Re: Struggles Of A HS Coach


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Posted by Valley Coach on May 27, 2018 at 07:44:42:

In Reply to: Re: Struggles Of A HS Coach posted by Ex-High School Coach on May 26, 2018 at 23:15:51:

: : : : Heres where I see HS sports going...

: : : : 1) Too Soft Or Too Hard:
: : : : If we coach them too hard, they transfer or their parents complain. If we coach them too soft, it kills the rest of the kids on the team and our morals and values. Us coaches put too much time into these types of players that there isnt much winning in. Things have to be perfect for them and you cant coach them too hard they might turn on you and go the other way.

: : : : 2) Winning:
: : : : How important is winning in HS basketball? Sure winning is important to each coach and im sure each school. But ive seen coaches win and get fired, ive seen coaches win titles and get fired. Is it truly the winning we are searching for as a coach that is going to have us keep our jobs? I wish us coaches got rated based upon how our student-athletes turned out instead of wins and losses.

: : : : 3) AAU Culture:
: : : : As a high school coach, how much AAU is too much. Not only are these HS coaches not getting their players for the recruiting periods, now these AAU coaches are having money making showcase tournaments in the other months. So when do us high school coaches get their kids to coach? If we don't allow our kids to play AAU then no one will want to play for us, but if we allow them to attend everything, then we will never have them.

: : : : 4) Social Media:
: : : : Now with social media and the "Lavar Ball" era of people want to believe everything they read on social media, its hard to control how much your student athletes read and believe. I have had kids in my office pissed off because they dont have any "college looks" but their buddy has just posted "Blessed to receive my 14th offer to..." I understand fully and tell them to stop worrying about others but theres only so much you can say and try to convince them.

: : : : 5) Helping One Another:
: : : : Feel like high school basketball coaches are always trying to one up each other and talk trash and stab one another in the back. We need to be more of a brotherhood and stick together. Coaches need to start an alliance of some kind or a union and find ways to stop all of this bad culture that is going on in high school basketball. I know coaches that are calling other teams kids in the middle of the season and recruiting them. This needs to end as we all have the same struggles.

: : : : This may be a rant or people may say that I am complaining. I am just stating the obvious. High School basketball is dying and we need to fix it. Any advice that isn't derogatory and helpful, please chime in. Im with you, not all coaches do a great job, not all coaches are the best coaches, this isn't the point im trying to make. The point is if a coach is good or not, the culture needs to change somehow.

: : : : Thanks,
: : : : SB

: : : The answer is quite simple! Do you!! Do what you feel is right and coach how you feel is right. Treat the game right and preach a TRUE love for the game of basketball. Don�t worry about outside factors either because their opinion shouldn�t matter to you. And I�m confused by you thinking their is no brotherhood in coaching because I know of more good coaching relationships than bad ones. Also, get off of social media if it affects you that much. Social media is garbage so why care about it? HS basketball is just a different beast to deal with compared to 15-20 years ago so ya just gotta adjust and embrace it.

: : I think that a coach has to embrace social media. But that it if you're really coaching for the kids then you'll be guided to the right things.

: High School Basketball has been very tough on High School Coaches! Many of the great ones have retired and others have left to make money! There is not money being a High School Coach or Assistant! Maybe 10 High School Coaches make money, almost all of the at private Schools. Adminastrators,Parents, and players are getting Coaches fired! The Elite Club Coaches and Programs have all the power. It would be nice to see High School Camps, Clinics,Seminars for everyone. The High School camps now just for High School Teams and noone has the best kids at their camps. It would be nice to give High School Coaches the power they once had,but Politics, the lack of money, and respect has most not want to be in the game. I make alot of money now and have alot of fun! I liked being a High School Coach, but after 30 years and hearing from other High School Coaches I would never do it again!

Coaching at the private schools is super tough. The parents say that they like competition until their kids have to compete for a spot or playing time. Then there's the admin & AD. If the AD knows what they're doing they know when to tell a coach "no" & when to be all in. TBH coaches can want too much.
Public school coaching is better but still a thankless gig. Do it for the love of the game.
Be careful when choosing assistant coaches. The snakes are usually closer than you think.


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