"First time, long time" is a classic clichĂ© of sports radio, itâ€™s used for first time callers to a program who want everyone to know that theyâ€™re not some newbie.Â They are newbies, obviously, but they feel their listening makes them qualified to join the discussion.
Thatâ€™s pretty much the way I felt about coaching high school football.Â I played football in high school, "played" being a pretty loose term.Â I never actually played much, but I had four years of fun and made friends that I consider some of my closest to this day. I may have told people my position was "left out," but I never forgot what I learned from those four years. Â Not only about the game, but the self-discipline to focus on success and the will to sustain the effort needed to attain it.
Remembering the values and memories of my time in high school and the two-a-days in the August sun, I got an insatiable itch to be around football again.Â Knowing I wouldnâ€™t be able to play at whatever the next level is, my best bet was to search for a coaching position in the area.
Considering my history of participation in the game, I had some "first time, long time" hubris going into my search.Â Luckily, Coach Jim Tietjen in Whitefish Bay had an opening he thought would work perfectly for a first timer such as myself.Â After meeting with both Coach Tietjen and Whitefish Bay High School Athletic Director John Gustavson, I became the offensive and defensive line coach for the freshman Blue Dukes.
Excitement abound, I made plans for what I was going to do and how I was going to coach both lines considering I only had experience on the defensive line and the offense was not a system I was familiar with.Â Shortly after that excitement hit, I promptly forgot every drill I was ever put through.Â The first practice, I was able to get by on nerves and simple play installation.Â It was the second day in which I fell flat on my face.
I never want to sound like a "back in my day" kind of guy, but t…Read more...