In our 10 years of covering high school sports in this area we’ve had the privilege to make connections with a lot of quality coaches. More accurately, we’ve gotten to connect with a lot of quality people who also happen to be good coaches. Certainly Becky Carlson is one of the best at both endeavors, and is well deserving of her induction into the National High School Coaches Association Hall of Fame this summer. We have come to know many others who fit that same mold.
We need quality people to fill these critical roles in the lives of our young people. But the greatest frustration we’ve heard from coaches over the years is the inappropriate involvement of parents who seem oblivious to some of the best lessons that sports offer—working hard for success, putting team above self, learning from defeat and disappointment, recognizing authority.
Maybe parents need coaching, too. —DR