When it comes to football – and really, all sports – we always talk and hear about player development. Guys getting older, guys getting better, guys learning new techniques, guys watching game film, guys learning the ropes of college or the NFL. The potential for growth is always there.
But what about coaches? How do they grow and evolve? Who pushes them?
“That’s a great question,” Boise State head football coach Bryan Harsin said on CBS Sports Radio’s Gio and Jones. “We talk about (that) quite a bit. One, we all push ourselves, and I think the mentality of the coaching staff we have – we’re always trying to find a way to get better. I think we’ve got a lot of guys who are low-ego, high-output guys. Every day, if there’s something we can do better, we’re going to try to find a way to implement that into how we teach.”
Coaches just don’t watch game film of players, either. They watch meeting film of themselves.
They do at Boise State, at least.
“We video-tape like we do at practice,” Harsin said. “We video-tape our meetings. Coaches will go back and they can take a look at it and see where maybe they could teach a little bit better because we’re certainly trying to find ways to maximize our potential as coaches. Every day (there’s) something new. For me as a head coach, every day is something new. I’ve got some people that I’m able to lean on, and really, our staff, we got some great people on there that are very bright. We’re able to sit down at the round table and just kind of talk it out and figure out ways to get better. That’s certainly the most important thing for us as a staff: How do we keep improving? How do we give our guys the best opportunity to go out there and succeed? And can we be great teachers and connect with our players every single day? If we can do that, we’re probably going to have a pretty good football team and a good connection between your staff and players.”
Harsin, believe it or not, has changed how he runs meetings based on video evidence.
“Well, I think the one thing is just the flow,” he said. “You always want the flow of the meeting (to be right). You have a plan, just like a game plan. When you have anywhere from 6 to 16 guys in a room, sometimes that flow can get slowed down, so how do you keep that going? Well, you take those questions and you kind of put them up there on the board and you come back to them. Because you want to make sure that everybody in that meeting is getting taught, and the ones that aren’t quite there yet, you’re going to circle back around and get those guys either at the tail end (of the meeting) or early at the next meeting. But I think flow, for the most part, (is something we focus on). These guys do a great job of teaching, but it’s always about the flow and how you keep everybody engaged. Because you don’t want to sit there for 50 minutes and lecture. The other part is getting these guys up, getting them active and finding out not what you always know, but what do they know so they have to communicate, talk and give you feedback.”