Coach's Corner: Tom Radke 12/18

Tom Radke

By Tom Radke St. James Academy Head Coach
Posted: December 18, 2012 - 11:36 AM

Well, another season is in the books. Congratulations to everyone who made it to the playoffs and made championship runs. Congratulations also, to all of you out there who did not make the playoffs, but had successful seasons none the less.
What do we do now? Relax or gear up for 2013? I know it is really hard for all of us to step back and take a breath, but it will do your mind and body well to just take a break. As teachers we really don’t get to take any real time off during December, with semester tests and the recruiting season in full swing, but try to take some time to step back and reflect on the 2012 season.
Here are some reflective questions to think about that may be beneficial to ponder before the clinic season starts in January:
  • What went well, what do you want to improve on?
  • Do you want to make small adjustments, or large scale changes?
  • Did the coaching staff work well together?
  • Did you feel like it was a successful season?
  • Did you help make better men?
  • Did you get to make a significant difference in the life of at least one of your players?
  • Did you get the most out of your team?
  • Did you work as hard as you could have?
  • Did you sacrifice too much time away from the family?
  • Did you enjoy yourself?
  • Was it fun?
Once you have done your personal evaluation of the season, put it behind you, and try to move on. I know none of you can completely turn off your coaching brain so here are a few ideas to help your transition into the offseason.
Play a full football season off Madden or College football on your PlayStation or Xbox (I re-create my whole team each year).
Take an afternoon and watch a whole day’s worth of bowl games. DVR the games of teams that run systems similar to yours, and break them down like you would your team and the opponent (this is a lot of fun!). We started running the midline option out of pistol after watching Oregon run it in the Rose Bowl a few years back.
Read a coaching book on coaching philosophy (not strategy, read that in the spring).
Spend time with you family and reconnect with them (my wife calls this re-introducing me to society).  Make up some games with the kids. If you have a family of little ones, this will be much appreciated. No one said you had to turn off your competitive spirit.
Hit the weight room or exercises. I always do my best thinking while I mow my yard or when I am working out. I usually work out with the football guys in the winter, just to make sure they know what hard work really looks like. Sometimes they don’t know what you expect until you show them.
Who am I kidding, if you are like me, you’re completely bummed out that the season is over and can’t wait until June. All endings bring new beginnings, and hopefully this gave you some things to think about. Don’t worry, it will be next season before you know it, we might as well enjoy the time off in between, Lord knows we need it.