High School Football Coaching
High school football coaches are very important. According to Falk, “Football and
schooling have lived together since 1823…” (2005). Nearly all high schools, both public and
private, compete interscholastically with other high schools and the need for qualified coaches is
high (Heitzmann, 1985). High school football coaches are not only of great importance for
leading a team to win, but also for the character they instill in their players. Included in coaching
High School football, coaches also realize they will likely have the responsibility of teaching as
well (Bobo, 1998). There are many tasks that a high school coach must perform, opposed to that
of a lower level coach. These tasks include but are not limited to “…greater visibility, larger
audiences (and frequently critics), more responsibility, and, consequently, more accountability.
That is, the job is more exciting, rewarding, and glamorous, but the head coach also has greater
pressure for success (Heitzmann, 1985).
History of High School Football
What is thought of as modern football today originally came from England (Falk, 2005).
Falk continues by saying “…William Web Ellis, a student at Rugby school …violated all the
rules of British football. Ellis put the ball under his arm during a football game and ran to the
goal in order to beat the five o’clock bell which was to end the game” (2005) His classmates
could not believe it (Falk, 2005)! Some of the players thought it was a good idea, while others
were totally against it (Falk, 2005). The English turned football into two separate sports: rugby
and soccer (Falk, 2005).
Rugby was first introduced to America, when a Canadian team visited Harvard
College in 1873, and American football was created (Falk, 2005). Before 1880, American