FNF Coaches Talk

Welcome back, Coaches. Here are the stories for today.

1. Summer Reading: Get $10 off an annual subscription to FNF Coaches (Subscribe)

Coaches — We’re posting this first just in case you’re considering locking down an annual subscription to FNF Coaches. It’s normally $29.95 for eight print editions to be mailed to your home. We’re offering it for $19.95 through Oct. 1. That’s roughly $2.50 per magazine.

Go to our subscription page and enter the code SUMMER before Oct. 1 to lock in the discount price.

What specific topics would you like to read about in the coming months?

2. How Argyle went from small-town high school to a reigning ‘beast’ across multiple 4A sports (Dallas News)

It’s been a dominant 13-year run for Argyle, but the small town school has grown to a point where it could soon be upgraded to 5A. Argyle is expected to have over 1,000 students next fall and over 1,300 by 2021, according to Superintendent Telena Wright. The current UIL enrollment figure for 5A is 1,150-2,189. Would Argyle experience the same success in a larger classification?

“As our enrollment grows, I earnestly believe it’s a numbers game, and I think we’ll have the numbers to compete at the 5A level,” said Argyle football coach and athletic director Todd Rodgers. “I don’t expect to go in and have the same kind of success we’ve had in 4A, but I think that’s still a goal of ours down the road.”

That plan started coming together in 2003, when Rodgers decided to become the boys athletic coordinator and head football coach instead of taking an offensive coordinator position at Skyline. He felt like he was ready to be a head coach. He also had three kids and a wife who worked outside of the school. He was looking to find a place where he could settle down.

He’s helped create consistency across the sports, especially when the middle schools run the same plays as the high school teams.

What is one characteristic the winning programs in your area have in common? 

3. Serviced Rendered: Legendary Pennsylvania Coach Retires After Five Decades (FNF Coaches)

Here’s an inspiring one from our summer edition for anyone who is looking to carve out a career in this business.

Upper St. Clair, Pa., coach Jim Render, 76, announced in January he’s stepping away from coaching after nearly five decades in the profession.

He leaves with over 400 career victories, two state championships, five western Pennsylvania titles and a slew of memories as one of the most successful coaches in the country. Render is the only coach in western Pennsylvania with that many career wins.

“(The stories) have been about people that I’ve had the honor of coaching who have gone on to be outstanding men,” he said.

In Render’s final season at Upper St. Clair, he earned his 400th victory and led the Panthers to an 8-3 record and a 38th playoff appearance. The 400th win came on Aug. 31 vs. Peters Township, 16-14.

In the 1960 class of Dover High School (Ohio), Render graduated from Wittenberg University. His wife, Pam, is retired from the Upper St. Clair school district, and his two sons, J.T. and Eric, both played for their father.

What is one thing you’ve learned throughout your career that you wish you knew in the beginning?

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