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Educational Impact of Football.

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You go to an interview for a football coaching position and especially to be a head coach and the administration asks for your philosophy on the football program and it’s place in the educational process. Now, when I was just starting out, I really had no philosophy. I just wanted to be a coach, to stay involved in sports. But over the years I did develop a philosophy on  what role the football program can play in a school. It’s my belief that all sports programs are a vital part of the educational process. I don’t believe football is any more important than any other sport or co-curricular activity. However, I do believe that the football program quite possibly may have more influence on the school atmosphere than any other. Here are the reasons behind my thinking:

  1. Sheer numbers. The football program generally has many more participants than any other program. Because of this, the possibility exists that those numbers can have a big impact (positive or negative) on the student body.
  2. The type of young men that participate in football are in most cases leadership young men. They are the leaders of the school and can give good OR bad leadership. It is the responsibility of the football coaching staff, led by the head coach, to insure that they provide positive leadership to the student body.
  3. Football takes place at the beginning of the school year and can set the tempo for the school the rest of the year. It is always nice to get the school year started with positive energy and can be a good jump start for the rest of the year. Many football players are two and three sport athletes and their attitude from football can carry over to the other sports.

We all hope that football can have a positive effect on the school atmosphere but let’s face it. It COULD have a negative effect. How? Well…sometimes the football players can be bullies, picking on the weak. Making fun of non athletes. Being arrogant and thinking they’re the “cool guys”. Heck, I know of football coaches that  teach PE and the football players are always the captains who choose teams. Geesh! The coach needs to teach and demonstrate humility to his players. Could I have done better at this? YEAH!! I always include myself in ways to improve. What is being humble? Philippians 2:3-4 says it best:  Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others. Did you get that? Your players should not consider themselves better than anyone else. 

Again, all sports are important to the educational process but I believe football holds a special place. That, in turn makes the football coach a special coach. Hey – you young guys out there looking for a coaching job or a head coaching job – feel free to use those 3 principles that I just outlined. It lets the administration know your philosophy. AND THAT’S MY TAKE!

Ever look at Maxpreps? It’s fun to look at sometimes. Now that all the states have completed their playoffs they have their final national rankings…

Did you see the rankings for NCAA football recruiting…

One more thing…rivalries

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The more you sweat in peace, the less you bleed in war. G. Patton

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.