I'm sure there are many factors that make a program successful. But what is the biggest factor for success? Is it talent? Coaching? Parents? How about commitment? Scheme? Weight training? Money?
Is there one factor that stands out? Let's here your opinions.
I personally think that it is coaching. High school football more than any sport relies on good solid coaching. How else can you explain programs being consistent winners? Great coaches usually are knowledgeable, respected and committed.
One coach that comes to mind for me is Eric Redmond. For years Airport struggled in football. It wasn't until Redmond arrived that the Jets tasted success. Did the Jets suddenly find talent? We may need to wait a few years before we really know. If Monroe starts to experience success and Airport starts to stumble I think we will have our answer.
Another example was Larry Dugan at Flat Rock. Dugan was the Monroe County Region coach of the decade for the 1970's with a State title and 3 league championships. The 80's started where the 70's left off with 13 wins in 2 years before Dugan abruptly left. The Rams have only experienced winning seasons 6 times in the last 29 seasons with no league titles.
I'm sure there are other factors but coaching is #1 on my list. What are your thoughts?