High school coaches impressed with Saban's clinic
Don Kausler Jr., a writer for several outlets in Alabama, caught up with a few high school coaches following Alabama's high school coaching clinic late last week, and found that the coaches were very impressed with the quality and content of the camp.
"It's apparent when they let us watch practice that it isn't clinic talk," Brentwood HS safeties coach Clint Finch said. "They don't say one thing and then coach another."
Finch said that one thing in particular that Saban preached that he will carry with him is the old adage that "If you're not coaching it, you're letting it happen". He explained that alone was worth the price of admission.
Other coaches in attendance commented on the high quality speakers (Lou Holtz and Bill Parcells were among the guest speakers), and the attention to the small details that the staff has during drills.
These boys are gettin' after it
This video comes to us from Pikeville (NAIA - KY). Do yourself a favor and watch some of this and see how these guys are gettin' after it.
We happen to love what takes place from the 30 second mark through about the 1 minute mark. Straight up, man vs. man who wants it more.
High School - OL & DL drill tape
The staff at Cardinal Gibbons high school (FL), took a camera and their offensive and defensive lines out for some linemen specific drills and conditioning recently.
The result is a very well done video with plenty of good drills.
If you listen to the music carefully, you'll catch some well placed whistles that blend into the video nicely.
Winter workouts: "We're done before you wake up"
Ron Thomson, the head strength and conditioning coach at Buena Vista (D-III - IA) has the guys pushing, pulling, lifting and even carrying large tractor tires in groups of four during their off season workouts .
Scattered through the good content in the video are a few sayings that the players and staff use at Buena Vista including, "We are done before you wake up". That's some solid t-shirt slogan material.
The video below was shot on "wear your favorite jersey day" during the off season workout program...and we couldn't help but notice the Dennis Rodman jersey choice. Great stuff.
Coe College (located in Cedar Rapids, Iowa) has a football history rich in tradition with past rosters littered with conference players of the year, All Americans, national leaders in statistical categories and even a familiar NFL name. Pretty impressive for a D-III school
We've been told that the staff makes sure to send this video to recruits. The video is entitled "Who's next?"
We have a feeling this one is a hit with recruits that are ready for the challenge.
Raising money through a LiftAThon
Head Coach Justin Berna has a nice team at Avila (NAIA in Kansas City, MO); but he knows that to take them to the next level they have to get "Bigger, Faster, Stronger".
Next week his guys will participate in their first ever Spring LiftAThon. Not only is this a great way to get the players more excited about competing in the weight room; but this will also help the program raise funds from, and awareness within, the local community.
Nice video, created by one of the players (Trey Swager, aka "T-Swag"...ok, we just made that last part up; but we're hoping it catches on).
Another impressive D-III video out of Ohio
Denison University, a D-III school located in Granville, Ohio sent us a creative video highlighting their off season workouts and their players getting after it in the weight room.
The staff has the Big Reds doing a little bit of everything, from tire flips to to some stuff you only see during strongmen competitions.
Jerry Kill: "I didn't have to scream and yell"
Jerry Kill and the Gophers opened up with their first spring practice of the year yesterday, and Kill was impressed with the progress they have made since last year.
Most importantly, Kill mentioned that he didn't have to "yell and scream to get them to hustle or get players in the right place". Kill added that he thought there was a lot of good coaching and teaching going on at practice, and the first year players are catching on quickly.