Football Coaches

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Boys of Fall - CC Winn Football

Coach Villasenor congratulating his team after their victory

Coach Villasenor, the head coach of the C.C Winn Maverick football team, motivates his team to strive to be the best and to always work hard. He explains how hardwork, dedication, and teamwork are the key components to a successful team. He has confidence that his team will succeed on and off the field and that no matter what career they go into that they will always be the great people they are today.

Winn Football

Mascot Mavericks Team Varsity 15-16 Colors Silver, Black Coach Eric Villasenor

Address 265 Foster-Maldonado Blvd, Eagle Pass, TX 78852

Overall 4-7

District 3-4

National Rank 8913

State (TX) Rank 810

Expectations of Coaches

  1. Football is an activity that can help the physical and mental development of a young man. Our coaches should attempt to make each athlete feel successful in some way. Not everyone can or should be a starter but each can feel a sense of accomplishment. We do believe in using the offense, defense, and specialty teams to give as many players as possible a chance to participate.

  2. With help from parents we will try to keep football in the proper perspective.

  3. Since football is a very physically demanding sport and there is a chance of injury, coaches should be expected to prepare young men with the proper skills and conditioning. We will do the following:

    1. Purchase the highest quality equipment possible

    2. Hire the best possible staff to give our team members the best skills and techniques.

    3. Provide the best conditioning available.

      We have training programs both during the school year and summer. An athlete is missing a good opportunity for success in our program if he refuses to weight train, but more importantly a weak athlete is more likely to be injured when he does participate.

  4. Football is a game and should be enjoyable. We will try to make it fun in both practice and the games. Two things really help in making football fun. One is participation, the other is winning.

How to become a coach

Step 1: Learn About the Game

While not all coaches have the size or skills to play football at the junior high or high school level, it's important for prospective coaches to have a love of the game and follow football at the high school, college or professional level. Learning the basic rules, strategies and technicalities of the game is essential to functioning as an effective coach.

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  • Participate in organized football. Playing the game at the high school level is an option for some individuals; however, if an individual is unable to play on a team, opportunities are also available to work as a team manager. This is a chance to be around the game and learn about practices, team camaraderie and pre-game and post-game rituals.

Step 2: Earn a Bachelor's Degree

Curriculum in a coaching-related program at the bachelor's degree level will teach students about physical conditioning, sports psychology, injury prevention, nutrition and athletic training. Prospective coaches may benefit from other courses such as leadership, coaching and physical education.

Coaching at the middle and high school level may require prospective coaches to become teachers, which requires a bachelor's degree and teacher certification. To prepare for teacher certification, students typically need to major in a specific subject area, such as math, physical education, English or history. They will also need to complete coursework focused on education and complete a student teaching experience.

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  • Gain football experience at the postsecondary level. While a bachelor's degree is a requirement to work as a coach, it's also important for prospective coaches to gain football experience. Many individuals who want to become football coaches are former collegiate players who want to stay in the game. Those who want to become coaches and are not collegiate players, can work as voluntary team managers and assist with practices.

Step 3: Obrain Teaching License

Teaching licensure, also known as teaching certification, is required by all 50 states for individuals who want to teach public school at the K-12 level. An aspiring football coach who wants to work as a teacher at a public middle or high school will need to pass a licensing exam and complete the appropriate teaching experiences and coursework in order to be licensed.

Step 4: Gain Coaching Experience

Football coaches often begin their careers as assistants. While each team has an offensive and defensive coordinator, new coaches will work as position coaches. At the college and professional level, each position has a coach who works with them in practice and in meetings. For example, quarterbacks, linebackers, wide receivers, defensive lineman and running backs all have their own position coach. In order to advance into large collegiate or professional football coaching positions, coaching experience, a winning record and awards are commonly required.

The Grind - CC Winn Football


The rivalry between the CC Winn Mavericks and the Eagle Pass Eagles has been going on for a decade. Throughout the past couple of years, the intensity of the game has risen. The crowd in the stands always go crazy before, during and after the game. There has been student sections where the students of both school get together on their own side and cheer on their football team. By the end of night, everyone Is drained and have all lost their voice due to the amount of cheering they did throughout the game. Both teams get very competitive & it is, from experience, always a great game to watch every year. This is a game you wouldn't want to miss out on.
2015 Highlight Film - CC Winn Vs. EPHS


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The Coaching Staff In American Football

Almost every American football team has more than one coach. Including strength and conditioning coaches, the typical NFL team averages 15 assistant coaches. (A college football team generally has 9 full-time assistants and 2 graduate assistants, not including strength coaches.) Here’s a common NFL coaching staff:

  • Head coach: The main man who gets most of the credit for winning — and most of the blame for losing. Most head coaches are more than 40 years old, have 20 or more seasons of playing and coaching experience, and are experts on one side of the ball or the other.

    Styles of coaching vary. Some head coaches demand control over what alignments and plays the team uses on defense and offense. Others delegate one aspect of the game plan, preferring to focus on their particular expertise, whether it’s defense or offense. Depending on the franchise’s power structure and ownership, the head coach may have a lot of flexibility and control over personnel, or he may have a rather limited role.

  • Offensive coordinator: The coach in charge of the offensive players. He usually calls the plays and works directly with the quarterbacks. He’s responsible for developing the offensive game plan (the plays he believes will be successful against the upcoming opponent) and works with the head coach on how practice is organized, especially if some of the plays are unusual or somewhat unfamiliar to the offensive personnel. Some coordinators do all the work and are almost as valuable as the head coach.

  • Defensive coordinator: The coach in charge of the defensive players. He usually decides what defensive schemes to run. Like the offensive coordinator, the defensive coordinator meets with half the team on a typical practice day and prepares them for the upcoming opponent. The best defensive coordinators are the ones who are really flexible and simply strive to put their players in the best possible situation to succeed.

