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|Author: ||CT coach|
|Subject: ||RE: Should HS Coaches be judged by the post-HS performances of their athletes?|
I've said it before. College is such a crap shoot. Many times a high school kid is good because of the team environment or the attitude of everyone around them and they just can't duplicate that same thing is college. Also, many college coaches assume that because they are "adults" they should know how to handle injuries, outside stress and how to return to form once they are out of it. At the college level there are very few meets where an athlete can run their way back to shape and feel good about themselves so many athletes get discouraged.
On top of all this, college coaches have a "program" in mind and expect all freshman to follow it no matter what their starting point is. They increase mileage, intensity of workouts and much tougher races all at once. That is a receipe for disaster. One last thing. I can't believe how many good high school programs I see now that are doing core work, dynamic flexibility and hurdle work. Many college coaches, just expect athletes to do this stuff on their own and it doesn't become a priority so it is dropped in favor of more running. More running is important, but as the saying goes, you got to dance with the girl you came with. In other words, keep doing the little things right that got you good in the first place.
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