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I love learning and teaching football. In fact – you know what I think would be fun? To teach a college class to students who were interested in becoming HS football coaches. Or maybe they would be youth coaches, college coaches, whatever. But you get the idea. Guys that are going into education and want to get in football coaching. I took a few coaching classes in college and really enjoyed them. Not a football class – they didn’t offer that. What would be the curriculum? Students would probably expect things like ” How to run the spread” or “Playing the 3-4 defense”. Yeah, I guess you could do things like that but I think the curriculum has gotta teach guys how to organize practice, what to practice, purchase and care of equipment, inventory equipment, how to organize a staff, duties of staff, public relations and dealing with the media…oh my gosh…so many things, I just scratched the surface. But one of my chapters would be one that that gets overlooked.We love talking Xs and Os but how about STUDENT MANAGERS?  These guys AND gals are essential to any football program and sometimes don’t get enough credit. If you’re one of those that really appreciates your managers, takes care of em, recognizes em, trains em properly, – good for you. But if you think you could improve in that area – do it. In my coaching class we would discuss how to recruit student managers, how to train them, how to make a job despcription for them, how to teach your players to respect the managers. Regardless of the size of your program I would have at least 2 managers. An upperclassman and an underclassman. Teach the older how to train the and mentor the younger. Once you get that going – all you’ve gotta do is give it proper supervision and guidance to keep it on track. And give that responsibility to another coach on your staff. Heck, the head coach can’t do everything. Oh – that’s another area to teach – delegating responsibilities to your staff. But back to managers. All of our managers were good, very helpful. But we had a couple that really stood out. Kelly was a young lady who took the job so serious that she’d get nauseas on game day. She would get so stressed that she may have overlooked a detail. She never did – she was great. Then there was Christopher. He was a little guy, very laid back. Couldn’t rattle him. He always had things under control and the players loved him. If we worried that something was needed Christopher would just say, “I got it coach, I got it.” He would calm US down. Our players were always respectful towards our managers. Never looked down on ’em or were condescending. Our managers were part of the team. Got the same tshirts, sweatshirts, apparel, recognition…just like the players. Yeah, I’d teach that to young aspiring coaches in my class. AND THAT’S MY TAKE!

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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. Florida 62.5  1. California 69.4

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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.