FNF Coaches Talk — Inspiring athlete staying in shape, Riddell’s analytical push, Coach characters

FNF Coaches Talk

Happy Friday, Coaches! We’ve got three good stories for you. Enjoy the weekend.

1. Los Angeles athlete might be able to inspire your players (Los Angeles Times)

Here’s a story worth sending to your players. A Southern California wide receiver is forging ahead during quarantine and figuring out creative ways to keep himself in shape. He’s getting recruited to play in college, so he’s looking to gain ground on his peers.

Jordan McIntyre gets to work in the family driveway of a quiet cul-de-sac in Chatsworth. There’s no music blaring, only the sound of birds chirping. The senior receiver at West Hills Chaminade has been following stay-at-home orders for more than two months, denied the chance to train with teammates or coaches.

McIntyre, 6 feet 1, 185 pounds, could be one of those athletes who bursts ahead of others if there’s a high school football season. He’s been determined to keep building up his strength, size and speed. He’s using bands, sandbags, bricks and other props while doing pushups, stretches, running and lifting on his own. He’s got his third-grade brother, his track coach father and his always enthusiastic mother cheering him on.


How are you motivating your athletes to stay in shape?

2. Analytics and data collecting spur helmet safety in football (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)

Riddell, one of the country’s top helmet suppliers, is making an effort to engage coaches more than ever before. In the past the company tried to create technology to engage trainers and medical staff, but now it’s making helmets that speak to coaches with the technology.

While no one is actually playing football right now, analytics and data collecting are contributing to safety in the sport like at no other time.

Teaming with Catapult, an Australia-based technology company, Riddell is providing coaches, players and medical staff detailed information regarding anything from practice regimens to helmet contacts to overall preparation for athletes.

“In the early part of the product’s launch,” Thad Ide, Riddell’s senior vice president of research and product development says about the company’s InSite tool, “it was more the medical staff and trainers we engaged. Only in the last couple years have we made an effort to engage coaches more because we have this tool. Riddell created a web portal of engagement with coaches, an acting coach outreach program, and even more recently with strength coaches, conditioning coaches — they tend to eat this stuff up. Such as head impact exposure’s relationship to fatigue, and the load on the player — ways we maybe did not even think about.”

Through its partnership with Catapult and its XOS system, Riddell can allow coaches to synch video and athlete performance metrics with on-field head impact data transmitted and analyzed through InSite. More than 1,200 football programs use helmets equipped for InSite at all levels of play, covering close to 35,000 players, mostly at the high school level, with many at small colleges.

How much do you consider a player’s workload and fatigue factor when considering the concussion risk?


3. Where are they now? What the cast of Coach is doing today (Looper)

This is a fun Friday story. If you’re like me, you grew up watching Coach, and the show made you want to get into coaching someday.

Coach aired on ABC from 1989 to 1997, spanning nine seasons and 200 episodes. It earned star Craig T. Nelson three Emmy nominations and one win for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series. Guest star Tim Conway also picked up an Emmy in 1996. Coach was unusual for its work setting: The passionate world of a major college football program. Appropriately enough, its seventh season aired prior to Monday Night Football.

I don’t want to spoil any one particular character’s “Where are they now?” tease, but I was most interested in finding out where Dobber and Hayden Fox are now.


What TV show made you want to become a coach? 

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