Preventing violence on the field

During the season , rain or shine, you'll find football coach Isahn Shoemake on the field. Now living in Claremont, California, and the father of four kids—all aspiring athletes—Isahn uses what he learned as a high-school and college athlete to help him coach football today.

Isahn transferred from junior college into a four-year school in his sophomore year. When we asked if he had experienced intimidation on the field, he laughed. "Actually, I think I was considered the intimidator back then when I first arrived at college," he admitted. "Football is a mind game, and you try to create a mental edge. And that can be achieved by intimidating other players on the field, by verbally goading them, and also just by hitting hard.

The player's viewpoint
February 11, 2002

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