FNF Coaches Talk — West Virginia coaches gain edge on Twitter, Arizona coaches using apps, a coach’s guide to working from home

Welcome back, Coaches. Check out today’s stories.

1. West Virginia coach jumps on Twitter to gain offseason edge (WV Metro News)

We’ve seen a lot of coaches becoming more active on Twitter during the stoppage in play, and this West Virginia coach falls into that category.

The Bridgeport football program has gone virtual, with daily workouts posted on Twitter.

Coaches share the plans for the day but the social media engagement doesn’t stop there. Players share videos as well and teams within the team are formed.

“We split up into eight teams,” said Bridgeport offensive coordinator Tyler Phares. “So we have accountability teams. We have two to three seniors on each team and they went through and drafted all of our freshmen through juniors.
“It is kind of like what West Virginia did a little bit.”

Bridgeport won its 10th state championship in December. At the time, head coach John Cole credited the team’s offseason commitment in the weight room.

“Especially for the brand of football that we play, the weight room is probably more important for us than it is a lot of teams. The program that we have, it is predicated along the line of lifting heavy weights. Not being able to do that has been tough, but this has given us a different avenue.”


How has your staff’s use of social media changed since the start of the pandemic?

2. Arizona coach is leading walk-throughs on Zoom and Webex, tracking strength training through lifting app (AZ Family)

Desert Ridge (Ariz.) head football coach Jeremy Hathcock is trying to simulate a typical spring football experience for his players by leading walk-throughs on Zoom and Webex. He typically shares a video with tutorials on specific plays within his team’s scheme, and then coaches will follow up for 15-minute chats in which players get quizzed on their specific assignments.

He’s also quizzing players about what they need at home, and then he delivers it — even if it’s something like toilet paper.

“If any of my players need something I am one click away, and that’s why we do our Google Hangouts so we can tell our players, ‘Hey guys, if you need anything — toilet paper — you know, or anything, we’re gonna run it to you,’” Hathcock said.

Technology helps cover all aspects of spring football, starting with using an app to track your workouts from home.

“We set them all up on a lifting app, so every day they have a no-weighted bodyweight lift that sets them up on timers for lift times, and sets them up on timers for rest times,” Hathcock said. “As long as they push start, it’s fine, and we’re able to track if they do it or not, which is how we keep attendance.”


What apps or digital platforms are you using during the pandemic?

3. A Coaches Guide To Working From Home (TeamBuildr)

If you’re not used to working from home, it can be difficult. It takes discipline and organization. We’re all getting used to making this situation work for us while we attempt to stay productive.

This writer offers a ton of great advice, so we recommend reading the entire article. But here are two pieces of advice that everyone should follow.

First, get up, get dressed, and act like you are going to work every day, Monday through Friday. This is a big one and can be viewed a bit like putting on a suit or dress for a phone interview. Get engaged in the day and enjoy a deeper commitment to your work.

Look the part, be the part! It’s like Prop Joe says in The Wire. Here’s another good piece of advice for organization.

Third, every Sunday schedule your work week. If needed, include your significant other and family members. Likely, if you live with others, you will need to juggle everyone’s work and home school schedule. Staying on top of this is critical but you should remain flexible; as you have likely experienced things seems to pop up unexpectedly.


What is one piece of advice you’d offer other coaches about working from home?

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