Like the weather in Dallas, Texas where it’s sunny and 80 degrees one day, and minus 19 degrees the next, the football business is constantly changing. The need to stay sharp and improve is ever-present, so this past weekend I had the fantastic opportunity to sit in on the Dallas-Fort Worth Glazier Football Clinic. The clinics are designed by football coaches with the primary purpose of providing knowledge to coaches at all levels. The clinic lasted half the day Friday, and all day Saturday through Sunday afternoon.
As a football journalist, I desire to increase my knowledge of our beloved sport, so I attended all three days and found the information outstanding. In a classroom setting, one can learn about anything from the intricacies of the 4-3 defense, to offensive line formations. It was a fascinating three days and I am very grateful to the fine folks at Glazier for allowing me the opportunity to attend.
On Saturday I was listening to a session on linebacker techniques and fundamentals, when I looked behind me and saw Sports Radio 1310 The Ticket’s Bob Sturm sitting down. I introduced myself and asked him what he was doing there and he said, “I’m just here to learn like you.” It’s impressive to me seeing such a knowledgeable and respected sports man as Bob spend his weekend learning his craft.
I interviewed David Tenison who is the DFW Glazier Clinic Director and a retired state championship winning Defensive Coordinator for Jenks High School in Oklahoma. I asked him what the primary goals of the clinics are and said,
“We really want every coach in America who wants to take advantage of our clinics to come and gain knowledge. We want them to get one or two gold nuggets of information which they can go back and use to make their programs better.”
I asked Tenison why a group of coaches would give up their precious weekend time to come together and sit in classrooms and he replied, “It’s really important to us at Glazier that we provide a venue for coaches to fellowship with each other. Coaching is a hard business, and for one Friday out of the year, we hate each other, but for the rest of the year we are great friends.” He continued, “So, we want to give coaches a chance to learn from and interact with their peers.”