The Michigan Daily-Thursday, November 12, 1981-Page 9
EAGER FOR RETURN TO NFL COACHING
Allen started 'small' at Michi
By JIM DWORMAN
When one thinks of Michigan
Wolverine football coaches, the names
of Bo Schembechler, Fritz Crisler,
Fielding Yost quickly come to mind.
Very few persons know that George
Allen, former head coach of the
National Football League's Los
Angeles Rams and Washington Red-
Doily Photo by KIM HILL
FORMER OLYMPIC STAR John Naber, winner of four Gold medals and one
Silver, instructs swimmers of all ages at a clinic held at Matt Mann Pool last
night. The session was attended by several hundred people. 4
Oly ic Gold medalist
N-a b'er conducts clinic
' By KARL WHEATLEY
Michigan's Matt Mann pool was the place to be last night for the area's
competitive swimmers. The reason: swimmer John Naber, winner of four
Gold medals and one Silver at the 1976 Montreal Olympics, was on hand to
conduct a clinic for swimmers of all ages.
The session, which started at 6:30; was attended by over 300 people, most
of them young swimmers, including some who traveled more than 40 miles
to get there.
NABER STARTED off with a motivational talk aimed at convincing the
swimmers that they can improve their performances by following his three-
step process-set goals, break those goals down into easily attainable parts,
and visualize themselves accomplishing them.
"Allow yourselves to dream big," Naber said. "Let your thoughts be
positive, because your thoughts become your words, your words become
your, actions, your actions become your habits, your habits become your
character, and your character becomes your destiny." Naber told the
athletes to set their swimming goals in terms of reaching a certain time in a
given event, and to be satisfied when they attain that time, whether they win
the particular competition or not.-
Naber pointed outthat "there is a difference between just sacrificing your
- time and having a commitment to your goals.-Try to set a goal that is
realistic, yet challenging for yourself."
NABER CONTINUED the clinic with a discussion of proper techniques for
the backstroke, his specialty. He used a set of seven two-word pairs to
remind the swimmers how to execute the stroke properly. For example,
'rifle-barrel" is the code which keys swimmers to keep their arms straight,
,like rifle barrels, as they bring them back behind their head.
The Gold medalist preached to the Olympic hopefuls about the importance
of turns, stretching, proper breathing, sleep habits, and diet. Most of all, he
stressed consistency. "Do things the same way in practice that you're going
to do them in the meet," he said. "That's what practice is for, to practice
what you are going to do in your meets."
Although the clinic was Naber's first in Ann Arbor, he has been conducting
similar sessiolrs since late in 1978, spending as much as three weeks per
month on the road.
"I'm trying to put back into the sport what I got from it," Naber said in an
interview earlier. "People should push sport for the personality factors it
develops. Involvement in sports starts as a physical developer, but ends up
as a personality developer."
Naber dedicated his clinic last night to Michigan diver Bruce Kimball, son
of Michigan diving coach Dick Kimball. The younger Kimball was involved
in an auto aceident last month, and his future in diving remains uncertain at
skins, once coached football at
Michigan. The game was not quite on
the same level as that which Schem-
bechler and his predecessors taught,
though.' Allen was an assistant coach
for the school's 150-pound team in 1947.
Allen is better remembered for
leading professional teams to seven
playoff appearances and one Super
Bowl than for helping someone else
teach the game to a group of too-small-
for-varsity college students.
AFTER graduating from Michigan
in 1947, Allen remained at the Univer-
sity for another year to coach the 150-
pound team and receive his Masters
degree. He then left Ann Arbor for
Sioux'City, Iowa and his first head foot-
ball coaching position at Morningside
College. Allen stayed there for three
years before moving on to Whitier
College in 1951.
The Detroit native joined the
professional ranks in 1957 as the offen-
sive ends coach for the Rams. The
following year, Allen joined the
Chicago Bear's staff as an assistant to
George Halas whom Allen credits as one
of many who contributed to his
knowledge of the game.
"I started learning football in high
school," recalled the 1oth-winningest
coach in NFL history. "I learned it
from Crisler, from former Wolverine
All-American (Benny) Oosterbaan,
from Halas, and I'm still learning it."
ALLEN BECAME the head coach of
the Rams in 1966 and immediately
transformed a 4-10 team into an 8-6
squad. He went on to compile a 116-47-5
record in 12 seasons as an NFL coach
with the Rams and- the Redskins. In
1972, Allen took Washington to the
Super Bowl, where his team lost to
Before leaving the Redskins in 1977
and being fired by the Rams (after they
hired him for the second time as head
coach) prior to the 1978 season, Allen
established himself as the only NFL
coach with more than 100 wins to his
credit never to have a losing season.
Despite his record of success, Allen is
now a coach without a team. But that
does not bother the recently appointed
Chairman of the President's Council on
Physical Fitness and Sports.
'I'VE GOT TWO offers right now,"
said Allen. "But I'm in a position where
I don't have to coach. I'm not going to
take any job just for the sake of
coaching. I tried that once before, and
it didn't work out."
Various speaking engagements, in-
cluding the upcoming Heisman Trophy
dinner, and a job for CBS Sports as a
football analyst have kept Allen both
busy and financially secure.
"When I coached football, we had a
40-houreweek by Wednesday," said
Allen. "Now I'm seeing another side of
life." Upcoming trips to Alaska,
England and China will allow him to see
the world, too.
While Allen enjoys his current
lifestyle, he retains the desire to coach
in the NFL.
"I'll be back within a year," he
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