BUILDING A PROGRAM

Form a Leadership Council of Freshmen Through Seniors

Staff Report

Algonquin Regional High (Mass.) coach Mark Allen and his players are finishing up an unprecedented spring football season. The Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association postponed the 2020 season due to the pandemic, forcing Allen and many other Massachusetts coaches to adjust to a new football calendar.

One culture-building tradition that Allen feels helped his team during this strange season was the formation of a leadership council with representation from players in all four classes.

“We run a leadership council made up of freshmen through seniors to teach and instill core values of leadership and culture within our football program,” Allen said.

Allen recently shared some other adjustments he made as a coach this spring.

What is the No. 1 goal for your team this spring?

Build upon our foundation on offense and defense.

What coaching apps do you use most often?

We use Hudl the most. Twitter has a lot of phenomenal resources for coaches.

If you could snap your fingers and be gifted one new product for your football program, what would it be?

An easier way to film practice, and more safety equipment for the kids.

What is one change you’ve made to your strength and conditioning program in the last year?

More speed training.

If you could have a cup of coffee with one football coach (living or deceased) who would it be?

My father. He passed away when I was 18, and I would love to sit with him and talk.

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