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March 2014

March 2014

Letter from AFM – Coach, Writer, Friend

by: John Gallup
Editor and Publisher
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When we first met Bryon Hamilton in 2007, he was an up-and-coming high school head coach in Northern California. His innovative offensive system, the Shotgun Zone Fly, was the cover story subject in our December issue. The SZF was putting up record numbers with its potent inside-outside running attack, which was a precursor of the misdirection run game employed by Gus Malzahn at Auburn in last season’s run to the championship game. The feature proved to be very popular with AFM readers and the subsequent series of DVDs are some of the best-selling titles AFM Videos has ever produced.

In 2010, when we were looking for a coach to write a monthly column addressing the off-field issues that every coach faces in putting together a successful program, Coach Hamilton answered the call. His “Coach to Coach” column debuted in the May issue and has continued every month since. That’s a total of nearly 40 articles and well over 50,000 words. In a very entertaining way, he shared his personal coaching experiences and lessons that he has learned on topics including motivation, time management, making a difference, discipline and many more.

Now, as he prepares to enter his second season as associate head coach and offensive coordinator at Shasta College in California, Coach Hamilton has decided to take a much-deserved break from Coach to Coach. While you can expect to hear from him from time to time, for now he will be devoting 100% of his energies to the Shasta offense. That could spell trouble for their opponents. Last season, the team advanced from one win and 26 points per game in 2012 to 43 points per game and a share of the conference championship. Without having to worry about his monthly writing deadline, well, look out defenses!

In the absence of a regular monthly writer for Coach to Coach, we’re turning to you. We know that almost all coaches have great personal stories to share about the lessons they’ve learned in their careers and many have developed unique leadership methods and strategies for dealing with off-field issues. If you’d like to write about your stories and your techniques in Coach to Coach, send your 1,000 to 1,500-word submissions to Rex Lardner, Sharing football knowledge is the cornerstone of the profession and this is your opportunity to share your knowledge with coaches everywhere. We look forward to hearing from you.

To Bryon Hamilton, we appreciate your great contributions to AFM and we wish you all the best at Shasta or wherever your coaching journey takes you. Thanks, Coach. Don’t be a stranger.
John Gallup
Editor & Publisher


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