Looking Back, to Look Ahead…

In previous blogs, I’ve commented a few times on the relative size difference between the rearview mirror and the windshield, and how focusing on what’s ahead is often most important. That having been said, there is value in the occasional look in the rearview, as elements of the past readily inform the future.

Just as we study film after each game, I encourage the coaching staff and me to think about lessons learned over the course of the year. What did we do well? What can we do better? From Winter conditioning, through spring practice, summer OTAs, Camp, and through the season we recently concluded. Each phase of team building contributes to the whole.

There are elements of X’s and O’s, play calling, and scouting, as well as leading, training, and mentoring our players and staff. Assessing the last year’s efforts and experiences enables us to reinforce success and minimize (ideally eliminate) friction. While it is unlikely we’ll find identical circumstances in the coming year, there will be analogous situations and I am reminded of the maxim, “if history doesn’t repeat itself, it sure does rhyme.”

Before we turn to future tasks and begin building the Hilltopper team of 2023, we’ll take stock of the lessons we learned in 2022, and hopefully, they’ll help us sharpen the picture of all that lies ahead.  

Coach Rich Alercio is available to discuss coaching philosophy, X’s & O’s, or teach his O-Line “techniques in the trenches.” Contact Coach at richalercio@gmail.com and share http://www.olineskills.com with your colleagues and friends. Thanks for supporting this blog and joining our conversations, and as always, thanks for your time! 

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