WYC 017 Shane Sams – CoachXO.com – Youth Football

Screen Shot 2014-09-09 at 1.24.11 PMScreen Shot 2014-09-09 at 1.31.51 PMWhat does it take to be a winning youth coach? Listen in as Shane Sams shares coaching stories and discusses his journey to becoming a successful youth coach.

Shane Sams is the founder of CoachXO.com, a high-school football defensive coordinator, and the co-founder with his wife of Flippedlifestyle.com. Shane brings a wealth of valuable football experience from coaching at the college and high-school levels. He hosts the podcast ‘The Coach X O Show’ and co-hosts with his wife Jocelyn ‘The Flipped Lifestyle Podcast.’ Alan lives in Kentucky with his wife and 2 kids – daughter Anna and son Isaac.

Website: CoachXO.com and Flippedlifestyle.com

Twitter:@CoachXO and @FlippedLS

Facebook: /CoachXO and /FlippedLifestyle

Youtube: /CoachXO

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Coaching/Leadership Quote

▪   ‘Don’t just tell me about problems. Tell me about some solutions’

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My ‘Cringe’ Moment

▪   Trying to coach high-school kids like they were college kids. Particularly emotionally.

Coaching AH-HA Moment

▪   It does not matter what I know – it only matters what the players know. Be deliberate and define clearly. ‘I stopped using football terms and used words they know’

Teaching Children & Keeping it Fun

HUGE IDEA #1 – SIMPLIFY! Coach Sams identifies 5 skills for each position – then those are the only skills they teach in practice for the entire year. For younger kids maybe only 3 or 4 skills. Repetitions are key – don’t keep changing things up.

  • Fun games:
    • The give-up drill – 3 blockers defending a pad vs. 1 player
    • Defend the box

Best Stolen Idea

▪   ‘Don’t just tell me about problems. Tell me about some solutions’

Great Resources

▪   CoachHuey.com – Great football x’s and o’s

▪   Football-defense.com

▪   Connect with coaching forums – CoachXO.com/forums, facebook, twitter


▪   ‘I have no set rules. Every situation demands my research’

Reward, Recognition, and Teambuilding

  • The biggest reward is: Playing Time

Inspiring Story

  • Kid with great attitude but not very talented – scored a TD on senior night


  • You play to win – but make sure you evaluate where your team is at.
  • Set mini-goals within the game and emphasize those instead of the winning.

The One that Got Away

  • Freshman long-snapper – enough said

Coaching/Leadership Motivation

▪   Quote – ‘‘Don’t just tell me about problems. Tell me about some solutions’

▪   Book – ‘Developing a Defensive Gameplan’ – Kenny Ratledge

Parting Advice

HUGE IDEA #2 – ‘Don’t re-invent the wheel – You are not Vince Lombardi’ – go find something that works and copy it – you will put your own signature on it

Coach XO and Flippedlifestyle

▪   Coach XO- Great football info and great forums

▪   Flippedlifestyle – Blog about working from home

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