Athletic Administration »


December 31, 2018

School will no longer use ref who made wrestler cut dreadlocks

The referee who made national headlines by forcing a high school wrestler to cut his dreadlocks before competing will no longer be used by the athlete's school district. Buena Regional School District Superintendent David Cappuccio said in a lette...

2018 top stories
December 26, 2018

Coach & Athletic Director’s top stories of 2018

The year is coming to an end, and the Coach & Athletic Director team thought it would be a good idea to take a look back at some of 2018's biggest stories. To little surprise, some of the year's most-read articles revolved around parents beh...

December 18, 2018

Illinois takes another step toward sanctioning competitive gaming

It might not be long before Illinois high school students are able to participate in competitive gaming as a state sanctioned activity. According to Fox 2, the Illinois High School Association (IHSA) is putting together an advisory committee to de...

athletic director
December 13, 2018

A.D.ministration: The evolving athletic director position

An athletic administrator’s day is filled with numerous tasks and responsibilities. This means scheduling games and buses, depositing gate receipts, interviewing prospective coaches, verifying eligibility reports and countless other details. There...

empty stands high school sports
December 4, 2018

40 Under 40 Perspectives: Rejuvenating the atmosphere at your athletic events

[caption id="attachment_26495" align="alignleft" width="110"] Jackie Randall[/caption] The Elk Grove High School (Illinois) athletic department was faced with a serious problem — empty seats. The once proud athletic institution saw more and more ...

Mike Krzyzewski USA Basketball ring
November 29, 2018

The 13 qualities of great leaders

I'm thankful to have had the opportunity to work with, learn from and talk shop with countless hall-of-fame basketball coaches over my career. There were dinners with Bobby Knight and Hubie Brown, and I watched Mike Krzyzewski and John Calipar...

football referee
November 20, 2018

Lawsuit alleges parent wore his referee uniform, influenced Illinois playoff football game

A lawsuit filed last week accuses an Illinois high school football parent of dressing in his referee uniform while off duty and influencing the outcome of a playoff game. The game in question took place on Nov. 10, when Nazareth Academy — a priv...

November 19, 2018

Between the Lines: Gun violence presents new security challenges

[caption id="attachment_26932" align="alignleft" width="98"] Kevin Hoffman[/caption] Athletic programs these days must worry about hazing, concussions and cases of sexual assault. There are declining budgets and rising costs. Referee numbers are dwi...

high school football stadium
November 7, 2018

A.D.ministration: Facing time constraints, new responsibilities

[caption id="attachment_27184" align="aligncenter" width="485"] Photo: Erik Drost, Flickr[/caption] The athletic administrator’s position has always been hectic and occasionally overwhelming. There's never enough time to complete everything that...

November 7, 2018

A new nickname sports parents should give their kids

Professional athletes seem to reach a sort of pinnacle in their careers when they receive a nickname. Sometimes these monikers are simple — A-Rod, Air Jordan, A.I. Other times, they actually transcend their greatness, such as “Sweetness” (W...