0041 Michael Burnett - 2016 NFL High School Coach of the Year

January 21, 2017

Michael Burnett,  Head Coach Tuscarora High School

Coach Burnett was honored as the 2016 NFL HS Coach of the Year. Coach Burnett has been coaching football for thirteen seasons and prior to taking the job at Tuscarora High School, he served as the Head Football Coach at Broad Run High School and Santa Monica High School in California. At Broad Run, he led the Spartans to two state championships and twenty-eight consecutive victories, while accumulating a record of 43-6.  He was named the Washington Redskins Coach of the year in 2008 and the VHSCA AA Coach of the year in 2008.  He was also named the Virginia Preps AA Coach of the Year and Gameday Magazine AA Coach of the Year in both 2008 and 2009.  He is a graduate of Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine where he played Varsity Football and Basketball and received his law degree from the University of Washington, in Seattle. Coach Burnett is married to Kimberly Burnett, and has two sons, Jack and Sam.


0040 Mike Turk - Head Coach, Huntingdon College; Establishing a Consistent Winner

January 20, 2017

Mike Turk became Huntingdon College's second head football coach in May 2004 and added the title of Director of Athletics in March 2013.

As a football coach, Turk has been at the helm for every win in program history. Arriving on the heels of Huntingdon's winless first season (0-7 in 2003), he has turned the program into a consistent winner with an 80-38 record. In 12 seasons he has guided the program to its first win (2004), first winning season (2005), first playoff appearance (2009), first regular-season national ranking (2012), first conference championship (2015) and first playoff victory (2015).

During his first season, Turk led the Hawks to a 4-5 record, including the program's first victory, a 35-21 win against Southwestern Assemblies of God University. Huntingdon was 7-2 during Turk's second season, the first winning record for a Huntingdon team. The Hawks have not had a losing season since.

A graduate of Jeff Davis High School in Montgomery, Turk was a walk-on quarterback for Troy State University in the spring of 1984. He became a prominent figure on the field and sideline for the Trojans during the next two decades.

Turk was a Troy assistant for 13 seasons before returning to his hometown roots. When he left Troy for Huntingdon, Turk had played or coached in 20 of the Trojans' 22 postseason games

While at Troy, Turk became one of the most decorated players in school history. He led the program to NCAA Division II national championships in 1984 and 1987. His teams were 40-8-1 in four seasons.

Turk was selected as an All-Conference performer in the Gulf South Conference three times and was runner-up for the prestigious Harlon Hill Trophy, given to the nation's top Division II performer. He was a consensus All-America selection as a senior and was named GSC Freshman of the Year in 1984.

Following his senior year, Turk was named the Division II Offensive Player of the Year by Football News. He was the first person to be chosen as the Alabama Sports Writers Association's Small College Athlete of the Year and Athlete of the Year in the same season.

Turk is the Trojans' fifth all-time leading rusher with 2,533 yards and holds the record for rushing yards by a quarterback. His 32 career rushing touchdowns ranks third and is tops among Troy quarterbacks. Turk's 6,707 yards of career total offense ranks fourth and his 62 touchdowns responsible for (passing and rushing) are third all-time.

In the spring of 2012, Turk was one of 11 inducted into the inaugural Troy University Athletic Hall of Fame. In addition to his mark left in Troy, Turk was enshrined as a member of the ninth class of the NCAA Division II Football Hall of Fame in December of 2007.

As Troy's running backs coach, Turk was responsible for building one of the nation's most consistent running games. Three of his running backs (Eddie Coleman, Arrid Gregory and Joe Jackson) rushed for more than 2,000 career yards. In 1997, Jackson broke Turk's school record for career rushing touchdowns with 34. During his 12 seasons as running backs coach at Troy, Turk had nine players to earn all-conference honors.

Turk earned his undergraduate degree in physical education and a master's degree in education from Troy State.

He is married to the former Danielle Warren of Alexander City. They have two sons, Jimbo and Jake.


0039 Ryan McCartney - student of the game from a football family

January 19, 2017

About Ryan McCartney – Host of #Swarmfbchat

A native of Riverview, Michigan, Coach McCartney has been coaching football since 1995. He began his coaching career at Ypsilanti Willow Run High School before moving on to Melvindale High School where he first became a Defensive Coordinator in 2000. Since then, Coach Mac has been either a Head Coach and/or Defensive Coordinator while making coaching stops in Arizona, New Hampshire, back to Arizona to coach NAIA Arizona Christian University, and finally Seymour, Indiana. Coach Mac is a published author and has spoken at various clinics. He is married to the former Stacey Massey and together they have two sons, Brendan and Colin. He is the nephew of former Colorado head coach Bill McCartney and the stepson of former Michigan head coach Lloyd Carr.

