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coaches and athletic directors

October 2, 2009

Surviving the slings and arrows

People who have seen me doing more of our family shopping at a Target store wonder if it has anything to do with the prices or the brands that the store carries. It really doesn’t. I’m simply hopeful that by going in frequently, I might be rew...


October 2, 2009

Protecting coaches from combative, malicious parents

Athletic directors wear many different hats. Probably the most important of them is for the protection of their coaches. Protection from what? From the meddlesome and irrational parents who are always plotting to get rid of the evil coaches who ha...


October 2, 2009

Professional Involvement

At a recent regional athletic directors’ meeting, a colleague of mine from another state not only announced his retirement but, between all the well wishing, felt obliged to tell us the secret behind his long and distinguished career.Quite simp...


October 2, 2009

Little Things Can Make a Difference

Time management and organizational skills are definitely vital in the survival of athletic administration. Even the little things that appear to have minor importance can turn out to be extremely helpful.For example: Attending regional meetings and s...


October 2, 2009

How athletic directors can overcome, survive mistakes

As an athletic administrator, we don’t want to work overtime to avoid making mistakes. But to err is human, and every once in a while everyone will make a mistake. This is what happened to a friend and fellow athletic director. Despite being con...


October 2, 2009

How to Work with Someone You Don’t Like

No matter how positive, enthusiastic, fair and conscientious you are, you may have to work with a few individuals who cause you problems. They could be naysayers, complainers, backstabbers, overbearing ... well, you get the idea.While we all would pr...


October 2, 2009

Helping Whenever It Is Needed!

Athletes, coaches, administrators, booster clubs, and even teachers within the school building are often called upon for help.Such requests are quite normal and usually make us feel that we should do our best to pitch in and help.It is not a simple-m...


October 2, 2009

Help with the Recruiting Process

PRINT EMAIL Perhaps due to the escalating costs of a college education or simply a desire to help their child, more parents than ever are seeking help with the college athletic recruiting process.While the high school coach should continue to play an...