Coach Garrett Osumah
|Season(s) Coaching the Divas: 2015-2016
Running Backs Coach – 2015-2016
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Coach Garrett Osumah Q&A
Why did you decide to get into coaching after your playing career was over?
How did you find out about the D.C. Divas and come to coach for us?
I retired from coaching women’s football when I moved down here to go to grad school. I went to the Divas-Militia game here in 2014, and I realized that, since I was finishing up grad school, I wanted to get back into coaching again. I knew Rich Daniel and Coach Fischer from my days of coaching with the Militia. I reached out to them, and here I am.
How is coaching women’s football different from coaching men?
The most exciting challenge for me is trying to get the women’s game to be less robotic. The women’s football players I’ve coached are very analytical, so in the beginning, they look at the play and just go where we’ve told them to go. But as a coach, I’m trying to get them to realize that even if a play is designed to be blocked this way, sometimes if a linebacker shifts a different way, you need to adapt and block it differently to make the play work. Getting players to think on the fly is a higher level of football understanding, and it can be tougher because a lot of them are still learning to play. So we start by teaching them the basics, and then we advance to teaching them how and when to adjust.
What is your overall coaching philosophy? How would you like your players to play the game?
I want my players to work on getting better every single play, and that means focusing on the details. We need to make sure that we run through the hole the right way, that we block the way we need to, that we hold our blocks the right way. That’s my number one philosophy: if you pay attention to the details, everything else will follow.