Saturday Morning Wake-Up Call: A 21st Century Survival Guide for High School Football Coaches

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The conclusions drawn by analyzing statistics from college and professional football often do not translate to the high school game because the games are so different. This book puts those powerful statistical techniques for maximizing a team's chance of winning into the hands of high school coaches and fans. These techniques are illustrated using the Pulaski Academy Bruins as a case study. More

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About K. Russell DePriest

Russell is a native of Mena, Arkansas, and he is a 1992 graduate of Mena High School. During his time at Mena High School, Russ earned 10 athletic letters in 3 sports (football, basketball, and baseball) including 2-time All-District honors in football and All-District honors in baseball. He received a B.A. in Physics (summa cum laude) from Hendrix College (Conway, AR) while lettering 3 times for the Hendrix Warrior varsity baseball team. He earned an M.S. in Health Physics and a Ph.D. in Nuclear Engineering from Texas A&M University. He is currently a Principal R&D Scientist/Engineer in the Applied Nuclear Technologies organization at Sandia National Laboratories located in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He serves as Principal Investigator for the Neutron Gamma Energy Transport (NuGET) Advanced Simulation & Computing software project.

Russ is a voting member of four ASTM International Committees (C26, E10 , E54, and E61) while serving as the Secretary of E10 (Nuclear Technology & Applications). He serves as the U.S. Program Chair for the 16th International Symposium on Reactor Dosimetry. Russ is also Assistant Director of the microEP Graduate Program at the University of Arkansas. He has authored or co-authored ~25 scientific publications or technical reports in the last 20 years.

Russ telecommutes to Sandia National Laboratories from Fayetteville, Arkansas where he lives with his wife and two daughters. He enjoys reading, discussing sports and statistics, and complaining about both the Fightin’ Texas Aggie football team and the state of science literacy in the country. You can find out about all these things and more on his Minimum Publishable Unit (MPU) blog (

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D S reviewed on Aug. 21, 2013

The author offered a great background for someone who hasn't read a good football tactics book in a while (~3 years or so) as well as given a good view on the changing arena of high school football. The exposition of each of the tactics being done really helped me get back up to speed on the whole thought process in the coach's (and active spectator's) mind. My math-nerd background also greatly appreciated the good explanation of the statistics involved with the plays.

All in all, I would recommend this to the reader who really wants to get a grasp on what all is being done in one of the best games (if not the best) ever made. This book makes me honestly want to argue/discuss with other people what the future is going to be and what can be done to make teams great.
(reviewed 8 months after purchase)
Lonnie Martin reviewed on Dec. 9, 2012

The authors understanding and description of high school football was deeply educational, even without the statistics tutorial. If high school coaches read this book, understand its points and apply its lessons I believe that they will become more successful. If you are not a coach I think you will still find the story told in the book to be very interesting.
(reviewed 90 days after purchase)

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