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September 19, 2017

What to do about the disappearing referees

It was five years ago when I first heard rumblings of referee shortages at the high school level. Pennsylvania’s longtime officials had noticed high turnover and a lack of new blood entering the profession, something they thought could become a maj...


July 17, 2017

Fight the good fight against parents

If you’re a longtime subscriber of Coach & Athletic Director, you’ve probably noticed we address the tumultuous relationships between coaches and parents at least a couple times each year. It’s no accident. Regardless of the amount of cover...


April 20, 2017

Team captains must not be normal

We expect captains to hold teammates accountable and unite players at difficult junctures of the season, but that’s not what makes them remarkable leaders — that’s just doing their jobs. To be special, team captains must go above and beyond the...


February 23, 2017

Use caution with concussion statistics

Concussions remain the most important health issue in sports, and that’s not going to change anytime soon. Not until we discover more effective and reliable methods for preventing, managing and recovering from traumatic brain injuries. The atten...


January 27, 2017

Overbearing parents scare off college recruiters

Parents have a tendency to meddle in their children’s high school teams, lobbying for playing time and preferential treatment. It’s typically part of a campaign to earn a college scholarship for their young athletes, but their efforts may be coun...


December 16, 2016

Editorial: The old leading the new

Senior players are an asset to every team, and coaches who don’t take full advantage of their leadership and influence are missing an enormous opportunity. Over the past decade, any time I’ve spoken with a coach whose team failed to meet expec...