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Good Places for a Young Coach

RE: Good Places for a Young Coach

Established programs are usually tough to crack unless you want to volunteer. The Garners etc are probably great staffs to learn from but a lot of coaches would want to get on their staff so it might not be an option. Even with volunteering you might just not be needed. Your best bet is to find newer schools or a team with a staff turnover. You might takes some bumps and the team might struggle but there is a lot to learn from losing too. You might also want to help out a middle school coach. Plenty of them are flying solo or have sporadic part time help whenever a parent get get there.

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One of the posters on another thread asked about good programs for a young coach to try to work in. My answer was to find one with a good head coach that mentors young coaches and helps them develop. So, the question is, where do you think those programs are, and it would be really good to hear from those who have coaching experience as they might have more insight.

posted by @oldtimecoach 

Always good when I take a moment to revisit the site to see @oldtime posting something - always a quality and balanced post.

My two cents on this front.

I'd agree with @oldtimecoach that you search out a head coach that has a passion for what they are doing. Someone that loves the management, X's and O's, mentoring of student-athletes and is always learning or willing to learn. If given the opportunity to interview or discuss a position with a coach that fits this description I would then inquire as to the dynamic of his staff. Not only do you want to be in an environment that I described, but you also want to be in an environment where all of the staff buys into the same vision. If the first element is satisfied, it's likely what I just brought up would also be satisfied.

As for the politics and such. IMHO, all of that only begins to play into some of this discussion if you are thinking about a head coaching position and if you are just starting out, then ambitious or not, you probably should not be thinking that far ahead and into that minutia at this stage of your coaching development.

Go in and be the best assistant coach you can be in a good learning environment and if you work your tail off, you'll eventually somewhere get an opportunity. Nobody gets rich off of doing this and those that are highly successful are putting in time that equates to a salary of nickels on the hour. Point is that there are few that place that dedication into it and if you happen to be one, you'll be successful.

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Thank you. I return the compliment and I agree with the remainder of your post.

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Oldtime-- I agree about the comments made about you here. Durhamfbfan, we could use your wisdom on the Leesville Road thread. Lol.

RE: Good Places for a Young Coach

It's tough for a new coach to land a spot at a good established program - as usually those staffs are already full and only volunteer spots remain.

I would suggest a smaller school in a conference that contains one or two good programs. Then you can observe first hand what it takes to win and perhaps apply to your own program. Virtually every good coach in NC HS football today started at some smaller school, made an impact, got recognized and moved on. It's a bigger risk at a lower salary - but a chance to have an immediate impact.

Reading Coach Jim Bob Bryant's bio would be a good start -- he did not always have it easy. At Havelock he made some tough decisions that eventually turned out to be best for the team.

RE: Good Places for a Young Coach

"I knew if we could use the plan that I was going to bring in and everybody would buy into it, I thought that we could be successful right away,” Bryant said. “Having an advanced weight-lifting class with the majority of our football players in it year round is key. It’s very key."

That is great advice for most administrators in Wake County when they are hesitant to provide weight training classes for athletes and then wonder why their athletic teams aren't doing well.

Great article. Thank you for sharing.

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