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A Special Coach of the Year There are a number of coaching awards each year but one that stands out is the Don Shula NFL High School Coach of the Year award. The award is intended to “honor exemplary high school football coaches who display the integrity, achievement and leadership demonstrated by the winningest coach in NFL history, Don Shula.”Two years ago, Steve Specht, the head coach at St. Xavier in Cincinnati, won the award and last year the winner was Mike Grant from Eden Prairie High School in Minnesota. Last January, Somerset High School (WI) Head Coach Bruce Larson was named the 2014 award winner. Coach Lar... http://www.americanfootballmonthly.com/Subaccess/articles.php?article_id=6461&output=article
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Drills Report: Route Running Improving Your Technique and Speed There are a number of priorities a receiver should focus on when running proper routes. They include:  Being precise.  Reaching for the toes.  Have the head and eyes up.  Stem win the leverage battle.  Speed in, burst out of the cut.  Hit your depth.  Arm action.  Footwork pressure step/foot fire.    Included are three different drills the Clock Drill, Diamond Drill, and the Five on a Dice Drill that are all designed to improve route running.The Clock Drill (Diagram 1)Purpose: This drill emphasizes positive shin angles to h... http://www.americanfootballmonthly.com/Subaccess/articles.php?article_id=6462&output=article
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Using the Clean and Jerk as Your In-Season Workout In my weight room the clean and jerk is our lift during the season. It builds explosiveness and has shown to keep athletes healthy. The clean primarily works the hamstrings, lattisumus dorsi, biceps, and trapezius muscles. Players learn with this lift to be explosive because it teaches to produce a large amount of force in a very short period of time. Another benefit of the lift is that it works hips and glutes. They are two very important areas that have to do with power and speed. Clean and jerk is the perfect lift. You can have a whole, complete body movement workout with just one lift. My ... http://www.americanfootballmonthly.com/Subaccess/articles.php?article_id=6463&output=article
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Installation Report: The Vertical Passing Game Its great to be back! Ive always enjoyed sharing ideas with football coaches throughout the country and there is not a better place to do that than here at American Football Monthly. This article is the first in a series that will focus on the introduction and installation of a specific offensive play concept. My intention is to share ideas that have helped me over the years and specifics that will hopefully give insight into the actual nuts and bolts of each concept. These concepts are ones that I have learned, used, and developed over my 23 years as an offensive coordinator at both the h... http://www.americanfootballmonthly.com/Subaccess/articles.php?article_id=6464&output=article
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Speed Report: Mining for Nuggets Understanding the Gems That Maximize Football Speed For the last nine years I have had the opportunity to write an article a month for AFM and I must say Im still stimulated to impart knowledge thats useful to the football world. The driving force for me each month is having the privilege to present solid changes that work because they are fact-based and scientifically sound.    When choosing a topic each month I usually try to share information that will impact football programs with material that will help your speed training objectives. My greatest desire is to provide methods that are not wasteful. That requires placing emp... http://www.americanfootballmonthly.com/Subaccess/articles.php?article_id=6465&output=article
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ALL IN: Prevention and Psychological Treatment of Football Injuries Injuries are inevitable in football and too often when injuries occur, coaches are at a loss for how to deal with it. If you pursue an ALL IN philosophy and follow the acronym ALL IN after an injury, you will prevent as many injuries as possible and skillfully handle the unavoidable injuries that do occur. Before the InjuryBegin building an ALL IN culture before injuries occur. ALL IN means you are devoted to the whole person, not just the football player part of the person. Make sure your staff is trained on the latest player safety techniques and emergency procedures. Keep the people playing... http://www.americanfootballmonthly.com/Subaccess/articles.php?article_id=6466&output=article
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Leadership Strategies: Prima Donna Athletes Transformational Leadership vs. Servant Leadership Narcissus, a beautiful youth, glanced into a pool of water. Rejecting the nymph Echo, he fell in love with his own reflection. Greek mythologyTying Greek mythology to football isnt really a stretch, given the fact high school coaches are continually faced with one or more players who believe the team is there to serve them and not vice versa. Many coaches label these players as cancers. Unless, of course, they are clocked in the 40-yard dash under 4.5 or are of behemoth size and can run through the proverbial brick wall.  No, these players are now described as rough around the edges ... http://www.americanfootballmonthly.com/Subaccess/articles.php?article_id=6467&output=article
