Family Matters: Assist Allows New York Coach More Time to Be a Dad

Jay Johnson has his hands full turn­ing around Penfield High School, but Assist allows him to spend an extra four to five hours a week at home.

Family Matters: Assist Allows New York Coach More Time to Be a Dad

Jay Johnson has his hands full turn­ing around Penfield High School, but Assist allows him to spend an extra four to five hours a week at home.

Jay Johnson read­i­ly admits that he, along with almost all oth­er foot­ball coach­es, should spend more time with his fam­i­ly. Especially dur­ing the sea­son, coach­ing soaks up most of his sched­ule, and any time he gets with his fam­i­ly is extreme­ly precious.

That’s what made Hudl Assist such a game chang­er for him last year.

Last sea­son was Johnson’s first at the helm for Penfield High School (NY), a pro­gram light on tra­di­tion and vic­to­ries. Tasked with turn­ing the pro­gram around, Johnson felt the pres­sure to hun­ker down and do every­thing pos­si­ble to reverse Penfield’s fortunes. 

But with Hudl’s team of pro­fes­sion­al ana­lysts break­ing down his games, Johnson said Assist gift­ed him back four or five hours each week to keep in touch with his wife and children.

Every foot­ball coach spends more time doing foot­ball things than they prob­a­bly should if they have a fam­i­ly,” Johnson said. “(Assist) actu­al­ly allows me to be a hus­band and father. You do what you have to do, and most coach­es prob­a­bly do more than they should foot­ball-wise, but it def­i­nite­ly allows me some time to spend with my kids. I’m very grate­ful for that for sure.”

Johnson may have spent less time in his break­downs, but Assist still sup­plied him with the essen­tial data he need­ed. In fact, he found sev­er­al impact­ful moments that made a dif­fer­ence on Friday nights. 

During prepa­ra­tion one week, Johnson sort­ed through all his opponent’s third-and-short plays. He found the oth­er team either opt­ed for a pow­er run or faked that play with a naked boot. Johnson keyed his out­side line­back­ers on this ten­den­cy. When the oppor­tu­ni­ty arose Friday night, his line­backer stayed home to make a turnover-induc­ing tackle.

When we’re play­ing a team, I want to know what they do 80 per­cent of the time on third and long because that’s going to dic­tate what kind of defense we’re going to play,” Johnson said. I want to know when they do run the ball, do they run to the right 80 per­cent of the time? I’ll take all the run plays and then doc­u­ment which way they went.”

Johnson was so encour­aged by Assist’s per­for­mance last year that he dou­bled down and added Hudl Sideline to his work­flow for this sea­son. One might think that tack­ing on more tools would eat up his time, but Johnson found the oppo­site to be true.

If your pro­gram can afford it, it’s lit­er­al­ly going to save you so much time,” he said. As a foot­ball coach, if you’re not break­ing down those things and those man­ners, you’re real­ly miss­ing out. If some­body else can do them for you, you should absolute­ly do it. It’s either going to allow you to do oth­er things or it’s going allow you to do things that you want to do.”

Don’t just take Johnson’s word for it. See for your­self how much time Assist can save you.