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Mind of a Football Coach

Mind of a Football Coach

By Zach Davis
Mind of a Football Coach is about football, philosophy and winning at life! Email questions and comments to or send me a direct message on Twitter: @mindofafbcoach.
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Mind of a Football Coach

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Mind of a Football Coach

Donnie Mays
Donnie Mays is the Head Football Coach at South Charleston High School in South Charleston, WV. 
September 24, 2020
Psychological Principles for Football
I talk about psychological principles for football
September 23, 2020
Michael Hughes
Coach Hughes is the Defensive Coordinator at Nitro High School in Nitro, WV. 
September 21, 2020
I Formation
Today I talk about the I formation and how it can be used as an offensive system or part of an offensive system. 
September 17, 2020
Wing T
My thoughts on the Wing T offense.
September 15, 2020
We Can Practice But We Can't Play
This podcast focuses on how we are moving forward even though we can't play on Friday. 
September 11, 2020
Brandon Lowe
On-air personality at 100.9/102.3 The Mix in Charleston and Huntington. Host of Jock Talk on 1400/1340 The Jock, and The High School Blitz Podcast. The High School Blitz Podcast: Blitz YouTube clips:
September 10, 2020
Stop, Go, Stop
How we are going forward even though we don' t know if we are going to play a season. * Red is 25 cases per 100,000  Color Map link:
September 7, 2020
Moving Forward In Uncertain Times
I talk about our color system in West Virginia and how we are trying to move forward. 
September 2, 2020
Shawn Copeland
Shawn Copeland is entering his 19th year in education and coaching.  He is currently the Head Varsity Football Coach at Verrado High School in the West Valley of Phoenix, Arizona.  After spending 11 years coaching and teaching in the Dallas area of Texas, he moved to Phoenix to help plant a church.  What was a one year commitment to helping, turned into a place they have called home for the past 7 years.  In 2012, he created a character curriculum that was specifically written for high school athletes called Character Wins.  Character Wins has been used by over 25,000 athletes across 41 states.  Shawn hopes to not only influence those athletes he coaches, but to give other coaches a tool to do the same.
August 25, 2020
Will Thompson
Will is entering his second year as Head Football Coach at Francis Scott Key HS (Union Bridge, MD) In 2019, the FSK football team made the playoffs for the first time in nearly a decade. Beginning his 10th year coaching. Will also teaches Special Education at FSK Previous stops coaching include: John Handley HS, Fauquier HS, Fort Defiance HS. While at Handley, mentored by one of the best defensive minds in college football, D3 2014 AFCA Assistant Coach of the year, John Davis. A native of Charlottesville, VA. Will graduated from Charlottesville HS in 2007. Thompson furthered his education and Football career at Bridgewater College, graduating in 2011 with a BA in History/Political Science.
August 21, 2020
Josh Lewis
Here is Josh's bio from WCHS: Hi there!! I cannot tell you how happy I am to be here at WCHS/WVAH! To cover sports for a living has to be one of the greatest jobs in the world. Like every other kid growing up, I wanted to be a pro football or baseball player. You know, the next Bo Jackson. But I soon found out I wasn't big enough, strong enough or fast enough. You don't have to be Mel Kiper, Jr. to figure out that's not your meal-ticket. So what's the next best thing? Without question-- what I do now. I love West Virginia and now consider it my home, but I am not a native of the Mountain State. The frozen tundra known as Minnesota is where I am from. Prior to moving to West Virginia, I worked in Minneapolis as a production assistant at WCCO TV. I am a big Vikings fan, as well as every other Minnesota sports team, and part of my duties included covering Vikings practices. The first person I'd ever met from West Virginia was the Valley's very own, Randy Moss. I came to West Virginia in the fall of 2000. My first on-air TV job came at WVVA TV in Bluefield where I served as the Sports Director for two years. The primary objective at WVVA in Southern West Virginia is the same as the number goal here at TV 8 in Charleston-- LOCAL SPORTS. It's hard to pick a favorite time of the year. March is great-- I love tournament time.. but fall is also a wonderful time of the year with the high school football and college football seasons starting. What I also love about my job is all the great people I get to meet. I am truly blessed to have been introduced to some of the folks in this state the past few years. I also love getting feedback, so drop me a line at if there's something on your mind!! Take Care!
August 18, 2020
Andy McPherson Part 2
My name is Andy McPherson. I am from Hurricane,WV. I am 36 years old and have been officiating football for half of my life. This is will be my 18th season. Officiating football is something I grew up around. My Dad is entering his 40th year. Being on the same crew with my Dad allows us share in something and have a great time doing it.
