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no mascot:
I got to thinking about this today. What % of administrators are former coaches? Sure seems like a lot to me! And maybe the real question is why is that the case? I have my thoughts on the subject but would like to hear yall's!

Moonshiner:
Coaches are leaders of teams.  That experience can't be overlooked.  They are accustomed to working with parents.  Angry parents at times.  They usually are good with discipline.   They are comfortable with being in the spotlight and have been dealing with criticism for years.  They are also familiar with the long hours.
It's just a natural fit.

4real:
Very well said and that's why the best admin are usually former coaches

Head Lion:
It is actually quite a bit less now than 20 years ago. Last year over 80% of the people in specialists programs in the state were women. You still see a lot of former coaches in admin, but it is down over 20% in last 10 years and will continue in a decline by sheer numbers.

sevenof400:

--- Quote from: Moonshiner on June 15, 2017, 11:01:26 am ---Coaches are leaders of teams.  That experience can't be overlooked.  They are accustomed to working with parents.  Angry parents at times.  They usually are good with discipline.   They are comfortable with being in the spotlight and have been dealing with criticism for years.  They are also familiar with the long hours.
It's just a natural fit.

--- End quote ---

I am going to disagree with these points emphatically. 

While I see where you're going, what coaches lack is the dealing with state and federal programs - which comprise a considerable portion of an administrators job duties.  And the type of discipline a coach has (exercises) is from his / her position of authority over their players - who are there voluntarily. 

It's not that a coach cannot be a good administrator, it's just the demands of the present day make the required skill sets (to serve as a coach, vs to serve as an administrator) quite a bit different.   

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