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What fueled your passion for football? What made you want to be a coach? Why did you decide to be a football coach and when did you make that decision? These are all questions we’ve tried to answer in our last few podcasts. I’ve been going through my story, what’s yours? Think about it.
My next learning experience came when I wasn’t even coaching football. In my first teaching job there was no opening on the football staff but they needed a cross country coach. They talked me into cross country even though I had no experience. I learned a lot about distance running, the sport of cross country, and really enjoyed it. But I missed football.
Two things impressed me about the football team. We were a big school, about 2,000 students so a lot of students specialized in one sport. The football team lifted in the winter and spring and did football related agility drills in the spring. This was 1976 so I hadn’t seen off season workouts to this degree. Also, I noticed that after the season the head football coach, Gary Korhonen, put up a player profile of each senior with his height, weight, stats, and a paragraph about the player that really highlighted his accomplichments and why coach thought he would be a great addition to someones college football program. He was all about getting his guys recruited. I didn’t realize it at the time but Korhonen would later go into the Illinois High School Football Coaches Hall of Fame and become one of the winningest coaches in Illinois High School history. Boy, could I have learned from this guy. I only spent two years there and moved on to my next job. What did I learn from this program? That a head football coach did a lot more than coach August through November. AND THAT’S MY TAKE FOR NOW!
Time to get to the “Countdown”. Which states have the most powerful high school football teams? Remember, we are looking at the top 16 schools from each state and averaging their scores for ranking purposes. Below is a list of teams already covered with their power index rating included.
Sweet 16 Countdown: 51. Alaska -9.2 50. Vermont -1.7 49. North Dakota 3.3 48. Wyoming 5.2 47. Rhode Island 8.4 46. District of Columbia 8.4 45. Delaware 14.7 44. South Dakota 15.3 43. New Hampshire 16.7 42. Montana 19.2 41. Maine 19.5 40. New Mexico 20.5 39. Oregon 24.2 38. West Virginia 26.3 37. Nevada 31.2 36. Idaho 32.2 35. Nebraska 32.6 34. New York 33.0 33. Iowa 34.4 32. Minnesota 35.9 31. Kentucky 36.3 30. Hawaii 36.5 29. Connecticut 37.3 28. Massachusetts 38.3 27. Wisconsin 39.9 26. Virginia 40.8 25. Oklahoma 41.5 24. Michigan 41.53 23. Kansas 41.8 22. Tennessee 41.9 21. Washington 42.6 20. Indiana 43.9 19. Colorado 44.4 18. South Carolina 44.61 17. New Jersey 44.63 16. Arkansa 45.0 15. Arizona 45.2 14. Mississippi 45.6 13. Alabama 45.8 12. Utah 46.0 11. North Carolina 46.7 10. Missouri 49.0 9. Pennsylvania 49.9 8. Illinois 50.3 7. Louisiana 51.9 6…5…
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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.