August 14, 2020
Drew Elrod
Drew Elrod  Athletic Coordinator   Adairsville High School, GA
August 11, 2020
My thoughts on building a football program in 4 steps 1. Planning 2. Demo 3. Build 4. Evaluate
August 8, 2020
Mark Martin
Mark Martin has served as sports director for both WCHS-TV and WVAH-TV in Charleston/Huntington since 2000. The Fairplain resident has been a broadcaster of games telecast on ESPN, has won an EMMY, was named Sportscaster of the Year in West Virginia in 2002 and was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Associated Press in 2009.
August 5, 2020
Tim McFarlin
Coach McFarlin is entering his 9th season as the head football coach at Blessed Trinity and his 38th year of coaching high school football in Georgia. He holds an 18 year head coaching record of 172 - 52 - 2  and is 90 - 18 - 1 in his eight years at BT. While at Blessed Trinity, Coach McFarlin’s teams have won 5 Region Championships, 3 Region Runner-Ups and have played for the State Championship three of the last four years. In 2015 the Titans played for the State Title where they came up short in an overtime loss to Westminster.  Blessed Trinity claimed the 2017 title by defeating rival Marist, and then returned to the championship game this past year to defeat Cartersville giving the Titans their first “Back to Back” State Football titles. It marked the eighth consecutive year for BT to finish their GHSA season ranked in the Top 10. BT finished the 2018 campaign ranked #1 in AAAA, #3 in all classifications in Georgia and #61 overall in the nation.  Coach McFarlin was selected the GACA and AJC AAAA Coach of the Year for the third time in his career and named the 2018 National Catholic Coach of the Year by Global Football and Catholic Athletes for Christ. Coach McFarlin and his wife, Kay have been married for 36 years. They have two children.  Their daughter, Courtney Lott, and her husband, Jim, have one son, Taylor. And, their son, Will McFarlin,  is the Assistant Men and Women’s Golf Coach at the University of North Georgia. The McFarlins consider Blessed Trinity their second home and look very forward to the 2019 season.
August 1, 2020
Gaven Parker
2009-2012 Salisbury University Football 2013-2015 Offensive Line Coach at CSD 2016-2017 Offensive Coordinator at CSD 2018-2019 Head Coach at CSD 17-7 record 2019 state semi finalist
July 31, 2020
Jeff Herron
Coach Jeff Herron is a highly decorated head coach with a 312-54 record, winning five state championships and the only Georgia prep coach to win state championships with three different schools. Most recently, Herron was the head coach at T.L. Hanna High School in South Carolina, going 25-2 over two seasons. The year before that, he took Grayson (Ga.) to the AAAAAAA championship with a 14-1 record, including two games nationally televised on ESPN. Coach Herron is currently the Tight Ends / Transfer and JUCO Liason at Tennessee Tech University. You can find him on Twitter (@JeffHerron19) and his email is
July 29, 2020
Grant Myers
Grant Myers 2006-2010 Played football at Shorter University (Inside Linebacker) 2011-2018 DC/Linebackers and Strength and Conditioning at Spalding HS in Griffin, GA 2019-2020 DC/Linebackers and Director of Athletic Performance Pickens County Schools Wife- Jena Myers 3rd grade teacher and department chair Harmony Elementary in Pickens County Daughter- Hadleigh , 10 months (daddy's girl)
July 26, 2020
Martin Davis
Martin is a special teams coach at Riverbend High School in Fredericksburg, Virginia, where he works with place-kickers, punters, and kick-off specialists. He's also the author of the forthcoming book, 30 Days with America's High School Coaches. Through interviews with coaches across the nation in a dozen high-school varsity sports, this book peels back the many ways that coaches shape the characters, work ethics, and morals of the young men and women they’re charged to work with in five key areas: 1) How coaches relate to their players. 2) How coaches approach their craft. 3) How coaches build programs. 4) How coaches improve themselves. 5) How coaches affect their communities. Learn more about the book and when it will be available for purchase here. An excerpt of the book is running July 27 in Read the Spirit magazine. Read all my writing for RTS at
July 23, 2020
Bob Gecewich
Coach Gecewich is the Head Football Coach at Jerome High School. His resume speaks for itself! Assistant: Woodland HS-(low income rural) South Carolina McGavock HS-(inner city) Nashville, Tennessee 2 years at Marion Local in Ohio (rural...2 state titles, state power, 11 titles overall) Head Coach: 6th year at Dublin Jerome HS Jerome facts: HIGH academic school Traditionally successful in golf, tennis, lacrosse, cheer, hockey Jerome Highlights first 5 seasons: Numbers increased from inherited mid 70s to 126 this year Playoffs 3/5 years First playoff wins in school history League title 3/5 years Changing perception of football in the school/community
July 19, 2020
Matt Burleson
Coach Burleson has been the Head Football Coach at Telfair County High School for the past 9 seasons. He is an excellent coach and his resume speaks for itself.  Coach Burleson's Bio: High School - Dunnellon High School, Dunnellon, Florida College- QB Wake Forest University QB University of Tennessee at Martin (Graduated 2001) Work- Intern/Volunteer Assistant - University of Georgia 2001 Graduate Assistant- Georgia Tech 2002-203 Wheeler HS (Marietta,GA) QBs/WRs 2003-2004 Glynn Academy (Brunswick, Ga) Co-Offensive Coordinator 2005-2007 Johnson County HS (Wrightsville,Ga)- Defensive Coordinator 2008-2011 Telfair County HS (McRae,Ga) – Head Football Coach/Offensive Coordinator 2012-Present You can find Coach Burleson on Twitter (@coachmburleson) and feel free to shoot him an email at
July 16, 2020
Becoming a Head Coach
Today I talk about the process of becoming a head coach. 
