The defensive coordinator at Joliet West since 2014, Coach Harry Hessling has helped Head Coach Jason Aubry orchestrate one of the greatest program turnarounds in history. A toxic, stagnant program was flipped into a program with a championship culture. In 2016 West’s defense had two shutouts and held four other opponents to 10 points or less.
Joliet West’s Gap Control 4-4
Joliet West has kept things simple for their guys defensively and have had success. Defensive Coordinator Harry Hessling has opted for this simple Gap Control 4-4 for the last 2 years. In 2016 they gave up just 16.8 points per game playing a great football conference in Illinois’ largest class. In this video, Coach Hessling gives you an overview of their gap control defense. He covers their numbering system for personnel and alignment, how the defensive line plays to create plays for the linebackers, how they play their cover 3, blitzes, and rolling their coverage to a cover 4. This video is a great introduction to playing a gap control 4-4.