Jayson Baker, 10th grade, Track and Field
Cathrine Debbas, 12th grade, Tennis
Kirsten Gyorgy, 10th grade, Soccer
Jake Lux, 12th grade, Basketball
Juan Partita, 11th grade, Wrestling
This past year at Costa Mesa High School we’ve had more than a handful of new coaches. So we asked ourselves, what does it take to be a coach here at Costa Mesa High School? And what are the students looking for in a coach? Are these the same things?
On the NMUSD website it clearly states the required criteria to be a coach. The criteria includes: possession of a valid California teaching qualification permitting teaching at the secondary level [necessary if a teaching position became available in your approved area]; a successful sport coaching experience at the high school, community, college, or university level; knowledge of CIF Blue Book and District rules that apply to the sport and student eligibility, as well as technical knowledge of the sport.
Mrs. Uhl notes, “it’s gotten more complex lately due to recent head injuries so now you have to get cleared for First aid, CPR, knowledge on how to use a defibrillator, concussion training, walk on coaches: drug tests, FBI fingerprinting, certified in all coaching aspects, not just the sport but managing kids, the mental, the physical aspect of coaching. So it’s not just ‘hey I’m a good volleyball coach I get to go out and coach volleyball.’”
While those are the mandatory qualifications there is also a desired qualification criterion. It is recommended that you have had a successful teaching experience, curricular instruction knowledge (necessary for a teaching position) along with a successful experience working and fundraising with the booster club or other athletic support groups, and experience promoting high school athletic programs to the media. The ability to effectively communicate and interact with students, parents, and booster organizations is also seen in athletics as vitally important. Coaches are also seen as people who must be a positive role model for students and parents, who should have evidence of a professional demeanor on and off the field, court, campus, pool deck and in the community. They are expected to be honest, have integrity, and sportsmanship, and be dedicated and committed to success. They should place high emphasis on loyalty to the school organization and aim to motivate and inspire student-athletes and coaches throughout the program. It is also expected they be skilled in working with students, parents, other teachers, and athletic and school administrative staff in a positive way. Finally, they should place high emphasis on student academic development in addition to physical development.
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Once applicants have all of these required qualifications and most of the desired qualifications, the next step is contacting the school in which they would like to be a part of in which the selected school begins to get an interview panel together.
This panel generally consists of both the athletic directors, both a boy and a girl athlete from that sport, parents from the booster, and one administrator.
And even after you get the job you have yet another set of standards to meet and tasks to complete.
It is the job of a school athletics coach to pick and lead a staff to coach the varsity, JV, and freshman teams. They must also control the budget, coach all stages of a sport, pre-season, in-season, post-season, and summer, teach safety basics of the sport to the player, recruit athletes from the school and maintain a positive relationship with the press and the community. A coach must also maintain good communication with player’s parents through parent meetings, establish seasonal and long term goals, promote participation in other sports, maintain communication with all staff and promotes athletic director policies, appropriately promote athletes to college scouts, monitor student’s attendance and academic performance, run or assist parents with booster program and finally run fundraisers for the sport.
Yet in that, it hardly every mentions the importance of personality for that coach, which is something most players look for, it only does so in the "desired qualifications" and not in the mandatory.
Every coach not only has to fulfill the standards of the District, but also the standards of their players.
So to be a coach in the NMUSD school district comes with not only a ton of requirements and desired qualifications for the interview, but also even after you get the job it comes with un-written assumed set of qualifications that you’re expected to have.
Written by McKenna Patton