26:

In case you missed it, take a look at Coach Tim Tobin's blog on nutrition. It includes a complete dietary plan for the high school football player, "Nutrition for the High School Athlete.' Tobin has coached on both the high school and college level and is currently training athletes in Europe.

Monday, July 25th:

Posted today is the third play in the Point/Counterpoint series (of four plays) matching Shawn Liotta's No-Huddle, No Mercy offense and Steve Specht's 3-3-5 defense. The situation is third and ten from the opponent's 30-yard line. Let us know your thoughts - vote at on who you feel has the edge - the offense or the defense.

Friday, July 22nd:

We want to hear from you. We welcome both your clinic articles and blogs as August camps begin soon. Send us your clinic articles and we will publish them in future issues of American Football Monthly. Additionally, your blog columns will be posted on our web site, Just send them to AFM's Managing Editor Rex Lardner at

Thursday, July 21st:

In addition to the new Justin Conyers DVDs on converting a college 4-2-5 defense to an efficient high school defense, will have two additional sets of DVDs available soon. They include a series of DVDs on defending the spread offense and an additional set of videos on the Fling-T, a pass friendly variation of the more traditional Wing-T offense. You don't want to miss either DVD set.

July 20:

The next issue of American Football Monthly includes a variety of clinics. Among them:
* Off-Season Drills for offensive Linemen
By Bart Miller, Offensive Line Coach, Florida Atlantic University
* Locking Down a Slot Receiver
By Clayton White, Safeties Coach, North Carolina State University
* The Fire Zone Blitz
By P.J. Volker, Linebackers Coach, Georgia State University

July 19:

Former college assistant coach Tim Tobin wrote an article for high school football players on a 'Complete Guide to Nutrition.' Posted today, the article contains information on what to eat and what not to eat during the course of the school year. Coach Tobin is currently training athletes in Europe.

Monday July 18:

Today is the posting of the second of four plays in the Point/Counterpoint series matching Shawn Liotta's No-Huddle, No Mercy offense and Steve Specht's 3-3-5 defense. The situation is second and five from midfield with two minutes to go in the first half. Send us your vote as to whom you think is the better strategy - offense or defense.

Friday, July 15:

We want to hear from you – let us know if you would consider writing a clinic article on some phase of offense, defense, or special teams and we’ll either publish it in American Football Monthly or post it on our website – Additionally, we would welcome coaching blogs from you that can also be posted on the website. Just send your clinic and/or blog to Managing Editor Rex Lardner –

Thursday, July 14:

In the next issue of AFM – coming out shortly – 11 state champion head coaches were asked if they used any motivational techniques on how to get their team ready for the state championship game. Coach Steve Matthews of Knoxville Catholic High School asked the local police canine unit to come to a practice. They demonstrated an attack dog going after a suspect with the idea that the team had to be a fierce attacking team with an attacking dog mentality to win the state championship. It worked!

Wednesday, July 13:

An additional set of DVDs will be available soon at ‘The Fling-T Offense’ consists of four videos produced by Port St. Joe High School Head Coach John Palmer, a Florida state champion. The ‘Fling-T’ offense is a pass-friendly rendition of the run-oriented wing-T and is easily adaptable to any offense.

Tuesday, July 12: is currently editing two sets of DVDs that will be released soon. One includes a five-set series of videos entitled, ‘Simplicity Multiplicity – Shutting Down the Spread Offense.’ This series was produced by two coaches from state champion Victory Christian Academy in Lakeland, Florida – Head Coach Tommy Lewis and Defensive Coordinator Jamie Lemmond.

Monday, July 11: Today the first play in our ‘Point/Counterpoint’ series takes place, matching Shawn Liotta’s No-Huddle, No Mercy Offense and Steve Specht’s attacking 3-3-5 defense.

The first play is now posted – the first play of the game. It is first and ten on the 20-yard line on the left hash. Send us your comments on Point/Counterpoint and we’ll post the results.

Friday, July 8th:

We want to hear from you.

We are starting a new feature on and are looking for your ‘Best Play.’ Send us a short explanation of your bread ‘n butter play along with a diagram and video, if you have it available, and we’ll post it in the website.

Send the items to Look forward to hearing from you.

Thursday, July 7th:

Coming soon to is ‘Point-Counterpoint’ matching the offensive mind of Shawn Liotta and the defensive mind of Steve Specht. Liotta is the creator of the ‘No Huddle, No Mercy’ offense in which his team averaged nearly 60 points per game and became the second highest scoring offense in the history of high school football. He currently has a five-set series of DVDs available at on his potent offense.

Steve Specht has been St. Xavier’s (OH) Head Coach since 2004, architect of the 3-3-5 defense and a two time state champion. He has also been named the NFL High School Coach of the Year and a two-time recipient of the Ohio High School Coach of the Year award. He also has a series of DVDs available at on his defense.

Point-Counterpoint consists of four different down and distance situations. Coach Liotta diagrams his formation, while Coach Specht then counters with a defensive alignment. From there, the play is called and defended. You don’t want to miss this series coming in July.

Wednesday, July 6th: has just released a five-part series of DVDs entitled “Converting the College 4-2-5 to an Efficient High School Defense.” While the defensive coordinator last fall at Nansemund Suffolk Academy in Virginia, Justin Conyers helped his team win a Virginia State Championship.

Now the head coach at Green Run High School in Virginia Beach, Conyers outlines each video with detailed diagrams and player-specific responsibilities as illustrated with a whiteboard. Many of the principles are taken by two college powers known for their 4-2-5 defense – TCU and Virginia Tech.

Tuesday, July 5th:

Hal Mumme is now the head coach at Belhaven University in Mississippi and the architect of the Air Raid Offense. Featured in the next issue of AFM, Mumme was a head coach at Iowa Wesleyan, Kentucky, Southeastern Louisiana, New Mexico State and McMurry University.

While at McMurry, Mumme recorded a 27-16 record in four seasons, resurrecting a program that had not had a winning season for eight seasons prior to his arrival. In 2011, McMurry went 9-3 and recorded their first post-season playoff win since 1949 by beating Trinity in the first round of the Division III playoffs.

Coach Mumme’s Air Raid system is available at Air

Monday, July 4th

In our next issue of American Football Monthly – scheduled to be published in mid-July – the Godfather of the Air Raid Offense is featured. Hal Mumme has been called, “One of a handful of authentic offensive geniuses in the history of American football.”

Additionally, our next issue will also include:

· A question and answer session with 11 state champion head coaches from last fall. How did their respective teams deal with adversity and what advice would you give to those programs that have struggled with playoff runs?

· How to Maximize Your Offense in the Real world of High School Football – youth coach Jay Stolfi details the Double Gun Offense that is both simple to understand and install.

· Locking Down a Slot Wide Receiver – North Carolina State University Safeties Coach Clayton White provides both technique and drills.

· Special Teams Organization for Competition Drills and Circuits – By Kerry Webb, Special Teams Coordinator at Jacksonville University.

· Football Specific Conditioning – By the strength and conditioning staff of San Jose State University.

Plus, in the ‘Coach to Coach’ segment, ‘Coaching Staff Self-Improvement from the Inside-Out.’

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