Coach and Athletic Director

November/December 2016

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46 November/December 2016 What Keeps You Up at Night? Panel Discusses Solutions to Current Challenges of ADs "W hat Keeps You Up at Night? Solutions to Current Challenges of ADs," was the theme of a panel discussion of experts at the Team Sports Expo held in Chicago, in June. Panelists included Dr. David Hoch, retired AD and coach from Maryland, and Dan Jones, CMAA, currently the AD at Hinsdale Central High School, in Illinois. The panel was moderated by Dr. Craig Bogar, Faculty Director of the School of Health Sciences and associate professor in Sports Management, with American Public University, an online university based in Charles Town, West Virginia. The discussion centered on the "State of the Industry" survey summary from 2015- 2016, that was featured in the January issue of "Coach and Athletic Director." This was the fifth year that the survey was conducted. The information gathered from the surveys provide athletic administrators insights on the current state of high schools sports. Finding qualified coaches was the number one issue expressed by ADs in the survey. Panelists were in agreement that having support from school administration was the most important factor in recruiting and retaining top coaches. While coaches having certifications is important, panelists stated that having coaches who care about students was the primary factor. Athlete specialization jumped from seventh to fifth from the previous year's survey. Discussion centered on how this has impacted programs, its effect on limiting year-round practice and how ADs are dealing with competition from club sports. The panelists were in agreement that education-based athletics is about the growth and development of young people, not sport specialization. Research regarding sport specialization was discussed, and the importance of encouraging multisport athletes was emphasized. Other items discussed were legal liability, problems with parents, performance enhancement drugs, fundraising, and budgets. Numerous questions from ADs in the audience, combined with the knowledgeable panel, made for a lively and informative session. American Public University and the National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association (NIAAA) have joined forces so that courses completed from your master's degree can directly apply toward earning either NIAAA Registered Athletic Administrator or NIAAA Certified Athletic Administrator certifications. American Public University has a broad array of programs for sports leaders, coaches, managers, officials, athletes, and more. To learn more about degree and certificate programs offered by American Public University, including Athletic Administration, Coaching, and Sports Management—visit By Craig T. Bogar, Ed.D.

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