ASU FOOTBALL COACHING CLINIC: Phillips: 'I
come to be with coaches'
Angelo Standard Times
June 18, 2010. Over the last 37 years, the
Angelo Football Clinic has brought some of the
brightest minds in football to San Angelo to
share their knowledge.
This year was no different as Dallas Cowboys
head coach Wade Phillips along with assistant
head coach and offensive coordinator Jason
Garrett educated more than 1,600 coaches on the
inner workings of America’s Team.
There aren’t many professions where people at
the top of their game are eager to give in-depth
instruction on how they achieved their success,
but Garrett says football is different.
“Coaching is a fraternity,” the orchestrator of
the National Football League’s second-ranked
offense said. “There is a willingness to share
the expertise with each other in a real positive
“It’s not a situation where you’re putting
yourself at a competitive disadvantage. Really
what you’re doing is talking football and
everyone I’ve known involved in coaching has a
passion for it. It’s a real healthy dynamic and
it’s great to be a part of that here in San
Phillips, who has been a co-director of the
annual event for more than 30 years, echoed
Acknowledging some of his philosophy came from
growing up on the NFL sidelines with his father,
Bum Phillips, he said the rest has been picked
up from others in the profession.
“I think the really good coaches realize that
they learn from other people,” Phillips said.
“What I know came from somebody else. People
willing to share those ideas and talk football
with you is where you learn things. You don’t do
it by yourself.”
Phillips formed friendships with fellow
directors Jim Hess, Jerry Vandergriff and Mike
Martin at Angelo State University while working
on his father’s Houston Oilers coaching staff in
the late 1970s, during the clinic’s infancy.
When the Oilers spent training camps in San
Angelo, Hess, Vandergriff and Martin were
coaching the Rams.
“I think it’s special,” Phillips said. “I’ve
come here for almost every one of them. I wasn’t
a director for a while. I just came because you
can learn a lot of football and I do every year
“Hopefully people learn some things from me now,
but I come to be with coaches and further our
Garrett, who was speaking for the first time in
San Angelo, was excited to be a part of
something with such a rich tradition.
“This is an amazing event,” he said. “To think
that they have been doing it for 37 years, and a
couple of the guys told me they probably did it
for a few years before they started counting.
“Doing this for close to 40 years is truly
amazing and the following they have with the
number of high school and college coaches and
professional people who come back year after
year is a tribute to the operation they have and
the people that run it.”
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