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Coaching Conversations Vol. 6

Coach Chet Pobolish

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The latest episode of Coaching Conversations is with the head football coach at Division II Southwestern Oklahoma State, Chet Pobolish. Chet was an outstanding football player at Emporia State as a 4-time All-MIAA performer. Since then, he has gone on to become one of the bright young coaches that’s in the midst of building a quality football program. His experience and style give him a unique approach to leading young men. This conversation was recorded in the summer of 2018 prior to my leaving Widener University. I found this one in the archives and realized there’s some outstanding information for all of us to learn from Coach Pobolish.

Navigational Highlights

[0:00] Intro to Chet Pobolish

[2:24] How Coach Pob got his start in coaching

[3:29] How being a Special Teams coordinator helps prepare you for being a Head Coach

[7:08] Coach Pob’s process of bringing in his coaching staff

[12:29] Social media presence and what Coach Pob does with his program

[18:56] Timeline of getting the job and creating the culture at Southwestern Oklahoma State

[21:50] Why did Coach Pob take the job?

[25:28] What obstacles did Coach Pob have to deal with and how did he handle them?

[26:36] Reminiscing on the days at Emporia State

[30:57] Recruiting plans for Coach Pob and his staff

[31:57] Coach Pob’s influences as a coach

[37:35] How to create a tough and winning attitude within the program

[40:52] Optimizing your life; how Coach Pob creates balance within his own life

[46:18] What routines Coach Pob has implemented to control his day

[49:23] The Parthenon Approach; how Coach Pob structures his program

[52:40] What Coach Pob wishes he knew when he was younger

[56:31] What’s old is new; do you see any old ideas coming back into the game?

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