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Today I accepted the school's offer to become the next JV head football coach at MCHS.  I have been at the school for the past 2 seasons, which makes this the longest tenure for me at one high school in a decade.  Two seasons ago, I coached the Varsity and JV running backs and this past season added the offensive line.  We've already started our off-season program, hoping to hit the ground running.  The AirRaid will be a long learning curve for me, because as I found in running the Double Wing, I don't become adept at teaching something within a season or two.  If I can become half as comfortable about the AirRaid as I am with the Double Wing, I feel confident that we'll be successful.  This is the  fourth time I've been a header at the high school level, and the second time at a TF AirRaid school (we went 8-1 in 2016 at GHHS), but we ran it very differently from how the offense is run here.  Was wondering if I was going to get the opportunity to do this again, so I'm looking forward to it.

--Dave

"The Greater the Teacher, the More Powerful the Player."

The Mission Statement: "I want to show any young man that he is far tougher than he thinks, that he can accomplish more than what he dreamed and that his work ethic will take him wherever he wants to go."

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Congratulations, Dave. The school and more importantly, the kids are very fortunate. I've no doubt that as a header, the numbers and academic challenges will in the past.

Don't sweat the Air Raid. I was forced into learning 5-wide empty after being a DW zealot for years. Learning how to coach something goes a long way to understanding how to defend it.

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Congratulations, Dave. The school and more importantly, the kids are very fortunate. I've no doubt that as a header, the numbers and academic challenges will in the past.

--Thank you Lar.  I'm glad to have the opportunity.  When I came here two seasons ago, at my first interview, the Varsity header said that he'd heard I had a reputation of being "difficult."  I told him that was true, in regards to dealing with other coaches who don't work hard.  In that respect, I'm very difficult.  I told him that's because I take what I do very seriously.  I intended on showing him how hard I could work and that I'll take whatever responsibility he gives me and run with it.  You might not like your role on a staff, but head coaches can't keep anyone from showing them how good of an AC you can be.  Be on time, do (more than) what's asked, do it better than those around you, be the first one there and the last to leave, make your area of responsibility the best it can be run.

Don't sweat the Air Raid. I was forced into learning 5-wide empty after being a DW zealot for years. Learning how to coach something goes a long way to understanding how to defend it.

--I've been driving a Hummer for years.  I like it.  It's solid and reliable.  I know how to work on it.  I know what it can do.  The AirRaid is now like being given a Tesla.  I don't even know where the engine is...

--As for numbers, it's very odd.  I know COVID set us back.  But it didn't seem to set back our opponents.  Coach W and I want to hit the middle schools and stick our head in the door.  Recruit the halls, recruit middle schools, recruit the community.  But each high school football program is different.  Each school will tell you (differently) what you can and can't do.  My thing is, I'm pretty stubborn.

--I'm looking forward to being the JV header.  It has its plusses and minuses.  On the plus side, I get more blank slates to teach them the way I believe football should be played.  I look forward to being that guy to introduce them to "my way" of football.  We have the infrastructure and facilities to be successful.  Now I just have to do my part of it.

--Dave

 

"The Greater the Teacher, the More Powerful the Player."

The Mission Statement: "I want to show any young man that he is far tougher than he thinks, that he can accomplish more than what he dreamed and that his work ethic will take him wherever he wants to go."

#BattleReady newhope


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Awesome News. Congratulations.   If you build it, they will come!  (I dont know where I've heard that before?)  

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Congratulations Dave. The school made a great choice. You will be great. Just grab an AC who knows the Air Raid well. You will pick it up quickly. You know football.


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Congratulations Dave. The school made a great choice. You will be great. Just grab an AC who knows the Air Raid well. You will pick it up quickly. You know football.

Thanks E.  I've hit the ground running.  Been over at the school doing daily "chores..." everything from inventorying the jerseys and making plans to reorganize the equipment room to starting my off-season action plan meetings with parents and players beginning Monday.  Also, working out with the players.  But this offense... Well, we all have to take the good with the bad, I guess.

--Dave

"The Greater the Teacher, the More Powerful the Player."

