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The Politics of Coaching: A Survival Guide to Keep Coaches from Getting Burned
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 backgrou ...more
Paperback, 274 pages
Published April 1st 2011 by Createspace
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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!