[Podcast] College Leaders - Robby Discher, University of Toledo Special Teams Coordinator

By Keith Grabowski | Posted 12/18/2018

Show Notes:

Today in the Coach and Coordinator podcast, Keith Grabowski has coach Robby Discher, University of Toledo tight ends coach and special teams coordinator, to talk about his nationally ranked special teams unit. Toledo led the nation in blocked kicks, punts and are top 20 in punt return average. Keith and Coach Discher talk about what impacted him in his coaching journey, what makes special teams so dynamic and how they’ve had this success this past year.

01:05 Coach Discher’s coaching journey

04:15 Key lessons learned as a coach

06:05 Player relationships

07:25 What’s special about being on the Toledo staff

09:55 Bringing in the right guys in recruiting

11:15 Player ownership

13:35 Do your job to the best of your ability

15:10 Have something that makes you different as a coach

15:35 Keith’s first experience as a college coach

17:12 Keys to excelling on special teams

17:30 The fundamentals

19:00 Scheme matching the players

19:45 Coach Discher’s special teams drills to evaluate who plays on special teams

22:33 How Toledo uses starters on special teams

24:50 Finding opportunities to block punts

27:20 Bring pressure once every game

29:35 Attacking the shield

32:10 Advantages in the return game

34:05 Vertical separation

34:55 Own the ball – No penalties

36:50 Coach Discher’s favorite stat – Starting field position

39:40 Winning edge

41:12 Connect with coach:

Twitter: @robbydischer

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Photo Courtesy: Jeremy Wadsworth/Toledo Blade


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