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The Manny Matsakis Show: Episode 12

Dale Carlson (Program Creator)

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Dale Carlson spoke with Manny at the 2020 AFCA Convention in Nashville about his career in college football. The former Head Coach at Tri-State (now Trine University), Ohio Dominican, and Valparaiso, Dale discusses what it’s like starting programs from scratch and also walking into some different situations. This interview is a great listen for anyone wanting to know more about what goes into creating a successful program, and how to avoid some mistakes along the way.

Check out more info and links from this episode on the Podcast Post!

Navigational Highlights

[0:00] Show Intro and Dale Carlson’s Background

[1:56] Dale’s experiences and what made him want to build programs up from nothing

[7:40] Tri-State (Trine University) and what it was like in the beginning

[9:51] Biggest Roster and Program Structure

[12:04] The actual school size and how the football program fit in

[15:45] How did Dale end up at Ohio Dominican?

[17:29] What Dale learned from his first experience that helped at Ohio Dominican

[18:46] Building up the OD program

[22:43] Stepping into a different situation at Valparaiso University

[30:59] Post Valparaiso; Ending up at Lindenwood University

[34:10] The Air Raid Offense; how did Dale get into it?

[38:32] What Dale is doing today

[39:50] Going from a Head Coach to a supporting role on staff

[42:41] Dale’s future plans; coaching into your later years

[45:17] How schools look at hiring head coaches

[48:27] Closing thoughts

[50:32] Tips and Reminders

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