FNF Coaches Talk — 4 Things a Coach Must Do When the Season Ends, Training a Coaching Staff, Student with Down Syndrome Inspires Team

Happy Hump Day, Coaches. We’ve got three new stories for you.

1. Four Things a Coach Must Do the Day the Season Ends (FNF Coaches)

We actually did this story a few years ago, but it’s certainly appropriate today as most coaches are making the transition into the offseason. For this story, we talked to four legendary coaches and simply posed the question, “What is the first thing you HAVE to do the day after the season ends?”

Jerry Pezzetti has been coaching for 50-plus seasons, most of it at Ankeny Centennial (Iowa). He is one of two coaches in Iowa high school history to reach the 400-victory career milestone. The first thing he does each offseason is take inventory of equipment and initiate the process of updating any unsafe gear.

“I go through every piece of equipment,” Pezzetti said. “We’re a Riddell team for helmets. I have Riddell come in and inspect every helmet from eighth grade through varsity. We make our orders by Christmas so we’ll have everything by the time we start in the spring.”

Good Counsel (Md.) head coach Bob Milloy, 75, is always looking to grow in the profession. Each offseason, he invites college coaches to his campus for recruiting visits. In exchange for the opportunity to recruit his players, Milloy often asks the visiting coaches to provide some tips on the X’s and O’s of the game.

“I watch a lot of college games, and see different schemes,” Milloy said. “When they come here, I’ll have questions for them. I call in my coaches and say, ‘Why don’t you go up to the white board and show us this play?’”

What is the first thing you do after your season ends?

2. Training a Coaching Staff and Year-Round Responsibilities (CoachTube)

Many of us are starting to map out our offseason schedule, and this is a topic that can’t be overlooked.

The first step in any offseason plan should be self-evaluation. That includes evaluating your coaching staff and looking for ways to delegate to help your assistants develop into better coaches.

Coach Jason McManus has video showing you what his offensive coaching staff do in the off-season, during the week, at weekend coaches meetings, and what their scouting duties are.

Coach Jason McManus was a college coach for 12 years before becoming the offensive coordinator at South Pointe High School in South Carolina. Playing in the highest classification, South Pointe won four consecutive state titles, had a 55-5 record including a 26-game win streak, and was ranked No. 6 in the country by USA Today.

His offense runs an Air Raid RPO system.

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3. High school football team finds inspiration through boy with Down syndrome (The Morning Call)

We love these stories about high school football teams giving back — and maybe even getting something in return.

Ian Foerst is an Emmaus (Pa.) freshman with Down syndrome who has been included in the football program for the benefit of everyone involved. Even though he has never thrown a pass, carried the ball or made a tackle, Foerst became attached to the team and the team became attached to him. He came to practices and games and made sure to send the guys off on road trips with an encouraging smile.

“Ian’s bond with this team is unbelievable,” said Colin Foerst, Ian’s father. “To see a group of kids today back a child with special needs is amazing. I can tell you that in the schools I attended when I grew up, you walked right past a child with special needs and didn’t think anything about it.”

Emmaus football coach Harold Fairclough was on a state championship football team and coached a state championship team. He knows, however, that a prominent sport like the one he coaches is not just about championships. It’s about life lessons.

“Having Ian around has been great,” Fairclough said. “The kids appreciate him and have taken him under their wing. He helps us keep things in perspective. The excitement he shows after a practice or before a game puts a smile on everybody’s face.”

What do you do to make your program inclusive for any student in the school?

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