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© December, 2004
Critical Differences Between Winning And Losing Teams

by Hank Schrader
Former Defensive Coordinator, Bellevue High School, Bellevue, Wash.

MOST COACHES HAVE been there at one time or another. We’ve all coached a team that just couldn’t get the job done. In my coaching career, I’ve had losing seasons, rollercoaster seasons, winning seasons and even terrific seasons where we’ve captured the big prize — a state championship.

The very first team that I took over as head coach had finished 0-9 the previous year and I somehow managed to lead them to a resounding 1-7 the next season. Sarcasm and humor aside, I didn’t let that season’s failure dissuade me or change my philosophy. Two years later, that same squad made the state playoffs.

I’ve been fortunate enough to coach teams that led our district or league four different times in total defense (yards allowed) as the defensive coordinator of two teams. Yet, at another school, after coaching all of those great defensive teams and using the same defensive schemes, I’ve coached teams that finished dead last in total defense.

Common Characteristics Of Losing Teams
There are many characteristics that you’ll find commonplace on teams that are consistently losing programs. In some instances, these may be factors that are beyond the coach’s ...The full article can only be seen by subscribers.
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