Coaching Resume

2015-present: Defensive Coordinator, Seymour HS (IN)

2014: Defensive Line, ACU (NAIA) (AZ)

2012-2014: Head Coach, ConVal HS (NH)

2007-2012: Defensive Coordinator, Willow Canyon HS (AZ)

2004-2006: Head Coach / DC, Westwind Academy (AZ)

1997-2002: Assistant Head Coach / DC, Melvindale HS (MI)

1995: Defensive Backs / Running Backs, Willow Run HS (MI)

About #Swarmfbchat

With all of the Offensive-themed chats on Twitter, Ryan McCartney (DC – Seymour HS, IN) decided in May of 2016 to join the crowded chat room featuring his #swarmfbchat. He chose Tuesday nights at 9pm EST to run (at that time) the ONLY Defensive-Themed chat to help encourage learning and skill-building while increasing his coaching network.

At the time, Coach McCartney had over 300 followers and didn’t know too much about Twitter and its social reaches. As of Janurary 2017 however, Coach now has close to 2,000 followers and averages about 60 coaches each Tuesday night (a bit better than his days getting between 10-19 coaches a night when it started!).

The #swarmfbchat specializes in Philosophy, Practice Planning and Skills/Drills specific to all defensive positions. All his chats can be found archived via Partcipate.com, an educational website.

With the quick success of his Twitter chats, Coach McCartney has begun a string of Swarmchat Clinics across the country starting in March 2017.


0038 James Vint - RPO and Tempo expert

January 18, 2017

James Vint has extensive experience as an offensive, defensive, and special teams coordinator at the high school and college levels. As an offensive coordinator, Vint's offenses are known for being innovative and on the cutting edge. His offenses have averaged over 276 yards a game on the ground and over 200 yards through the air. His 2001 team set a school record with 368 yards a game on the ground, including a single game high of 502 rushing yards. Coach Vint has helped several schools install the pistol and spread offenses, including three schools that won state titles. As a defensive coordinator, Coach Vint took over a defense that had given up over 40 points a game and led them to six shutouts. They gave up just 6 points a game and posted a school record 98 tackles for loss in the regular season. His version of the odd stack is being used at high schools and colleges across the country.


Check out his blog:






0037 Geoff Dart - OL Coach, Western Kentucky University/former OC Mount Union

January 17, 2017

Geoff Dart - Offensive Line Coach, Western Kentucky University

A five-time national champion as both a player and coach, Geoff Dartt comes to Bowling Green after five seasons at his alma mater, Division III powerhouse Mount Union, where he served the past four seasons as offensive coordinator and all five as offensive line coach. Not only did the Raiders win national championships in both 2012 and 2015 with Dartt on staff, the run also included four-straight Ohio Athletic Conference championships (2012-15).


Under Dartt's direction as offensive coordinator, Mount Union finished with a top-5 offense three times including the top offense in the nation in 2014 and led the country in First Downs Offense each of his four seasons as offensive coordinator. In 2014 and 2015, behind the play of quarterback Kevin Burke -- the Gagliardi Trophy winner, given to the top player in Division III -- the Raiders posted the No. 1 scoring offense. Dartt also coached his center, Mitch Doraty, to consecutive DIII Rimington Awards in both 2015 and 2016.


With Dartt on staff at Mount Union, the program went 70-4 with four consecutive appearances in the Stagg Bowl, two national championships and four conference championships.

Prior to returning to Mount Union, Dartt spent four seasons (2008-11) as an assistant coach at Wheaton (Ill.) College where he spent the first two seasons working exclusively with the offensive tackles and tight ends before transitioning to offensive line coach for his final two seasons. While at Wheaton, he also coordinated video operations, coordinated the offense for the junior varsity team and was an assistant strength coach.


The Port Clinton, Ohio native was a three-year letterman along the offensive line at Mount Union and won national championships as a player in 2002, 2005 and 2006 while adding All-OAC honors in 2007. During the 2005 and 2006 national championship seasons, Dartt's offensive coordinator and position coach was Matt Campbell who went on to enjoy a four-year run as head coach at Toledo (35-15, 24-8) and is now at Iowa State.

