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One reader’s success stories from using my football coaching books

Posted by John Reed on

This is an email from a reader:

Hi John,
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I would like to take a moment to let you know about some of my experiences with your books. Please feel free to share this.
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I started off coaching football for my sons when they were 5 and 6. It was because the coach from the year before did such a terrible job I felt there must be a better way. At that age it was flag football, only so much you can teach. It went well because I had a different mindset, that it was MY job to make this a good team. I worked my butt off and got the kids to play some great football.
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So, now comes tackle. 8 to 11 y.o. level. I admit I don't know enough about it to head coach a team, so I run defense for a coach that didn't know anything either, but insisted he was a pro. He wouldn't let me try anything or change player assignments. Needless to say, we were losing game after game. Frustrated , I was searching for a better plan. We were running a 5-3 when I found your GAM [DEFENSE] book. (http://www.johntreed.com/…/gap-air-mirror-defense-for-youth…)
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After losing enough to put us out of playoff contention, the head coach conceded to my weird ideas. I ran your GAM defense, with only one week of preparation, and we held the no. 1 team to 13 points for the game. We lost 7 to 13. Our best game of the season.
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In the following off season, I purchased ALL of your football books. (http://www.johntreed.com/collections/football-coaching-books)
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I read and re read your books 3 times each, in their entirety, in preparation for the next season. The club that I coached for was a very backwards one, and they would not allow me to head coach at the same level as the previous year. So I went Down a level and coached my younger sons team, 7 8 and 9 y.o. kids. I put in a hurry up, no huddle, single wing offense and the GAM defense, applied the time management book, and some contrarian tactics as well. We won 5 of our 7 games that year, the best anyone had done at that club in 5 years or better. Meanwhile, the other coaches were trying to tell me that " its neat that your gimmicks win games, but we play tried and true football". They only won 1 and 2 games for the season.
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The next season, my son and I move up a level, and so do a bunch of the players from our previous years team. Again, I am blocked from coaching that level by "politics", so I work it out with the head coach that I will be offensive coordinator. In the first week I turn to the head coach and tell him that we are going to go to the championship game this year. Needless to say, he wasn't a believer. With the exception of a tie during regular season, we won every game that season, including the championship game. We beat athletically superior teams by as much as 3 touchdowns.
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My youngest son was one of the long snappers, I got him his reps and he didn't have a bad snap all season until the second round of regional play, 11 games straight, and everybody laughed when I pulled out the lawn chair. I was as fair as I could be with all the kids, I had 4 offensive backfields with long snappers and changed long ends with them. I had 20 kids that could run the ball or receive that knew every play because of your books.
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The best part of this is, and probably why I am no longer coaching for them, I never played football. I did not watch it on TV, I can't quote stats about this years Bills team, nothing. But that football team I coached for won the first championship that organization had seen in better than 10 years at any level. During the course of the year, I heard things like "that will never work", "you're ruining the kids for their next coaches", "you should be running what the high school runs". I had many arguments with the organization, so since my sons were borderline with weight, I chose not to coach, and my sons are not playing. This year, the coaches that have the kids from that team, haven't won yet. They are not using your books.
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With that being said, I bought "SUCCEEDING". (https://johntreed.myshopify.com/admin/products/2129437891) .
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Its worth every penny. I wish I had read this before I finished high school, It would have saved a bunch of time and money. I apply your concepts all the time, the only complaint I have is that people around me get upset because I am always accomplishing things that they can't, or won't. Such is life I guess.
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Thanks for everything, I will be pre ordering your new book on the "president" , and some copies of Succeeding for nephews and nieces as graduation gifts as soon as I am done with this.
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mikefarino13@gmail.com


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