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Rex Lardner April 24th, 2017

Rick Coles is the Offensive Coordinator and offensive Line Coach at Ripon College. Part I of his clinic article, "The Midline Triple Option at Ripon College" is posted today. Coach Coles details how the Midline Triple Option freezes the Free Safety, slowing down his alley fill.

April 21st, 2017

Eddie Fields is a coach and teacher at Space Cost High School in Cocoa, Florida and a frequent contributor to His latest blog is posted today.


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April 20th, 2017

Part II of "Creative Ways to Spice Up Your Meetings and Practices" is posted today. Written by Head Coach Tyler Fenwick of Missouri University of Science and Technology, the article details various focus techniques.

April 19th, 2017

Tyler Fenwick is the head coach at Missouri University of Science and Technology. Posted today is part 1 of his clinic article on "Creative Ways to Spice Up Your Meetings and Practices." Coach Fenwick discusses the concept of flipped teaching as well as 'narrowing the focus at practice.'

April 18th, 2017

Part two of "Defensive Fundamentals vs. Today's Offenses" is posted today. Written by Wesleyan University Defensive Coordinator Jeff McDonald, the clinic includes six drills to help improve tackling. Drills include the Box Tackle, Tackle Tag, and Tackling Progression.

April 17th, 2017

Jeff McDonald is the defensive coordinator at Wesleyan University. A frequent contributor to AFM, Coach McDonald recently completed a two-part clinic article, "Defensive Fundamentals vs. Today's Offenses." In part I, posted today, the basics of proper tackling are detailed. In tomorrow's post, 6 different drills are included.

April 14th, 2017

Part II of "Inside Linebacker Techniques and Drills to Develop Them" is posted today. Written by the Inside Linebackers Coach at Trine University, Maury Waugh, the clinic article focuses on proper tackling and drills to improve overall tackling.

April 13th, 2017

Posted today is part I of the clinic article, "Inside Linebacker Techniques and Drills to Develop Them." Written by Maury Waugh, the Inside Linebackers Coach at Trine University, The article includes proper stance, shuffle, lateral run, block destruction, and drills to accompany them.

April 12th, 2017

Part II of Matt Kalb's clinic article, "A Simple RPO" is posted today. Kalb is the offensive coordinator at McMurry University in Abilene, Texas. Today's part II discusses adding the RPO to the zone play and how the quarterback's thought process changes to thinking pass first.

April 11th, 2017

Part I of "A Simple RPO" is posted today. Written by McMurry University's Offensive Coordinator Matt Kalb, the article contains two diagrams and focuses on the quarterback power read. It's McMurry's number one running play.

April 10th, 2017

"Pass Rushing Mentality, Run Stopping Reality", a clinic article written by Darelle Hankins, the defensive line coach at Marian University, is posted today. Coach Hankins details the four key aspects necessary to be a successful defensive lineman: "Being an Olympic sprinter, keys to reading the target, using active hands, and having flexible hips."

April 10th, 2017
April 7th, 2017

'Building Championship-Level Football Players' part II is posted today. Written by the Director of Sports Performance and assistant fooball coach C.J. Richardson at Sul Ross State University, the article focuses on building psychological toughness.

April 6th, 2017

Coach C. J. Richardson is the Director of Sports Performance and an assistant football coach at Sul Ross State University. Posted today is Part I of his clinic article entitled, 'Building Championship -Level Football Players.' He details the priorities of an off-season strength and conditioning program.

April 5th, 2017

Part II of 'The Purple Pact' is posted today. Written by Head Football Coach Frank Marcucio of Westhill High School (CT) the program includes how a memorial fund was established for Pete Cernansky, a former student-athlete at the school Modeled after the 'Play It Smart' program, 'The Purple Pact's' goal 'is to strengthen the team identity as well as provide support and skill-building activities for individual student-athletes.'

April 4th, 2017

Posted today is part I of "The Purple Pact.' Modeled after the Play It Smart  school-based program created by the National Football Foundation, the program focuses on 'assisting participants in identifying their transfereable skills and learning how to use these skills in academic preparation, in developing and maintaining productive relationships and in gaining confidence in their abilities to function effectively in the world of work.' Written by Head Football Coach Frank Marcucio of Westhill High School (CT) the program was adapted to help his high school student-athletes.

April 3rd, 2017

James Vint is an assistant coach at Estacado High School in Lubbock, Texas. He has authored a book that is available in hard cover of paperback, "Installing Explosive RPO Concepts Into Any Offense." Coach Vint recently took part in a Q & A about his book and the explosion of the RPO concept which is posted today.

March 31st, 2017

Ralph Isernia is the head coach at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. His clinic article, "Engineering Your Culture: 5 Keys to Team Excellence" is posted today. "The 5 keys included help engineer your overall culture to develop team excellence."

March 30th, 2017

Part II of Coach Rick Streif's clinic article, "The 3-3 Stack with a Twist" is posted today. Head Coach at Cathedral High School in Indianapolis, Coach Streif details the responsibilities of each defensive player.

March 29th, 2017

Rick Streif is the head coach at Cathedral High School in Indianapolis and has won 10 state championships. Part I of his clinic article, "The 3-3 Stack with a Twist" is posted today. Cathedral converted from a 4-3 Cover 4 to a 3-3 Stack with a Cover 2 shell behind it. The result - 6 state championships in 8 years.

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