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Ways to Turn a Season Around Four Coaches Have Proven Ways to Help Turn a Season Around After a Struggling Start Dan Rohn Grand Rapids West Catholic High School (MI)    In 2013, Coach Dan Rohns Grand Rapids West Catholic team started the season 1-4 and went on to win the Michigan state championship. In 2012, West Catholic started 1-3 and reached the state championship game. In Rohns first eight seasons, West Catholic won its season opener only three times. Its all part of the plan.    We gear everything toward being the best football team in November, Rohn told AFM fresh off winning West Catholics second straight Michigan Division 5 state title. You dont win a st... http://www.americanfootballmonthly.com/Subaccess/articles.php?article_id=6468&output=article
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RAISING THE BAR - Transforming your Training Facility Master Strength & Conditioning Coach Troy Jorgensen of Missouri Southern State  University has transformed his training facility with the help of Samson Equipment.Top collegiate programs are well aware of the importance of having facilities that will impress recruits and give their athletes an edge. Thats especially true with strength and conditioning facilities.But what about smaller colleges those non-FBS schools that generally operate with much smaller budgets? Is it possible for them to have premier S & C equipment and effective training facilities?In the case of Division... http://www.americanfootballmonthly.com/Subaccess/articles.php?article_id=6469&output=article
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Why Coach? Being Compassionate, Optimistic, Attentive, Confident and Humanistic are Some of the Qualities a Coach Should Possess When I was invited to submit an article to AFM, I figured I would simply put some drills together, share some concepts, propose a few diagrams and maybe even talk about the transition of players from high school football to college competition. After all, thats what we, as coaches, would need for personal or professional development, right?        I shared my ideas with colleagues in the office and even surveyed some young coaches who were helping with our summer camps. I also spoke with a coach and grad assistant from a local Division II program, who suggested s... http://www.americanfootballmonthly.com/Subaccess/articles.php?article_id=6470&output=article
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Air Raid Concepts with Backside Tags Offensive football in todays college world has evolved over the past 20 years. More programs are running an up-tempo, spread style offense and defensive coaches have the argument of the 10 second rule. One of the most popular spread offenses is the Air Raid offense and its light it up passing attack. These concepts have been putting up record breaking numbers at every level of college football from FBS, FCS, Division II, Division III, and NAIA for over 20 years. Although there are many different versions of the Air Raid in college football today, a lot of the same base concepts are prevalen... http://www.americanfootballmonthly.com/Subaccess/articles.php?article_id=6471&output=article
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A Quick, Simple, High Rep Progression for Defeating Blocks Repetitions with four different ways to defeat blocks the rip, punch, slip and cut techniques will help improve your overall defense.One of the many great things about being at Butler University is being centrally located and having so many terrific football programs very close to use as professional development resources. Lets be clear, no one is inventing a new defense. However, there are many different schemes, philosophies, fits, terminology, etc. This is where I think all defensive coaches need to start. You need something to hang your hat on. For us it is our base defense, which i... http://www.americanfootballmonthly.com/Subaccess/articles.php?article_id=6472&output=article
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UNC-Charlotte Offensive Line Blocking Stations Editors Note: UNC-Charlotte former offensive line coach Ed Ratliff wrote this clinic this summer before his sudden passing. Ratliff died of natural causes in early August and was both an experienced and respected coach. Our deepest condolences to his family and friends.We start practice with a blocking station circuit that sets the tone for the day. We play in a fast tempo offense that runs the inside zone, counter play, and power play. We take pride in starting practice fast and working on basic, but vital, fundamentals in developing our run game. The OL and TEs are separated into two even g... http://www.americanfootballmonthly.com/Subaccess/articles.php?article_id=6475&output=article
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Four Fundraisers Dave Rupe is now in his second year as head coach of New Lexington High School in Ohio. He has helped put together four different community service programs that have become a staple of the New Lexington program. They include:Memorial Day Flag Ceremony - working with the local chapter of the American Legion, Rupes players and coaches meet at the local cemetery on the Saturday morning of Memorial Day weekend. The players then place flags on the gravestones of the towns fallen military veterans. The ceremony takes about an hour and a half, said Rupe. Its a great experience for our players... http://www.americanfootballmonthly.com/Subaccess/articles.php?article_id=6474&output=article
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FREE FORM Defensive Line Grade Sheet Evaluating performance is a priority for every coach. The Defensive Line Grade Sheet details the overall performance of your D-Line. Categories included on the form pass rush, plugging a hole, defeating a block, passing sack, solo tackle, assisted tackle, and missed tackles for overall total points. Download it here... http://www.americanfootballmonthly.com/Subaccess/articles.php?article_id=6473&output=article