Honestly, I think the second question needs to come first, trust is very important. Trust and camaraderie are different things, there are a lot of guys I would hang out with but wouldn't trust to be my DC. I find trust through actions, do what you say you will do, when you say you will do it and do everything you can do to exceed my expectations with that task, leave no stone unturned. The characteristics I find most useful in a coaching staff are; the ability to find solutions to problems, willingness to do things without being told (find work), bring new ideas to the table with a why and how, and finally how much do you care about your own recognition, you have to be willing to put the group, players and head coach first and support each of them in every step along the way all the time, it's not about you.
I think that one of the keys to a great staff is to have guys who are willing to speak their minds in the office but come together on the field.
Another is the willingness to work to get better.
A former Steeler, asked what Chuck Noll would think of the hours put in by modern coaches said, "He'd be amazed that there were people so inefficient that they couldn't get everything done in a working day".
Post by socalhscoach on Nov 5, 2019 22:51:38 GMT -6
having guys you can trust is huge. building trust: most important thing is respect. if assistants dont think you know what your doing they wont trust you. also think its important to have different types of personality coaches on the staff. some guys might be more yelling types, but i think its bad if you have a staff with only "tough guy" coaches. also depends on how you run your program. if you're hiring a coordinator are they running your offense or defense, or are you giving them lots of autonomy.
Building a good staff is like training people to work in a bank = in banking you can TEACH them to add & subtract, but you can't teach them to be HONEST.
On a football staff = you can TEACH them football, but you can't teach them to be LOYAL. Hire only those people with a HISTORY of loyalty (that you can TRUST).
Amen. I've seen it a few times now, where we lost a guy who might've known more Xs and Os than anybody else in the room, but thought he should've been the head coach, and only cared about making himself look good.
In both instances, despite losing their knowledge, it turned out to be addition by subtraction ... in the office, on the field, and on the scoreboard.
Get a bunch of guys who are loyal, honest, and care about kids, and the football part of your life will be good.
IMO, it all begins with the staff understanding that a high school football season is a GRIND. There's a whole lot more that goes into a high school season than showing up for practice and games. The most successful staffs I have worked on are filled with guys who know and embrace this fact.