September 16th by Coach Roth 0 0
This is a not-so-easy to answer question!
Just like trying to get any other job, there are different phases to get a High School Coaching Job:
The first hurdle to get over is to get invited to an interview. Then the next is to convince in the interview – and find out for yourself that this is really the right place for you to coach – otherwise you won’t last long in that position and that in turn makes it even harder to find your next High School Coaching Job !
So, How to get invited to an interview?
From my observations the most significant improvent to be considered for a High School Teaching Job is to have a “Teaching certificate ” and at least a bachelor’s degree :
“For high school coaching and sports instructor jobs, schools usually prefer to hire teachers willing to take on the jobs part time. If no one suitable is found, schools hire someone from outside. “
“Head coaches at public secondary schools and sports instructors at all levels usually must have a bachelor’s degree. “
(Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook <cite>Handbook</cite>, 2006-07 Edition. Athletes, Coaches, Umpires, and Related Workers, on the Internet at www.bls.gov/oco/ocos251.htm (visited September 10, 2007 ).)
This does not only help to get your High School Coaching Job but also to earn more than the average High School Teacher:
“Teachers can boost their salary in a number of ways. In some schools, teachers receive extra pay for coaching sports and working with students in extracurricular activities. Getting a master’s degree or national certification often results in a raise in pay, … ” (Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook <cite>Handbook</cite>, 2006-07 Edition. Teachers’ Preschool, Kindergarten, Elementary, Middle, and Secondary, on the Internet atwww.bls.gov/oco/ocos069.htm (visited September 10, 2007 ).)
And since the demand for High School Coaches is expected to increase over the next 10 years, investing in a bachelor’s degree and a Teaching Certificate seems to be a very good and reasonable investment:
“Job opportunities for teachers over the next 10 years will vary from good to excellent ” (Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook <cite>Handbook</cite>, 2006-07 Edition. Teachers’ Preschool, Kindergarten, Elementary, Middle, and Secondary, on the Internet at www.bls.gov/oco/ocos069.htm (visited September 10, 2007 ).)
“Employment of athletes, coaches, umpires, and related workers is expected to increase faster than the average for all occupations through the year 2014 ” (Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook <cite>Handbook</cite>, 2006-07 Edition. Athletes, Coaches, Umpires, and Related Workers, on the Internet at www.bls.gov/oco/ocos251.htm (visited September 10, 2007 ).)
The other three factors in my opinion are somewhat interdependent, that is to a certain degreen you can’t get one without the other…
Experience – how to get some?
Of course it always helps to get to an interview if you can show them that you already have some coaching experience (the more the better – usually).
do you get Coaching Experience?
Well there are various way – usually non of them paid but still lots of work and time consuming:
Get involved into Youth Football in your neighborhood – they are always happy to find somebody who is seriously interested and committed to coaching… just don’t get discouraged if the first team is not interested…
Of course you can also volunteer at your local High School – but that’s already sometimes a little difficult since they usually expect you to be at every practice and coaches meeting – which might be impossible for you if you are working full time…
And if you are still attending College and your College also has a football team, why not volunteer to help the coaches – you might not get immediately get some coaching duties, but you still can get quite some experience just by working for and with the coaches…
Knowledge of the Game, well this usually comes quite normally with experience, but you might already gathered some knowlegde without coaching experience:
I.E. playing experience, or attending Coaching Clinics – also great for Networking
Which already brings me to the last thing:
Networking is about who you know – or better who knows you: How to get known (and respected) in the coaching world?
As I already said attending Coaching Clinics is a great way to meet other coaches, exchange ideas (and business-cards ) and get know each other…
Then joining the coaching organization of your area/state also brings you into contact with other coahes, and if you convince them with your knowledge, enthusiasm and seriousness about coaching football, it might be a lot easier to get a recommendation and maybe even tips about open Coaching Jobs, which often never get openly published…
OK, so you got your invitation to an interview:
One thing ahead: Getting a High School Coaching Job is not the main goal! Getting the RIGHT High School Coaching Job is the thing you are really looking for.
First of all: when going to the Inverview: be prepared
- Know what you want and what you stand for
- Your philosophy in life,
- Your style of coaching football
- Know as much as possible about the interviewer(s).
- Who will be at the inverview?
- Athletic Director?
- maybe even Parents?
- What do they stand for?
- Winning or Education? What’s more important?
- Who decides if a player is legible or not? The Coach(es) or the teachers? Can you live with that?
- Who will be at the inverview?
- Know about the school, the team and the environment
- Winnging / Loosing Tradition?
- Why did the last coach leave / got fired?
- What neighborhood do the students/players come from? etc.