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Donít Overlook The Importance Of Having A Special Teams Coordinator On Your Staff

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© August, 2006


by Dave Loebach
Special Teams Coordinator, St. Joseph High School, St. Joseph, Mich.

AFTER 8 YEARS of coaching high school football as a position coach and then as an offensive coordinator at the varsity level in a large school on the South side of Chicago, I took a position as a specials teams coordinator. Some would see this as a step down, myself included at the time. But, I found it to be a challenging position. I also came to realize the head coach didnít put me in this position due to a lack of other interested coaches, he put me in there because I already had experience as a coordinator.
The head coach was happy to have an experienced coordinator in the special teamís position. At first I did not realize why. It quickly became clear to me, however, why this position was so important. After a while, I wondered how could I have ever coached on staffs that do not do this.

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It has been said that special teams are a third of the game. Most coaches, however, minimize special teams practice time to work on more offense and defense. We have all been there. But the impact of a solid special-teams unit can alter ...The full article can only be seen by subscribers.
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