Why High School Football Works – Thom McDaniels, Ohio HS Hall of Fame Coach

After an illustrious 26-year head coaching career, Thom McDaniels is still impacting the next generation of football players and coaches. Some may mostly know him as the father of New England Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels and the University of Michigan quarterback coach Ben McDaniels. But Thom McDaniels himself truly has had a Hall of Fame career. He earned the USA Today and Nike National Coach of the Year award in 1997. In that same season, Coach McDaniels led Canton (Ohio) McKinley to a state title and a national championship. Today McDaniels joins us to discuss how the high school football team provides an example as well as our opportunities as coaches to make a difference.

1:50 They call it a HS football team
3:29 Working in diverse communities
6:23 We learned about each other
8:10 Playing an emotional game yet managing to work together
9:00 The Locker room is an integrator
10:31 Modified Herb Childress Article “Why HS Football Works”
10:56 Teammates are important contributors – celebrate that
14:12 In football teenagers are encouraged to excel
17:00 In football the unexpected happens all of the time
19:05 Communication is important
20:00 Example from New England Patriots practice
22:00 Football is more than the sum of its parts
24:45 Football provides a shining example of bringing people together to function as one
25:45 Stepping outside of our programs to lead
27:15 Team isn’t understood
29:00 Move on to bigger things and duplicate that success in other areas
30:19 Lead in the way you can and listen
30:45 Bill Belichick is the best listener