NFL Super Bowl winning coach Wade Phillips opened the European Coaches Convention in Berlin with a masterclass on the ethics of coaching.
The two-day convention was hosted by Bart Iaccarino, Managing Director of the Barcelona Dragons of the European Football League (ELF), and the head of Dragons, Jesus E. Sanchez. But Sanchez insists that this convention has nothing to do with ELF or one of European football policy that has dominated the scene in recent months.
Instead, the goal of the pair is threefold: to increase the quality of training in Europe at all levels by providing a learning space and networking opportunities for those who play in different and sometimes competing leagues, and also to ensure they are having a good time.
“It’s an investment, we actually lost money on it. But we are investing in European coaches at all levels so that they can continue and raise the level of play at all levels. This is not about professional leagues or politics. We just want to make everyone a better place.
The first day of the convention also featured European British Coach legend Lee Rowland who broke down his quick huddle-less attack, how to prepare for a game, and the in-depth statistical analysis undertaken each week; Max Kössler, the Vienna Vikings local product, discussed the importance of idiosyncratic movements of receivers; Unicorns of Schwäbisch Hall ‘ linebacker coach David Zeller who broke down fits, gaps and movement skills; Marc Mattioli, Italian Bowl-winning and former head coach Stanford and Vanderbilt the defensive back coach, who spoke about the myths within the men’s cover; and to top it all, NFL Coaching legend and one of the greatest defensive minds on the planet, Wade Phillips.
Phillips’ willingness to share and remain humble, despite his exceptional success, was evident from the moment he stepped into the room. His approach has focused on the ethical aspect of coaching and how the values his father, Bum Phillips, instilled in him made him one of the most revered and respected coaches in the world. NFL.
Phillips’ ties to Europe go back a few years as he has already visited Berlin for games, but it was his relationship with Sanchez and Iaccarino that drove him to come Europe:
“I’ve known the guys from Barcelona for a long time, they invited me and I thought it was a great opportunity. When you’re on Twitter, you don’t just log into your domains. I wanted to come here and see what coaching was like. The speakers here have been as good as any I’ve seen in the United States, and I go to a lot of these clinics.
And for Sanchez and Iaccarino, this continent-wide first won’t be the last of them. They have already planned to host another convention in six months at the same location. They hope to be able to invite a much larger group with multiple speakers, which will allow for a more engaging position-specific approach.
With day one of the convention in the books, attendees can now look forward to Jag Bal and a 3-4 master class from Wade Phillips the second.
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