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History of the Coach of the Year Publications

The Coach of the Year Clinics founded by Duffy Daugherty and Bud Wilkinson had successful clinics in Grand Rapids, Atlanta, Georgia, Dallas, and San Francisco and later in Louisville, KY. In the mid 1960’s Duffy Daugherty would meet with most Clinic Directors during the off-season. In addition, he and Bud Wilkinson attended all of the 12 Coach of the Year Clinics. In the early meeting with Tom Harper and I, Duffy suggested we start taking notes on the Louisville Clinic lectures and sell them to the coaches later.

This idea of publishing notes started at the San Francisco Clinic. The Clinic Notes, as called in the 1960’s, were first done by Dick Vermeil. As the San Francisco Clinic Director Bob Troppmann explained, other coaches would ask some of the speakers for their notes after they finished their lectures, and several of the speakers would tell them to check with Dick Vermeil because he always took the best notes on all speakers. Thus, several of the 12 Clinics did Clinic Notes for their individual clinics. Each clinic published their individual Clinic Notes and sold them to their coaches who would sign up for the articles at the clinic site. The first clinic “notes” were mimeographed notes taken from the individual lectures simply stapled together and consisted of about 25 pages. They were mailed to the coaches that had paid for them in advance. The cost to the coaches ran from $1.50 to $2.50 at each clinic.

In 1974, I started a company to publish the Clinic Manuals. Telecoach, Inc. was selected as the name of the company and is still involved today in production of the Clinic Manuals. 

In February of 1975, I was asked by some of the other clinic managers to start combining some of the other clinics notes into the Louisville Clinic Manual. By 1980 most of the other clinics decided it would be a good idea if we combined all of the Clinic Notes into one publication. Louisville, Grand Rapids, St. Louis, Atlanta, San Francisco, Dallas, Pittsburgh, and Chicago Clinics were included into one Clinic Manual.

As other clinics joined the Clinic Manual concept, we had to be very selective in picking the best clinic lectures from all of our annual clinics. We had as many as 45 lectures in one publication but eventually settled for 30 lectures for each year.

After Duffy Daugherty died the clinics were run by Francis Daugherty with the assistance of Bill Yeoman, former assistant coach for Duffy and a friend of the family. In 1992 the clinics were sold to a group of men headed by John Majors and George Perles. 

The Clinic Manual continued to be very popular into the early 1990’s and Nike became the National Sponsor. Today we have access to over 70 Division I Nike Head Coaches. In an effort to include as many Nike Coaches as possible in the Manual, we had to leave out more and more high school coaches. From 2000 to 2003, I had several high school coaches request more high school coaches to be included in the Clinic Manual. As a result, we decided to creat a special publication for the high school coaches from their lectures at the Nike Clinics. In 2004, we published the first Clinic Notes.

We had to distinguish between the college edition of the manual and the high school publication.  As a result, we now have the Clinic Manual with College Coaches and Clinic Notes with High School Coaches.

In 2007 I was asked by the owners of the C.O.O.L. Clinic to produce their Clinic lectures. The Coaches Of Offensive Line Clinic (C.O.O.L.) has been held annually in Cincinnati, Ohio and was started by Jim McNally when he was with the Cincinnati Bengals. Most of the speakers are from the NFL and have a wealth of coaching experience. In 2007, the first (C.O.O.L.) Clinic – Coaches Handbook for Offensive Line Coaches was published.

For the Clinic Manual to be as popular for as long as it has been is a tribute to the coaches that have appeared in the publications over the years. They continue to be one of the leading methods of distribution of coaching information today. This would not have been possible without the cooperation of all of the great coaches that have appeared in the publications over the years. I cannot think of any college coaching legend that has not appeared in the Clinic Manual from 1965 to today.

A special thanks to all of the coaches that have appeared in our publications over the years. In addition, a special thanks to our customers for making the publications the leading football information of its kind on the market today.     

Earl Browning