The Football Coaching Bible


The Football Coaching Bible features many of the game's most successful coaches. Each shares the special insight, advice, and strategies they've used to field championship-winning teams season after season.

The 27 chapter contributing coaches span six decades of the sport and reach into every corner of the United States. The impressive list of contributors:

-Joe Paterno

-Hayden Fry

-Phil Fulmer

-Dick Foster

-Grant Teaff

-Gene Stallings

-Jim Tressel

-R.C. Slocum

-LaVell Edwards


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The Football Coaching Bible features many of the game's most successful coaches. Each shares the special insight, advice, and strategies they've used to field championship-winning teams season after season.

The 27 chapter contributing coaches span six decades of the sport and reach into every corner of the United States. The impressive list of contributors:

-Joe Paterno

-Hayden Fry

-Phil Fulmer

-Dick Foster

-Grant Teaff

-Gene Stallings

-Jim Tressel

-R.C. Slocum

-LaVell Edwards

-Bobby Bowden

-Jim Young

-Frosty Westering

-Mack Brown

-Larry Kehres

-Bill Snyder

-Lou Holtz

-Ken Sparks

-Tom Osborne

-Sonny Lubick

-Mike Bellotti

-Barry Alvarez

-Fisher DeBerry

-George Curry

-Bo Schembechler

-Joe Tiller

-Frank Beamer
They cover every aspect of the game: coaching principles, program building, player motivation, practice sessions, individual skills, team tactics, offensive and defensive play-calling, and performance evaluation.

Developed by the American Football Coaches Association, this coaching guide establishes a new standard of excellence in the sport.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780736044110
  • Publisher: Human Kinetics Publishers
  • Publication date: 7/25/2002
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 376
  • Sales rank: 461,335
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 9.96 (h) x 0.94 (d)

Meet the Author

Since its establishment in 1922, the American Football Coaches Association has provided a forum for the discussion and study of all matters pertaining to football and coaching. It also works to maintain the highest possible standards in football and the coaching profession. These objectives—first declared by founders Major Charles Daly, Alonzo Stagg, John Heisman, and others—have been instrumental in the AFCA's becoming the effective and highly respected organization it is today.

The AFCA now has more than 10,000 members, including coaches from Canada, Europe, Australia, Japan, and Russia. Through annual publications and several newsletters, the association keeps members informed of the most current rule changes and proposals, proper coaching methods, innovations in techniques, insights in coaching philosophy, and business conducted by the board of trustees and AFCA committees. A convention is held each January to give members a special opportunity to exchange ideas and recognize outstanding achievement.

The association promotes safety in the sport and establishes strong ethical and moral codes that govern all aspects of football coaching. In addition, the AFCA is involved in numerous programs that ensure the integrity of the coaching profession and enhance the development of the game. The AFCA works closely with the National Collegiate Athletic Association, the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics, the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics, the National Football League, the National Football Foundation and Hall of Fame, Pop Warner, and other organizations involved in the game of football. Indeed, one of the goals of the association is to build a strong coalition of football coaches—Team AFCA—who speak out with a unified voice on issues that affect the sport and profession.

The AFCA is the team of the football coaching profession. All current and former football coaches or administrators involved with football are encouraged to join. For more information about becoming a member of the AFCA, please visit the AFCA Web site ( or write to the following address:

American Football Coaches Association
100 Legends Lane
Waco, TX 76706
(254) 754-9900

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Table of Contents

Part I - Professional Duties and Opportunities
Don Nehlen

Chapter 1. Responsibilities of a Coach
Grant Teaff
Chapter 2. Inner Drive and Motivation
Bo Schembechler with contributions from Rick Neuheisel and Jack Harbaugh
Chapter 3. Professional Conduct
Fisher DeBerry
Chapter 4. Career Decision Making
Jim Tressel

Part II - Coaching Principles and Priorities
Harold "Tubby" Raymond

Chapter 5. Keeping it Small
Joe Paterno
Chapter 6. Staying True to You
Bobby Bowden
Chapter 7. Leading Your Team
Tom Osborne
Chapter 8. Pursuing Your Vision
Lou Holtz

Part III - Program Building and Management
Bill Curry

Chapter 9. Building and Sustaining a Division I Program
Bill Snyder
Chapter 10. Building and Sustaining a Divisional College Program
Larry Kehres
Chapter 11. Building and Sustaining a Junior College Program
Dick Foster
Chapter 12. Building and Sustaining a High School Program
George Curry
Chapter 13. Promoting Your Program
Mack Brown

Part IV - Innovative and Effective Practice Sessions
Ron Schipper

Chapter 14. Planning and Conducting Productive Practices
Gene Stallings
Chapter 15. Maximizing the Ability of Players
Joe Tiller
Chapter 16. Conditioning for High Performance
Mike Bellotti
Chapter 17. Adjusting for Weather, Injuries, and Opponents
Hayden Fry

Part V - Individual Skills and Team Tactics
Dick Tomey

Chapter 18. The Running Game
Barry Alvarez
Chapter 19. The Passing Game
LaVell Edwards
Chapter 20. Run Defense
R.C. Slocum
Chapter 21. Pass Defense
Sonny Lubick
Chapter 22. The Kicking Game
Frank Beamer

Part VI - Game-Winning Strategies
Bill Mallory

Chapter 23. Scouting the Opposition
Phil Fulmer
Chapter 24. Getting the Competitive Mental Edge
Jim Young
Chapter 25. Offensive Play Calling in Key Game Situations
Frosty Westering
Chapter 26. Defensive Play Calling in Key Game Situations
Chapter 27. Evaluating Performance
Ken Sparks

About the AFCA

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 13, 2008

    must have book!

    this is simply a MUST HAVE BOOK whether you are an amatuer just starting or a seasoned coach. these are by far some of the best ever coaches at all levels of the game. from George Curry (multiple state champs) high school,to JoPa college, to Jim Tressel NFL (former coach) they give tips and tricks to help everyone or inspire you to find something new to add to your style.

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