Foreword by coach Ron Raymond, Eight-Time Championship coach, Former Commandant Shield Award Winner, and Recipient of the Special Service Medal for Participating in Activities and Operations Under Exceptional Circumstances while serving in the Canadian Armed Forces.
Leadership is the lifeblood of any successful team, regardless of the sport or level of competition. As a coach with decades of experience and former soldier, I have seen firsthand the transformative power that strong leadership can have on a team’s performance and camaraderie. It is with great enthusiasm that I introduce this comprehensive series on quarterback leadership, specifically designed to help young secondary school signal-callers become effective leaders both on and off the field.
Throughout my coaching career and military service, I have witnessed many talented individuals fall short of their potential due to a lack of leadership skills. Conversely, I have seen average individuals excel and inspire others through their exceptional leadership abilities. The importance of leadership cannot be overstated, and it is my firm belief that nurturing and developing these skills is essential for success in football and beyond.
In this series, we will explore the various leadership styles exhibited by quarterbacks, providing young athletes with valuable insights and guidance to discover and develop their unique leadership traits. By understanding and embracing their strengths, these future stars will not only elevate their teams but also become role models for their peers and their communities.
As an eight-time championship head football coach, former Commandant Shield award winner, and decorated soldier, I can attest to the critical role that leadership plays in the journey to success. The lessons learned through my military service have further reinforced the importance of strong, dedicated leadership in all aspects of life.
I invite you to join us in this exploration of quarterback leadership, as we strive to empower the next generation of athletes to become the exceptional leaders they are destined to be. With a focus on personal growth, teamwork, and resilience, this series of articles will provide invaluable tools and insights to help young signal-callers reach their full potential both on the gridiron and in their everyday lives.
Together, let us embark on this journey to develop well-rounded, confident, and inspiring leaders who will not only excel in their athletic endeavors but also positively impact their communities and the lives of those around them. The skills and principles of leadership transcend the boundaries of sports, making a lasting impression on the character and future of these young athletes.
By examining the diverse leadership styles and sharing actionable advice for self-improvement, this series will serve as a valuable resource for coaches, parents, and aspiring quarterbacks alike. Our collective effort to nurture and support these future leaders will pave the way for lasting success and personal fulfillment.
So, join me, Coach Ron Raymond, in this exploration of quarterback leadership, and together, let’s inspire the next generation of athletes to rise to greatness, exemplifying the true meaning of leadership in every aspect of their lives.
About Coach Ron Raymond
In June 2011, 8-time champion Head Coach Ron Raymond of Ottawa, Ontario founded Capital QB’s. With over 30 years of experience playing and coaching the Quarterback position in the Ottawa area, Coach Raymond has been instrumental in developing numerous amateur and university quarterbacks and players since the inception of the school in 2011.
- 8-Time Regular Season and Playoff Championships Wins
- 4-Time City & Provincial Coach of the Year
- International QB Coach Team Canada 2012
- Ottawa Gee Gees QB & Receiver Coach
- Ontario Prospect Challenge (OPC) GM 2015-2017