MENTORING & ADVICE

SC coach: Pray with players, create culture of brotherhood

Staff Report

Craig Weick played his college ball at Coastal Carolina University before graduating with a degree in history in 2017. He has since joined the staff at Byrnes High in Duncan, S.C. He shared his plans for this offseason in a recent Q&A with FNF Coaches.

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

Install our new offense and have an understanding of why we are running the plays that we run. We are starting our offense from scratch. We also want to continue to build a culture of brotherhood where players can lean on each other. One thing we are trying to build within our program is player leadership and we need our players to be the ones that lead the team.

Share one activity that you utilize to reinforce your team’s culture.

Our coaching staff always prays with our team before and after practice and competitions, but we also have a character coach who will review bible verses, he will also talk about some heavy topics and the players get involved in the discussion. We will sit on the field or in the meeting room and talk with our players about these topics so they can get a solid understanding of what is going on in society and what to expect.

What coaching apps do you use most often?

Hudl, Twitter, Remind, FaceTime, Zoom, YouTube.

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

Drone. Practice video is way better from the drone viewpoint. We saw it done, and it adds a new aspect to player learning than just sideline video.

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

One change that we have made was by adding jumpsticks to our warmup routine and we even had players use them on the sideline before starting a drive. We also broke up our warmup routine from a team warmup to position group warmups. This allows coaches to get the normal warmup, but also some position specific exercises.

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

If I could sit down and have a cup of coffee with anyone, it would be Jamey Chadwell. I chose Coach Chadwell because of phenomenal season he had, (Coastal Carolina is where I played football under David Bennett and Joe Moglia). He is also a big FCA guy and I believe he worked extremely hard to get to where he is now.

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