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Last Stop – Best Stop

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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.

Well, my next stop was my last stop and by far my best stop. I was offered the head wrestling job and assistant football coach at a small town high school of about 500 in Central Illinois. Great reputation academically, athletically, and socially. I had four school aged kids so it seemed a perfect fit, and it was. I spent 22 years at this school. My first four were mediocre as far as learning more football. The head coach was a control freak – he did it all. He was the offensive and defensive coordinator as well as the special teams coach. At the lower levels we kind of did our own thing. No real direction. I learned from another assistant and of course attended clinics and read books. After another disappointing 3-6 season he was asked to step down and a new football coach outside the district was hired.

What a difference! He made our assistant that I worked with his defensive coordinator and told me I was his line coach. Never mind that I had NEVER coached the line, he demanded excellence. He clearly laid out his expectations ( something I was not used to ) and gave me the resources to learn my new assignment. Videos, clinic notes, and instruction if I needed it. Then it was, ” Get the job done, no excuses.” Through his tutelage I learned like never before. Did I get my butt chewed a few times? Oh yeah. I was held accountable. And how did our team do? 11-1, 12-1, 12-1, and 12-1 in his first four years. After the fifth year he moved on to a bigger school and our defensive coordinator became the head coach. I was named the defensive coordinator and just kept learning. But now I knew how to learn and the head coach was also a great resource. Both of these guys knew how to run an effecient practice and get kids in the right position. All in all, in my last 18 years at this school we had several good seasons and made the semi finals of the state tournament 5 times. Heckuva run. After several years of learning, I finally felt like I knew how to coach football.

What did I learn? You never stop learning. That’s exactly why we created Chiefpigskin. We wanted to create another avenue for coaches to interact with each other AND have more resources available to them for continuing education. Anyone who has ever checked out our site and taken advantage of what we have available has not been disappointed. AND THAT’S MY TAKE!

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. Texas 60.8 3. Ohio 61.0  2…1…

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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.