Blibo Blaggins wrote:
Having been a DI coach for 25 years at both major and mid-major schools, I can unequivocally state that Flagpole operates in a fantasy world... His philosophies and ideas are wonderful on paper and nice as sound bites, but they are just that. Working within an athletic department, even at the top levels, almost EVERY support team is understaffed - media relations, strength and conditioning, athletic trainers, facility managers, equipment personnel etc. - and track and cross country are but one of, in some cases, 20+ sports, all of which have their issues and things that need to be "done right." Believe me, the baseball and soccer and tennis and swimming and football and lacrosse and...and...and coaches ALL have their complaints too. I listen to them every day.
I can also unequivocally state that HS coaches are, by and large, TOTALLY unprepared to handle the job. Maybe not the coaching piece, but the budgeting, compliance, recruiting, HR, travel, alumni relations, meet management, fundraising, community relations and team management aspects on top of the coaching? Yes - unprepared, by and large. Coaching is only a small piece of what I do every day, albeit absolutely the most important but there is *always* something that gets in the way and something that has to be done besides the coaching.
Bottom line - Flagpole's sound bites and ideas are wonderful, but are a perfect reason why 1). he's not a collegiate coach (especially at a school like W&M, which has some very sizeable challenges) and 2). this whole discussion is ludicrous. I'd much rather hear from someone on the inside who has gone through the wars than an opinion of someone on the outside about "how it should be done."
Flame away, Flagpole.
1) I never suggested that high school coaches should take a college coaching job, so not sure why you mention that. But, just to make a point, there have been a LOT of college coaches who began as high school CC and track coaches. I don't have an opinion about HS coaches vs. college coaches, but the hiring of them has been done a lot thus proving right there that you and the 10+ Year D1 coach are wrong about that.
2) Understaffed, schmunderstaffed. MOST D1 programs actually HAVE decent web sites for their CC and track teams. If it is done the majority of the time, and by schools that see themselves as understaffed (because they all see themselves as that), then it can be done by more of them, and I suggest ALL of them except for brief periods of time during unforeseen turmoil.
3) My main point apparently bears repeating -- these coaches and programs are shooting themselves in the foot by not providing information that recruits are looking for. If you want to pass the blame, then I can see how the problem exists at some colleges; because people like you pass the blame. Not everyone does that as is evidenced by great information on most school sites.