[Podcast] How to Become a Head Coach – Ohio High School Coaches Hall of Fame Head Coach: Thom McDaniels

By Keith Grabowski | Posted 2/7/2020

After an illustrious 26-year head coaching career, Thom McDaniels is still impacting the next generation of football players and coaches. Some may mostly know him as the father of New England Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels and the University of Michigan quarterback coach Ben McDaniels. But Thom McDaniels himself truly has had a Hall of Fame career. He earned the USA Today and Nike National Coach of the Year award in 1997. In that same season, Coach McDaniels led Canton (Ohio) McKinley to a state title and a national championship. Despite all his accomplishments, Coach McDaniels still continues to work hard to educate future coaches on what it takes to be successful. Hear some of Coach McDaniels’ advice on this episode of the Coach and Coordinator podcast.

0:22 Intro
1:12 Transitioning from assistant coach to head coach 
1:30 Heavy lifting season
4:31 Tips for young coaches
9:48 Studying different phases of the game
12:21 Using the game plan as a clinic
14:35 Ways to educate yourself about coaching
15:15 Coach McDaniels’ favorite coaching book 
19:31 How to delegate and how to coach your best players 
23:50 Properly preparing your players
25:51 Applying knowledge to your team’s needs
27:54 Facing adversity and hard work
31:04 Investing in your players
33:14 The winning edge
35:20 Closing

You can follow Coach McDaniels on Twitter here: @thomas_tmcdwgh

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