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Today’s guest on the Coach and Coordinator podcast is Joe Ashfield, who enters his first season as offensive line coach at Rice University. Prior to Rice, Ashfield spent five seasons as an offensive assistant at Stanford, where he prepared opponent scouting reports and statistical analysis. Other coaching stops include New Mexico Military Institute, Loras College and Delta State. He also coached the North Harbour Pride in New Zealand and the New Zealand National Team.
After playing college football at Saint John’s University, where he graduated in 2000, Ashfield played professionally as a quarterback in the German Football League
On today’s show, Ashfield and host Keith Grabowski talk about his experience playing and coaching overseas and developing as an offensive line coach.
- 2:15 Going from football player to coach
- 7:18 Practice style of his college head coach, John Gagliardi
- 10:52 Playing football abroad
- 12:33 Putting players in the best situations to succeed
- 14:34 Coaching football overseas
- 17:14 Developing schemes later in coaching career
- 18:24 Transition from playing quarterback to coaching offensive line
- 21:49 Building the offensive line at Rice
- 25:43 Giving control to the players
- 29:02 Players modifying the scheme to their advantage
- 32:32 Implementing successful and safe technique
- 35:09 Using strongest part of the body in blocking
- 38:21 Best drill to unlock the player’s hips into the block
- 40:47 Ashfield’s go-to play to call
- 42:19 Why he uses the wing on the gap scheme
- 43:45 The Winning Edge
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