Coaches are a big part of a high school athlete’s life and career. Why not have a person who an athlete can look up to right there on campus, rather than seeing him for a few hours in the afternoon? A coach that works at the school benefits both the coach and the athlete.
Coaches provide support. Throughout the day, it is always good to have one person you can count on to talk to about the good, the bad, family issues, schoolwork, and just leisurely conversations. Some people rely on their peers, but coaches often provide a more valued perspective and clearer judgment.
As a high school coach, you have to be able to handle a lot of different situations such as executing a comeback, running drills, making tough decisions, leading teenagers, and building relationships. As a teacher, you must make lesson plans, create quizzes, control the class, and forge relationships.
However, several schools have begun to move away from having athletic coaches work in schools. It seems that in the past, several coaches worked on campus in several public schools during the 1990's when sports were not as high stakes as they are today. Unfortunately, some coaches abused their positions as teachers in these situations, such as a grade-changing scandal in Florida where a teacher-coach cheated to keep his players eligible to play.
As time has progressed, though, athletes and coaches have changed for the better in this respect. Coaches can be there for the student to motivate them to do better in school and to keep them on track. When athletes achieve in the classroom, they won’t have to worry about anything but playing their best. In a school where coaches do not play a role in academics, the players would not be as driven to complete their work and behave appropriately because of the absence of their most respected authority figure.
In many schools today, high school coaches are affiliated with the school in some capacity. For example, one of the most prestigious basketball coaches in the area, Mike Jones of DeMatha, is also the Head of Admissions. Bruce Kelley, the Bullis boys basketball coach is not only the leader of the IAC champion Bulldogs, but he also leads the seventh grade class through the fundamentals of math and hosts a study hall for his team before practice. The head hockey coach, Jack Kinder, has led his group of guys to a season to remember by night while guiding junior English students through Huckleberry Finn.
Students on both the hockey and basketball teams have greatly benefited from a coach that is a staff at the school. Just look at their records: would the results be the same if otherwise? Discipline on and off the court or ice was developed from these coaches being on campus, which results in successful seasons.
A coach’s job is to teach, guide, mentor, and train athletes. It is so much better to be able to see a person like your coach in the hallways and classroom rather than just on the court after school and on the weekends. Coaches inside schools get a better understanding of what type of student, person, and player the athlete is. This provides the coach with a better perception on how to deal and coach the player. Not only will this enhance the performance of one single player on and off the court, but as a team on and off the court.