Those of you that are football coaches realize there’s a whole lot more to coaching football than just X’s and O’s. If you take a look at some of our program development videos and listen to these veteran coaches go through the list – it can be overwhelming!
Many years ago we hired a new football coach that gave us an instant turn around. We went from 3-6 to 11-1 the next season. That was followed by records of 12-1, 12-1, and 12-1. That same coach moved on to a bigger school and had the same kind of success including winning a state championship.
Naturally he did many things well but just one of the things he did so well was get kids in the right position. For example, in our new coach’s first year we had a returning two year starter at running back. He had gained nearly 1,000 yards the previous season. Great returning running back to start with right? Not so much. He gained those yards on around 300 carries. Rarely did he have a run over 10 yards. It was plod, plod, plod. Here’s the full story…
When this young man was a freshman he was just so much bigger and stronger than his freshmen opponents
that some just couldn’t tackle him. Big, strong, powerful at 5’10” 190 lbs. and fair speed. Heckuva freshman team back. The next season, his sophomore year, he started at varsity tailback in our I formation and ran for about 700 yards, lookin’ pretty good. But basically he had stopped growing after his freshman year except for his butt. It was getting bigger and he didn’t seem as quick. But our old varsity coach had decided this was going to be his star. So, his junior season he again was our starting tailback and was given the ball 30 times a game but our offense was anemic. Our tailback looked…slow ( for a tailback). Tough kid, great kid, but he was now out of position. When our new coach came and looked at the previous year’s film he said, “Do you think he would be receptive to changing positions? I think he can be a great tight end.” The rest of us on staff agreed. Well, Coach brought him into the office, sat him down, and gave him the talk. Now remember, this was a great kid. He nodded his head slowly, said he would do whatever is best for the team. Our Coach assured him that not only would it help the team but it would help him as well. His only question was, “Can I keep #34?” “Yes, you can keep #34.” You see, these were the days of Walter Payton, Bo Jackson, Earl Campbell, and Herschel Walker. They all wore 34. It was THE number for a running back. He had a great season at TE and we replaced him with a tough, quick 5-6 150 pounder. That’s just one example but our coach was a master of getting kids in the right spot for their own success and the teams!
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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.