FNF Coaches Talk — An NFL Coach’s Advice for HS Coaches, Overtime Advice From a Mentor, A Platform to Help Athletes and Parents with Recruiting

Welcome back, Coaches. We hope you enjoyed the weekend. Here are three stories for you.

1. Denver Broncos coach Vic Fangio shares advice with HS coaches (Denver Broncos)

It’s always worthwhile to pass along advice for high school coaches, especially when it comes from an NFL head coach.

Denver Broncos coach Vic Fangio passed along advice to 54 Colorado high schools at the Broncos’ ninth annual High School Football Coaches Clinic on Wednesday.

Fangio started coaching for Henzes at Dunmore (Pa.) High School in 1979, and the three years he spent at the high-school level were critical in shaping his perspective on both football and life.

Fangio gave advice on how to establish a good culture:

“Culture is a word that has gotten too loosely used in sports, I think. I’m going to tell you what a good culture is: It’s to get a bunch of good coaches and a bunch of good players and you win and all of a sudden you’ve got a hell of a culture. So that’s what we’re trying to do. We’re trying to coach the hell out of these guys. The one thing that attracted me to football more than the other sports is coaches have more of an impact in football than any other game. Just think about it: there’s no other sport where you huddle up — and I know you don’t huddle up as much as you used to … but a play is being called every time. There’s techniques involved to execute those plays. You’re trying to get 11 guys to operate as one. So coaching has a major impact on the success of the team. … I don’t have a formula or paragraph to describe what a culture would be, but we’re just trying to do a hell of a job. Make guys accountable, do a hell of a job of coaching them, make big expectations for them to do the little things right — and then I think all of a sudden if that happens, well we’re winning some games. You’ve got a hell of a culture.”

On how to help a team improve their tackling:

“You emphasize it. I worked for a coach once — not my high school coach — who said, ‘If you’ve emphasized something, you’ll get it. If you don’t emphasize it, it won’t happen.’ So we emphasize it in drills. Now do we practice live tackling? No. Very, very seldomly. If you come here and watch every one of our practices in training camp, you will see very, very little live tackling. So the video becomes important. … To me, it’s just still emphasis and just not giving in to say, ‘Well, we don’t have enough to teach it.’ All I’m interested in is what are the rules of the CBA? What are the rules that govern practice? We’re going to make it work.”

What is one question you’d ask an NFL coach if you were looking for advice?

2. Advice from coaching legend: Play overtime in front of student section (Charlotte Observer)

In one of the most entertaining games of the entire high school season, a young coach applied some advice he’d gotten from a mentor to help his team win a 7-overtime thriller.

Charlotte Catholic (N.C.) advanced to the 3A football state-title game by beating Kings Mountain 56-49 in seven overtimes.

Charlotte Catholic’s game-clinching interception came in the south end zone at Keffer Stadium, in front of the student section. And that’s just the way Cougars’ coach Mike Brodowicz had planned.

“I recalled that coach (Jim) Oddo told me that he once won a game in overtime because he chose to play in front of the student section,” Brodowicz said, referring to Charlotte Catholic’s now-retired legendary head football coach. “He thought it made a difference.”

So when the Cougars won the coin toss in overtime, they chose to defend the end zone in front of the student section.

“Both teams’ students had congregated at that end zone,” Brodowicz said. “It was the perfect way to end what was a classic game.”

What is the best piece of game management advice you’ve gotten from a mentor?

3. How This Platform Helps High School Athletes And Parents Understand College Athletics Recruiting (Forbes)

This is an informative article for coaches, and could potentially be a website you share with athletes and parents who are looking for guidance throughout the recruiting process.

LRT Sports is providing a platform for college student-athletes to rate their coaches and college recruits to rate their scouting experience. In addition, the platform provides parents and athletes with all the information about the college athletic recruiting process, policies and checklists needed before committing to a particular school, which also includes information on scholarship opportunities.

Keirsten Sires, founder and CEO of LRT Sports, is making college and athletic recruiting information accessible to everyone. Sires embarks on week-long campaigns during the year where she travels to high schools across the country to share information on the college athletic recruiting process to graduating athletes. As she continues to expand LRT, she focuses on the following essential steps:

  • Be self-motivated. There are many people out there who talk a good game, however, when it comes down to it they don’t want to put the work in necessary to achieve the goal. The only person you can count on is yourself.
  • Develop a network of individuals who have done what you want to do. This network of people will be able to provide the best advice and personal sponsorship.
  • Research as much as you can. Preparation will make the transition smoother than if going into a situation blind.

What online resources do you recommend to athletes and parents when it comes to recruiting?

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