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A couple of years ago I talked about 5 keys to  healthy relationships with players. Of course they werent my keys, I got them from the book of Colossions chapter 3 v12. They were…     Now lets look at another aspect to consider. Im gonna call it “fittin your program to the community.” I DID NOT get this from Colossians. Gone are the days when (or so it seems to me) that a coach can just be a supreme authority. The dictator that says “My way or the highway”. That’s not to say a head coach shouldn’t lay down rules and expectations and then hold his players accountable.

Compassion – Have active sympathetic concern for the issues of your players, small or big. By the way, I think many coaches do a good job of this.

Kindness – Take the initiative – have your eyes open to the needs of your players. Yeah, similar to compassion.

Humility – This doesn’t mean to put yourself down but to think of yourself less and think of others more.

Gentleness – Tame your anger and tongue. Something I’ve had to try and improve on my whole life!

Patience – Willing to endure the weaknesses of your players and caringly coach them. Something I got better at! By the way, these traits from the book of Corinthians in the Bible. So I cant take credit.

So lets look at another aspect to consider. Remember, Im call it “fittin your program to the community.” I have a lot of respect for Kirk Ferenz and the Iowa football program, but man did they come under fire recently.

An external review of the Iowa football program concluded that it ‘perpetuated racial or cultural biases and diminished the value of cultural diversity,’ Many individuals interviewed in the report described ‘The Iowa Way’ as one of uniformity and discipline that discourages individualism. That culture is described as being one built around the stereotype of a ‘clean-cut, White athlete from a midwestern background.’ The culture discouraged jewelry, clothing and tattoos, and required uniformity of hair styles. Well…that IS a very stereotypical statement. Not all white athletes in the midwest look like that. I coached a bunch that were different. But the study basically found that black atletes were bullied into fitting that stereotype. Then I thought, well heck was I bullying kids to fit our mold? Our whole district from the Supt down enforced trim haircuts, certain clothing, that clean cut look. More than once I told a kid – tuck your shirt in. Was I bullying? If our hs was named Northwest HS – we certainly did things the NW WAY!

In a statement Ferentz said “This is an important time for me as a leader and for our program. This review brings us face-to-face with allegations of uneven treatment, where our culture that mandated uniformity caused many Black players to feel they were unable to show up as their authentic selves.”   So, Im examining myself because we and I may have been doing the same thing. Heres an example of adjusting your coaching to fit the community of your players. A few years ago Kevin Costner made a movie – McFarland. I thought it was really good. McFarland was a town of predominantly mex-am kids. Costner played an abrasive football coach who couldnt get along with anyone and the principal removed him from his asst job in the football program. The HC didnt like him. The principal told him if he wanted to keep his job he would have to coach xcountry. The story shows how Costners character slowly adjusted his coaching style to fit the needs of mex-am kids. Perfect example I thought. So, Im adding “adjust your style to the type of players you have” I think its worth considering whether you agree or not. AND…Thats My Take!

Top 10 HW boxers of All time. MY TOP TEN. 10. Evander Holyfield (44-10-2) 6-2 225 …9. Sonny Liston (50-4) 6-1 215…8. Jack Johnson (55-11-8) 6-0 200…7. Jack Dempsey (55-6-9) 6-1 190   6. Lennox Lewis (41-2-1) 6-5 255 …6. Larry Holmes (69-6) 6-3 215   5 Joe Frazier (32-4-1) 6-0 205  4. George Foreman 6-3 220 (76-5) with 68 knockouts.  3. Rocky Marciano (49-0) 5-11 185  2. Joe Louis (68-3) 6-2 215

Joe Louis won his first world heavyweight title in 1937 and held that title for eleven years, eight months and seven days. Successfully defending hit title a record 25 times, he retired as the champion in the later part of 1949. magnificent boxer-puncher  “the greatest textbook fighter in history”  If you wanna see the perfect technique of all phases of boxing, watch Joe Louis. His punches were actually pretty to watch. He defeated more Ring ranked contenders than any heavyweight in history. He won a ludicrous twenty-six world heavyweight title fights. He was King for one-hundred and forty consecutive months. He defeated an unprecedented six lineal heavyweight Champions. Every single one of those heavyweight Champions was destroyed. Placing him at #2 has hurt me because I am a Louis fan; an enormous admirer of the man Im ranking #1 next week but I could never really call myself a fan. But I love Louis, and there is plenty about him to love. Here are a couple of quotes from fighters he beat. Both were ex world champs.

“He hit me eighteen times while I was in the process of falling,” Baer said post-fight.

“I was getting ready to shoot the left,” Sharkey described. “I said to myself, ‘here goes!’ Suddenly, I’m on the floor.”

New on the Online Clinic…Dutch Fork Game Film Review with Nick Pelham the DC at national power DF. Pelham is one of the top HS DC in the nation. And then, finally, we got Derek Leonard HC from Rochester HS in central Illinois. Everyone in Illinois knows all about the Rochester juggernaut. 8 state championships in the last 10 years. Public HS. Now, the rest of the country gets a chance to hear from Coach Leonard, one of the most respected coaches in Illinois. He covers the GT and Power Run Game. We are all amazed at what the RR have achieved. You need to check this out.

One more thing…I went to the store…

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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.