The revolving door in Colorado for head football coaches was alarming when 18% of 5A football schools had a vacancy in recent days. The coaching carousel has not hit the numbers as in previous seasons but the urgency to fill them is on a slow pace. Many athletic directors are aware that the next hire will define their programs especially with a new 2 year cycle to be ratified on January 25, 2018. For the most part it is a rubber stamp but there are at least 5 schools that are vehemently heated about the conferences namely what has been deemed the “Developmental Conference.” There has been NO empathy from the other 30 schools not in the conference of ten only a sigh of relief they are not in it. Regardless of what happens this Thursday in the CHSAA meetings one thing for sure is Coaches should be worried!
Coaches will be more than ever scrutinized by everyone in the community. If you are a normal parent you are sending your children to the attendance school. However, the pressure at the middle school to play club sports is increasing while playing for your local team colors is dwindling. If your survey parents they are being brain washed to think club sports is more important for recruiting their children. Maybe even believe the hype of trainers to patronize their gym because they are more successful than your high school coaches resources. Perhaps there is a happy medium but currently it is one sided and the pay to be noticed continues while coaches struggle to build team bonding while athletes are at xyz camp or abc trainer because they are being filled with hype at the daily sunshine pump. The people filling are doing it for a reason, MONEY! Lots of MONEY! These are they same people working against the high school coaches and making comments like, “Your coach doesn’t know what it is like to play at a high level” or “You have to train with me to be D1 or you will get nowhere.” Everyone should question if these statements are true but also realize this is at minimum an annual $6,000 dollar question. On average in Colorado families are shelling out $6K to play a club sport or train with a guru. Ofcourse all financed at $495 a month for a 12 month period just like the scandalous gym memberships everyone complains about 2-3 months into the cycle. These sordid activities continue to happen daily as these entities have to make MONEY to pay the bills and earn an income. Meanwhile a top head coach statewide is lucky to make the maximum stipend of $7,000 for the season that pays for a season that is mid August until the first week in November. Roughly 14 weeks if you do not count the off season that has become extremely important in recent years as programs are suffering with participation numbers and games played during the season.
The easy way for parents that run the booster clubs is to do their homework and work with the ADs to make sure athletes are interested in the high school the students are attending. In addition know if the head coach and his staff are genuinely interested in being a part of the community which might include rolling up the sleeves during the 9 month off season. This might include adding a zero hour weight room, speed and agility or football elective class. However, it takes dedication to open that door to the classroom at 6am Monday through Saturday and prepare a plan for success. The days of rolling out the ball in PE or reading a newspaper in the back of the weight room class is over. The modern day players or athletes need more motivation and daily input that should be a free benefit from their high school. However, complacency has occurred and the smugness era is over!
The reality is if a head coach does not do his job he will be replaced. If not by a club or trainer by the booster club via the AD or the administration namely the principal. Sports has become such a fabric of daily activities that it often molds who we are as a person or community. If you are in a small town or rural area you will see this first hand. It is unfortunate that Denver metropolitan does not do a better job in the media focussing on these such communities. Instead many outlets are selling their souls for advertising dollars and clicks. The investigative reporting is not being done. Instead relying on relationships or a paid advertiser to supply top positional athletes because they are part of their paying clientele that is paying the media outlet and authors bills rather his salary.
Yes do the research and un peel the onion. The readership or viewership audience is getting duped by dependents relying on financial support to validate their services. So now more than ever before Coaches should be worried. Worried for their jobs and perturbed that the chips are being stacked against you by a few challenging your efforts.
The media has a purpose when they do their job. However, in recent years they have relied on Social media and other influences to write or tell their stories. Social media has a benefit if used properly but in some instances more often than not, it is for chest thumping, hype and to bash your school coaches efforts. For many in this new generation it is about the sunshine pump and parents that are willing to pay for these promoted services. In reality the next level coaches DO NOT CARE!
"We don not care what is associated behind your name! It is about character or how you treat your parents when we visit you. It is how you interact with team mates and coaches." - College recruiting coach 1-20-2018
The above reference was when a player asked about how important post season awards were or being on some subscription based service that has a monthly fee. The following was how important it is to have a relationship with your high school administrators, coaches and counsellors.
What is important to us is seeing you in person and talking to your coaches NOT some 3rd person trainer. However, if you play club sports we will watch your film or tournament for athleticism but we know you pay to play so of course the trainers and coaches are going to build you up. That is their job and why you pay them. We might visit a gym on the way to a high school but it is not our primary focus just a courtesy to players in the same way they email us about games they will be playing. We still rely on you high school coaches, teachers and school counsellors. So you might want to save a few bucks and visit us on campus rather than pay some arbitrary service that promises you next level opportunities.
At the end of the day Coaches should be worried or at least threatened by outside entities that browbeat you on a daily basis. The sport of football is headed in the wrong direction but can be resuscitated. Collaborating with area teams will be a start. In time high school football might be a community sport similar to little league where zip codes determine the club not the high school. Yes 3 or 4 area teams might merge into one because of participation numbers and the threat of club sports. A Florida club named IMG has gained popularity and it will just be a matter of time before entrepreneurs figure out a way to make money funding club football statewide and nationally. They have had success with 7 on 7 so tackle football is on the horizon as long as 10 cities decide to field teams similar to IMG. The focus has shifted from leisure to professional.
Meanwhile in Colorado we await to hear the next head coach at traditional powerhouse teams like Mullen and Valor that are seeking a facelift. Athletics is important to their dichotomy but the emphasis on religious values and college preparatory education is a primary concern. The focus as the head into vetting their next selection or face of their football program has more importance than in the past. Again Coaches should be worried about their own in house issues and not so much on exterior. If you have your house in order Coaches should NOT be worried.
Until the season starts best wishes to all in the off season and we will see you on the field or on Twitter As always we will post #BreakingNews on @303Gonzo twitter and facebook.A few dates to circle on the calendar:
January 25, 2018 Football proposal vote
February 7, 2018 1st official day to sign NLI until April
August 6, 2018 proposed start to 2018 Colorado football day 1 practice (No Contact or Pads)
August 23-25, 2018 proposed start to 2018 Colorado football season formerly zero week not called week one.