This is Intentionally Grounded, a podcast that strives to grow a community of coaching excellence. We interview football coaches from around the nation and share with you their stories, insights, and strategies so that you can become the best version of your coaching self possible.
Episode 41 features the defensive coordinator of Kansas Wesleyan University, John Michaletti. Coach recalls the impact of his playing career on his development as a coach, along with the challenges that accompany being a young coordinator at your alma mater. Coach also discusses how to create an effective defensive system, advancements in secondary play, and methods for defending modern RPOs. Aspiring defensive coordinators will not want to miss the lessons shared in this week’s episode!
Episode 40 features the offensive coordinator at the University of Minnesota-Duluth, Chase Vogler Coach relives his playing career as a decorated 4 year starter and national champion at UMD and shares his rise through the coaching ranks that has landed him back at his alma mater. Coach also details the tenants of his offensive system and shares tips for building a championship mindset in your program.
Episode 39 features the offensive coordinator at Princeton University, Andrew Aurich. Coach details his career as a player at Princeton and discusses his journey in the coaching profession that landed him back with his Alma Mater. Coach also discusses the keys behind Princeton becoming the 6th rated rushing offense in the nation in 2018, ways to protect your best run plays, and how coaches can create successful offensive lineman in their own program.
Episode 38 features the head coaches of Ennis and Athens High School, Sam and Zac Harrell. The Harrell’s discuss their family’s history in football, their coaching philosophies and foundational values, their dynamic offensive philosophies, and tips for coaches who aspire to coach their children. Finally, both coaches look into the future and discuss what the future has in store for their coaching careers and life outside of football. The Harrell’s are one of the great football families in our game today and having them as guests on our program was a great privilege.
Episode 37 features the offensive coordinator at William & Mary, Brennan Marion. Coach details his life’s journey through adversity that saw him deal with injuries, homelessness, and ultimately growth and success at the high school and collegiate coaching levels. Coach discusses the influences in his offensive philosophy, the up-tempo and innovative formations that he uses, and the keys to relationship building at all levels.
Episode 36 features the head coach of Gustavus Adolphus College, Peter Haugen. Coach details his rise from a three sport college athlete, to coaching and being an administrator at the high school level, to finally becoming a head football coach at the collegiate level. Coach shares his vision and foundational values of his programs and discusses ways to cultivate leadership in others, while maintaining balance in your life.
Episode 35 features the head coach of Lincoln Christian and the founder of Culture Coordinator, Kurt Earl. Coach Earl discusses the keys to building and repairing culture within any program and will discuss strategies for integrating and unifying a culture within any organization. Coach also shares his growth as a head coach and his future goals for himself, his program, and Culture Coordinator.
Episode 34 features the return of 24/7’s recruiting analyst for the University of Minnesota and North Dakota State, Ryan Burns. Ryan discusses the prospects to look for in the upcoming 2020 class, evaluates the 2019 classes that have recently completed, and also previews some of the position battles that are awaiting teams when spring ball opens in the coming weeks.
Episode 33 features former NFL quarterback Kelly Holcomb. Kelly talks about his life in football growing up, the impact quarterbacks such as Peyton Manning had on his development, his transition to the NCAA & NFL, and the creation of a mindset needed to be successful as a backup quarterback, when your aspirations are to be a starter.
Episode 32 features the head coach of Ravenna High School and content manager of FootballScoop, Doug Samuels. Coach shares his story as a coach and outlines his transition from an offensive coordinator to a head football coach. Coach also details his “Smash Mouth Spread” offense and its main components, while explaining his journey to becoming the content manager at one of the top coaching news websites on the internet.
Episode 31 features the head coach of Buena Vista University, Grant Mollring. Coach discusses the impact coaches have had on his coaching career, his tips for quarterback development and recruitment, and the rationale behind his offensive style and philosophy. Coach also reflects on his first two years at Buena Vista, and explains the challenges and successes that have come during his time as a head coach.
