Detroit Public School League football coaches were the beneficiaries of a three-hour coaching clinic Wednesday conducted by Michigan State University head coach Mark Dantonio and his Spartans coaching staff.
Sponsored by the Horatio Williams Foundation in conjunction with the DPS Office of Athletics, the instructional clinic at the HWF’s downtown headquarters was attended by more than 100 PSL head coaches and assistants.
“Mark Dantonio and his coaching staff were great,’’ said Alvin Ward, DPS executive director of Athletics. “The presentation was very thorough and to the point. The breakout sessions were great and the facility was excellent in handling the capacity. Coach Dantonio is a very hospitable type person. I thought he and his staff provided a good learning experience for our coaches.”
Upgrading the knowledge was the reason Ward deemed it mandatory that all 18 PSL head football coaches and their staffs attend the MSU clinic as part of the league’s coaching certification process. A similar clinic was conducted last month by University of Michigan head coach Brady Hoke and his Wolverines staff.
Judging by the attentive audience during Wednesday’s session and the rave reviews afterward, Dantonio and his staff made an impactful positive impression.
“I loved it. I thought it was excellent,’’ Western International head coach Andre Harlan said.
“Sometimes you go to camps and clinics, and coaches hold back because they’re worried about who’s watching and listening. But they didn’t hold anything back. They told us what they do, why they do it and how you can get it done.
“It’s something we might need to do more often because we’ve got a lot of new coaches now. Really, it’s beneficial to all the coaches because the older coaches can always learn something, too. It’s never too late to learn.”