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RE: 2017 College Track & Field Open Coaching Positions Discussion

D 3 Man wrote:

Wendel McCraven at Texas A&M.
Steve Dolan at Penn... not a P5 but Ivy operates as a career-major

trying to remember more off the top of my head but there's 2.

[quote]Career Advice Seeker wrote:

Would some of you folks mind giving examples of P5 coaches that got their start, or have coached, at D3 schools? I think it's silly, but to me it has seemed rather established that it's very, very difficult to go from D3 to D1

Obviously it can happen...but there are much quicker ways to get there. If you have the choice between getting paid at a good (lets say consistent NCAA qualifier?) DIII or volunteering at a strong P5 for a reputable coach with good connections, do not - and I repeat - DO NOT pass that P5 volunteer job up. I almost even want to say ANY P5 volunteer job is going to do more for you than a paid job at DIII or DII..even at some DI mid-majors...if your eventual goal is to coach at a P5. There are many reasons that might not be someone's goal...but if P5 is your goal, get there as quick as possibly whether paid or GA or not. You can spend YEARS at non-P5's handing them their a$$ on a platter in competition while the 25 year old volunteer who's never actually coached anyone gets the job you wanted over you because that person had the better connections (and ok, demonstrated some potential ability to coach). Happens all the time. And to the person that started this sub-thread of how to get in...just be prepared to not get paid for at least a couple years...possibly much longer if you really want "in."

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