  • Special teams coach: Supervises the kickers, punters, kick return team, field goal protection team, punt return team, and so on. Generally, he’s coaching the younger players on a team, and he must find a way to motivate them to do their jobs. Many of the special teams’ stars are backups and reserves — they’re players who aren’t yet talented enough to be offensive or defensive starters.

  • Quarterback coach: An assistant coach who monitors the physical and mental aspects of a quarterback’s game. He works on the quarterback’s footwork, pass-drop technique, and throwing motion. He makes sure a quarterback doesn’t fall into bad mental or physical habits.

    On some teams, the quarterback coach serves as a sounding board between the quarterback and the head coach. On NFL teams, the head coach and the quarterback are usually under the greatest scrutiny.

  • Offensive line coach: Works with the offensive linemen and generally has a solid understanding of the team’s running game. He and the offensive coordinator spend time discussing what running plays may work, depending on what the offensive line coach views as his unit’s strengths and weaknesses against the upcoming opponent.

  • Defensive line coach: The guy who works exclusively with the defensive linemen. He works on individual technique (run stopping, gap control, pass rushing, and so on) and whatever stunts the defensive coordinator wants from these players.

  • Linebacker coach: Works with linebackers and, depending on the team’s style of defense, ranks a step below the defensive coordinator. This coach must work on tackling, pass-rushing off the corner, and particular pass coverage drops.

  • Secondary coach: The coach who works with the defensive backs. He must have a total understanding of pass offenses. He works on all aspects of pass coverage, from footwork and deep zone drops to how to prepare players for the particular receivers they’ll face.

  • Strength coach: Specializes in weight training and conditioning. He makes sure the players are strong and in shape throughout the season, and he often coordinates off-season training programs. A strength coach also works with team doctors to prepare and monitor rehabilitation exercises following player surgeries.

A team may also have coaches for specific positions, such as a receiver or running backs coach, depending on how many coaches the team can afford to keep on staff. On smaller staffs, the head coach may also serve as the offensive coordinator, or the special teams coach may also be the strength coach. On some large NFL staffs, the head coach, not the offensive coordinator, calls the offensive plays.

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Everything there is to know about coaching football

Football is the ultimate team game, and you need to motivate your players to work as a team. Although the sport allows individuals in some positions (such as quarterbacks, who can elude defenders and scramble downfield) to create plays on their own, you and your team are much better off if you can get everyone to work together as a cohesive unit on the field.

Finding a surefire route to teaching the essence of teamwork among your players is difficult. Try getting the players to begin seeing the enormous benefits that accompany working as a team (rather than as a bunch of individuals) with the following pointers:

  • Praise team efforts in practices and after the game. Recognize the efforts of the team whenever possible. If you're conducting a passing drill and the offensive unit scores a touchdown, you may tend to acknowledge the youngster who caught the touchdown pass or the quarterback who delivered the ball.

    But what about the other players involved? How about the blocking by the offensive line? How about the wide receiver on the other side of the field who ran such a good pattern that he lured the safety over to cover him, providing an easier target for the quarterback on the other side? When you spread your praise among all the players who play a role in scoring, players begin to understand that each of them plays a very important role on the team.

  • Get the kids to praise one another. Encourage the kids who score touchdowns to acknowledge the teammates who helped get them to the end zone. Getting kids in the habit of giving one another high-fives or telling each other "great pass" or "nice block" forges bonds and strengthens team unity.

  • Promote sideline support. Encourage players who aren't in the game to stay involved by cheering and supporting their teammates. This role keeps them involved in the action instead of glancing over to see what their parents are doing or what kind of food their friends are buying at the concession stand. Hearing teammates' cheers also provides extra encouragement for the players on the field.

  • Allow individual freedom — at times. Although you should sometimes give players individual freedom to create plays on their own, you need to do so within the team setting. At some point during the game, you may want to give your quarterback a chance to run the ball after dropping back to pass, and calling these types of plays are part of the game. But when that player ignores an open teammate he could have passed to because he wants to run, he threatens team chemistry. Remind that player that he has teammates for a reason and to be sure to look out for them.

  • Avoid the captain syndrome. Continually relying on two or three players to serve as team captains throughout the season elevates them above the rest of the squad, but giving every player the opportunity to lead warm-ups in practice or head a drill infuses the team with the sense that everyone's equal. In most youth football programs, "official" team captains usually aren't required until around the age of 14. Naming temporary captains is just another tool you can use to build kids' self-esteem and make them feel like valued team members.

Here are a few general tips you can employ to help spur your players on to become the best they can be after they buckle the chin straps:

  • Love what you're doing. If you have a sincere passion for football and for teaching it to children, your excitement and enthusiasm will rub off on the team, and they'll respond accordingly.

  • Set attainable goals for youngsters. Forget about trying to win every game or having the league's highest-scoring offense. Those aren't realistic goals for kids, some of whom are just learning how to properly put on all the safety equipment.

    If a child senses that your expectations are far-fetched, he wonders what's the point of even trying, and his play on the field suffers. This negatively impacts the entire team.

  • Recognize the good things happening on the field. Stop practice to point out when a player does something really well, not just when a player makes a mistake. Being positive is simply one of the best motivational tools around.

  • Don't motivate through fear or threats. Making a child run a lap for failing to perform at an expected level has no place in youth football. Kids are there to learn and to learn from their mistakes, not be humiliated or punished for them. This motivation-through-fear tactic is likely to chase members of your team away from the sport in the years to come. If he's giving everything he's got and it's just not clicking for some reason, find another method or take a different approach to teach the skill.

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