For the coaches
I've been the sports editor for The Daily Courier for just over six months. In that time I've met an incredible amount of people involved with the county and high school athletics.
I've met players, parents and administrators. But the ones I've enjoyed the most are the coaches.
In the past, I've been disjointed from coaches on all levels. All I, or really anyone, knew about these coaches is what you see or hear from them on the field or in a press conference. I thought coaches just sat in an office, ran onto the court/field for practices and games and hoped to not lose his/her job.
But after getting to know so many high school coaches, I've learned how much time and effort these coaches put into their sport, and most of all, their kids.
At this particular level, these coaches have a unique relationship with their players in comparison to a college or professional coach. Not to say that higher-level coaches don't love their players, but high school athletes spend their afternoons practicing and evenings playing because they love their sport, not because they have a scholarship or paycheck on the line.
After talking to coaches multiple times a week you get an understanding the pure passion they have for their student-athletes. I've noticed how badly every coach wants their players to succeed as an athlete, but even more as a person.
When signing day rolled around earlier this month every coach had glowing reviews for their players moving on to play college athletics, but they had even stronger endorsements for them as young men and young women.
I'm convinced that theses coaches would do nothing short of running through a brink wall for every child on their roster.
With all that said, nothing bothers me more than the blatant disrespect that I see from so many students towards their coaches.
After games I tend to still be around when players have dressed and dispersed into gyms and parking lots. All I hear is how much Coach XYZ doesn't know what they're doing or how they need to play more or they're going to quit. It infuriates me.
How can I see the dedication these coaches have towards the kids just from speaking with them 2-3 times a week, but their players seem to miss it completely after spending nearly every day with them throughout the season?
And I'm sure it frustrates the coaches who wake up early to watch film and stay late to sweep the locker room.
But anyways, I applaud the coaches that I've grown to know over the the past six months. You have all been more than a joy to work with. I look forward to working with a new crop of spring coaches.