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administration

July 2, 2018

The athletic director’s path to certification

When discussing or dealing with educational matters, most members of the community understand that teachers have to be certified in their subject matter. This makes perfect sense, because you want the best possible individual in every classroom and s...


June 21, 2018

2018 Coaches Report: Relationships with supervisors

For seven years, Coach & Athletic Director has published a report examining high school sports through the eyes of the athletic director. The success of our annual State of the Industry survey, and the insight it has provided athletic administrat...


April 30, 2018

Coach certification is vital to schools

In most professions, individuals must meet high standards and earn a certification or license. This includes lawyers, medical doctors, plumbers and truck drivers. In education, teachers have to earn an instructional certificate in their subject ma...


February 21, 2018

Hiring the coaching dream team

If you attend a conference or meeting of athletic administrators, you might hear complaints that it’s difficult or impossible to find qualified coaches for their programs. This is partly due to fewer teachers and individuals willing to put up wi...


January 18, 2018

A.D.ministration: Planning for the preseason parents meeting

The concept and use of preseason parents meetings has been used by athletic administrators and coaches for many years. You might already use a scheduled evening to educate, communicate and connect with the parents of your athletes. But are you using ...


November 27, 2017

Help for coaches on the job hunt

Whether you are looking to move from an assistant’s position to the head job or are interested in coaching in a larger, more competitive setting, you need to dust off your résumé before applying. After sending your application to the school, you ...


October 2, 2017

A.D.ministration: Repairing a program’s damaged culture

The job offer was extended, you accepted it, and you are eager to move into your new position as athletic administrator. Immediately, you start making an extensive list of all of the things that you want to improve and change. Your plan is to overhau...


August 7, 2017

Building the principal/athletic director relationship

A positive relationship between athletic director and principal is a key component to building a successful high school athletic program. Having held both jobs, I have seen the challenges and vantage points of each. They are easily and equally the mo...