This may be just the second season at the helm of the Emmett High football program for Rich Hargitt, but the energetic coach never misses a beat in keeping his team out in front.
That includes on the cover of his latest book, now available on Amazon. “Throwing it Forward” is the coach’s twelfth book and it continues his discovery of and sharing of his philosophy of spread option football.
While the subtitle for the book is “The Evolution of the Air Raid 3.0”, Hargitt is the first to put on the brakes about talk that he’s of a “throw only mindset.”
“It’s not a pass only philosophy,” Hargitt said. “In fact I strongly believe that you have to have a strong running game to win at football. Running is still the staple. The spread concept really is about using all the weapons to open up that running game and taking advantage of the skills and talents you may have on the roster.”
Hargitt not only publishes his thoughts, he shares them regularly at coaching seminars and in professional journals. Speaking at a Nike clinic in Connecticut in March he was on the program with Texas Christian University coach Gary Patterson and Kirby Smart of Georgia. He was published in a recent Nike coaching manual as well. The foreword for Hargitt’s latest book is written by UCLA coach Chip Kelly who connected with the Emmett coach at a conference a couple years ago.
Coming from a small school is apparently what makes Hargitt’s thoughts universal for many high school coaches.
“We are not a 2,500 student football factory,” Hargitt said. “We are what the vast majority of high schools in this country are. Smaller schools struggling to fill roster spots and make the best use of what talent happens to show up each fall. The RPO (Run-Pass-Option) is very adaptable to those variables. You still have to play great defense and find balance in the offensive attack but this gives you some wiggle room to adjust to what you have.”
The “Throwing it Forward” book also carries a theme that goes beyond just the Xs and Os of Hargitt’s brand of football. It reflects deeper his approach to life – something he is sharing with his players and beyond.
Forward motion is the theme of his off-season work outs and his efforts to engage his players in a community and in life, not just football.
This week the Huskies are hosting a high school team from Boulder City, Nevada. They will have a summer game with their visitors Wednesday evening at 7 p.m. at Huskie Field. The game is open to the public with no admission charge. The game culminates three days of work outs and a joint work project. The two schools teamed up Monday to paint the Midway at the Gem County Fairgrounds.
A large number of his players have been helping with youth football camps all summer — including a flag football camp July 29-31 on the EHS campus. The team has other community work projects lined up later this summer and fall. That includes a “Home Team Breakfast” the team will be serving up for the community on September 13.
Hargitt is committed to a belief that “Throwing it Forward” is more than a football scheme.