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q1smallerBy The X&O Labs Staff

Over the past 12 months, thousands of coaches have taken our Self Scout Your Career survey to see how they compare to similar coaches nationwide.  This article will provide insight from the Head Coach survey.


Over the past 12 months, thousands of coaches have taken our Self Scout Your Career survey to see how they compare to similar coaches nationwide. The questions covered the complete range of activities that fall under each specific coaching positions list of duties.

While the survey is still ongoing (if you or your staff hasn't taken it yet, check it out here), we wanted to share some of the insight that the surveys have unearthed. We also recognize that while many of you have already taken one survey from selfscoutyourcareer.com, you likely have not seen the results of the other 10 surveys. Over the next 6 weeks, we will be rolling out 1 or 2 of the surveys in their entirety to our Insiders members as well as a cliff notes version for the entire football coaching community.

This week’s focus will be on the Head Coach Survey from selfscoutyourcareer.com. Here are a few of the highlights you will find in the graphs and questions below:

  • 60% of the Head Coaches polled also serve as their teams Offensive Coordinator (compared to just 21% serving as Defensive Coordinator).
  • 78% of Head Coaches polled, the majority of which were high school coaches, had at least 4 paid positions on their staffs.
  • 54% of Head Coaches claim to be “heavily involved” in the game planning on BOTH sides of the ball.
  • 39% of Head Coaches meet with their staffs more than 6 times during the offseason (defined as January to July).

Check out each of those questions and their responses below and see how the information compares to the your team. As always, we would love to hear your thoughts on the data presented in this report. Please feel free to share your opinions and thoughts in the comments section below.

**Note: The data shown below is the current information from our ongoing study. It will likely change over time and as that happens, we will be sure to keep you apprised of the trends as they become apparent. Again, if you or your staff has not already participated, or if you want to just take a different survey (you can use the same email address without a problem) please CLICK HERE.

1. What other coordinator responsibilities do you have aside from being the head coach?

2. What other position responsibilities do you have aside from being a head coach?

3. How many paid coaches do you have on your staff?


4. How would you describe your involvement in game planning with your staff?


5. How many staff meetings will you schedule with your staff during the off-season (from January through July) ?



In addition to the questions above, Head Coaches that completed the survey also provided interesting insight into the following topics:

  • How long they have been a head coach.
  • How many volunteer coaches they have on staff.
  • How many fundraising activities they manage on a yearly basis.
  • How involved they are in their teams strength and conditioning program.
  • How often will their team works live drills (full tackling) during a normal game week.
  • How many coaching clinics will they attend yearly during the off-season.
  • And how many staff meetings they schedule during the season.

For access to this information, you can either click here to take the head coach survey and receiver your own, instant results or you can log in to the Insiders.  









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