On April 7 and 8 in Austin, high school football coaches from around the state — and possibly further — will descend on the Forty Acres as the Texas Longhorns hold the All-Access Texas Coaches Clinic for High School Coaches.
And there should be a better turnout than usual this season, though that’s not because of new head coach Tom Herman or director of high school relations Bob Shipley.
No, there is already buzz around the clinic because New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick will be the keynote speaker, in addition to the opportunity for high school coaches to engage in chalk talks with the Texas football staff.
In another sign of Herman’s intentions to establish even stronger relationships with high school coaches in the state, landing Belichick took a morning phone call from the Texas head coach, who had managed to somehow find the Super Bowl-winning coach’s phone number.
First Herman broke the ice, bringing up former Houston linebacker Elandon Roberts, who was taken in the sixth round of the 2016 NFL Draft following several conversations between Herman and Belichick.
“So just kind of introduced myself to him over the phone, and we started talking about Elandon because of what a special player he is in terms of his work ethic,” Herman said on Monday. “I mean, you’re talking about a sixth-round pick that had been a one-year starter in college that works his way into the starting middle linebacker job at the New England Patriots as a rookie, and you don’t do that just on talent alone.”
Then Herman made his move.
“Hey, coach, by the way, we’ve got a clinic on April 7th, would you be free?”
Belichick looked at his calendar and was free at that time and shortly thereafter confirmed that he could make it.
“Excited as all get-out,” Herman said. “That’s a big one.”
Indeed, the five-time Super Bowl champion has won over 200 games with the Patriots, solidifying his position as one of the greatest head coaches the NFL has ever seen. In fact, he’s the only head coach in NFL history to win five Super Bowl titles.
Nice work, Coach Herman.