Coaching Football Like A Basketball Coach

by Kenny Simpson
Coaching Football Like A Basketball Coach


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Football clearly is not basketball or baseball or any other sport. However, the changes we are seeing in football have more to do with the use of space and the ability to “adjust” plays. This concept is seen easily through the game of basketball as it is a fluid game that requires adjustments each time up and down the court. Many football programs are embracing this concept in their own programs. The goal of this book is to cause you to think of “why” you are teaching skills and drills to your players, and to cause you to know the “why” of your scheme and how it must be able to adjust. This book is geared for football coaches. While it uses concepts from Basketball to prove some points.

Coach Kenny Simpson has scored another touchdown with his book. Outstanding read that will help any coach grow and improve. Great wisdom and insight in relating football coaching to basketball." - Tim Horton, Running back coach Vanderbilt University

"This is a dynamite read! Coach Simpson has taken a unique look at coaching football by learning from another sport: basketball. As I read this book, I was really inspired to think more deliberately about football teaching methods. I enjoyed his take on "As football coaches we do XYZ, but basketball coaches do ABC." He then goes on to explain those differences, while at the same time making football coaches critique their own practice "why’s and how’s." I think this is tremendous offseason reading as coaches evaluate themselves and their practices." - Chris Fore, Eight Laces Consulting, California Coaches Association President

"Coach Simpson is a class act. He is always connecting and trying to help coaches. Coach takes a fresh approach with this new book and it’s a slam dunk”.- Shea Monroe, Alabama Spread and Defense Clinic

"Coach Simpson has done it again! This book challenges football coaches to become more dynamic in their approach to teaching the game. Coaching “concepts over plays” will allow coaches and players to have a deeper understanding of their playbook and how it can be used in every situation." - Brent Morrison, Head Football Coach at Westerville Central High School, Ohio

“Coach Simpson’s book should be on every young coach’s reading list regardless of scheme or style. It’s a valuable resource to any football coach in today’s game.” - Kevin Swift, AD/Former Head Football Coach Gold Beach High School, Oregon


The Coach


Kenny Simpson

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Coach Simpson is currently the Head Football Coach Searcy High School, the defending 6A state champions in Arkansas. He accepted the job at Searcy in June of 2020. Before Searcy, he was the Head Football Coach at Southside Charter. Taking over a program that had won eight games in five seasons and had been on a 20+ game losing streak, Simpson has led Southside to the playoffs for four-consecutive seasons and won two conference titles in the past three seasons. For his efforts, he was named 4A-2 Conference Coach of the Year (2017), named to the as a finalist for Hooten's Coach of the Year (2017) and has been the All-Star Nominee for the 4A-2 (2016 and 2019). He was also selected to coach in the 1st FCA Texas-Arkansas All-Star Showdown (2020).

Coach Simpson wrote his first book in 2019. Another book is already in the works and will be available in 2020. Find A Way: What I Wish I'd Known When I Became A Head Football Coach, has already been a best seller on Amazon in several categories.

Simpson has also raised over $1.5 million for Southside and has overseen several major facility projects including: New Field Turf, Expansion to Fieldhouse, Expansion to the school's home bleachers, and the addition of a press box and a new video-board.

Prior to coming to Southside, Simpson took over as Head Coach at Alabama Christian Academy in Montgomery, Alabama. During his tenure there, Simpson took over a team that had been 4-18 and led them to their first home playoff game in over 20-years. For his efforts he was named Montgomery Advertiser's All-Metro Coach of the Year as well as being voted 4A Region 2 Coach of the Year (2010). Simpson also served as the head track coach at ACA and led the girl's and boy's teams to multiple top 10 finishes in 4A.

Simpson began his coaching career at Madison Academy, in Huntsville, Alabama. He served as a junior high basketball and football coach, before working into a varsity coaching role in football. He graduated from Harding University in 2003. He is married to Jamey and has three children: Avery, Braden and Bennett. The couple was married in 2001 after meeting at Harding University.

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