You would be hard pressed to find someone who prepares more diligently for games than Spencer Stefko and his staff. His StatEasy experience so far tells a great story.
A young and exuberant coach, Stefko is the head girl’s varsity coach for Seton La Salle High School in Pittsburgh, PA. He’s widely known for outworking his opponents and studying more film than many collegiate coaches.
This year will be Stefko’s first at Seton La Salle, and his second utilizing StatEasy. Last year with Chartier’s Valley High School, Spencer took his team to the Pennsylvania State Semi-Finals (the PIAA Champion in AA was using StatEasy as well).
We caught up with Spencer to understand what film breakdown was like before StatEasy.
StatEasy: Before you were introduced to StatEasy, how long did it take to dissect a game film?
Spencer Stefko: To properly cut up my film, it would probably take six to eight man hours for me, my staff, or the kids would help out sometimes.
SE: How many clips would that be for one game?
SS: It ended up being around 700 – 800 clips if done properly. That was doing everything, inbounds, play calls, possessions, etc. By the end of the season, you’re talking a few thousands clips in a folder [on my computer]. It was also six to eight hours to properly do an opponent’s game as well.
SE: Once you started using StatEasy, how long did it take to break you film down?
SS: Well, by incorporating those two processes [statistics and video], we got our process down to an hour and a half.
Last year, the Chartier’s Valley Girls Team played in 30 games, with an overall record of 22 – 8. If he was spending six to eight hours every game breaking film down, he saved over 150 hours last season!
“As a coach you always want to perform your due diligence, make sure you’re prepared for each game, make sure that you’re getting film, and that you’re giving kids feedback.
When you can do it in a quarter of the time, it opens up the rest of that time for family time. This might sound melodramatic, but I’m a much better brother, uncle, and son with all that time to spend.”
We strive to find coaches like Stefko who are spending too much time in their office and not enough time doing the things they love. If you’re one of those coaches, we want to know! In the comments section, tell us how much time you’re spending on film breakdown, and what you’d rather be doing!