Welcome back, Coach. Here’s a few stories for you.
1. 2019 National Coach of the Year: COVID ‘threat is still out there’ (FNF Coaches)
We spoke with the reigning National Coach of the Year yesterday, and this is worth a read.
Dutch Fork High (S.C.) football coach Tom Knotts couldn’t have had a better 2019.
He led Dutch Fork to its fifth state championship — bringing his total state championship count to 12 between coaching jobs in North and South Carolina. At the conclusion of the season, he was named the 2019 National High School Football Coaches Association (NHSCA) National Football Coach of the Year.
Like so many coaches, Knotts hasn’t been as enamored with 2020 so far. His team finally opened the season last Friday night after a difficult summer and delayed start to the fall season. He hosted Senior Night for his players on the first game of the season to make sure his upperclassmen didn’t miss out on the ceremony if the season gets cancelled before its scheduled completion.
Knotts recently joined FNF Coaches for a Q&A.
“Kids are ready to get out. Americans are ready to get out. But the threat is still there. We’re playing a dangerous game, but hopefully life goes on and football goes on.”
How do you feel your state and local area is handling the COVID safety precautions?
2. Jacksonsville State Recruiting Coordinator Delivers Recruiting 101 Message (JSU Athletics)
Coaches — You want to know how to get your prospects “looks” this fall? Jacksonville State University coordinator JR Sandlin laid out the case here.
Sandlin has recruited under Nick Saban at Alabama and also served as the recruiting director at Tennessee. This is good advice.
What are you doing to get your players looks this fall?
3. California is starting to clear the way for HS football to return (USCFootball.com)
We’ve spoken to coaches in California who are restricted from practicing while schools are doing a remote learning model. That being said, this is good news for teams that are doing either a hybrid model or entirely in-person.
What has been the biggest piece of positive news you’ve received on the COVID front in the last month?