Dartt and his wife, the former Jan Kehres, are expecting their first child in February. He earned his degree in health and physical education in 2008 from Mount Union.



0036 Rick Jones, Head Coach, Greenwood HS (AR) - An Influential Coach

January 16, 2017

Rick Jones is the head football coach at Greenwood High School in Greenwood, Arkansas, a position he assumed in 2004. Since assuming the reins of the Bulldogs’ gridiron program, Jones has led Greenwood to unparalleled success, including garnering state 4A runner-up honors in 2004 and a state 4A championship in 2005. A 1977 graduate of Harding College (AR), Jones has achieved notable success at every stop in his career. In the process, he has been accorded coach-of-the-year honors eight times. One of the most-respected interscholastic coaches in the game, Jones is a much sought-after speaker at football clinics across the United States.



  • Started as offensive line coach; good basic grounding as a coach
  • Recommend young coaches get a start at offensive line
  • Interest in title and money isn’t the way to make a decision
  • Focus on finding the best coach possible that you can work for and learn everything you can
  • Had so many bad coaches that he thought there had to be a better way


  • Enjoy the journey
  • On my tombstone “It’s a beautiful day in the Wood!”
  • Mentality - we are gonna play football in the weather; it’s always a beautiful day
  • Priorities haven’t changed over the years - God/Church, Family, Academics, Football, Everything else
  • If our purpose in high school football is not to change men then we are wasting time


Building culture

  • One Minute Manager - Ken Blanchard
  • How do you treat people?
  • Culture is built either negatively or positively every second of the day
  • 2-week training process for staff on how we treat people and response in how we deal with kids
  • Coaching starts with how you treat people
  • Always say “please” and “thank you” to show respect to players
  • “Adopt a pup” - older player adopts younger player
  • Basic football knowledge quiz and practice with moms
  • “Dog pals” - go to elementary schools and talk about making good decisions
  • Squads - include even managers and trainers, Get to know teammates.
  • Boot camp with Marines
  • FAST Dogs - summer training program grades 3-12.
  • 4 Week training program to get team ready for practice
  • 550 kids in summer program who want to improve speed and athleticism
  • Assign coach a theme for each game week
  • Theme for the year - 2016 “Finish”
  • Thursdays  - walk thru, study hall for less than 3.0, team or squad dinner with speaker
  • Junior high game as a team - then meet at field house for theme night- coaches present
  • Ping pong table in locker room
  • Reading area/lounge
  • How we get along helps culture
  • Left behind box - players leave a part of them. Promotes idea of give and receive in the program.
  • Words are important in culture.  Some are banned like “hot” because it’s an excuses for not doing your best.
  • “Can’t” is banned.  Need to find a different way to communicate that you’re having difficulty.
  • Lou Holtz -treat them according to depth chart on the field; off the field treat them the same
  • Card in desk - “I must constantly guard against the drift.”  Confront everything that affects culture.


Grading the finish

  • Try to watch if a lineman has both hand on opponent then that’s a finish, or he is chasing the ball
  • DL chase the ball or be on the ball
  • QB pull a defender away or carry fake 5 yards down field
  • Have definitions for everything


Lessons and learning

Mistake as a young coach and what was learned:

  • trying to focus too much on the X’s & O’s and not enough on the Johnny’s and Joe’s
  • focus on the humans that you are coaching
  • easy to get information today
  • don’t miss opportunities to be an influence


Best advice received:

  • Look at the big picture


Advice to young coach:

  • Don’t be immature; conduct yourself as a man
  • Invest in your development


Book & Video recommendation:

  • Tony Mason,  Coaching coaches (get a used copy here: http://thecoachesedge.com/store/tony-mason-coaching-the-coaches-used-copy/)
  • Chop Wood, Carry Water - Joshua Metcalf
  • Randy Jackson, Culture Beats Strategy
  • Carroll Dweck, Mindset
  • Randy Allen- Coaching by the Book; Coaching Character
  • The Winner’s Manual
  • Above the Line
  • John Wooden books
  • Jim Collins, Built to Last, Good to Great


Coaching clinic takeaway:

  • The circle, purpose for being there that day
  • Adapted to “3 minutes” -  1 minute though for day by OC, DD, HC
  • “Why are we here?”
  • Milt Tenopir counter play
  • Bring in other people


Wants to learn more to improve:

  • Third and fourth and short


To create balance:

  • Be where your feet are


Concerns for future of game:

  • Make the game as safe as possible by minimizing risk - find different ways to teach and practice.  We must embrace change.


