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The football coaching bible
American Football Coaches Association.
Publication Information:
Champaign, IL : Human Kinetics, [2002]

Physical Description:
vii, 366 pages : illustrations ; 26 cm
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GV956.6 .F68 2002 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf
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The Football Coaching Bible features many of the game's most successful coaches. Each shares the special insight, advice, and strategies they've used to field championship-winning teams season after season.

The 27 chapter contributing coaches span six decades of the sport and reach into every corner of the United States. The impressive list of contributors:

-Joe Paterno

-Hayden Fry

-Phil Fulmer

-Dick Foster

-Grant Teaff

-Gene Stallings

-Jim Tressel

-R.C. Slocum

-LaVell Edwards

-Bobby Bowden

-Jim Young

-Frosty Westering

-Mack Brown

-Larry Kehres

-Bill Snyder

-Lou Holtz

-Ken Sparks

-Tom Osborne

-Sonny Lubick

-Mike Bellotti

-Barry Alvarez

-Fisher DeBerry

-George Curry

-Bo Schembechler

-Joe Tiller

-Frank Beamer
They cover every aspect of the game: coaching principles, program building, player motivation, practice sessions, individual skills, team tactics, offensive and defensive play-calling, and performance evaluation.

Developed by the American Football Coaches Association, this coaching guide establishes a new standard of excellence in the sport.

Author Notes

Since its establishment in 1922, the American Football Coaches Association has provided a forum for the discussion and study of all matters pertaining to football and coaching. It also works to maintain the highest possible standards in football and the coaching profession. These objectives--first declared by founders Major Charles Daly, Alonzo Stagg, John Heisman, and others--have been instrumental in the AFCA's becoming the effective and highly respected organization it is today.

The AFCA now has more than 10,000 members, including coaches from Canada, Europe, Australia, Japan, and Russia. Through annual publications and several newsletters, the association keeps members informed of the most current rule changes and proposals, proper coaching methods, innovations in techniques, insights in coaching philosophy, and business conducted by the board of trustees and AFCA committees. A convention is held each January to give members a special opportunity to exchange ideas and recognize outstanding achievement.

The association promotes safety in the sport and establishes strong ethical and moral codes that govern all aspects of football coaching. In addition, the AFCA is involved in numerous programs that ensure the integrity of the coaching profession and enhance the development of the game. The AFCA works closely with the National Collegiate Athletic Association, the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics, the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics, the National Football League, the National Football Foundation and Hall of Fame, Pop Warner, and other organizations involved in the game of football. Indeed, one of the goals of the association is to build a strong coalition of football coaches--Team AFCA--who speak out with a unified voice on issues that affect the sport and profession.

The AFCA is the team of the football coaching profession. All current and former football coaches or administrators involved with football are encouraged to join. For more information about becoming a member of the AFCA, please visit the AFCA Web site ( or write to the following address:

American Football Coaches Association
100 Legends Lane
Waco, TX 76706
(254) 754-9900

Table of Contents

Don NehlenGrant TeaffBo SchembechlerFisher DeBerryJim TresselHarold "Tubby" RaymondJoe PaternoBobby BowdenTom OsborneLou HoltzBill CurryBill SnyderLarry KehresDick FosterGeorge CurryMack BrownRon SchipperGene StallingsJoe TillerMike BellottiHayden FryDick TomeyBarry AlvarezLaVell EdwardsR.C. SlocumSonny LubickFrank BeamerBill MalloryPhil FulmerJim YoungFrosty WesteringJerry SanduskyKen Sparks
Introductionp. vi
Key to Diagramsp. vii
Part I Professional Duties and Opportunitiesp. 1
Chapter 1 Responsibilities of a Coachp. 3
Chapter 2 Inner Drive and Motivationp. 17
Chapter 3 Professional Conductp. 29
Chapter 4 Career Decision Makingp. 35
Part II Coaching Principles and Prioritiesp. 43
Chapter 5 Keeping It Smallp. 47
Chapter 6 Staying True to Youp. 59
Chapter 7 Leading Your Teamp. 69
Chapter 8 Pursuing Your Visionp. 79
Part III Program Building and Managementp. 87
Chapter 9 Building and Sustaining and Division I Programp. 91
Chapter 10 Building and Sustaining a Divisional College Programp. 105
Chapter 11 Building and Sustaining a Junior College Programp. 115
Chapter 12 Building and Sustaining a High School Programp. 131
Chapter 13 Promoting Your Programp. 151
Part IV Innovative and Effective Practice Sessionsp. 161
Chapter 14 Planning and Conducting Productive Practicesp. 165
Chapter 15 Maximizing the Ability of Playersp. 173
Chapter 16 Conditioning for High Performancep. 181
Chapter 17 Adjusting for Weather, Injuries, and Opponentsp. 199
Part V Individual Skills and Team Tacticsp. 211
Chapter 18 The Running Gamep. 213
Chapter 19 The Passing Gamep. 227
Chapter 20 Run Defensep. 241
Chapter 21 Pass Defensep. 257
Chapter 22 The Kicking Gamep. 275
Part VI Game-Winning Strategiesp. 289
Chapter 23 Scouting the Oppositionp. 291
Chapter 24 Getting the Competitive Mental Edgep. 301
Chapter 25 Offensive Play Calling in Key Game Situationsp. 315
Chapter 26 Making Defensive Callsp. 327
Chapter 27 Evaluating Performancep. 339
About the AFCAp. 353
About the Coordinatorsp. 355
About the Contributorsp. 357