July 14, 2020
Brett Collier Part 2
Brett Collier is a 3 time state champion defensive coordinator, and he is full of wisdom! You can find him on Twitter at @coachbcollier. Thank you for listening!
July 13, 2020
Going Forward
I am going to talk about how we move forward with so much uncertainty. 
July 9, 2020
Attacking All Areas of the Field
In this podcast I discuss why an offense should be able to attack all areas of the field. 
July 2, 2020
Wes Eddy
Wesley Eddy - Brooke High 1995 - Bethany College 2000 - Masters WVU 2005Brooke High School - Teacher and Coach 2000-2010Hedgesville High School - Teacher and Coach 2010-2013Webster Co High School - Teacher and Coach 2013-2015Princeton High School -...
June 11, 2020
Eddie Vincent
Eddie Vincent is the Principal of Buckhannon - Upshur High School, WV. He understands what it is like to be a coach because he was the Head Football Coach at Buckhannon - Upshur High School and Lewis County High School. Eddie has also coached at the...
June 8, 2020
Fred Gandy
Fred Gandy, Head Coach at Joliet Central High School in Joliet Illinois. I have been the head coach since March 2019. Prior to becoming the Head Football Coach at Joliet Central, I coached for 12 years at various levels from youth football to the...
June 2, 2020
Kareem Reid
A native of North Miami (Florida) who played collegiately at the University of Central Florida, Coach Reid specializes in motivating players and getting the most from his teams while engaging the community and student body. Displays an innovative...
June 1, 2020
What Works For Us
May 28, 2020
Brad Garrett
Coach Brad Garrett is the offensive coordinator at Moore Haven Middle /  High School . He has been coaching high school football for 10 years. He started his career at Glades Day as the QB coach and won back to back state championships (09/10). He then...
May 23, 2020
How Do I Become a Coach
May 21, 2020
Fatigue Part 2
May 6, 2020
April 15, 2020
I am looking for new guests for my YouTube channel! Send me a DM on Twitter (@mindofafbcoach)Thanks for listening!
April 7, 2020
Walk in the Park
April 4, 2020
Dan Woolley
From 2002-2008 Coach Woolley served as an Assistant Coach at Lloyd Memorial High School and from 2008 to 2012 he served as Assistant Head Coach and Offensive Coordinator at Scott High School.After taking over as Head Coach in 2012, Coach Woolley helped...
March 31, 2020
Brent Morrison
Coach Brent Morrison is the HC at Westerville Central HS since 2018. The school was coming off 2 losing seasons when he took the position and in each of his first two seasons, his team qualified for the Division 1 Playoffs in Ohio & was ranked in...
March 28, 2020
Mini Podcast - Patterns
March 26, 2020
Grady Breen
Coach Breen originally hails from Burlington, Vermont where he developed a love for football and lacrosse from both a playing and coaching perspective. After playing college lacrosse at Messiah College in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, he served as wide...
March 25, 2020
Tyler Ossman
Defensive Backs / Wide Receiver Coach at Oak Glen High School, WVTwitter: @ossmanjames
March 20, 2020
Bobby Ramsay
Bobby Ramsay of Jacksonville Mandarin has been named the 2018 Florida Dairy Farmers Football Coach-of-the-Year following a final round of voting by a statewide panel of high school football coaches and media representatives.Ramsay, who was previously...
