Coach's Corner: Tim Crone 3/7
By Tim Crone Retired Blue Springs Head Coach
Hiring and firing tends to be a hot topic in sports this time of the year. The merry-go-round in colleges and at the pro level is always highly publicized. Those coaches generally make enough to continue a family life even after being released.
High school coaches however are in a much more vulnerable position. Stories of high school coaches being fired have become more prevalent in recent years. Some administrators and boards are justified in some cases but many times it’s the result of merely an unhappy parent.
It’s unfortunate that a school board and/or administration will allow the tail to wag the dog. The athletic program should not be controlled by any outside source i.e. little league gurus or unrealistic parents.
A good high school athletic program has a positive vision understood by the community. Parent groups and outside sports organizations should no force their beliefs on high school coaching staffs.
Author Bruce E. Brown stated in a publication called The Role of Parents in Athletics, “The dilemma for most adults is that it is easy for them to see solutions in athletic situations and it is too painful for them to let their children find their own solutions.” He also points out that inappropriate areas of concern which should not be discussed with a child’s coach are playing time, team strategy or play calling, or other team members.
I have made my beliefs known on numerous occasions that a greater area of concern is when certain little league or AAU programs that don’t have children of their own participating and still become involved with the decision of which high school coach should be hired or fired.
If allowed to occur, the vision for the high school program is lost and obviously lacks leadership. High school coaches need to be incredibly strong and A.D.’s/principals need to support their coaches and resist pressure from outside influences.
My quote of the day is from former NFL coach, Bum Phillips, “Loyalty, up and down the line. That’s one quality an organization must have be to successful.”
Tim Crone is the former Head Football Coach and Activities Director at Blue Springs High School.
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