Why HS Coaches should not be teaching?
Courtesy of Coach Jimmy Lamour with Lamour Training Systems
This is a question I have pondered for many years and am thankful for the opportunity to share my thoughts on the topic. It is hard for those who have never coached to understand the commitment and dedication it takes to coach. It is a full time endeavor, but many are teaching due to the lack of financial support from the schools. I believe Coaching should be seen as serious as a math teacher. It is just a different type of education as many coaches attend clinics and are mentored by some of the best football minds in the country. Why do College Coaches only Coach? It is hard to be as successful at something when your time is divided by teaching another subject.
Of course, some states such as Texas have coaches that only coach. It gives them the opportunity to focus on staff development. The free time would give coaches time to teach their staff leadership, pay them a quality salary, teach plays, and maintain staff longevity.
Also, the time commitment for being a coach is hard to fathom. I can remember going home at 11 p.m. some nights. Coaches could take care of coaching business during the day instead of doing classroom work. This would allow them to leave after practice and still know they completed all of their coaching duties.
Lastly, I can recall being called out of teaching on numerous occasions to discipline a player in another class. A coach would have more time to dedicate to building young men. A coach could monitor class behavior. Coaches can also focus more on helping athletes be more recruiting worthy. I believe the HS coaching world would be a much better place if it was viewed as a profession. I also did not want to leave the audience without some training information, so I wanted to share a video we developed a while back.
Video is here and CLICK HERE for this week’s video, Blessings of the Underexposed:The Road to Pro-Day
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Jimmy Lamour is a former Guilford College in Greensboro, NC All South Defensive Back. He set the record for interception return yards at the school. Upon Graduation, he tested numerous philosophies on strength and speed through seminars, self-study, conversation with renowned strength coaches, and training of hundreds of athletes. This led him to develop the 4.30 40 Speed System a system that helped him improve his 40 yard dash from a 4.66 to a 4.30, which gave way to many professional football workouts. He later developed Lamour Training Systems with the help of his lovely wife Charlene to help athletes improve their performance and receive knowledge he missed out on as a child. He continues to consult with several division 1, prep schools, and high school coaches. LTS has helped many football athletes play at the D1, D2, and D3 levels. He believes that his passion to see young men become all God intended them to be and provide knowledge of the defensive back position which will allow young athletes under the tutelage of Pick 6 Academy to flourish. He is currently certified as a Youth Fitness specialist, 7on7 Performance Director, and High School Strength & Conditioning Specialist. Also, Coach Lamour is a devout Christian. He has two children Camdon (19) and Micah (12).Sign up for his newsletter to receive his free speed report at http://fastyouthathlete.blogspot.com/ on For more information, call 336-257-9151