FNF Coaches Talk

FNF Coaches Talk — An emotional tribute to a coach, Bill Belichick’s motivational tactics, the life of a football coach’s wife

Welcome back, Coaches. We hope you had a productive weekend.

1. Boy Cries as He Thanks Football Coach in Sweet Video: ‘You Help Me Love Football Again’ (People)

This one is enough to make even a high school football coach get choked up.

A young Indiana boy is bringing tears to eyes across the internet thanks to his touching, tear-filled tribute to his beloved football coach.

Courtney Renee Wigginton shared a Facebook video of her son Jayden growing emotional as he tells his coach just how much he means to him earlier this week.

In the clip, Jayden approaches his coach, whom Yahoo reported is Richard Nelloms, and presents him with a special gift in the form of a mug.

“A good coach can change the game. A great coach can change your life,” Nelloms reads from the mug, before he and Jayden share a big hug.

How have your players expressed their appreciation for you this season?

2. Here’s What Bill Belichick Said to a Player After the Game of His Life (NBC Sports)

Bill Belichick won his 300th game as an NFL head coach yesterday, so Peter King wrote a story that includes several interesting anecdotes from Belichick’s former players. If you want a peek into how Belichick’s teams have sustained success over the years, here’s a good look into it with a story from former Browns safety Louis Riddick.

“January first, 1995. Single-most memorable day of my football career—high school, college, pro.
“Stevon Moore, the regular safety, was hurt. I was ready to go. Nick Saban’s my defensive coordinator and my DB coach. Bill Belichick’s my head coach. Playing Drew Bledsoe in a playoff game. Going to the stadium, I wasn’t nervous. Nick is one of the great coaches of all time, and he had me totally prepared. We were playing a lot of single-high safety. On this one play, [safety] Eric Turner rotated down, and I was playing the deep part of the field. I remember getting good depth and seeing Drew throw it. He overthrew it. I thought, ‘This ball is coming right to me! Don’t drop it!’ I caught it. And that day I had like 10 tackles. Great day. Next day, we go into the team meeting, and I figure I’m getting a game ball. I sat down. I figure, had an interception, all these big hits. I am at the edge of my seat. Bill says, ‘This guy had so-and-so tackles, had an interception.’ Bill says, ‘The defensive player of the game is …’ I literally start getting up out of my seat, and he says, ‘Eric Turner.’ I was like [exhaling air]. I sat back in my seat. And Eric, God bless his heart, says, ‘Uh-uhn. No.’ He tosses the ball to me, and everybody is clapping.
“So we’re walking out of the team meeting room. Bill’s there. He looks at me. Just like this he says: ‘What are you gonna do next week?’ I’m thinking, ‘Man! That’s rough!’
“But this league’s about what you’re gonna do, not what you just did. Great lesson. And that is exactly how Bill Belichick is.”

How do you prevent players from getting complacent after experiencing success?

3. Hidden figures: The life of a football coach’s wife (Midland Daily News)

We’ve featured stories like these before because it’s a topic we can all relate to. Perhaps no one in the world of high school sports works harder, longer, and later than football coaches. And perhaps no one knows that better than the women who love them.

The life of a football coach’s wife is one of sacrifice, patience, and support. A coach’s wife has to wear many hats — from mother, homemaker, and co-bread winner to chauffeur, planner, and amateur psychiatrist.

In this story, Kelly Bilina — wife of Meridian (Texas) football coach Mike Bilina and mother of five young children between the ages of 1 and 8 — pointed out, the trials of a long season should come as no surprise to anyone who marries a football coach.

“I think you just learn to love (football) as much as (your husband) does. I knew going into our marriage that Mike loved football and that it was his passion,” noted Kelly Bilina. “I knew what I was signing up for. I grew up playing sports, and I can appreciate his passion and his competitiveness.”

The schedule is particularly bad this time of year, but we all know high school football is a year-round sport these days.

As for Suzanne Methner, wife of Midland High coach Eric Methner and mother of two grown sons, she noted, “I don’t feel like the season ever ends.”

“You go from the playoffs to award dinners, and then in January they start lifting weights, and then in the summer you don’t do vacations as much (because of conditioning and workouts),” Suzanne Methner said. ” … You just have to make the most of your time (when your husband is not busy with football).”

How do you make time for your family during the busiest time of year for high school football?

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