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There aren't many out there, but I was fortunate to interview an outstanding assistant coach candidate this morning!

 
Here are the interview questions we use. 
1- Why do you want to be a football coach at Mercer County HS?
 2- What coaches have been the biggest influence on you? Why? What did you take from that coach? 
3- If you are somewhere in town, and people begin to bad mouth the football staff and program, what is the loyal way to respond?
 4- Will your schedule allow you to be at all practices and workouts? ( Provide overall schedule and expectations) 
5- We want to practice fast. We also want to maximize efficiency in practice… very little standing around and watching, everyone involved, working and getting reps. Can you make your coaching style fit that philosophy? Can you coach on the run, make corrections as needed after practice, etc? 
6- We do a bunch of dirty and extra work. Washing uniforms, sweeping the locker-room, getting equipment put away…. Is that beneath you as a coach, or are you willing to help with the part of the job that is menial and outside of the spotlight?
 7- We do not cuss on the field (this is a work in progress). Can you handle that or do you think that cussing is necessary to get a player’s attention at times? If so, this will not be a good fit for you or us. 
8- We want our players to be corrected, pushed, and to become the best they can be. In doing so, we want this done in the most positive way possible. Can you be demanding AND positive as a coach? 
9- Five years from now, where do you see yourself as a football coach? 
10- Are you a big picture guy, detail guy, or combination of both? Explain.
 
If you have better questions, email me at coachdavidbuchanan@gmail.com. Today was a really busy day. The most important thing I did was the interview. There is no substitute for surrounding your kids with great men as their coaches and mentors. At the end of the day, that is really what we are all about. 
 
Merry Christmas!  🎄
 

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Thanks for posting. Nice to get a glimpse into the truth behind closed doors. Nothing but awesome stuff brother, keep up the good work. I personally thank you for your dedication. Our coaches has a lot on there plates. Just know some of us really care and are thankful for the time that is invested in these kids! Good luck in your staff search!

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I think this is awesome and would also say thanks for sharing this.   So, I guess I have a question about a question.  Would you ever want to ask and/or what would be the best way to get a sense of someone's understanding of the chain of command?   Obviously, this is just my opinion and there are other ways people can make it work, but that seems really important to me in assembling a working staff.   I think you're touching on it in question #3, but I was curious what steps you feel are necessary to ensure that its a good fit?  

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50 minutes ago, observerbynature said:

I think this is awesome and would also say thanks for sharing this.   So, I guess I have a question about a question.  Would you ever want to ask and/or what would be the best way to get a sense of someone's understanding of the chain of command?   Obviously, this is just my opinion and there are other ways people can make it work, but that seems really important to me in assembling a working staff.   I think you're touching on it in question #3, but I was curious what steps you feel are necessary to ensure that its a good fit?  

That's a good point and might be an insight into why I struggle in the 21st century.  

When I worked for Coach Gruneisen (great friend, mentor, and football coach), I made some suggestions that I thought would help our defense. His response was, "I don't want to do that." End of discussion. And, I had no problem with that. I understood that as the head coach of our program, his understanding of what we are trying to get accomplished was much deeper and wiser than mine.  I am not sure his response would be as well received in the 21st century.  I FEEL like saying that some times... and some times I will, but I try not to do so. It doesn't go over well. 

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On 12/10/2020 at 5:31 PM, ChiefSmoke said:

There aren't many out there, but I was fortunate to interview an outstanding assistant coach candidate this morning!

 
Here are the interview questions we use. 
1- Why do you want to be a football coach at Mercer County HS?
 2- What coaches have been the biggest influence on you? Why? What did you take from that coach? 
3- If you are somewhere in town, and people begin to bad mouth the football staff and program, what is the loyal way to respond?
 4- Will your schedule allow you to be at all practices and workouts? ( Provide overall schedule and expectations) 
5- We want to practice fast. We also want to maximize efficiency in practice… very little standing around and watching, everyone involved, working and getting reps. Can you make your coaching style fit that philosophy? Can you coach on the run, make corrections as needed after practice, etc? 
6- We do a bunch of dirty and extra work. Washing uniforms, sweeping the locker-room, getting equipment put away…. Is that beneath you as a coach, or are you willing to help with the part of the job that is menial and outside of the spotlight?
 7- We do not cuss on the field (this is a work in progress). Can you handle that or do you think that cussing is necessary to get a player’s attention at times? If so, this will not be a good fit for you or us. 
8- We want our players to be corrected, pushed, and to become the best they can be. In doing so, we want this done in the most positive way possible. Can you be demanding AND positive as a coach? 
9- Five years from now, where do you see yourself as a football coach? 
10- Are you a big picture guy, detail guy, or combination of both? Explain.
 
