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Keith Grabowski interviews the most knowledgable head coaches, coordinators, and position coaches from professional, college, and high school football. Keith and his guests discuss the philosophy, concepts, schemes, and strategies that they have learned throughout their careers. Each show includes a specific idea that can be applied to help coaches at every level find the winning edge.

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Keith Grabowski interviews the most knowledgable head coaches, coordinators, and position coaches from professional, college, and high school football. Keith and his guests discuss the philosophy, concepts, schemes, and strategies that they have learned throughout their careers. Each show includes a specific idea that can be applied to help coaches at every level find the winning edge.

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Great guests and convo

By CoachNormPerez - Mar 25 2020
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New listener after hearing Coach Joe Davis episode. Great football talk!

Always great info

By @jerrygordonfb - Jun 22 2019
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Great podcast Especially liking the deep dive on defense episodes

iTunes Ratings

290 Ratings
Average Ratings
256
15
7
4
8

Great guests and convo

By CoachNormPerez - Mar 25 2020
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New listener after hearing Coach Joe Davis episode. Great football talk!

Always great info

By @jerrygordonfb - Jun 22 2019
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Great podcast Especially liking the deep dive on defense episodes
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Coach and Coordinator Podcast

Latest release on Oct 20, 2020

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From The Archives: Tony Franklin- Developing As An Offensive Coordinator

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The guest on today’s Coach and Coordinator podcast is Middle Tennessee State University offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Tony Franklin. Franklin is in his third season with the Blue Raiders and has led their offense to become one of the best in the nation. In 2016, Middle Tennessee was ranked eighth in FBS in total offense and set single-season records for yards per game, points scored, touchdowns and several other statistical categories.

Franklin’s coaching career has taken him across the country, including stops at colleges such as California, Louisiana Tech, Auburn, Troy and Kentucky. At every coaching stop, he has created a high-powered offense and mostly specialized with mentoring the team’s quarterbacks. Notable players who played under Franklin were quarterbacks Tim Couch at UK and Jared Goff at Cal, both being No.1 overall picks in the NFL Draft.

Along with coaching, Franklin has run a seminar for teaching football coaches named “The Tony Franklin System.” He has toured across the nation delivering seminars and providing written works of his teachings. Several college and high school coaches use the practices taught in Franklin’s seminars in their everyday coaching.

In the podcast, Franklin and host Keith Grabowski discuss The Tony Franklin System, how that has affected his coaching style today, and what he brings to coaching Middle Tennessee.

Show Notes
1:15 Upcoming season for Middle Tennessee
2:30 Adapting formation and trying to not lose the game
6:12 Balancing offense, defense and special teams at a program
9:10 Creating and changing schemes based on personnel
13:20 The history of the Tony Franklin System
18:15 Importance of designing a solid practice, the Perfect Drill
22:58 Tips in building an effective practice, Manning-Goff Feet
29:25 Instructing coaches to pay attention to detail within practice
32:03 Using Peyton Manning’s fundamentals and footwork
37:05 Teaching quarterbacks the RPO
43:42 Routes on air, getting the most out of receiver drills
45:44 The Winning Edge

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Oct 20 2020

48mins

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Home Team With Jim Leonhard, Defensive Coordinator, Wisconsin Badgers

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From the Archives:
Today’s Coach and Coordinator podcast begins a new series called “Home Team.” This series features guest host Joel Nellis, head coach at Brookfield Central High School (Wisconsin). He was on the Coach and Coordinator podcast as a guest July 2.

Jim Leonhard is in his third season on the coaching staff at Wisconsin. He started by coaching the defensive backs his first season, then moved to defensive coordinator in his second season on the staff. As a defensive coordinator in 2017, Leonhard was a finalist for the Broyles Award for the nation’s top assistant. Before coaching, Leonhard spent 10 seasons in the NFL as a player with the Buffalo Bills, Baltimore Ravens, New York Jets, Denver Broncos, New Orleans Saints and Cleveland Browns. Prior to playing professionally, Leonhard was an all-American defensive back at Wisconsin.

On today’s podcast, Leonhard talks about how he integrates his family with his work and the importance of time management with balancing football and home life.

