The Annual Plan – Brad Zelenovich, Head Coach, Southeast Polk High School (IA)

The Annual Plan – Brad Zelenovich, Head Coach, Southeast Polk High School (IA)

In this Champions episode, presented by Signature Championship Rings, Brad Zelenovich emphasizes the importance of investing time and effort into developing not just good football players, but good people. By fostering open and honest communication and creating a supportive environment, he demonstrates a commitment to the holistic growth of his athletes.

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Brad Zelenovich has been at the helm of the Southeast Polk football program since 2015, leading the Rams to a record of 78-26. The program is a three-peat state champion, winning the title in 2021, 2022, and 2023. They finished 2023 at a perfect 14-0 and are also on a 22-game winning streak.

In this episode, Coach Zelenovich talks about the Southeast Polk Rams’ annual plan, how they invest in their players, and the detail they put into their development plans. He emphasizes a personalized approach to not only build trust and camaraderie within the team, but also to instill a sense of responsibility and leadership in each player, both on and off the field.

Coach Zelenovich’s focus on creating a comprehensive annual plan for the program underscores his dedication to excellence. By valuing multi-sport athletes and emphasizing skill development alongside athletic training, he ensures his players receive a well-rounded experience that prepares them for the challenges of high-stakes games.

Through a combination of data-driven speed training, game-speed drills, and situational football practice, he equips his team with the tools and mindset needed to excel in critical moments, ultimately shaping them into resilient and adaptable competitors.

Show Notes:

>Importance of Investing Time in Young People
>Individualized Meetings with Players to Show Care and Investment
>Importance of the Coaching Staff in Player Development
>Creating a System for Developing Better Athletes
>Emphasizing Skill and Athletic Development Over Specialization
>Implementing Data-Driven Speed Training
>Practicing High-Stress Game Situations Intentionally
>Reflecting on Celebrating Achievements and Turning the Page
>Focusing on the Upcoming Season and New Team Dynamics

About Signature Championship Rings:

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Steve Pyne, Head Coach, Central Catholic High School (OR)
Eric Kjar, Head Coach, Corner Canyon High School (UT)
Keith Klestinski, Head Coach, Marquette University High School (WI)

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