Consistency – Bob Hyland, HC St. Mary’s Springs HS (WI), 50 Years, 17 State Championships

Bob Hyland is the Wisconsin’s all-time leader in career wins as a head coach and his ability to get his St. Mary’s Springs and was named the 2019 Associated Press coach of the year.

Springs defeated Regis 7-0 in WIAA Division 6 championship game for the team’s third consecutive state title. It was the ninth WIAA championship for Hyland and the 17th state title overall when including Springs’ eight championships as a member of WISAA.

Hyland’s overall record stands at 477-107-2 in 49 seasons with the Ledgers and the program has also finished as state runner-up nine times, putting Springs’ championship game appearance total at 26.

Hyland is the #3 winningest active coach and #6 all-time winningest coach in high school football history.

On today’s podcast he sheds light on what has brought him success over the coach of a career spanning five decades.

2:20 Entering the coaching profession
4:06 Turning the program around after a 1-15-2 start to his career
6:50 Pillars of his program start with toughness
8:50 Being “old school” and navigating change
11:04 Playing mistake free football
14:30 Taking on the role of discipline and adjusting to changes
17:10 Pressure of new ideas from coaches and why he has not changed his offense
20:33 Evolving his defense
24:29 Maintaining defensive principles while changing
26:55 Coaching linebackers against the RPO
28:40 Using the veer offense and dealing with recruiting
32:45 The rules have changed to make the game safer
33:27 How simplicity and consistency are safer
36:12 Keeping the head out of the game in blocking
39:29 Plans for coach’s future/coaching his grandson’s
41:04 The winning edge