Short Prep Time For The Season, Vince DiGaetano, Assistant Coach – Fordham University

We revisit this podcast from the 2018 season because the topics in preparing for a season with little time are applicable right now. There’s a lot to learn from the experience Vince DiGaetano, now an assistant coach at Fordham had when he decided to accept the head coaching job at SUNY Maritime.

Shownotes:
This week in the Deliberate Practice series, Keith Grabowski and Andy Ryland talk with coach Vince DiGaetano about his adaptation in a very fast coaching move. The coaches discuss how he kept laser focus with a five day turn around after accepting a head coaching job. Coach DiGaetano discusses building the culture, having vision, and the 5 Fights Philosophy. Coach DiGaetano describes how contact and tackling work into his practices to better his players.

:00 Advanced Tackling System
02:30 Laser focus for coach Digaetano
04:30 Family
05:00 Staffing and vision
06:00 Keeping familiarity for the players
06:50 Reaching out to the players
07:20 Learning the operation
08:00 Enhancing the experience for the players
08:18 Parents
09:10 Being a principal and coach
10:00 Program core values
10:40 W.A.R.F.A.C.E
11:52 Getting specific with tackling drills
12:30 5 Fights Philosophy on t-shirts
13:40 Making the players apart of the learning
14:10 Constant reinforcement of the philosophy
15:25 Andy’s thoughts on the 5 Fight Philosophy t-shirts
16:05 Makes the coaches learn and teach
17:00 The players like the reinforcement
17:45 Players writing the practice plan
18:25 What are their core fundamentals? What needs teaching?
20:35 Coach Digaetano working fundamentals in conditioning
21:45 Digaetano working with strength and conditioning staff
22:45 Strength coaches must have input
24:10 4th quarter drill
25:55 Player surveys in season
27:00 Three team goals
27:50 Accountability for the coaches
28:30 Using the feedback
29:12 Assistant coach of the week building moral
32:30 Balancing teaching, installing, correcting and preparation
33:15 Reversing the contact model
34:25 Working body movement
34:55 Working it into scheme
36:30 Evaluation and development of younger players
38:00 Getting the players involved in scheme
38:45 It’s about working together to get the right answer
39:45 Continue to recruit the players you have on the roster
41:15 Grouping kids by ability to service them
41:55 Working with the coaches too
42:20 Gradually introducing the 5 fights
42:40 Being passionate about it
43:33 Look at the opponent
45:40 Tackling drill adjustment
47:26 Team tackling drill
49:25 Learning from the unpredictable
50:10 Andy summary and breakdown
52:25 Being creative and keeping players excited
53:05 Having fun
Contact the coaches: @CoachDig @USAFootballMT @CoachKGrabowski