[Podcast] Your Call Program Turn Around & Football Development - Coach Ben Powell & Mike Norman

By Keith Grabowski | Posted 3/11/2019

Show Notes:

On this episode of the Coach and Coordinator podcast, we continue the “Your Call” series with Keith Grabowski live from USA Football’s National Conference. Grabowski is joined by head coaches Ben Powell of Cohen High School in New Orleans, La. and Mike Norman of Rutland (Vt.) High School (Vt.) to discuss the impact of USA Football’s Systems along with different football game types and the roles they play in developing players.

Ben Powell

01:04 Thoughts in taking over the Cohen program

04:23 Keys for the program turnaround

07:36 Jumping the gap to success

09:37 Hyper focus on detail

12:55 Taking advantage of how technique is taught at National Conference

16:20 Impact of USA Football’s Contact and Tackling Systems

19:40 Skill development within USA Football’s Systems

Mike Norman

24:24 Padded flag football

25:25 Coach Norman’s thoughts on padded flag

26:25 Compromise for football

27:30 Observation of kids in 11-man football

28:25 Other coaches’ opinions

30:10 Thoughts on the Football Development Model

31:00 National Conference

Ben Powell: 

Turning it around. School was on 43 game losing streak and only had 15 players when we arrived. Winning season and playoff qualifier three years later.
WL Cohen High School, New Orleans, La  Athletic Director/Head Football Coach
20 Years of coaching experience in Texas and Louisiana.

Mike Norman: 

Rutland HS, Rutland, Vermont, Head Football Coach/Athletic Director
Head football Coach at Rutland HS for the last 25 years, won 8 state championships and made the playoffs 22 out of the 25 years.


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