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Baptism By Fire

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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.

I moved on from my first teaching/coaching job from the Chicago suburbs after two years of coaching wrestling and cross country. I learned a lot about coaching but not specifically football of course. My next job got me back to Central Illinois, the area I grew up in, as the head wrestling and asst. football coach. I was excited, pumped to be in football. I was to be the asst. freshman football coach. Hey, fine by me. But man, talk about inexperienced! Remember, my last real contact with football, other than watching on TV, was 8 years earlier as a high school player. And that was from a poor program that I didn’t really LEARN football. So, here I was, ready to go. Not so much. I thought I was ready but I had so much to learn. The head Coach was a veteran of 30 years. He knew what he was doing and so did a couple of his assistants. The other 3 or 4 of us just were kind of on our own. The were no staff meetings – no making sure we were all on the same page. The head freshman coach was a young guy who had played under the head coach so he knew the offense and defense. I counted on him to learn my job. But he wasn’t real strong in the basics so I just winged it. I coached the line but didn’t do much else.I spent 6 years at this school, enjoyed my job but learned very little from the head coach. That’s another story. I did, however, learn some good stuff from a couple of the assistants on staff. But as I look back, I could’ve been more aggressive in learning and the head coach could’ve done a better job of coaching his coaches.So, what did I learn from this experience? Exactly that. Be aggressive in learning more about football constantly through books, videos, clinics, and other coaches. And head coaches – coach your coaches and give them the resources to improve. 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. Maryland 52.8  5. Georgia 57.2  4…3…

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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.