Episode 30 features the new head coach of Enterprise High School, Coach Rick Darlington. Coach Darlington discusses the keys to a successful transition to a new job, his core values for his program, and his strategies for building rapport and respect with players. Coach Darlington also installs his Single Wing offense and details the different series and compliments that he’s used to turn his Single Wing offense into a perennial power. Finally, coach discusses the troubling trends in football that have emerged at the high school level and offers solutions to help improve the quality of experiences for our players.
Episode 29 features the former head coach of the University of Missouri, Gary Pinkel. Coach Pinkel discusses lessons the game of football has taught him and how coaches like Don James have influenced his development of his football coaching philosophy and program style. Coach also details his keys to building a loyal coaching staff, his infamous Thursday talks, and the legacy he hopes to leave behind with all the players, coaches, and programs he has served for.
Episode 28 features the former head coach of the University of Minnesota, Jerry Kill. Coach Kill talks about his career in coaching, his methods for building a staff and maintaining its loyalty, and the importance of motivating players and establishing relationships with them. Coach also talks about his favorite memories from his coaching days, as well as his continued dedication towards bringing awareness to Epilepsy.
Episode 2 of Season 2 features the Head Football Coach of Mt. Pleasant High School, in Mt. Pleasant Tennessee, Bronson Bradley. Coach Bradley discusses core program building values, the adaptations made to Mt. Pleasant's Single Wing Offense, drills and teaching points to running a successful Single Wing Offense, and lessons learned from power-lifting that he has infused into the Mt. Pleasant Program.
Season 2 Episode 1's guest is former Coastal Carolina Defensive Analyst, and current BC Lions quarterbacks coach, Drew Tate. Coach Tate shares with us his story as a player at the University of Iowa, and then his experiences playing in the CFL. He explains how his journey into coaching was shaped by the mentors he had and also discusses some of his most memorable moments as a player. Finally, he discusses his future in coaching and predicts where it may take him.
In the last episode of Season 1, John and Brian talk through the most impactful and memorable memories and guests from Season 1. They also discuss the future initiatives of Intentionally Grounded and what listeners can expect for Season 2.
Episode 24’s guest is the former Offensive Line coach for the University of Minnesota, Gordy Shaw. Coach Shaw shares stories from his many years coaching at different stops throughout his time in collegiate football. He also discusses his beliefs on offensive line play and the points of emphasis on developing a strong run game. Finally, Coach Shaw reflects on the most memorable stadiums, players, games, and accomplishments from his coaching tenure, and discusses his future in the game of football.
Episode 23’s guest is the Head Coach of Brookfield Central High School, Jed Kennedy. Coach Kennedy will take you through his Single Wing philosophy background and install and unpack the coaching points that make it so successful. Coach will also discuss personnel within the Single Wing, methods for protecting their power run scheme, and the program and culture building strategies that have produced several state tournament teams.
Episode 22’s guest is the Head Coach of Fairmont High School, Mat Mahoney. Coach Mahoney shares with us his program and staff building strategies and explains the foundational values he has instilled in the program. He also explains the difficulties and changes in the coaching profession today and what remedies could improve the game moving forward. Coach also recalls the impact of his grandfather on his coaching career, and the characteristics that makes Fairmont a special place.
Episode 21’s guest is the Offensive Coordinator of Estacado High School in Lubbock, Texas, James Vint. Coach Vint will take you through his coaching career and share with you his experience with the Pistol offense and the advantages it gives an offense. Coach also gives predictions regarding the next future trends in offensive play. Finally, Coach explains the changes he has experienced at Estacado over the past year and what the future has in store for him and the Estacado Football program. An author of numerous ebooks and coaching videos, Coach Vint brings a wealth of knowledge to our program and it is on full display in our latest episode.
Episode 20’s guest is the Head Coach of Freedom High School (Orlando, FL), Phil Vogt. Coach Vogt will take you through his pro-style/wing T philosophy background and install and explain the intricacies of the wide zone. Coach will also detail teaching points and ways to protect the wide zone and why he believes it is so successful at any level. Coach Vogt is a great resource for coaches of all ages and his contributions to the profession have been valuable. His future is very bright and we are excited to share his story with you.
