You have the best job in America; you are a coach. The name Coach must not be taken lightly. In order to build an exceptional football program, you must have a plan before you even consider taking a job so that, when you take the job, you are ready for implementation. With a well-developed philosophy, not only will you be able to approach the field with confidence, but you will also be a better educator. The most successful coaches develop coaching philosophies that guide them and their teams. Success does not happen by accident; it happens because of countless hours of preparation. A coaching philosophy is essentially how you are going to approach every situation that you encounter, including how you interact with your staff, players, parents, and administrators, how you design practices, which strength program you will use, and what your offensive and defensive philosophy will be. All of these situations take a lot of thought and time to develop.
Building an Exceptional Football Program, by Justin Berenson, is the exact guide you need to develop a football program regarded with high esteem and set your career on a path for success.
Chapter 1: Defining Who You Are as a Coach
Chapter 2: Determining What You Want Your Program to Be
Chapter 3: Hiring a Staff
Chapter 4: Planning for Success
Chapter 5: Strategies and Schemes
Chapter 6: Putting Your Plan Into Place
Chapter 7: Establishing a Moral Compass for Players and Staff
Chapter 8: Developing Leadership Within Your Coaching Staff
Chapter 9: Parents and Boosters
Chapter 10: Evaluating Your Program
What others are saying:
Coach Justin Berenson stresses leadership and character and lives it off the field. In 15 years as my close personal friend and coworker at the college and high school levels, he has taught me an authentic approach to leadership and character development. He is an intentional leader who does not compartmentalize who he is as a husband, father, friend, and coach.
-Shane Goodwin, Head Football Coach, Tri-City Christian School (CA)
Coach Berenson is a man of character, caring, and commitment. He is a player-first coach, which gives him a great perspective on what it takes to build leadership inside a team. I see him as the image of the coach who comes alongside a player and connects with him where he is before he leads him toward his potential.
-Terry Gourley, Former Head Football Coach, Grace Brethren High School (CA), 2004 CIFSS Champions, 2004 Southern California NFL High School Coach of the Year
-John C. Maxwell, Certified Speaker, Teacher, Trainer, and Coach
Justin Berenson has been an outstanding coach for Notre Dame High School for many years. Justin’s leadership style draws out the best in his players.
-Kevin Rooney, Athletic Director and Head Football Coach, Notre Dame High School (CA)
Coach Berenson not only encouraged me to consider entering the coaching profession, he taught me to look at the game on a deeper level than the face value of formations, run schemes, and protections.
-Anthony Vitale, Offensive Line Coach, Delaware State University