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How to get hired as a paid football coach

I want to be a football coach.

I want a job coaching football.

What do I need to build my coaching career and get hired as a football coach?

Those are some of the top 51 questions I have been asked by hundreds of assistant coaches and coaches who I have never met.

Here’s the #1 advice I have given to hundreds of coaches who have asked for advice about how to build a football coaching career – get real-life work experience outside of football. Get a job in real-life that has nothing to do with football. Experiencing a real-life job outside of football gives you the all-important Real-LIfe #perspective that will separate you from the rest by building the following traits and skills:

  1. 5th degree communication skills that are crucial and transferrable to coaching football.
  2. 5th Degree Intuition and Instinct that are vital in all leadership roles and all human interactions.
  3. Rapid Decision-Making (RDM). It’s humanly impossible to succeed as a football coach, by whatever definition of success you choose, without RDM mastery. The only place to develop 5th Degree RDM is with real-life experience outside sports because sports provide extremely limited worldview. Sports are not real-life. Football is a game that includes life-and-death consequences because of the violence but the rest of football is not life-and-death. Deciding to go for it on 4th down is not a matter of life-and-death.
  4. 5th Degree Gratitude. If you are blessed to get paid to coach a kid’s game, you need to continuously express 5th Degree Gratitude for getting paid to do what so many coaches do for free. Working in Real-Life will give you a point-of-reference of how truly blessed you are.
  5. The ability to deal with reality, specifically that you do not need to spend 365-24-7 working to win a football game, at any level. Not even close. There are people working at actual life-and-death jobs who don’t disconnect from their families and the world, around the clock, working at their job. Football Coaches have been brainwashed to believe that you have to sleep at the office and invest every working moment in a kid’s game. I was a police officer for 15 years. The demands and significance of policing are fare greater than coaching football at any level. I didn’t sleep at the office. I didn’t work 16 hours every day.

Thank you to all those who have asked me for this.

#MUCHLOVE #soulofalifter

Blessings + all good things


Gino Arcaro

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