Show Notes

1:10 Leonhard on how he met his wife
2:04 How his wife helps make work-life balance easier
3:23 What makes his sons unique
5:06 Transitioning from playing to coaching with his family
7:06 Early career decisions made with his wife
8:54 Making time for family while in season
10:36 Having a kid-friendly environment at work
12:39 Diving into coaching without serving as a graduate assistant first
14:19 Using coaches’ knowledge and teaching skills
16:24 Game planning without looking too far ahead
18:57 Preparing the best ways to win the game
21:47 Coaching players to understanding and executing
24:33 Getting players to buy in to the game plan
27:11 Learning from other programs while focusing inward
30:19 Being fully prepared and still losing the game
34:18 Knowing when to sacrifice time and when not to
36:13 Making an importance on seeing the big picture
37:54 His kids putting things in perspective after a loss
39:32 Legacy for his family through coaching

Oct 19 2020

45mins

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Game Planning And Adding A Wrinkle, RPO - Joe Osovet, TE Coach, Tennessee

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RPO innovator Joe Osovet is the guest on this episode of the Coach and Coordinator podcast. The head coach at ASA College in Brooklyn, New York, Osovet sits down with Keith Grabowski to discuss their practice philosophy and success in the red zone.

Show notes

1:08 Osovet’s process for putting together the game plan
5:10 Attacking third down
6:25 Breaking down the practice week
9:18 Finding success in the red zone
10:56 Adjusting to spread offense
12:22 Adding a wrinkle late in the season
14:30 The winning edge

Oct 16 2020

17mins

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Dynamic Leader and a Top Offensive Mind - Craig Yeast, HC, Kentucky Wesleyan

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From the Archives:

Today’s guest on this “NCAA Leaders” edition of the Coach and Coordinator podcast is Craig Yeast, the offensive coordinator at Franklin (Indiana) College. In the 2017 season, with the help of Coach Yeast, Franklin College led the nation in passing offense and total offense. On today’s episode, Coach Yeast and Keith Grabowski talk about offensive schemes and how Franklin College prepares for game day.

Show Notes

1:10 Coach Yeast reflects on the 2017 season
2:15 What the coaching staff looks at prior to game day
4:05 How to determine which matchups to exploit
6:10 Developing a game plan
8:10 Coach Yeast talks about different packages they use
13:10 How Franklin College’s quarterbacks prepare for game day
17:10 Coach Yeast talks about their practice organization and drills
22:50 Coach’s best concept
26:45 How much RPO plays a part in the offense
27:45 RPO does not change play calling mentality
30:55 Coach Yeast looks ahead to the 2018 season

Oct 15 2020

37mins

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Building Your Strategy Off Analytics - Kevin Kelley, 7x State Champion

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Kevin Kelley is the head football coach and athletic director at Pulaski Academy in Little Rock, Ark. Coach Kelley is best known as the first coach to adopt a game strategy free of punting. Since taking the head coaching position in 2003, Kelley has led the Bruins to an unprecedented seven state championships.

Coach Kelley joined the podcast today to share some of his thoughts on culture as well as how analytics help drive his coaching strategy.

Show Notes:

1:07 Rationale for more than just two guys touching the football on scoring plays
3:12 How defenses react
4:40 How analytics help his defense
6:18 What stats Coach focuses on more than other teams
9:25 Why they don’t use goal boards
11:22 How his staff evaluates the players
14:04 The culture of competition
17:12 Making every kid important
20:43 Overview of Coach’s five unstoppable plays
23:44 Coach’s work with Rick Jones
25:30 Questions from Coach’s video
26:55 Coach’s contact Info
http://coachandcoordinator.com/

Connect with Coach:
Twitter: @CoachKelley1
@CoachKGrabowski

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Oct 14 2020

29mins

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It's Your Ship - Leadership lessons from Mike Abrashoff, Former Commander of the USS Benfold

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Former U.S. Navy Commander Mike Abrashoff attracted worldwide attention for his success in turnng around a struggling ship, the USS Benfold, which became the subject of his first book It's Your Ship. Since that instant leadership classic hit the bestseller lists he's been a fixture on the lecture circuit, spreading the empowering message that any organization can be turned around with hard work and a compassionate firm leader. Abrashoff graduated from the US. Naval Academy and served as an officer in the U.S. Navy for nearly twenty years. He was a military assistant to former secretary of defense William J. Perry. In this interview Abrashoff translates the success he had on the Benfold to how coaches can use his strategies and ideas to create excellence in their programs. This is a simple yet powerful approach to leadership. In the interview, Abrashoff said that Bill Belichick has mentioned It's Your Ship among his favorite books. Mike also points out how Western Michigan head coach PJ Fleck sat in his audience and filled a notebook during Abrashoff's talk. Abrashoff also mentions he is intrigued by Fleck's leadership style in the interview.