Episode 19 features South Dakota State’s Offensive Line Coach and Run Game Coordinator, Jason Eck. Coach Eck shares his detailed coaching background, the traits and skills he looks for in an Offensive Lineman, SDSU’s secret to protecting the quarterback, as well as the variations of SDSU’s Power play and how they protect it. Coach Eck is one of the best and most entertaining coaches to talk ball with and is a genuine individual who gives back to the football coaching community. We feel fortunate to have him on our show and we hope you’ll enjoy his story.
Episode 18’s guest is former East Mississippi Community College Offensive Coordinator Marcus Wood. Coach Wood will share his story that takes him from a hall of fame playing career, to the offensive coordinator at one of the premier JUCO’s in the nation. Coach then will unwrap the EMCC offense, install its most successful run and pass game concepts, and explain the influence of the veer on his coaching career. Coach also reveals what it was like to be featured on Netflix’s Last Chance U series and what Last Chance U has done for EMCC and his coaching career.
Episode 17 features Mount Union’s offensive coordinator, Chris Kappas. Coach outlines the Mount Union offense and shares the teaching points that make it simple, multiple, and successful. Coach also discusses the keys to Mount Union’s passing efficiency, teaching points for 4 Verts in the Mount Union offense, and the adjustments made to the passing game inside the red zone. Coach Kappas’ journey to become the offensive coordinator at a national champion is an engaging one, that saw him become a nationally acclaimed defensive coordinator, before making the switch to offense.
Episode 16’s guest is University of Northern Iowa’s co-offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach, John Bond. Coach Bond will share his knowledge on the quarterback position and explain the drills, skills, and traits that he looks to recruit and develop at the collegiate level. Coach then will introduce the techniques and teaching points that have led to successful run game development at many of his coaching stops. Finally, Coach will explain the reasons behind UNI’s red zone success and what concepts and formations work best within this area of the field.
Episode 15 will be a recap of the one back clinic that was held on June 2, 2018 at the University of North Texas. Austin James Smith put on the clinic and did a phenomenal job. From guests like Sonny Dykes and Jimmy Klingler, to legends such as Hal Mumme and John Jenkins, the level of talent that was brought together and shared with coaches like myself was amazing. This episode details the teaching points and lessons that were learned from these great mentors.
In Episode 14 our guest is Dallas Center-Grimes’ Head Coach, Scott Heitland. Coach tells us about his journey as a coach and explains some of his major influences as he progressed through the coaching ranks. Coach Heitland also explains his program and culture building strategies that he employs and details how he holds players accountable throughout the entirety of their decisions and careers. Along with sharing his offensive and defensive philosophies, Coach Heitland bestows valuable insight on what it takes to be successful at the high school level in our current era.
In Episode 13, we had the exciting chance to speak with South Dakota State University Safeties coach Brian Bergstrom. Coach Bergstrom shares his successes and experiences, ranging from his playing days, through his various stops along his coaching career. Coach also details the individual drills and coverage schemes that have yielded great success throughout his career. Finally, coach discusses how modern defenses are adjusting to RPO's and what SDSU has done to combat them. Coach Bergstrom's insightful reflection on the game of football is one you won't want to miss!
In Episode 12 our guest is Los Osos Offensive Coordinator and author of the book The 3-5 Defense, Vinny Fazio. Coach Fazio shares with us his story that has taken his to various high school and collegiate spots, culminating with his arrival at Los Osos. Coach Fazio brings a unique experience, as he has spent most of his time as a coach on the defensive side of the ball, perfecting the 3-5 Defense and causing headaches for opposing coaches. Coach Fazio’s defenses have ranked amongst the best in the country, whether at the high school or collegiate level, and his knowledge of the 3-5 is on full display throughout this episode. Enjoy as we learn the how and the why of the 3-5 from one of the best in the country!
In Episode 11 we sit down with the new head coach of Burrell High School in Burrell, Pennsylvania, Shawn Liotta. Coach installs his no huddle offense and details the criteria for its success. Coach also explains the benefits of running an up-tempo system and the practice structure necessary for implementing such an offense. Architect of the No Huddle No Mercy Offense, Coach Liotta has a wealth of experience and knowledge. His successes at every level are a testament to the quality programs and systems that he plays a huge role in establishing.
