Brian Polian - Coaching Generation Z

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Brian Polian - Coaching Generation Z


Coaching Gen Z


Over time the game of football has changed, so have many of the players. It's time that coaching changes too. 


Players from past generations required a specific type of training, approach and relationship. Generation Z is no exception. Throughout the years we’ve learned our tendencies, behaviors and mindsets as we’re doing currently with this generation. 


It's quite simple. Generation Z wants interpersonal interaction - a one on one conversation to establish a relationship with a coach. An important concept to understand as a coach is honoring the relationship before honoring the task. 


It's no secret that players nowadays have a shorter attention span. That's why it is crucial to have a different approach when training or breaking down game film. We must make training short and effective, we must be different while keeping it exciting. 


They need structure. Customized teaching is the best way to really hone in and develop that relationship. A player wants and needs a “ This is where I'm struggling, this is where the coach is helping me get better”. One thing we must remember is “ It's not the players duty to change to the coach, it's the coach's duty to change to his players' '.


They’re tech savvy. We must change presentations and game film. Keep their attention. They want to have fun. It may not be appealing, but it's effective. 


Introducing Notre Dame’s Special Teams Coordinator Brian Polian!




Coach Brian Polian shares his insight gained in his time studying relationships and how they play an important role in coaching Generation Z. He breaks down aspects of building relationships and why they are important including everything you need to establish a solid relationship with your team. 


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Brian Polian was named the Special Teams Coordinator at Louisana State University (LSU). He was with the Irish as the special teams coordinator since 2017. Spent the last four years as the head coach at Nevada (2013-16). Guided Nevada to 22 wins, 26 individual All-Mountain West honors and unprecedented academic honors. Helped nine student-athletes earn 2014 All-Mountain West honors, including Cody Fajardo, who became just the second player in NCAA history to pass for 9,000 yards and rush for 3,000 yards in a career. Nevada used a lethal ground-and-pound offense in ‘15, as James Butler and Don Jackson each eclipsed 1,000 yards rushing (the Wolf Pack were one of just three teams in the nation with a pair of 1,000-yard rushers).

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Joe Austin

If you are just starting to think about Gen Z dynamics this is a good place to start. Lots of important points are introduced.

Aug 18, 21 09:20 AM

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