Idaho Coach’s Mentor Becomes Playoff Foe


Source: The Idaho Statesman

Five years ago, with his program mired in the doldrums of reaching the playoffs but never contending for a championship, Mountain View football coach Judd Benedick sought help.

Benedick reached out to Capital coach Todd Simis — whom he worked with as a first-year coach when Simis was the offensive coordinator at Boise High — and the two coaches met at a coffee shop near Capital.

The conversation turned into an hour-long exchange of football lessons, lessons that paid off as Mountain View broke through and built itself into a program competing for championships.

“None of it was X’s and O’s,” Benedick said. “It was all philosophy, organization, what do you do with the boosters, how do you get your kids to buy in, what do you do with your lower levels, what are coaches responsible for?”

The Mavericks will play in their third straight 5A state championship game at noon Saturday at Albertsons Stadium.

Their opponent? Capital and the man whose advice helped set Mountain View on its path.

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