In Episode 10, we had the privilege of speaking with Ryan Burns from 24/7 Sports and Gopher Illustrated. Ryan previews the upcoming recruiting classes for the state of Minnesota, as well as the 2018 classes for the University of Minnesota and North Dakota State. In addition to previewing some of the top and sleeper prospects for the upcoming 2019 class, Ryan discusses the characteristics and actions steps necessary for players to get recruited, while also outlining the role of the coach in the entire process.
On this special episode, episode 9, we had the privilege of speaking with GoRout Founder and CEO Mike Rolih. Mike takes us through the story of Go Rout from its inception, through its growth and expansion into the football technology marketplace. One of the most innovative products on the market today, GoRout has the ability to greatly improve the efficiency and effectiveness of practice and preparation on an immediate basis, while remaining accessible and flexible to coaches and players. Enjoy the story of GoRout and learn how you can bring GoRout to your program for the upcoming football season and beyond.
In Episode 8, Coach Donnie Woods of Iowa Western Community College details the drills, skills, and techniques necessary to build a successful offensive line and offensive system. Coach Woods also shares his journey to national prominence at Iowa Western and explains how they have made IWCC a model program at the JUCO level.
In Episode 7, we interview former St. Olaf College Head Coach and Quarterbacks coach for the Washington Redskins, Chris Meidt. Coach Meidt shares with us his experiences in the game of football ranging from his days in a small Minnesota town, to being the head coach of a successful Division III football program, to coaching in the NFL. Coach also details his philosophy for building a successful program and outlines his qualities for successful quarterback play at any level. While no longer active in the coaching profession, Coach Meidt’s story and journey provide a guide for younger coaches who strive to have balance in their personal, social, professional, and spiritual lives.
In Episode 6, Coach Dub Maddox of Jenks High School introduces and installs the R4 system with our listeners. Coach Maddox discusses the necessary characteristics and qualities of successful quarterback play and details how his journey in the coaching profession has shaped him and his passion for the game. Coach also previews his new book "Adapt or Die", which is available now for purchase. Coach Maddox is a premier quarterback mind in the game of football today and his insight will prove valuable for your upcoming season and beyond.
In Episode 5, we speak with Bemidji State Offensive Coordinator Karson Pike. Coach Pike shares with us his journey from high school football to now coaching in a premier Division II Conference in the nation. Coach also teaches us his offensive system, his method for developing and implementing RPOs, his methods for how to get your best athlete the ball, and tips for calling big-plays in the play-action passing game.
In Episode 4, Head Coach of Rocori High School, Mike Rowe, speaks to us about his Spartan Spread system and the development of RPO's within it. One of the most gifted offensive coaches in the game today, Coach Rowe explains the DNA of his RPO system from how he chooses to pair his routes with his run game, to how he teaches his quarterback to be successful with RPO's, to when and where he likes to call certain RPO's.
In Episode 3, we have the privilege of talking with Head Coach Chad Clendening and Offensive Coordinator Jeff Flugum of Apple Valley High School. Both coaches explain the creation of the Apple Valley 2 back spread offense and the characteristics that make it so difficult to defend. They also discuss the evolution of the Apple Valley program over the years and the progress it continues to make. The episode culminates with a reveal of the rationale behind a trick play used in a high-leverage situation this past season.
In Episode 2, we talk with new ADM Head Coach Garrison Carter. Garrison goes in depth on the intricacies of his high-octane offense and his methods for preparing quarterbacks to succeed in his system. Garrison also shares with us the unique ways in which he promotes his program, the characteristics of his leadership courses, and his goals for making football at ADM "something that kids can't live without".
On Episode 1 we chat with coach Adam Fischer, head coach at Farmington High School in Farmington, Minnesota. In this episode Adam discusses: the structure of his offensive system, the keys to developing quarterback play in a spread offense, his belief in having no playbook, his method for turning around high school programs, and the philosophy and implementation behind Farmington's successful strength and conditioning program.