[Podcast] Scott Fountain, Special Teams Coordinator at the University of Arkansas

By Keith Grabowski | Posted 3/4/2020

A coach in four national championship games, Scott Fountain brings vast experience coaching college football. With a specific knack for coaching special teams, Coach Fountain has helped teach star players, such as the newly minted Super Bowl champion Mecole Hardman and First Team All-SEC kicker Rodrigo Blankenship. After spending the last three years on Georgia’s staff in both on and off the field roles, Coach Fountain decided to head to the University of Arkansas after former Bulldog offensive line coach Sam Pittman was named head coach. Now the special teams coordinator for the Razorbacks, Coach Fountain spoke with host Keith Grabowski at the USA Football 2020 National Conference about how to approach teaching special teams. 

0:20 Intro

0:46 Transition from UGA to Arkansas

1:11 Transitioning family to new city

2:12 Preparation for spring ball

2:54 Assembling special teams staff

4:08 Assessing the tape

6:12 Establishing the scheme

7:31 Personnel evaluation

9:24 Earning trust

11:41 Advice on coaching special teams

14:55 Thoughts on the future of kickoffs

18:49 Coaching the return game

21:48 Evaluation

23:53 Special teams in practice 

24:53 Developing a punt returner

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