A while back I mentioned in a blog that I was reading a book called “The Virtues of War” by Steven Pressfield. It is a novel of Alexander the Great. Now let me say, I already knew that Alexander, King of Macedonia was great, or they wouldn’t have called him The Great. Right? I have finished the book and now that I have read it, I REALLY KNOW WHY THEY CALLED HIM THE GREAT! I would have to write a term paper to describe what made him such a leader of men. For that, I recommend that you read the book.
I highlighted many areas of the book because I thought so much of it could be applied to football and football coaches. One passage that really made an impression on me was when Alexander talked (in Pressfield’s words) about the success of his army. “This force has been insuperable not for its numbers, for in every campaign it has entered the field outmounted and outmanned; nor for its generalship or tactics, though these have not been inconsiderable; nor for the proficiency of its supply train and logistical corps, without which no force on the field can survive, let alone prevail. Rather, this army has succeeded because of qualities of warriorship in its individual soldiers, specifically that property expressed by the Greek word dynamis, “the will to fight“. What drives the soldier is cardia, “heart”, and dynamis, “the will to fight”.” Substitute the word “soldier” with
I think Alexander was being modest about his own abilities as a general. Aren’t most great coaches the same? He was a superb tactician and planned for hours how to keep his army well fed and supplied. That’s what he did. But when its the 4th quarter in a tough game against a good team, many times it comes down to the team that has cardia and dynamis. What’s the difference between the two? Hmm, that’s a good question and I’ll do my best to answer that in my next blog.
On The Road
Well, we at Chiefpigskin have already hit the road the last month and have shot presentations of some outstanding coaches. So far we have added to the Online clinic Keith Scott, safeties coach at Eastern Illinois, and playoff coaches Al Craig of Oakwood, IL and Tim Turner of Champaign Central, IL. Jon Kidd, the defensive coordinator at long time state contender Maroa-Forsyth gave us a presentation on their defensive priciples.Toby Vallas of Farmington High School with a record of 30-3 in the last 3 seasons was our latest addition. This past Saturday, Jan. 5, we visited Batavia HS and Cary-Grove HS, two perennial powers from the suburbs of Chicago. Batavia was Illinois champs in 2013 and 2017 and Cary-Grove champs in 2009 and 2018. They’ll be up soon and you won’t want to miss these presentations.
Coach L. Albaugh DBLITY
Coach Albaugh coached high school football in Illinois for 28 years. During that time he coached at every level and on both sides of the ball. He was the offensive and defensive line coach for four undefeated teams and was a defensive coordinator in his last 11 years, twice reaching the semi finals of the Illinois state playoffs.