The Mission Statement: "I want to show any young man that he is far tougher than he thinks, that he can accomplish more than what he dreamed and that his work ethic will take him wherever he wants to go."

#BattleReady newhope


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Great News, Dave.  I have no doubt that you will hit it out of the park (if I can be allowed to switch sports with my metaphors, lol).

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Coach do do you have any recommendations Air Raid resources? 


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Coach do do you have any recommendations Air Raid resources? 

Actually, I don't.  But if you can find some, let me know.  When I coached this offense in 2016, we used a very limited amount of the offense.  So I came in only having to learn a small, limited portion of the offense.  Here, we have access to every Air Raid play in the manual.  Add to that, the "system" seems to get renamed each year.  So what they called "South Ace 51 Solid," now is known by a new name.  Not enjoying this process of learning scheme.

--Dave

"The Greater the Teacher, the More Powerful the Player."

The Mission Statement: "I want to show any young man that he is far tougher than he thinks, that he can accomplish more than what he dreamed and that his work ethic will take him wherever he wants to go."

#BattleReady newhope


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I have no doubt that you will hit it out of the park (if I can be allowed to switch sports with my metaphors, lol).

Thank you Coach.  But I have serious reservations about how successful I'll be here.

--Dave

"The Greater the Teacher, the More Powerful the Player."

The Mission Statement: "I want to show any young man that he is far tougher than he thinks, that he can accomplish more than what he dreamed and that his work ethic will take him wherever he wants to go."

#BattleReady newhope


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@coachdp You will be fine. Your defense is going to be solid, your O-line is going to be well coached and you will figure out enough of the Air Raid to put a few points on the board. 


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Right now, we don't even have enough to play.  We had "Meet the Coaches" night yesterday, where rising freshman and their families from the middle schools come to fill out registration, get a football packet, and meet the coach.  We had 11 show up but that still puts our roster in the 20s as the Varsity has already picked through the sophomores they like.  5 of the 11 claim to be QBs and Wide Outs.  NO RBs, and only 3 linemen.  Honestly, all the 7on7 crap going on doesn't do our game any good as everyone thinks they're either a QB or receiver.  And for whatever reason, our opponents don't have the same roster issues.  I'm setting up individual Parent Meetings (which the parents seem to love), as well as recruiting the halls, but not many seem to want to play ball here.  Maybe we'll just have a varsity team this year...

--Dave

"The Greater the Teacher, the More Powerful the Player."

The Mission Statement: "I want to show any young man that he is far tougher than he thinks, that he can accomplish more than what he dreamed and that his work ethic will take him wherever he wants to go."

#BattleReady newhope


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@coachdp

 

Sorry, I wish I could say I was an authority on the system. I’ve been been learning a bit about it this summer and I found this guy interesting, but it’s mostly been to scratch my own football itch. I think I first heard him on the Run The Power podcast. I watched a few of his videos on YouTube and he has a full course on Coach tube, but I haven’t seen that. He was appealing because he’s all about making the air raid accessible to young players. 

Something to consider is that maybe less is more  I think I heard Ron Mckie(another spread/air raid guy) talk about keeping things really basic if his teams are struggling and just try to dial those play in. I think does maybe a 6-8 play system. Two runs, one of which is usually inside zone and maybe GT counter. Then two drop back passes, one or 2 quick passes and a screen. Then rep it to death. I’m not sure I’m ready to coach this style, but it definitely intrigues me. If you find good resources, I’d love to hear them.

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I think does maybe a 6-8 play system. Two runs, one of which is usually inside zone and maybe GT counter.

2 runs?  Good grief.  This offense is already limited in the run game, but I'm not going to try to make it worse.  

--Dave

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The Mission Statement: "I want to show any young man that he is far tougher than he thinks, that he can accomplish more than what he dreamed and that his work ethic will take him wherever he wants to go."

#BattleReady newhope


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Thats probably 2 more runs than those air raid guys would like to have in there system. I think they justify it by saying the screen and quick game is an extension of the run game, which I’ve never been a fan of that thinking. And also adding some read elements to get the QB involved and add some extra for the defense to account for. 


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