When Gravin Kralik became Bethel’s head coach at 27 years of age, he thought leading a football team was about schemes, strategies and sets. Four years later, he understands it requires much more than a playbook.
“I had no idea how much it was about building a program,” he said, “and not offensive or defensive sets.”
His mistaken assumptions spurred him to learn more about what it takes to build a winning program from coaches at some of the nation’s top football programs. So, Kralik traveled the country during the offseason and put what he gleaned into a book. Gridiron Dynasties is scheduled to be released Aug. 29.
“I’d go to coaching clinics and as a young coach it was frustrating,” he said. “Coaches would talk about their offense or defense, but I wanted to learn more. I wanted to learn how to build a program.”
Kralik, who financed the book himself, said Gridiron Dynasties touches on a variety of subjects, including how facilities and booster clubs affect programs.
“It was a fun deal,” he said. “I got to pick the brains of some of the best coaches in the country. If I wasn’t writing this book, there’s no way I would have had the chance to talk to some of them.”