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February 5, 2014

Identifying the 5 types of conflicts in athletic programs

One of the many tasks of a high school athletic director is resolving conflict. Conflict is a natural by-product of managing people, and an effective athletic administrator must be able to respond to conflict and control it. Conflict seems to have...

February 5, 2014

Diffusing Situations With Hostile Parents

David Hoch, a retired athletic administrator with 16 years of experience, discusses methods for diffusing sticky situations with hostile parents.  ...

January 10, 2014

The A.D. as the public relations practitioner

Many corporations and large organizations have an individual who serves as the public relations point person. And celebrities often have their own publicists. In both of these examples, this individual’s purpose is promote the positive aspects and ...

December 31, 2013

It’s Time to Cut Insensitive Team Nicknames

Washington Redskins owner Daniel Snyder emphatically declared his franchise would never change its nickname, despite the outcry from a majority of our nation's Native Americans. His position sends a dangerous message about the acceptance of racial ep...

December 23, 2013

Coaching a Sport that You Have Never Played

Rockford High School (Rockford, Mich.) boys water polo coach Dave McWatters talks about the approach coaches must take when leading a sport you have never played yourself.  ...

December 6, 2013

D.C. Area Athletic-Based Transfers Becoming an Alarming Trend

Washington Posthttp://www.washingtonpost.com/sports/highschools/in-district-high-schools-athletic-based-transfers-are-becoming-an-alarming-trend/2013/12/03/629a192a-5af3-11e3-801f-1f90bf692c9b_story.htmlThe District’s high school football champ...

November 26, 2013

Challenges in Getting Athletes Involved in Multiple Sports

Rockford High School (Rockford, Mich.) girls track coach Randy Vanderveen discusses the challenges in getting athletes to participate in multiple sports.  ...

November 25, 2013

Column: NFL bullying raises questions about locker room culture

It’s not often Coach & Athletic Director focuses on professional sports, but the story of Richie Incognito and the alleged bullying of his Miami Dolphins teammate Jonathan Martin is worth your attention. This could happen in any locker room. ...

November 13, 2013

11 attributes of effective athletic administrators

As all coaches know, effective athletic administrators can make your job measurably easier and a little less stressful, while poor athletic administrators can be a nightmare to work for and a big reason you leave.  Here are the top 11 attributes ...

November 6, 2013

This idea determines 80 percent of your success

Imagine coaching and living by a philosophy that determines an overwhelming part of your success. While you probably have already heard of the 80/20 Principle, or Pareto Principle as it's called, few coaches consciously engineer their programs, pract...