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Inside the Headset with the AFCA

Sep 7, 2023

On this week’s episode of Inside the Headset - Presented by CoachComm, Harland Bower, the defensive ends coach at Duke University takes us inside his career as a football coach. Coach Bower discusses the impact moving from job to job had on his family, the value of networking and having connections, and his experience participating in the AFCA 35 Under 35 Program. Coach Bower, fresh off an upset win versus Clemson, is in his second year with the Blue Devils, and was a member of the 2023 AFCA 35 Under 35 Class.  

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Show Notes:  

0:57 Introduction 

1:17 When did you know you wanted to be a football coach?  

3:17 Transition to life post-football  

5:10 Experience serving as a Strength Coach along with being a Position Coach 

7:34 Transition to Murray State University 

8:34 Review of coaching jobs in early career 

9:51 Strain of having to make many transitions as a coach  

13:43 Most influential stops early in your career 

16:58 What was something you were not prepared for in having your own room? 

18:28 Lessons learned as a position coach that you applied to your GA experience 

20:05 Most challenging stops early in your career 

22:47 Value of networking and connections  

28:26 Experience in interviews 

32:47 Experience as a Transfer Athlete  

35:14 Experience in the AFCA 35 Under 35 Program  

36:25 Conclusion 

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