I really liked this piece on Urban Meyer and Greg Schiano, two of my favorite football coaches to study. Being a fan of Schiano’s from his time at Rutgers, I was anxious to hear of his work with Ohio State and this article gives great detail on the relationship between Meyer and Schiano. Great stuff on how Meyer came to trust his new assistant by swallowing his tongue about a drill he thought was dumb, what Schiano will do differently when he’s a head coach again, how Urban Meyer recruits and the power of a position coach. For more on Schiano, check out this great piece by Pete Thamel on how he handled his year off from coaching after getting fired by the Buccaneers. Meyer’s book “Above The Line” is my favorite coaching book (buy it HERE if you have not yet read it).
Schiano’s also learned that if — and when — he becomes a head coach again, he will delegate more, though it’s so tempting to get caught up in the details because like most coaches, you’re a Type A personality who wants things done a certain way. “You must resist doing that,” he said, adding that he believes in “the exponential power of coaching your coaches and coaching your support staff and then empowering them to go do it as opposed to have to be involved in everything all the time.”
For more on Meyer/Schiano:
-Urban Meyer clinic notes (LINK)
-Schiano provides order, clear expectations for Buccaneers (LINK)
-How Urban Meyer developed his offensive philosophy (LINK)
-Meet Urban Meyer’s secret weapon (LINK)
-Inside Ohio State’s “Leadership Training” (LINK)