KD was let go...the new director didn't see a purpose of having redundancy at the distance position (KD and whatserhername). Apparently there was a pretty odd set up between the men and women's programs and which coach had responsibility for which runners - athletes maybe even got to choose a coach
Then… do it? If it’s that simple and that much more appealing. I could leave my D1 head distance coach job today and before the school year starts I’d find a HS teaching job that pays me double what I’m getting as a college coach. I’d no longer spend all my free time making recruiting calls and on the road every weekend for meets. I’d be with my family and get to take vacations with them and be there for my kids’ own sporting events.
Being a college coach is not as glorious as people make it out to be. I do it because I love it, and my athletes are an extension of my family. But I’d be lying if I didn’t admit I consider leaving the profession for a simpler work schedule and better pay on a monthly basis. I genuinely don’t think high school coaches understand what they’d be giving up, what they’d be taking on, and how hard it is to even crack into the profession. Stop over-simplifying it.
Then don't do it. See it's really not that simple. Colleges don't hire HS coaches. Not all HS coaches are teachers and thus coach for (almost) free. Yes they do it because they love it or there would be no reason to do it. For those HS coaches that do a good job there are not free weekends and a whole bunch of free time as you may indicate.
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I'd say at least 25% of college head positions go to high school coaches.
If you're expecting to get a D1 head from high school that's not going to happen most of the time ( it's hard to do even with a lot of college experience) but if you're actually interested in giving college coaching a go there are a bunch of opportunities.
Most don't want to take advantage of them and get a pay cut to get their foot in the door at a school that might be more interested in numbers then success.
There's a bunch of opportunities right now even that you'd probably be looked at if you wanted...