Politics have always been a part of youth and high school sports. However, in recent years several new dynamics have developed that have increased the pressure on coaches in every sport. As a result, all across America good people are leaving the coaching profession at an enormously high rate. Carl Pierson uses his two decades of coaching and his political science backgrouPolitics have always been a part of youth and high school sports. However, in recent years several new dynamics have developed that have increased the pressure on coaches in every sport. As a result, all across America good people are leaving the coaching profession at an enormously high rate. Carl Pierson uses his two decades of coaching and his political science background to offer real world examples and practical advice on eternally troubling topics like picking teams, playing time, powerful parents, booster clubs, and so many other issues that today's youth and high school coaches have to contend with. The Politics of Coaching is nothing short of a playbook to help coaches navigate their way through the perilous, stressful world that has become coaching. To learn more visit www.politicsofcoaching.com "Required reading for every aspiring and current head high school coach in the country." Steve Svendsen-Football Coach Magnolia High School, Texas "Carl says what most people are afraid to say or even admit in the world of coaching. He does a remarkable job in addressing tough situations and answering the difficult questions. When you need help in frustrating situations, you will turn to his book time and again. There will be no unread chapters. I dare you to try and find a book like this out there, it doesn't exist...until now!" Debra LaPrath - Girls Head Soccer Coach Maria Carrillo High School, Santa Rosa, California Author - Coaching Girls' Soccer Successfully (Human Kinetics 2009) "Coaches no longer need to be on the defensive. The Politics of Coaching puts coaches in control of relationships with parents, boosters, and administration." Jeff Jennewein-Boys Basketball Coach West Plains High School, Missouri "This book is a great read, especially for a coach who aspires to run their own program. Regardless of the sport, politics are now a part of the game more than ever. Having this book on the shelf is a must if you want to know the ins and outs of dealing with off the field issues that arise on a daily basis. The Politics of Coaching will make you more prepared and a better coach." Steve Warren-Head Football Coach/Athletic Coordinator Abilene High School, Texas...more
The author is not likable. Actually I think he comes across as a jerk. That aside, he raises legitimate concerns for youth coaches in what he paints as a political, cutthroat youth sports world. I like to believe things are not as bad as he describes, but it behooves me and other coaches to be aware of the risks and watch our backs.
I saw Carl at the 2011 Volleyball Coaches Clinic in St. Cloud. He is so dead on with what he has come to conclude as a coach himself. If you want advice on how to deal with parents, read this book! ALL coaches and Athletic Directors should read this book!
Even though the book is written for the college & University level of coaching, it still might explain the politics on coaching a lower level. Well written, good examples. Definitely a MUST-READ for all coaches.