The winning edge:

  • We are consistent with our expectations. 
  • Take the “next play” approach.
  • Questions every day - “What did you do with today?”





0035 Jeff Nettles - OC Oakleaf. Glazier Speaker, Reflective Teaching and Coaching

January 15, 2017

Jeff Nettles is the offensive coordinator at Oakleaf High School in Florida.  He has been a head coach before at Matanzas and is a Glazier Clinic speaker.  Jeff shares some great ideas about teaching and coaching in this episode.

Key takeaways as he grew as a coach:

  • build good relationships
  • be well organized
  • be a hard worker


  • Wish he was dialed in more into getting kids to play hard and teach fundamentals
  • Joe Paterno’s stages of player development
  • Urban Meyer how players develop

Best Coaching advice:

  • Carry a pen
  • The day you feel like you know everything, you know nothing
  • Being reflective

Building a culture:

  • Time is important to build a love and respect for each other
  • Be a positive example
  • Live the way you want them to
  • Accountability and time together
  • do something competitive beside football; it’s easy to figure out what they like
  • home run derby contest
  • 3 on 3 basketball
  • movies
  • dinner
  • video games
  • Above the Line - Urban Meyer


  • Inside and outside zone
  • Alex Gibbs and Rick Trickett were influences
  • Ran outside zone 75% of Runs; 60% of all calls


Best teaching

  • Teach-Drill-Apply
  • Teach: explain purpose, why we use it,how to do it.  Use all the techniques and trainings we have as teachers.  We want it to be the most magnificent classroom, then walk through.
  • Drill - teach all the fundamentals and drill.  It’s all about reps.
  • If we don’t do it all we won’t run the play
  • Bill Walsh - any play installed in a couple days time does not have a reasonable chance to work
  • Rule - if you can’t go through the teaching process do not put it in


His go to play - outside zone

  • Need TE or someone to control playside #3 (quick screen or check)
  • The more TE the better
  • Back at 7 1/2 in pistol
  • Press TE or imaginary TE reading EMOL
  • If EMOL fights, stick foot in ground on 3rd step and bury it down the tube.
  • Press drill vs DL
  • QB 45 degree angle, responsible for mesh
  • Eye and hand fake and boot
  • Offensive line - gap open/gap closed rules
  • Center ID Mike and frontside works to him
  • Dent or divide the defense
  • Footwork on the outside zone
  • If you get backside cut-off you will always have a play

Situational football 

  • Screen much like our outside zone in our approach because we run against anything
  • Screen to our best player
  • The critical play - play that hang on to until we need it, as long as possible
  • Kids know the critical play

Book recommendation:  Above the Line by Urban Meyer

Coaching technology: 3D technology, Go Army Edge is free




Clinic takeaway:

Hard play action off of outside zone - Andrew Coverdale

Wants to learn more about:

Hard play action boot pull-up

Concerns for future of the game:

Protect the game and toughness of the game; worry over rules that effect the result of the game on a judgement call. Using sideline replay for ejection calls.

Advice to a young coach:

Set goals and set process goals.  Define what you want, then set process.






0034 Jim Hilvert, Head Coach LaSalle HS: Back-to-Back State Champion

January 14, 2017

In his second year as the head coach, Jim Hilvert won his second state title at LaSalle High School in Ohio.

Prior to LaSalle, in eight years as the head coach at Thomas More College, Hilvert had an overall record of 67-19 and won six Presidents Athletic Conference titles. Thomas More had undefeated regular seasons in 2009 and 2010.

Under his leadership, Thomas More also attained a top 20 national ranking three times for Division III programs. For his efforts, Hilvert has been recognized three times as the Presidents Athletic Conference Coach of the Year.

Prior to Thomas More, Hilvert also has experience at Mt. St. Joseph, Winton Woods, Oak Hills and Western Michigan University.


