Coach of the Month: Joseph D’Agostino (College of Sequoias)
What’s your playing and coaching background?
I joined College of the Sequoias in 2012 as a full time instructor and Asst. Head Coach. I’ve spent the last 9 years coaching in California JC. During his time as a coordinator, we have won 5 conference titles while compiling a record of 72-33 (.685 win percentage). To this point, I’ve helped place 67 football players at the NCAA FBS level including 5 last season. I’ve had the privilege to coach 9 Junior College All-Americans including the National Player of the Year in 2008. Prior to entering the coaching profession, I attended Mt. Carmel High School in San Diego and played defensive back for Fresno State.
Which coaches have been influential in your playing and coaching careers?
Steve Mooshagian, Michael White, Jim Sweeney, Irv Pankey, and Sherman Morris.
What’s your overall coaching philosophy?
Relationships not rules: Each player is an individual; he has individual needs, pressures, struggles etc. It is your responsibility to treat them as such and build rapport to get the best from them.
What do you want college coaches to know about your program, your players, etc?
Our kids come athletically & academically prepared for the next level.
What should student-athletes focus on to help themselves get successfully recruited by colleges?
1) Be a student who is academically focused and motivated.
2 ) Be a student of the game.
3) Make the most of the talents you possess the world is full of unsuccessful men with talent.
How has college recruiting changed with the development of technology?
Its immediate, everything from film exchanges to being able to vet a recruit by what’s out there on social media. It’s all available on demand.