Making The Program Work
Our training program is well organized and designed to help us win but it is worthless without the effort of the athletes. As an athlete, you are the sum of every rep of every workout and practice you participate in.
Commitment to Excellence
Excellence is not a sometimes thing, itís an all the time thing and carries over through all dimensions of your life. Whether in the classroom, the weight room or on the practice field, you must demand excellence of yourself. Never go through the motions, attack everything you do with a purpose and a sense of pride. We must establish an identity that says no matter where we are or what weíre doing, if you compete against us you will lose. Take responsibility for your actions. The sacrifices you make now will pale in comparison to the success you will experience later.
Our competitors are training too. Toughness is what will separate us from the rest of the league. Adversity reveals character and when times get hard, some people will get tired and quit. Through our training, we will develop a toughness only earned through hard work. Fighting during a heavy set of squats or an endless set of sprints will instill the character and will in our team that will allow us to win those tough games we are sure to be in. If you quit during a training session, you will quit in the 4th quarter. Quitting becomes a habit that will not be tolerated here. The first qualification of a good soldier is fortitude under fatigue.
Effort and Consistency
Championship effort and consistency are the keys to your development. You must work hard everyday to achieve results and reach the goals you have set. The training process of a champion athlete is supposed to be difficult, if it was easy, everybody would do it. It isnít hard to be good from time to time, what is difficult is being good every single day. The world is full of average people, be great.
You cannot train like a champion and party like a rock star. You are not a normal college student. You have different goals, and place different demands on your body and of your time. Drinking, drugs and late night partying will only get in the way of you becoming the athlete and person you want to become. Take care of your body.
Rest and Recovery
You do not get stronger while you are lifting or faster while you are running. These improvements occur while you rest and recover from the hard work you have done. All of the lifting, jumping, and sprinting we do is stressful to your body and breaks down muscle. If you do not allow your body to recover, you will never be the athlete you want to be. Establishing consistent sleep patterns of 6-8 hours of sleep per night is crucial to your development.
A good football team must be built on a foundation of discipline and accountability. If the players cannot do the little thing the right way, there is no way they will be able to perform more difficult tasks when the team needs them most. Discipline creates a sense of confidence, trust, pride and accountability. Along this path, mistakes are sure to be made. These mistakes must be dealt with immediately and with the highest sense of urgency. The players must learn that all of their actions have consequences and everything they do, affects everyone in this program.
More Than Football
It is important that our young men develop discipline in all facets of their lives. They must become responsible young men in the classroom and in the community as well as in the weight room and on the field.
Create a Culture Of Accountability
We must create an environment where anything less than maximal effort and optimal behavior is deemed unacceptable by all coaches and athletes involved with our program. The players must learn to police themselves. Once this environment is created, it will feed itself as our young men continue to grow and mature. Nothing less than our best will ever be acceptable.
It Starts With Us
As coaches, we must be role models for our young men and demonstrate the qualities we wish to instill in them with the way we live our lives. At work we must be fired up because they will match our intensity. We must never tolerate anything less than their best. As a coach, the actions of your players represent you. You are either coaching it that way or allowing it to happen.
Great Is All The Time
It is easy to be good from time to time, what is difficult and what separates the great from the good is the ability to bring youíre ďA GameĒ every day.
Fortitude Under Fatigue
True toughness is being able to carry out your assignment to the best of your ability when things are the most difficult, doing your job when you flat out donít feel like it. To do this requires great discipline and self-sacrifice.
When You Are All Alone
A manís true character and discipline are revealed when no one else is watching. Most players will sprint through the line when they know the coach is watching them but who will do it when training by themselves or when the coach is out of sight are your true leaders. My goal is to develop a team full of leaders.