Time to Appreciate Coaches

If you ask any athletic director, their toughest job is hiring a coach. Keeping a good coach is nearly impossible as they become burned out over seasons which have expanded in many cases to 10 months, if not longer.

High school coaches don’t coach for the money. Most coaches do it for the kids or the competition after their years on the playing field are long over.

They coach sports to shape lives, or to provide opportunities for athletes who may be taking the wrong path in life. It’s the youth coaches, the junior high coaches, and so many volunteer assistant coaches who give their time because they love the game and want to have a positive impact on kids.

Someone told me long ago that coaching is an extension of the classroom, and it’s so true. Good teachers often make good coaches and vice versa. The best coaches invest in kids not only on the field, but off it.

So when I hear people talk badly about athletic programs, I ask myself, how would those people feel about the math, English or science curriculum in schools being cut? It’s important we educate our kids in and out of school, and sports play a role in that education.

I’m a fan of coaches. I have so much respect for the work they do that I started a website, www.CoachingAmericasKids.org to revolutionize the way schools hire coaches and coaches find jobs. It may be one of the most thankless jobs in the world. It’s the only job where the day a coach is hired they are patted on the back, proclaimed to be the best hire in years, and savior of an ailing program.

We are fortunate to have plenty of good ones. They do more than game plan for the next game, they’re teaching life lessons – responsibility, accountability and teamwork to our kids. And those kinds of positive impacts, we can never have enough of.

Paul Dobbs



December 8, 2016