[PODCAST] Three successful high school coaches discuss playing time, two-platoon and team culture

By Matt Reed | Posted 7/19/2018


Today’s Coach and Coordinator podcast is another episode of “Your Call,” where coaches from across the country share their thoughts on a variety of topics. This edition looks at how coaches decide what players see the field on Friday nights, platoon systems and program culture.

Podcast guests:

Adam Harvey – Defensive backs/Co-defensive coordinator, Steele High School (Cibolo, Texas) – Twitter: @coach_harvey18

Harvey is in his sixth season in at Steele. During that time, he’s helped 11 athletes play football at the collegiate level. Steele went 9-5 last season and made it to the state quarterfinals. Over the past five years, they have a 62-13 record and a state finals appearance. Along with coaching football, Harvey’s also head coach of the track and field team.

Cameron Andersen – Head coach, Gooding High School (Idaho) – Twitter: @SenatorCoach

Andersen is in his 10th season as the head coach at Gooding, and has a 61-31 record, including six straight seasons of seven or more wins. Gooding went 9-2 last season and made the state semifinals. The team’s offense scored an average of 41.5 points per game, while the defense allowed 16.5 points.

Chad Stadem – Head coach, Washington High School (Sioux Falls, South Dakota) – Twitter: @Mr_Stadem

Stadem is in his sixth season as the head coach at Washington, which is coming off three straight state championships and 34 consecutive wins going back to the 2015 season. Last year, Washington went 12-0 with an average margin of victory of 27.3 points. Stadem also coached six years at both Flandreau High School and Howard High School in South Dakota, and won a state championship at each.

Show Notes

  • 1:07     Keith Grabowski on how he coached player participation
  • 13:30   Stadem explains how he uses a two-platoon system
  • 16:27   CS: Practice structure with offense and defense
  • 20:04   CS: Challenges in two-platoon system installation
  • 22:06   CS: Managing players subbed out in certain situations
  • 25:36   Andersen looks at using two-platoon at a small school
  • 28:45   CA: Justification of not playing a talented player both ways
  • 31:08   CA: Developing depth at a small school
  • 34:45   CA: Keeping players from getting complacent in a starting role
  • 39:40   Adam Harvey on having the best 11 players on the field
  • 44:27   AH: Giving players opportunities on special teams
  • 52:39   AH: Using the right players in special teams formations
  • 58:43   AH: Coordinating between multiple position coaches

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