FNF Coaches Talk — Podcast on Building a Winning Culture, Prioritizing Your Wedding Ring Over a Championship Ring, Quarters Defensive Schemes

Welcome back, Coaches. We’ve got three good stories for you.

1. Illinois State Champion Coach Aaron Kunz on Building a Winning Culture (FNF Coaches Podcast)

One of our themes over the next few months will be “Building a Winning Culture” and FNF Coaches Podcast host Dan Guttenplan connected with a veteran coach who has clearly established a winning culture at Williamsville High in Illinois.

Williamsville High (Ill.) coach Aaron Kunz believes the groundwork for his team’s first-ever state championship was laid last summer when the coaches and players studied former Ohio State football coach Jim Tressel’s “The Winners Manual: For the Game of Life.” Kunz, who has a career record of 146-45 in 17 seasons, talks about the ways in which he has established a winning culture.


FNF Coaches Talk Podcast – Illinois State Champion Coach Aaron Kunz on Building a Winning Culture

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2. Don’t Lose Your Wedding Ring, In Your Pursuit Of A Championship Ring! (FB Coaches Forum)

Coronado High (Calif). coach Kurt Hines has a huge presence on Twitter, and that’s why we made him one of our social media influencers.

Hines wrote a column for FB Coaches Forum about a topic we’ve covered a few times recently — balancing family and football. Hines has a great take on it, and we’re happy to share it.

All too often (in my 22+ years of coaching high school football), I have heard coaches bragging about their families knowing that they are “football widows/children” during the season. You know what I mean; coaches who brag about spending countless hours breaking down film, and being in the office while putting their families on the back burner.

It’s a good point. Many of us do refer to wives as “football widows” in-season, and that should be a badge of honor.

Make sure you put your families first! Talk with your spouses, talk with your children, and as often as you can, LISTEN to their wants, needs, and desires! Make Football a PART of your lives, not the dictator of your lives.
Let’s teach those we are blessed to coach (and coach with), that as passionate as we are about the game, we are more passionate about the people, and the opportunities we have to be, and to LIVE with them!


What are some traditions you have with your wife during the football season to stay connected?

3. Three Coverages Every Quarters Team Needs in Its Toolbox (MatchQuarters.com)

We know how much our coaches like X’s and O’s, and Match Quarters offers some premium content in that regard. Here, they break down Split-field Quarters, which is one of the most adaptive and flexible defenses a modern defensive coordinator can base out of.

It molds and flexes to fit whatever an offense can throw at it. Offenses can only throw so many different numbers on either side of the center; up to four eligible receivers at the most, and Quarters can adapt to all of them. At the fundamental level, Quarters is based off a numbers system. The corners always relate to #1, the safeties and outside linebackers #2 (bracket), and the Mike always relates to #3. If a player can count to three he can play Quarters.

Quarters is a great defense for high school teams because of its simplicity. It’s a great scheme for defenses if the opposing offense has an elite downfield option that can’t be covered in man coverage.

Utilizing split-field coverages takes the Quarters scheme one step further, creating even more adaptiveness and flexibility. Being able to tag a base defense with small coverage manipulations can transform a static Quarters look into a robber, invert (Sky), or trap coverage. Pressure doesn’t always have to be the answer either. The defensive coordinator doesn’t have to outsmart his coaching counterpart on the other side of the ball, just the young QB trying to run the offense.


What defense do you prefer to play when an opposing team has an elite downfield receiver?

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