September 16, 2018

Between the Lines: Create consequences for parents’ actions

Sports parents have demonstrated that there are few lines they won’t cross. The most aggressive of the bunch will vandalize property, physically assault coaches and petition to have team leaders fired from their jobs. What’s equally as concerning...

July 11, 2018

Support the next generation of leaders

The future of interscholastic and collegiate athletics is contingent upon those in charge — coaches, athletic directors, athletic trainers, manufacturers, strength professionals. That fact prompted Coach & Athletic Director to launch the Sports...

June 24, 2018

Dear athletic directors: Show appreciation to your coaches

For seven years, we’ve surveyed athletic directors asking about the greatest challenges in their programs. And for seven years, one of the top answers has been retaining high-quality coaches. It’s a problem with no clear answer, but the only way ...

April 27, 2018

Relationships can launch your sports career

The old saying goes, “It’s not what you know, it’s who you know.” That goes too far in diminishing the value of our personal knowledge and experiences, but it makes a legitimate point: Relationships matter. Memphis head football coach Mike...

February 26, 2018

What makes good coaches great?

Results from Coach & Athletic Director’s annual State of the Industry survey, published in our January edition, again revealed that finding qualified coaches is a major problem for athletic directors. So, how do you find the best people to lea...

September 19, 2017

Between the Lines: What to do about the disappearing referees

[caption id="attachment_26932" align="alignleft" width="100"] Kevin Hoffman[/caption] 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...

February 23, 2017

Between the Lines: 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

Between the Lines: Overbearing parents can 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...