Big night for coaches association clinic
By Dion Clisso PrepsKC Managing Editor
The first Greater Kansas City Football Coaches Association Clinic was a huge success as more than 200 coaches came to see presentations by four Metro coaching staffs.
The Association also welcomed several new member schools including St. Mary’s, Clinton and East Buchanan bringing the membership to an all-time high level of 109 schools for the 2012 season.
Presentations were given by the staffs of Olathe South and Basehor-Linwood from the Kansas side and O’Hara and Staley on the Missouri side.
Basehor-Linwood coach Steve Hopkins said he was honored to be asked to speak at the clinic.
“It’s both humbling and nerve wracking,” Hopkins said. “We really do enjoy sharing. I think the best way to learn something is to try to teach it. Sitting down and asking how did we teach this probably helped define in our minds what we thought we knew. It was really good for our staff when we went over this before tonight.”
Each presentation focused on different aspects of their program. O’Hara offensive coordinator Jim Monteil talked about the Celtics offense and how it has adapted to the players in the program the last 10 years while continuing to be successful on the field.
Staley coach Fred Bouchard and his assistants went through their postgame routine including each assistant’s responsibilities and how that helps the players and coaches get ready for the next game.
“It was a blast to get up there and be able to talk in front of peers and colleagues and a lot of these guys that I’ve coached against and played against in the past,” Staley assistant coach Josh Hood said. “It was pretty impressive to get up there. It was kind of an awe factor there for a little bit. Then we got up there and got a chance to talk. When we got up there and looked out and saw 200 guys standing and all of them out here to listen to all of us and interact with other coaches.
“It was pretty impressive to see Kansas City coaches coming together like that.”
The next GKCFCA clinic is scheduled for Feb. 18 and the staff of Northwest Missouri State University will be the featured speaker.
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Dion Clisso is the Managing Editor of PrepsKC. To reach him send e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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