Friday, April 14, 2017

A Look Ahead for the 2017 Season

We are very excited about the future of the Arroyo Dons Football Program.

Normally, when a new football coach and his staff begins leading the program in a new direction, naturally coming with that are the benefits of enthusiasm, passion, a fresh vision, commitment and a plan.

If that new coach believes in his “system” of the Veer, Run-n-Shoot, Spread Option, Power I, Wing T, or the 46 “Bear” Defense, the 4-2-5, and/or the 33 Stack Defense, etc., and that it will give his program its greatest chance of success – that is great, and hopefully they succeed.

It’s wise to remember one simple fact - the Key to being successful over a long period of time is to remain flexible in your teaching approach, your X's & O's strategy, and all things considered both on and off the field.

Will the 2017 Arroyo Dons utilize the Super Spread A-11 Offense operating within traditional rules?

Yes, and it’s going to be a lot of fun teaching the players new concepts and ideas, and then watching them take ownership of it, and eventually flourish on the field of play.

And of course, as with Any quality football program, it will take a Team Effort on Offense, Defense and Special Teams to rebuild the Arroyo Dons into a fun, exciting and successful football program.

These are exciting times, and the future is bright for the Arroyo Dons!

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Thank You and a New Journey at Arroyo

When you are fortunate enough to coach football for 25-years at the High School and NCAA levels in northern California, the remarkable people that you encounter along the way create the strong foundation for the fun, sad, amazing, heartbreaking, thrilling and breathtaking moments that form the entire body of a football season or seasons.

During my coaching career at Chico State University, Chico High School, Piedmont High School, Menlo College, St. Mary's College, Livermore High School and Piedmont High School again...I have had the great pleasure of working with outstanding Student-Athletes, Coaches, Administrators and Staff, the Parents, and also Family and Friends.

I am incredibly Thankful for the relationships that we built and shared together, whether it was for a Reason, a Season or a Lifetime. We will always have the fond thoughts and great memories of those wonderful moments that we accomplished by planning and working together, and words cannot fully express how appreciative I am to have been a part of it.

Now, entering the 26th year of my coaching career and diving into my 1st year at Arroyo, I am humbled, honored and very grateful to the Arroyo Administration for the opportunity to lead the Dons football program.

I really look forward to working with the Arroyo Student-Athletes and my coaching staff, and the entire Arroyo Football Family to rebuild the Arroyo Dons Football program, and together we will make it a fun and exciting adventure!

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Football's Future is at a Crossroads

Our Wonderful game of Football is at a Crossroads at this point in history. To be clear, it has happened before and we are in the vortex of it again now.

(Yale Football in 1905 below)

In more than 150-years of its evolution, the game of Football has soared to amazing heights, and it has suffered and prospered once again. All along the way, the game has adapted in order to thrive...most of the time those changes were voluntary, but sometimes the Game was Forced to change (in 1906 by President Theodore Roosevelt) and modernize some of its rules to improve player safety and push the game into a more mature and acceptable future.

(President Teddy Roosevelt) Legalized the Forward Pass in 1906

Now, at this point in its incredible "life," the game's key indicators are pointing towards important adjustments to improve the rocky path of player safety that it's been riding on, which will help to increase the critically important youth and high school football participation numbers that serves as the lifeblood of Collegiate and Professional Football.

Looking back at the game of Football about 100-years ago, does that model of the game resemble the game that we play today?

No...and, things either get better or they get worse...they do not stay the same.

(Circa 1912) Football Helmet Safety Test

Morally, and with the advent of medical investigative technology that reveals the health and safety of the players in a real-time format during practices and games, combined with the fact that the athletes of today are bigger-faster-stronger than virtually every football player from 75-100 years ago...the leaders in charge of shaping the future of football at every level of play should answer these basic questions.

1. Is the game of football going to become Faster and more Spread Out overall, or will it become a more condensed, smash mouth game?

2. Are the Athletes of today and into the future going to become slower and weaker, or Stronger and Faster?

3. Will the Football Players of today and into the future be able to process real-time information on the field of play at a faster rate than their predecessors overall?

4. Can the Game's rules be modified to help improve player safety, and also help the game become even More exciting and complex than it already is right now?

Looking back and evaluating the changes that have taken place throughout football's history, one thing reveals itself over-and-over again, and that is...the game of Football has always adapted to its Athletes and adjusted to the particular set of circumstances affecting the game at that point in time.

For those of us that love the great game of Football, we need to keep experimenting and find the best methods and new rules to greatly improve player safety.

The Great Answers to Improving Football Player Safety and Opening Up the Game are Right in Front of us.

We owe our best efforts to all of the football players, coaches and the fans of the Game's past, and also to all of the Future Generations still yet to come.

The Exciting and Innovative Future of Football Awaits...