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Brian Kight on Focus 3 and How His Program Helps Coaches
We catch up with Brian Kight, the CEO of Focus 3 and a trusted resource for football coaches. Kight discusses his background (4:30), how he got coaches to believe in his product (9:15), why coaches abandon the phrase "buy in" (15:45) and how culture helped save Ohio State's 2014 season (20:45).
Keith Riggs on How Jenks High School Uses Data to Win
Our guest is Keith Riggs, the defensive coordinator and technology coach at Jenks High School (Okla.). Jenks' use of data and stats have helped it become one of the state's most successful programs. We talk about why the program values data so highly (2:10), what numbers Riggs finds most interesting (4:00), how he uses data to improve his players (9:20) and how Jenks has benefitted from Hudl Assist (11:45).
Kurt Earl on the Importance of Establishing a Strong Culture
We're joined by Kurt Earl, the head coach of the Lincoln Christian football and track teams, to talk about how to let players know change is coming (3:30), the process of identifying influential players and earning their loyalty (7:30), how to get buy in despite early losses (13:30) and the importance of impressing the parents (15:00).
Jason Mohns on the Value of Instant Replay
This episode's guest is Jason Mohns, the head coach at Saguaro High School (Ariz.) and winner of two state titles in five seasons. We talk about implementing instant replay on the sideline (1:00), how quickly and fully the players embraced the technology (5:45) and how instant replay uncovered a game-changing revelation in the state semifinals (7:45).
Chris Fisher, founder of the Texas High School Football Chat
We talk with Chris Fisher about why he started the the Texas High School Football Chat (1:00), the most interesting things he's learned (5:00), how open coaches are to sharing insights now (8:15) and how coaches can use social media to their advantage (11:40).
Matthew Zito on creating his Hudl class
We catch up with Matthew Zito, an assistant coach at Plaquemine High School in Louisiana about how he started a Hudl Class (1:30), the responsibilities his students have during game week (3:50), how quickly the coaches accepted the students' work (10:30) and how the class is preparing the students for a future in sports analysis (14:30).
Steve Specht on Overcoming Adversity Amidst a Losing Streak
Steve Specht, head coach of Ohio Division I champion St. Xavier High School, explains how he refocused his team after an 0-3 start (1:00), what he said to get his message to stick (5:30), the power of positive thinking (13:00) and finding different ways to say the same message (14:00).
Josh Niblett on Maximizing Your Roster
We sit down with Josh Niblett, head coach of Alabama 7A state champion Hoover High School, to discuss why he tries to play as many players as possible (2:00), utilizing players in different positions based on matchups (6:00), keeping players motivated even when playing time wanes (8:40) and helping every player in the program have an identity (13:00).
Steve Standefer on the benefits of using drones to record practice video
We talk with assistant coach Steve Standefer about how drones help Oakridge High School improve (1:00), how he sold his fellow coaches on the idea (6:30), what coaches at other schools have to say (9:30) and how he pitched the cost of drones to his athletic director (13:40).
Lance Pogue on how to create a winning culture
We talk with former South Panola coach Lance Pogue about how he created such a stable culture (2:30), how to get players to take ownership (5:30), the importance of a unified coaching staff (10:45) and his top tip for other coaches (14:00).
Chris Fore on special teams and career development
Our guest is Chris Fore, the founder of Eight Laces Consulting and CoachFore.org, who talks about his passion for special teams (3:00), the importance of the shield punt (8:00), tips for coaches looking for new jobs (11:00) and how to incorporate your style into a new program (17:30).
Tucker Zeleny, Nebraska Director of Sports Analytics and Data
We catch up with Tucker Zeleny to talk about the value of data (1:00), how he uses the data to scout opponents (3:50), how the Nebraska coaching staff has really embraced the reports (6:50) and what high school coaches can learn from what Zeleny is doing (9:00).
Brandon Houston, founder of CoachHuey.com
We chat with Brandon Houston, the founder of CoachHuey.com, about how he started the website (2:00), what types of things coaches discuss there (5:00), the most innovative ideas he's seen (9:30) and the connections the site has helped him make (14:00).