The National Single Wing Coaches Association Symposium will be held this year at Colton High School in California. The dates are Thursday, July 13 thru Saturday, July 15. Hopefully the agenda of presentations will follow this. If you need further information about housing, flights, etc. you can contact Coach Harold Strauss at Colton High School, or at the Single Wing forum. He will be posting some of this information.


Thursday, July 13

7:30 AM — Registration

8:00 AM — Announcements and Introductions

8:45 AM - 10:45 AM — “Blocking the Single Wing, Not the Bible, Just the Gospel According to John” - John Ward, D.A., Head Football Coach, Union High School, Clinton, NC

10:55 AM - 12:00 PM — “The Living Legends Series”

12:00 AM - 1:00 PM — Lunch

1:05 PM - 3:05 pm — “A Leadership and Character Approach to High School Football” - Jerome Learman Ph.D., Head Football Coach, Lake Michigan Catholic High School, St. Joseph, MI

3:15 PM - 5:15 pm — “The Unbalanced Spread Single Wing” - Jim Ahern, Head Football Coach, East Lee County High School, Bradenton, FL

5:15 PM — Evening Announcements

5:30 PM — On the Field Competitions (including “7 on 7″), Colton High School

Friday, July 14

8:00 AM — Registration

8:00 AM - 10:00 AM — “8 Man Single Wing” - Bert Ford, Head Football Coach, Army-Navy High School, San Diego, CA

10:10 AM - 12:10 PM — “Starting Single Wing From Scratch” - Dan Lerum, Head Football Coach, Durand, WI

12:15 PM - 1:15 PM — Lunch

1:20 PM - 3:20 “Passing From the Single Wing” - Bruce Eein, Head Football Coach, Brethern Christian High School, Huntingdon, CA

3:30 PM - 5:30 PM — “Colton’s Approach to Post-Secondary Preparation” - Steve Barton, Assistant Football Coach, Colton High, Colton, CA

6:30 PM — National Single Wing Coaches Association Social “A Century of Legendary Success” (Location TBA)

Saturday, July 15

8:30 AM - 10:30 AM — “Progressive Coaching Series” - John Torres, Youth Head Coach, Yuma, AZ

10:35 AM - 12:25 PM — “The Winburn Single Wing” - Jeff Slatcoff, Assistant Coach, Winburn High School, Winburn, PA


Manchester High School-Manchester, Indiana (located in Northern Indiana)
Head coach is Brandon Baker

Coordinator of gathering is Todd Hagemeier
8th grade head coach at Westfield Middle School-Westfield, Indiana

The gathering is open to all Single Wing coaches
Will have camp practices on June 26th through 30th.

All coaches are welcome to attend any of these practices as well as participate in coaching this 2nd year single wing team.

The gathering will officially start on June 30th.


Friday, June 30th
6:00 - 8:00 PM — Watch Manchester HS in their last day of camp
8:30 PM — Supper and chalk talk-location is TBA

Saturday July 1, 2006
Single Wing Coaches Gathering

Looking for 4-8 speakers

Updates on speakers and people coming will be posted later

This gathering will not be as formal as a conclave or symposium. This is simply a gathering of whoever wishes to show up and talk football, swap film, and get ready for the fall. There will not be a shuttle van or any transportation provided. I have provided a few places to stay and do not know the rates for any of these places. Any level of coach is welcome to present. Anyone wishing to attend this gathering or present should RSVP by contacting Todd Hagemeier at [email protected]

Places to stay and phone numbers:
- Treeway 260-982-9090
- 800-426-7866
- Holiday Inn express 260-569-1189
- Wabash Inn 260-563-7451

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Photos Courtesy Tom Davis.


Bruce Eien, our host and Dave Wenderlich (Fullerton Pop Warner) facing camera and smiling is Gary Canez and Ben Cuevas (Gilbert Pop Warner) at TGIF


Jerry Nivision (plaid shirt), Hernan Rueda, (white shirt), Ivan Larrarte (white hat), Keith James with thumb up, (all Gilbert Pop Warner) at TGIF


“Coaching: Making Leaders and Changing Lives Forever”
Jerome Learman, Phd., Lake Michigan Catholic High School(MI)


“Single Wing for Bobble Heads”
Mike Sommers: San Marcos (CA) Pop Warner


Coach Sommers fielding questions about his “Bobblehead” experience


Bruce Eien introducing Harold Strauss of Colton High


“Implementing the Spin Series to the Single Wing”
Harold Strauss - Colton HS (CA)


Coach Strauss and his play sheet. There was a test after lunch.


“What A Rookie Coach Learned Putting in the Single Wing to 7, 8 and 9 Year Olds” Dr. Jerry Nivison: Gilbert Tornados (AZ) Pop Warner


Coach Nivision on why the sweep was the most important play in his offense


Dan Barreto, (Long Beach, Pop Warner) and Dave Wenderlich

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Fritz Crisler

Practical Football
A Manual For Coaches, Players and Students of the Game

By Fritz Crisler and Ted Wieman, 1934


Bowden Wyatt
Bowden Wyatt was a legendary player at UT from 1936-1938. Wyatt was the captain of General Neyland’s undefeated 1938 team. He had won championships as a head coach at Wyoming and Arkansas before taking the Tennessee job from 1955-62.

Bowden Wyatt

D&M Coaches’ and Players’ Handbook


Dave Cisar
These are three plays my Screaming Eagles 8-10 teams use to attack the off-tackle hole. We run the tailback power right at the hole, we do not bow our backs out as many do because we often have a pretty slow player there and he can get caught from behind. The half spin or “mouse” series play we run out of both our regular set and split end set, since in the split end set, the fullback will pick up the backside end and the split end will force the playside corner out of the play. The spinner off-tackle by our fullback has always been a great play for us.


Eric Strutz
The Comets attack off-tackle strong in a number of ways, but we use essentially the same blocking scheme. We use SAB on the playside with the backside linemen doing a scramble/reach technique. From Spread formation we run the spin trap (below) and we’ll start using the front ride this season (next page top). We always mesh 3 backs on the full spin series plays. This season we’ll try pulling the backside tackle to lead block on the 2 off-tackle plays from spread formation.

From tight formation we use a nasty split on all off-tackle plays. We run a standard power and full spin pin as well as a T-series counter. On these plays the backside end uses a short-pull horn technique. We shift the FB (BB) over to the left on the T-series tailback counter because we put him there on the quick sweep and the flat motion quarterback power. On the tailback counter, the fullback leads through the point of attack.


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