Coach Klausing's Coaching History
Some of you have asked me to give the history of my involvement in offensive football. I had a great line coach at Penn State who taught good techniques and fundamentals to be used in single wing football. At my first job at Pitcairn in 1948-1949, we used the single wing with an adjustment of putting the quarterback under the center. we ran plays that Delaware would call 131 and 132. In my first season in '48, we played 8 games and won all of them but 7! In '49, we had a "so-so" year. A "so-so" year is when you lose 4 on the road and then 4 at home!
In January of 1950, I attended Paul Brown's clinic in Cleveland. He talked about a new series he was innovating called the buck-sweep series. Dave Nelson of Hillside and Syd Gilman of Army attended the same clinic. Syd taught me rule blocking at this time.
From 1950-53, our record was 26-7 and 1 tie. We used what Delaware would call the 20 and 30 series. I went to Braddock High School and coached there from 1954-1959. Our record was 53-0-1. Again, we used the 20 and 30 series, but added the 80 series in '57. I made my first visit to Delaware in 1958 and found them using the same 20's and 30's but not the 80's.
In 1960, I went to Rutgers where we used the red formation. Our record was 8-1. From 1961-63, I coached at Army where we used the LSU version of the Wing-T. We beat Penn State three straight years! from 1964-69, I coached at Indiana University of Pennsylvania where our record was 47-10. Again, we used the staples of the Wing-T. This included the 20's, 30's and 80 series.
From 1970-75 I was Bobby Bowden's defensive assistant at West Virginia University. From 1976-85, I coached at Carnegie-Mellon University (77-15-2) and added the run and shoot to our red formation and a freeze option. I was taught the run and shoot by Jim Kelly at his home in East Brady, PA!
In 1986, I was the assistant head coach to Mike Gottfried at Pitt. My emphasis was on special teams. From 1987-93, I coached at the Kiski School. I coached the high school Wing-T and began camp work where I averaged over 1000 athletes and 100 coaches each summer.
Some of my teams have experimented with the Jet Sweep. Many claim they invented it, but Herschel Moore of Cumberland University certainly has the most success. I call it the sweep-buck series. His secret is that the jet sweep opens up other parts of your offense. In 1950, I saw how the buck-sweep series opened up my offense. Lately my defensive coordinators have found a way to stop the buck-sweep series. Now in 2000, I see the jet series or the sweep-buck series opening up our offense.
You better learn the jet for offensive success. Prepare to try it and stop it!
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