If you have better questions, email me at coachdavidbuchanan@gmail.com. Today was a really busy day. The most important thing I did was the interview. There is no substitute for surrounding your kids with great men as their coaches and mentors. At the end of the day, that is really what we are all about. 
 
Merry Christmas!  🎄
 

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This !!!

You are correct, there are not many out there anymore.  Talked to about 10 people about this in the last two weeks. 

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On 12/10/2020 at 5:31 PM, ChiefSmoke said:

There aren't many out there, but I was fortunate to interview an outstanding assistant coach candidate this morning!

 
Here are the interview questions we use. 
1- Why do you want to be a football coach at Mercer County HS?
 2- What coaches have been the biggest influence on you? Why? What did you take from that coach? 
3- If you are somewhere in town, and people begin to bad mouth the football staff and program, what is the loyal way to respond?
 4- Will your schedule allow you to be at all practices and workouts? ( Provide overall schedule and expectations) 
5- We want to practice fast. We also want to maximize efficiency in practice… very little standing around and watching, everyone involved, working and getting reps. Can you make your coaching style fit that philosophy? Can you coach on the run, make corrections as needed after practice, etc? 
6- We do a bunch of dirty and extra work. Washing uniforms, sweeping the locker-room, getting equipment put away…. Is that beneath you as a coach, or are you willing to help with the part of the job that is menial and outside of the spotlight?
 7- We do not cuss on the field (this is a work in progress). Can you handle that or do you think that cussing is necessary to get a player’s attention at times? If so, this will not be a good fit for you or us. 
8- We want our players to be corrected, pushed, and to become the best they can be. In doing so, we want this done in the most positive way possible. Can you be demanding AND positive as a coach? 
9- Five years from now, where do you see yourself as a football coach? 
10- Are you a big picture guy, detail guy, or combination of both? Explain.
 
If you have better questions, email me at coachdavidbuchanan@gmail.com. Today was a really busy day. The most important thing I did was the interview. There is no substitute for surrounding your kids with great men as their coaches and mentors. At the end of the day, that is really what we are all about. 
 
Merry Christmas!  🎄
 

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Love your Dicipline with just these pictures. Everyone is dressed the same and don't look like some Dumpster Fire! I see the coaches even try to dress the same. It's the little things that make the difference.

I was taught/coached at a very young age that details matter and you will use that someday more rather than not.  I think it's a big part of it. JMO!

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6 minutes ago, PP1 said:

I have no idea what this means.

I believe Thunderbirds (correct me if I am wrong) might be referencing a part of the book A Coach's Influence: Beyond the Game (great book!) where the idea that just because things were done one way during your time, and maybe, or maybe not, you were successful, it doesn't necessarily mean that same way of doing things will translate to your current group of athletes is described. Basically, the idea that what works for one, may not work for all or what worked at one time, may not work forever. Be adaptable! 

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12 minutes ago, THUNDERBIRDS said:

Love your Dicipline with just these pictures. Everyone is dressed the same and don't look like some Dumpster Fire! I see the coaches even try to dress the same. It's the little things that make the difference.

I was taught/coached at a very young age that details matter and you will use that someday more rather than not.  I think it's a big part of it. JMO!

I agree with you. That was something that was really important to Coach Gruneisen when I worked for him at Paris. 

One night, we faced a particularly undisciplined opponent. It really shook me up. We made our guys wear their pr1de shorts and jersey to watch video and run the next day.  

On the other hand, this may be another indication that I am a dinosaur. This is tougher to pull off in the 21st century. Not the kids fault... but our culture is so individual-oriented. Stuff like this seems archaic to many. 

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