FNF Coaches Podcast – Parish Episcopal (Texas) coach Daniel Novakov

Episode Summary

Coach Daniel Novakov is a champion coach in the state of Texas. The former University of Notre Dame quarterback led Parish Episcopal in Texas to a TAPPS Division I state title last year.
Coach Novakov talks about the state of football in Texas with the first game scheduled for Sept. 25 (1:00). He shares the most frustrating part of the pandemic (2:45), and his experience following in his father’s footsteps by playing at Notre Dame from 1999 to 2003.

Episode Notes

Novakov talks about when he knew he wanted to become a coach (10:00) and the pressure of coaching high school football in Texas (11:30). He talks about the downsides of being a head coach (17:00), and how the profession will change coming out of the pandemic (19:30). Prior to his team’s state championship, Coach Novakov made an effort to be more efficient with his time (20:30) and he got rid of “filler” (21:30). He also rehashes his team’s run to the state championship (22:45) and shares what goes into establishing a winning culture (23:00). Finally, he talks about the challenge of keeping 15- to 18-year-old athletes safe during an era of COVID (28:10).