A coaching friend was recently hired at a high school as the boys varsity head coach, I am happy for him. We talked a few weeks before interview and we went over a few things to discuss during the interview (I guess our chat worked).
As a brand new coach at a high school, there are a few things you can work on when taking over the program.
I’m not here to tell you how to coach, you probably have your own style but here are a few ‘little things‘ that may be helpful when showing up on the first day.
Always thank the interview committee if you are hired (especially if you see them in public while you are the coach).
Have a meeting with the entire program (freshman, JV and varsity). Introduce yourself, explain to them what you’re all about and let them know of your expectations.
Depending on when you are officially hired, first thing you should do is meet one-on-one with the returning varsity players and their parents. Discuss with them your plans, what you’re about, and let them know everyone is starting with a clean slate.
Schedule workouts with athletes not currently in a fall sport. Weight lifting, running and 4 player workouts. Plus one night for open gym.
Hire a great staff. Don’t rush this process. Many people will want to work with you, be careful who you hire.
Make sure you communicate with A.D.
Reach out to as many people as possible involved with school and community. (A coach that was recently hired at a HS made up t-shirts and passed them around the city)
Be positive with players.
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