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Founder and Owner of the Flexbone Association. Since 2007 we have provided the tools necessary for teams to succeed running the Flexbone Association System. Over the last ten years over 200 teams have been instructed by the Flexbone Association. I've consulted with teams and or run camps everywhere from Belfair, WA to Key West, FL. The Flexbone Association strives daily to help coaches succeed with this time tested offense, I have been a football coach for 16 seasons, currently at Harrison High School in Kennesaw, GA I played at St. Mary's Springs High School in Fond du Lac, WI under legendary head coach Bob Hyland. I've been fortunate to be part of five state championship teams (1997,1998,2002,2011,2012). In 2011-2012 St. Mary's Springs led the state of Wisconsin in scoring and set consecutive school records for points scored, Psalm 27

Flexbone Association: Eliminate Your Fears


The Five Biggest Coaching Fears and how the Flexbone Association Academy Eliminates Those Fears

#1- No Legacy

Coach, you speculate whether or not your coaching career will end with you as renowned, well-known, and celebrated for your efforts.  You are looking to become the leader who leads well for so long that you create a legacy of leadership in the organization you serve.

Marshall Hahn’s legacy is now eternal in Bayfield, Colorado.  A top football player and wrestler at Bayfield High School, Marshall became Head Football Coach in 2007.  In December-2010, Marshall scheduled his first Flexbone Association Football Camp for July 2011.  Four months later, Marshall’s Bayfield squad went undefeated in the regular season for the first time since 1996 and Bayfield played in the Class 2A State Championship game in Colorado.  Marshall was named Colorado 2A Coach of the Year.

#2- Despising Your Coaching Situation

You probably know many coaches who truly despise their jobs.  Is it any wonder that the largest 6-hour block of time for heart attacks is Monday from 4 AM to 10 A M?  The coaching profession can make you miserable, so much so that it consumes your whole life. In a tough job market, the idea of quitting without having another job lined up is just too risky. If you’re stuck in your situation, you have to make it work, and you find yourself dreading work in the morning there are ways to overcome.

Before 2011, Santo HS (TX) had not been to the playoffs since 1995.

After running a Flexbone Association Football Camp, Santo went to the Texas 1A playoffs.

“I came to Santo 5 years ago with the task of turning around a program that had only been to the playoffs three times in its history.  The first couple of years were rough, but a foundation was forged by a group of tough players.  In our third year we committed to the flexbone and began to develop our option game.  Prior to this past year we teamed up with the Flexbone Association and let them conduct a camp for our players.

This past season marked the first time in 16 years that our program has qualified for the playoffs.  We anticipate that this is just the tip of the iceberg for our program.  I am a huge proponent of the flexbone and have a lot of respect for the Flexbone Association and their camps.  More importantly, our players believe in it and the Flexbone Association has had a lot to do with instilling that pride in our athletes.”

–Randy Thornton, Head Football Coach

#3- Not finishing the Job on Your Own Terms

Coach, your goal with the position you have is to one day leave your current coaching position by getting a better coaching job or through your decision to retire.  No coach wants to be dismissed through termination or forced resignation.  Coaches always want to go out on top.

Seminole County High School (GA) Coach Alan Ingram is a self-proclaimed “Old Dog.”  He has coached for over 40 years and raised two sons who are football coaches (Harrison High School-Kennesaw, GA, Robert Ingram and Navy Run Game Coordinator / Offensive Line Coach, Ashley Ingram).  Alan’s teams have participated in a Flexbone Association Football Camp twice.  Alan retired at his own terms at the end of the 2014 season and is now running for school board. 

#4- Regrets

The only way you can fail in life is to refuse yourself the very best for which you want to do.  Do you want to win championships?  Do you want to love your job?  Do you want to create a legacy?  Do you want to go out on your own terms?  Don’t you deserve to live the life exactly the way you want?  You create your own luck.

So many coaches don’t improve their program with a Flexbone Association Academy because they don’t want to risk the money. The fear of loss paralyzes us. Eliminate that fear. 

Mark Kirchhoff- Athletic Director/Head Football Coach at Falls City High School in Texas was in his 14th season as Athletic Director/Head coach.  His program had never won a Regional championship in school history.  After running a Flexbone Association Football Camp, Falls City HS (TX) won the Regional and State Championship for the first time in school history in Texas while scoring 680 points in 15 games.  Mark was named Texas 1A Coach of the Year.

 

#5- Failure

Coach, all coaches wonder, “Do I have what it takes?”  Failure is that irrational fear that we will not succeed. Of course, fear of failure is often discussed as a reason for procrastination, and we might expect a fear of this sort to undermine the sense of your urgency.

Over the past six years we’ve run over 100 camps and had teams succeed by reaching the state championship game muliple times, had a program go from 1-9 to the state finals, and have had dozens of teams improve their win total by three or more games over the season before. Success is possible with the Flexbone Association’s Academy.  

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