Background, Philosophy and Culture:

  • How being a GA helped develop him as a coach
  • Take bits and pieces from every coach you are in touch with
  • Philosophy - tough hard nosed discipline football,pay the price in the off season
  • As head coach be sure kids are unselfish
  • Building a culture: the power of unit
  • lifting rack daddy - pushes teammates
  • Foxhole activity-who can you depend on every single day
  • Dog soldiers* - groups during off season
  • Spring challenge  - compete in different activities
  • Times are tough, it’s 3rd and one, who can you count on?
  • Toughness can be taught
  • Embracing the grind
  • The Lancer way
  • How to stay on top the mountain
  • Creating a family atmosphere within the team
  • Jersey ceremony with dads
  • Mom letter
  • Defensive philosophy-pursue to the ball, be physical
  • TT&R stations (tackle, turnover, recover)
  • Attacking protections
  • Coaching multiple learning styles
  • Game Planning on defense
  • Approach to situational football
  • Coaching situational awareness
  • Oregon drill for coaching tempo
  • Using sideline replay

Lessons and Learning:

  • Mistake learned from - you can’t save every
  • Advice - be yourself
  • Advice to young coach - commit to knowing kids and getting better at your craft everyday
  • Book recommendation - Toughness by Jay Bilas, How Good Do You Want to Be? by Nick Saban
  • Learning at a clinic - rugby tackling from Kerry Coombs, Ohio State
  • Wants to learn more- special teams
  • Creating balance- works out 4-5 times per week
  • Concerns about the game- concussions; coaches are making a great effort to make the game safer. Instant gratification - kids need to learn to pay the price to be a champion.

The winning edge:

Off season workouts


email: jhilvert@lasallehs.net

twitter: @coachhilvert


0033 Sam Watts - Special Teams Expert - Building culture on special teams

January 13, 2017

Coach Sam Watts has worked college and high school sidelines as a special teams coach and advisor for the past 20 years and won 3 State Championships. Coach has 30 years training kickers and punters, currently clients playing in the NFL, CFL and AFL, along with All-Americans in College and High School. Coach Watts enjoys sharing his knowledge of kicking/punting and special teams and is a regular speaker at Glazier clinics.

Coach Watts talks about:

  • Need to be steadfast to your philosophy yet flexible to learn new things
  • Be concerned with off season development as much as you are in season
  • Building culture an bringing specialists into it
  • Specialists must be football ready and part of the team
  • Building culture in PAT/FG unit
  • Working units even without a kicker or punter at practice
  • Working parts of a unit for chemistry
  • Equip an athlete; assemble a unit; build a team
  • Detailed technical coaching points on PAT/FG
  • Recommendations on how to add a kicking coach to your staff
  • Using an iPad as a teaching tool
  • Handling specialists on game day
  • Hiring an expert as an advisor
  • The winning edge:  Preparation is everything


Twitter: @samwattskicking



0032 Motivator, Team Builder, Single Wing Coach Jed Kennedy - Wisconsin state champ and coach of the year

January 12, 2017

Motivator, Team Builder, Single Wing Coach Jed Kennedy - Wisconsin state champ and coach of the year

Coach Kennedy talks:

  • How to promote team
  • Why he doesn’t give out individual awards
  • Coaching all players the same
  • Building culture
  • Modern single wing offense
  • Practice against cans
  • 90% of mistakes happen before the ball is snapped
  • Categorizing drills as want to-how to-where to
  • Power and power read as the base play
  • Mirroring game calls in practice time
  • B-C gap aim point on power
  • Blocking with the QB on Power
  • Getting more to a gap than they can defend
  • Run it until they can stop it, then run sweep
  • Adjusting off of the base play
  • Get them to make adjustments before you have to make adjustments
  • Book Recommendation: One Heartbeat by Mack Brown


Coach Kennedy is entering his 4th season as the Head Football Coach of the BC Lancer Football Program and his 13th overall as a head coach.   Prior to being named the coach at Brookfield Central, Coach Kennedy was also the head coach at Orlando Edgewater, Pulaski, Kenosha Bradford and Decatur MacArthur.  

Coach Kennedy's career record is 85-47.   His teams have advanced to the playoffs 7 times, winning at least 1 playoff game in 7 of those 8 years.  Coach Kennedy holds a 16-7 playoff record.  He has advanced to the state quarterfinals 3 times (07, 08 & 09), semi-finals once (10) and won a WIAA Division 1 State Title in 2011.  

Coach Kennedy was named WFCA and Associated Press State Coach of the Year in 2011.   In 2009 and 2011, he was named SEC Coach of the Year.  In 2015,  Coach Kennedy was named Greater Metro Coach of the Year.

In addition to being the HFC at BC, Coach Kennedy also serves as the Strength & Conditioning Coordinator, Assistant Track & Field Coach and teaches in the Physical Education Department.   Coach Kennedy is married to Melissa and has two daughters, Makenna and Shaelyn, who attend Elmbrook Schools.