By: Anne Julian, CAA: Athletic Director - Holy Cross High School (Covington, KY) and Joe Roberts, CAA: Athletic Director - Princeton City Schools (Cincinnati, OH)
One of the best ways to show your coaches that you are grateful for the time and energy they dedicate to the programs for which you are responsible for is by recognizing what he or she does throughout the season.
If you think your coach knows that you are grateful you better think again. How many times has a coach walked away from a successful individual or team sport to the dismay of the administration? Or an athletic administrator is faced with the veteran coach who stays but has lost his or her passion over the years and is just going through the motions.
A quote from Thomas McClure presents this warning, "The biggest concern for any organization should be when their most passionate people become quiet."
Here are some time sensitive ideas for recognition that will not break the bank:
These recognition ideas require a little bit of time and cost only a small monetary investment but the payoff is huge.
If you feel a grander scale of recognition is warranted a few ideas for recognition include the following:
Recognize and fuel the fire of passion in your coaches by providing opportunities for professional development. Learning and thriving in our career fuels our passion and growth. It shows our coach that he or she is worth the investment. The benefits of professional development begin with networking, connections and relationship building, resources, and a sense of worth.
Professional development can be found in many different ways.
Opportunities for your coaches to serve outside their specific sport or program gives acknowledgment to a greater purpose. It also provides service to the community.
There are endless ways to recognize coaches which in turn shows your appreciation and gratitude as their athletic administrator. If you find yourself without time or other resources, lean on booster groups, parents, and students. Recognition does not need to be elaborate but it does need to be heartfelt.
In addition, here are some guidelines to follow in regards to recognition:
Anne Julian, CAA: Athletic Director - Holy Cross High School (Covington, KY) -
Joe Roberts, CAA: Athletic Director - Princeton City Schools (Cincinnati, OH)