Youngest D1 Head Coach, Scotty Walden, Austin Peay

Youngest D1 Head Coach, Scotty Walden, Austin Peay

From the Archives: Scotty Walden sits down with host Keith Grabowski in today’s episode of Coach and Coordinator Podcast. Walden was the youngest head coach in the NCAA last year when he led Division III East Texas Baptist University at the age of 26. After success at the D3 level, Walden made the move to D1 Southern Miss, being promoted to Co-Offensive Coordinator and after one game in 2020, interim head coach. Austin Peay hired Walden as their head coach on October 28, 2020.

On this episode, he discusses the simple drills he likes to teach accountability and responsibility and why young coaches should seek out non-prestigious jobs.

Show Notes:

0:30 Coaching philosophy

1:39 Start as a football coach

3:36 On being the youngest college head coach in America last season

5:45 Key learning moments early in career

8:33 Building culture

13:35 The 5 core values of Walden’s program

16:45 Pat-and-Go and run-throughs, not walk-throughs

22:43 The versatility of Inside Zone

24:15 Maintaining tempo while using motion and changing personnel

27:15 Breaking down Walden’s Y Cross

30:55 Approaching situational offense during the week

33:25 Keeping things simple (K.I.S.S.)

35:30 Advice to a young coach

39:15 Coaching technology

42:45 Two-minute drill

44:15 The winning edge

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