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John T. Reed has coached six high school football teams: four freshman, one junior varsity, and one varsity. He also coached nine youth football teams. He coached at three different high schools. One had 1,000 students; one 1,500, and the other 2,500. All were in California and the divisions were 2A for two schools and 4A, the largest, for the other.
Two of the teams on which Reed was a coach won their league championship—a result for which Reed claims little or no credit. He notes their success here only as evidence that he has observed successful coaches and teams up close. Reed is also a father of three sons, all of whom played football.
Reed is the author of seven other books on football coaching. He is a West Point graduate and a Harvard MBA.

Thanks to…
My sons, Daniel, Steven, and Mike for agreeing to my recommendation that they try football for a year before deciding whether they wanted to play soccer or football and to Dan and Mike for helping me coach my freshman team at Monte Vista High School…my wife for being a football widow to an extent during coaches meetings, scouting trips, practice, and games…the San Ramon Bears for taking my oldest son in after he was cut by another team and for giving me the opportunity to coach…Pat Elliott…Steve Noon…Jim Monroe for his expert advice…Kathryn Steele, Bears trainer, Shannon Pablo, Miramonte trainer, and Kevin Amaral, Monte Vista trainer, for their counsel on injury prevention and treatment…my fellow coaches for putting up with my faults…our cameramen without whose videotaping of games we coaches wouldn’t know what the heck happened out there…my players, who also put up with my faults and foibles as we struggled together through their early years as players and my early years as coach…Miramonte High School coaches Richard Blaisdell, Floyd Burnsed, Paul Yriberri, Vince Dell’Aquilla and Granada High School coaches Aaron Gingery, Bob Turnbeaugh, Ken Nelson, Brad Morosoli, Hank Stephens, T.J. Thomas, John Glover, Doug Pederson, and Monte Vista High School coaches Craig Bergman, Sandy Malnick, Steve Malnick for their instruction and encouragement…Roger Theder, NFL and college coach and Bill Walsh and Marv Levy, Hall of Fame NFL coaches for their advice and encouragement…Craig Bergman, Sandy Malnick, Steve Malnick, Dana Bible, Stanford offensive coordinator for sharing his thoughts and experiences with me…Barry Terranova for hiring me as clock-management columnist for American Football Coach magazine and a member of the 1998 and 1999 American Football Quarterly University “faculties” and for the recommendation that led to my speaking at the 2004 NCAA Coaches Academy…Mark Miller of Bryan and Steve Humphries of Piedmont High School for sharing the A-11 with me and my son, Dan; John Aldrich for his help with the spinning fullback; Mike Leach for his fearless innovating; Marv Levy for telling me about the Bills no-huddle; Pete Palmer for his research on laterals; Dr. David Romer for his research on fourth-down decisions; Roger Theder for letting me observe his quarterback coaching; Hugh Wyatt for sharing his experiences with the contrarian double-wing offense