March 17, 2020
Dustin Mills
Dustin is the Head Football Coach at James M. Bennett High School in Salisbury, Maryland. He brings a lot of great wisdom to the podcast!Twitter: @dustinwmills
March 14, 2020
John Pennington
Coach Pennington is the Head Coach at West Virginia State University. Website
March 6, 2020
February 29, 2020
Newer is Not Always Better
February 26, 2020
Andy McPherson
Andy is a football and baseball official in the Kanawha Valley. The listeners will enjoy this open and honest conversation about what it takes to be an official and the relationship between officials and coaches.
January 31, 2020
Kenny Simpson
Kenny Simpson is the Head Football Coach at Southside High School in Arkansas. He is an excellent coach! Check out his website:
January 28, 2020
My career has taken me to three states and I share about that journey in this podcast. I would love to hear your thoughts about the podcast! Send me a Tweet or DM on Twitter: @mindofafbcoachThank you for listening!
January 25, 2020
Take Action
January 16, 2020
Brad Burchfield
Brad Burchfield is the Head Football Coach at Bishop Hartley High School in Columbus, Ohio. He is a state championship head football coach and an even better person. For all things Hartley Football, give them a follow on Twitter: @HartleyFootball
January 13, 2020
Kevin Womble
Kevin Womble is an experienced coach that was a Head Coach at Holmes High School and is now at Niceville High School. This podcast is full of wisdom and insight from an experienced coach!
January 12, 2020
Mark Holcomb
January 10, 2020
January 8, 2020
Offensive Philosophy Part 3
January 6, 2020
Kevin Board
December 21, 2019
Offensive Philosophy Part 2
December 16, 2019
Offensive Philosophy
December 6, 2019
Tom MacPherson
You can watch Coach Mac's videos and subscribe to Play Fast Football at the following sites: have also uploaded a link to this podcast on my blog site:...
December 1, 2019
Clinic Season Part 2
November 22, 2019
End of the Season
November 8, 2019
No Fear
October 21, 2019
In - Season Practice
October 18, 2019
Adaptability Part 2
August 26, 2019
Bryan England
July 29, 2019
Brett Collier
July 9, 2019
7 on 7
June 25, 2019
Zack Leonard
June 12, 2019
What's New is Old
May 22, 2019
Coaching Evolution
April 26, 2019
How Much Is Enough
April 19, 2019
Decision Making
April 3, 2019
March 20, 2019
Why Do We Coach?
March 12, 2019
Player's Manual
March 4, 2019
Jason Redman
February 27, 2019
Make It Your Own
February 25, 2019
February 12, 2019
January 30, 2019
January 25, 2019
January 22, 2019
What Scheme Should We Run?
January 10, 2019
January 7, 2019
Eddie Smolder
January 4, 2019
January 3, 2019
Caleb Davis
December 31, 2018
Storm Davis
December 29, 2018
Do the Little Things
This is a quick podcast about doing the little things to achieve greatness.
December 21, 2018
December 19, 2018
Jason Fulton
December 12, 2018
Terrance Terry
December 5, 2018
Program Building
November 28, 2018
Making Change in Your Life
November 14, 2018
2018 Reflection
I said episode 16 at the beginning of the podcast, it is episode 17!
November 9, 2018
This episode is about minimalism as it pertains to our football program. Below is the link to the Focus 3 podcast that I reference in the podcast. Focus 3 podcast:
July 4, 2018
Email: Rich Roll Balance: Twitter: @mindofafbcoach
May 16, 2018
Clinic Season
April 20, 2018
Coach's Health
Rob Bell: Rich Roll: Netflix: What the Health, Cowspiracy Ryan Holiday:
February 27, 2018
Peaks and Valleys
November 10, 2017
October 15, 2017
October 1, 2017
I talk about defensive philosophy and structure. I say episode #8 but it is episode #9!!!
September 10, 2017
I talk about leadership and how to be an effective leader
August 29, 2017
I discuss how trusting the process can bring joy to your life.
August 10, 2017
James Barker
James Barker and I talk about football scheme and philosophy. James is the Offensive Coordinator at Chapmanville Regional High School.
August 3, 2017
I talk about our football summer schedule, and how to get the most out of our time during the summer.
July 28, 2017
Joey Fields
Podcast with Mingo Central Head Coach Joey Fields
July 12, 2017
The Castos
Podcast with Bryce and Zach Casto
July 10, 2017
I discuss how to start a podcast and the culture of our football program. Please feel free to email me with questions or comments at Thanks for listening!!
July 4, 2017
Mind of a Football Coach
I talk about why this podcast was created and my post "What's Old is New"
June 28, 2017