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Clutch Performer© April 2010
Coach Dave White leads the Edison Chargers in high school hotbed Orange County
Orange County, California, just south of Los Angeles, is year after year one of
the countryís top regions for high school football. Many teams are highly-ranked, not just state-wide but nationally as well, and powerhouse programs produce plenty of DI talent every year. To succeed in ďThe O.C.Ē, be prepared to face a tough opponent virtually every week.
Schmidt: When I first came here, 30 years ago, I started heading up the job of managing the headsets and later became responsible for purchasing. Weíve had all different kinds of headsets, going back to the old wired headsets to the wireless units we have today.
CoachComm Connex is the best system weíve had in all my 30 years coaching. Itís the most consistent and it works better than any system weíve ever used.
When did you decide to switch to Connex?
We bought our system four years ago, during the middle of the season. We had a game against Servite where we had serious problems with our communication because of interference. Even though they were using a different system, Servite lost their signal, too. After that game, both of us ended up getting Connex systems and, when we met in the playoffs later in the year, everything worked great. No crossover, great communication, no problems at all.
The big problem was the difficulty setting it up. When you were setting it up, you had to methodically go through channels until you found one that worked and then program all the headsets to that channel. It was tough to set up and it took about 45 minutes each game. We had spent a lot of money on that system, and we really werenít happy with the performance we got.
Did that change when you switched to the Connex system?
What other features are important to you?
Number one, I can set up the whole system in about five minutes. I basically just plug it in and it automatically sets up every headset. We have it set up so the system splits offensive and defensive coaches, but any coach can switch back and forth to talk to any coach whoís connected. We have four coaches on defense and four on offense plus Coach White on the system during games, and they can all talk at the same time, wireless and hands-free. Even though Iím an offensive coach, sometimes Iíll see something that might help on defense and Iíll switch over and talk to them. And when the game is over, it takes about two minutes to pack up the entire system.
The Connex system has a battery power indicator right in the beltpack that tells us how much power we have left, but it has never really been a concern. Weíve had overtime games that, when they ended, we still had over half the power left in the power pack. After games, I plug in the system for charging the next day and, a few hours later itís fully charged.
How would you rate CoachComm in terms of customer service and tech support?
Our needs are met really well Ė weíre dealing with a company that is top-notch. I work closely with our rep and theyíve been very quick getting back to me if I ever need anything.
How would you sum up your experience with the Connex headset communication system from CoachComm?
Without a doubt, itís the best Iíve ever had.
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