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Author: Brian Wille

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This is Intentionally Grounded, a podcast that strives to grow a community of coaching excellence. We interview football coaches from around the nation and share with you their stories, insights, and strategies so that you can become the best version of your coaching self possible.
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Episode 50 features the head coach of South Dakota State University John Stiegelmeier. In this episode, we get to know Coach Stiegelmeier and learn how he's helped build SDSU into a perennial FCS power. From the Jackrabbit way, to building a staff, to empowerment of coaches & players, this episode has something for everyone! 
Episode 49 features the head coach of Minnesota State Moorhead Steve Laqua.  In this episode,  learn Coach Laqua’s foundational values for building & turning around programs, his tips for instilling a vision and generating buy-in with players, and his advice for developing a culture that's about more than the game of football.  
 Episode 48 features the offensive coordinator for Minnesota-State Mankato Joe Beschorner.  Coach shares his journey through the collegiate coaching ranks, culminating with his latest stop at MSU Mankato.  Coach also discusses the keys to building an offensive identity, offensive gameplanning tips, player development, and assistant coach empowerment.   
Episode 47 features the offensive coordinator at Carleton College, Brett Bartolone.  Coach discusses his journey in coaching from serving under Mike Leach to now being the offensive coordinator at Carleton.  Coach details his experience in the Air Raid and installs key air raid staples such as Mesh, while also sharing his favorite quick game and red zone concepts as well.  He also shares how to structure your practices to fit the Air Raid scheme.  
Episode 46 features the head coach of Van Meter High School, Eric Trudo.  Coach recalls his coaching influences, the keys in developing and maintaining a successful defense, and the keys to building a productive strength and conditioning program. Coach also shares his foundational beliefs and how FCA has impacted him and the programs he leads.  
Episode 45 features the head coach of Augustana University, Jerry Olszewski. Coach discusses his journey in the coaching profession and shares advice for aspiring head coaches of all ages. Coach also details the components of Augustana’s culture, how he builds buy-in with his players and staff, and how he helps each student athlete find the right fit and transform from good, better, to best.  
Episode 44 features the head coach of Elk River High School, Steve Hamilton. Coach shares his journey from coaching high school football in Michigan and Georgia, to turning around Elk River into one of Minnesota’s elite programs. We also discuss Elk River’s dominant Power T offense and learn its techniques, schematics, and practice structure for implementing and teaching the offense at any level.   
Episode 43 features the head coach of Mound-Westonka High School, Nick David. Coach discusses the importance of culture in building a program and outlines his key components for creating leaders, building toughness, and forming meaningful relationships.  We also learn his vision for building a youth program and increasing retention with players throughout their high school careers.     
Episode 42 features the head coach of Lakeville South High School, Tyler Krebs. Coach discusses the keys to turning around struggling programs and overcoming adversity to achieve sustainable success.  We also dig into Lakeville South’s highly productive Power T offense and discuss the difficulty of the transition to the old-fashioned offense in the modern era.  
Episode 41 features the defensive coordinator of Kansas Wesleyan University, John Michaletti.  Coach recalls the impact of his playing career on his development as a coach, along with the challenges that accompany being a young coordinator at your alma mater.  Coach also discusses how to create an effective defensive system, advancements in secondary play, and methods for defending modern RPOs. Aspiring defensive coordinators will not want to miss the lessons shared in this week’s episode! 
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