Oct 13 2020

33mins

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An Uplifting Coaching Story - 10x State Champion - Herb Brogan, Head Coach, Lumen Christi HS (MI)

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On today's Coach and Coordinator podcast, ten-time state champion and 47-year coach Herb Brogan of Lumen Christi Catholic School (Jackson, Michigan) joins host Keith Grabowski. Brogan discusses what's kept him at one place for so long, how he dealt with the toughest of circumstances and his keys to sustained success.

Show notes

0:55: What got Brogan into education and coaching
1:40: Things Brogan realized he needed to succeed
4:08: Spending nearly a half-century at one school
6:55: Creating an environment that keeps assistant coaches long-term
8:35: Difficult circumstances in how Brogan took over the program
11:06: Offseason dedication
14:35: The program’s explosive running offense
17:25: Spending time on younger kids, non-skill positions
21:28: Pushing players to excel in today's society
25:10: The future of the game
30:10: The winning edge

Oct 12 2020

34mins

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From The Archives- Jonathan Himebauch, Tight Ends Coach, Air Force

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From the Archives: Jonathan Himebauch, Tight Ends Coach, Air Force
On today's Coach and Coordinator podcast, offensive line coach Jonathan Himebauch with the Toronto Argonauts of the Canadian Football League joins host Keith Grabowski. The Connecticut native, and former USC and pro football player, has 20 years of coaching experience. That includes seven years in both the CFL and NCAA, with stops at Nevada, Wake Forest, San Diego State and UNLV. Himebauch discusses his extensive coaching career, player relations and more.

Show notes

1:15: Himebauch’s football journey, from coach’s kid on up
9:45: Engagement and communication with students
12:30: Learning what players will respond to
17:40: Process for player learning and evaluation
25:50: Players have to believe in you and what you’re teaching
31:55: Offensive line culture
38:30: Key difference between American and Canadian football
41:30: Advice for coaches at any level
44:45: The winning edge

Oct 09 2020

49mins

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From The Archives Wade Wilson, former QB Coach, Dallas Cowboys

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From the Archives:
This week on the Game Plan series, Keith Grabowski and Charlie Coiner talk to former quarterback coach Wade Wilson about 2-minute offense. They discuss the specifics about teaching and the approach of the 2-minute offense from the quarterback position. Coach Wilson ties it in to the college and high school level with his prominence in the NFL with young quarterbacks. Though time and the relationship between the levels may differ, the concepts and approaches demand the same attention from the position.

03:55 Wade Wilson Bio
06:00 2-minute offense with young QBs
07:20 Organizing 2-minute offense
08:12 In the meeting & practice
09:40 Having 2-minute offense in up tempo offense
10:30 QB orchestrating the 2-minute offense in practice
11:40 Believe
12:20 Working with a mobile QB
13:50 Ball carrier situational awareness
15:00 Organizing the rotation in 2-minute offense
16:15 Being patient
18:15 Working in last plays
19:55 Coach Wade’s favorite play to set up Hail Mary
23:00 Execution of the Hail Mary
25:10 Play call out of Hail Mary position
27:20 Pay attention to detail
27:55 Common themes in all levels
28:25 Finding the package for 2-minute offense
29:20 Take time to walk through it
31:45 First Down Playbook

Oct 08 2020

33mins

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From The Archives - Ty Nix, Defensive Coordinator, UTSA

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On today’s episode of Coach and Coordinator, host Keith Grabowski talks with Tyrone Nix, outside linebackers coach at Ole Miss. A 24 year coaching veteran, Nix has coached every positional group on the defensive side of the ball. Nix is in his first year back at Ole Miss, but previously served as their defensive coordinator from 2008-2011. Prior to this season, Nix served as the safeties coach at Virginia Tech for one year, a defensive analyst at Texas A&M for one year and the defensive coordinator at Middle Tennessee from 2012-2016. Nix joins the podcast today for part of the “Training Camp” series to talk about how he handles his linebacker group during camp.

Show Notes:

1:33 Coach’s Journey, including Steve Spurrier, Brett Favre, Jimbo Fischer and more
5:22 Fraternity of Coaches
7:02 Going against his brother who is also a coach on staff
9:08 Opening message in camp to his LB’s
11:09 Pointing out positives during camp
14:36 Coaching discipline and taking players out of conflict situations
16:44 Keeping the best athletes on the field
17:52 Teaching LB’s to bait QB’s into making wrong reads
20:02 Teaching and Coaching physicality of the LB position
22:42 Use of the hips
25:26 Tackling techniques Coach works in practice
27:48 Evaluation during camp
30:01 Winning Edge
Connect with Coach: @CoachTyroneNix

Oct 07 2020

33mins

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