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April 22, 2024 28 mins
In high school football, some programs stand out not only for their wins on the field but also for the values they instill in their players and coaches. Under the leadership of head coach Ryan Knowles, Sandpoint High School in Sandpoint, Idaho has built a program of significance through the principles of servant leadership. Coach Knowles' approach emphasizes serving others, creating a positive environment, and fostering growth among his players and staff. One key aspect of Coach Knowles' servant leadership philosophy is the attention given to both the players and the coaching staff. By ensuring that everyone has the resources they need to succeed, Coach Knowles creates an environment where individuals can thrive and excel. This approach not only leads to better results on the field but also a sense of teamwork and camaraderie among all members of the program. Coach Knowles has shown that servant leadership extends beyond the football field as well. Through innovative fundraising efforts, utilizing the Vertical Raise platform, Sandpoint High School has been able to raise substantial funds to support the program. By leveraging technology and community support, Coach Knowles has demonstrated how servant leadership can translate into tangible results that benefit the entire football program and its participants. After playing and serving as a graduate assistant coach at the University of  Idaho, Coach Knowles spent 12 years at Colgate University serving in various roles, including defensive line coach, co-defensive coordinator, and special teams coordinator before returning home to become the head coach at his alma mater Sandpoint High School. Show Notes: Servant Leadership Balancing Servant Leadership and Direction Being Demanding of Results, Not People Utilizing Vertical Raise for Fundraising Harnessing Technology for Fundraising Success Impact of Vertical Raise on Fundraising Core Values: Execute and Humility Core Values: Toughness and Courage Winning Edge Follow Ryan Knowles on Twitter/X @rykno50. Thank you for supporting our partners: Learn More about Vertical Raise: Vertical Raise is the premier online fundraising platform, using innovative technology to create the easiest and most efficient system available. Raise more money in less time, with a local fundraising coach who works with your team every step of the way to customize the ideal fundraiser. With options for online donations, digital discount cards, premium product sales, and even spirit shops, Vertical Raise has top-of-the-line solutions for every fundraising style. To find out more, visit, and get connected with an exclusive offer on your first fundraiser. Learn More about FirstDown Playbook: FirstDown PlayBook is a coaching tool and program management system with over 35,000 customizable plays, defenses, and special teams schemes. With tools such as video pairing, practice schedules, wristband creation, practice scripts, scouting reports, and a player app, FirstDown PlayBook helps save time and organize your program all in one place. Schedule a 15-minute Zoom meeting with former NFL coach Charlie Coiner or call (512) 814-6158 to receive a one-week free trial. Or use the coupon code COACH24 to receive a $100 discount on a team membership. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
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