Tips to Being a Good Assistant Coach


By David Purdum, FNF Coaches Correspondent

  1. You’ll impress your coach more with your work ethic and willingness to do the tedious tasks than you will with your X’s and O’s prowess.
  2. Football coaches work long hours. Get over it, or look for another profession. The last thing a head coach wants to hear is an assistant worrying about how much he’s worked this week.
  3. Take pride and ownership of your position group, but also always take a big-picture approach to your coaching.
  4. Find ways to bond with the players and take an interest in their lives off of the football field.



Dan Guttenplan is FNF Coaches senior managing editor. Do you have a thought about this article you would like to share? Send him an email at, tweet us @fnfcoaches or share it on the Coaches Chat Board.