Many student athletes are looking forward to 9 days of vacation once the last class Friday school bell rings for the Thanksgiving holiday. Several teams will be looking to advance their season one more week with a host of games on Friday and Saturday. Unfortunately there are numerous head coaches scheduled to have their season reviewed on this Friday November 17, 2017. Speculation is some might be exit interviews while others will suggest current staff members to interview for the gig of HC. The fact remains we will see new coaches in 5A and 4A entering the 2018 season.
The reason some coaches will move on is simple, they are NOT winning or building the future. The desire for younger and newer blood has been the mantra in recent hires by high schools. The biggest participation sport and revenue generator is football that is on the decline. While a new 2 year cycle is on the horizon the fact is many head coaches did not plan for the future success. So coaches will be asked some of these questions:
Did you or your staff attend any of the playoff or championship little league games in our attendance area over the past 3-4 weeks? If so how many will project to our HS? If NO why not?
How are we going to ensure 3 levels of football over the next 2-3 years? Also do we have enough players to field 3 levels in 2018?
What off season programs or sports are you suggesting to your players and how are you tracking them?
Have you identified teams you would like to play in 2018 once the 2 year cycle is released?
Have you inventoried all the football equipment namely uniform tops and bottoms and prepared helmets and shoulder pads for reconditioning services?
Have you made plans to travel during zero week?
Have you or a staff member cleaned up the database for HUDL and MaxPreps so it is ready for 2018?
Have you made plans to notify parents of players for May 1, 2018 when current 8th graders have the ability to work out with their attendance area school?
Have you planned the summer season that starts on or after May 29, 2018 that may include a college camp?
A long laundry list that is a must if an HC is planning to retain his current position or hand it off to his successor. Currently inside information suggests up to 8 changes will be made, no official announcements have been made as banquets are scheduled to take place over the next 3 weeks. Thus preserving announcements and disruptions to the Seniors trying to prepare for finals and next level opportunities.
As of Midnight November 16, 2017 THREE Head Coaching jobs have been publicly posted with more to follow. The official end to the football season is December 2nd, 2017. Many team banquets are scheduled to be completed by the second week of December as well as head coaching reviews. Meanwhile sometime in 2018 the 2 year cycle will be announced so stay glued to @303Gonzo
Key dates to remember in 2018 May 1st Access to 8th graders, class of 2022 May 29th first available day to hold a summer camp. August 13th first official day of practice