[PODCAST] Greenwich (Connecticut) High School coach John Marinelli talks about in-game communication

By Matt Reed | Posted 7/31/2018

 Photo via greenwichsentinel.com

Today’s Coach and Coordinator podcast guest is John Marinelli, now in his fourth season as head coach at Greenwich High School (Connecticut). Last year, Marinelli led Greenwich to a 12-1 record and a state runner-up finish. It was the program’s first 12-win season since its state title in 2006. Marinelli has a 23-10 record in three years coaching at the school.

Before coming to Greenwich, Marinelli worked for six seasons at New Canaan High School (Connecticut) as offensive coordinator, including four state-title campaigns, all under his father, Lou Marinelli, who’s in his 38th season as head coach. As a quarterback, he won two state championships at New Canaan, then played at Fordham University for one season, then three more at Trinity College (Hartford, Connecticut), where he played safety.

On today’s show, Marinelli and host Keith Grabowski talk about setting up in-game communication between coaches, and how to adapt to different situations.

Show Notes

  • 1:34     Planning coaching staff communications
  • 3:38     Maintaining consistency in communication
  • 4:43     Ensuring communication plan is clear and concise
  • 13:00   The importance of letting the play-caller call the plays
  • 16:59   Protocol for coaches conveying critical information
  • 22:07   Process of charting important in-game data
  • 28:01   Communication in the locker room at halftime
  • 33:16   Coordinating with the medical staff on player injuries
  • 37:31   Postgame communication and evaluation


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