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May 1999

May 1999


"What I look for in hiring a coach."

An Administrator's Perspective.
by: Dr. John Laurie
Principal, Shawnee Mission West High School, Shawnee Mission, Kansas
© May 1999

As I stated in Part one of this article, there are many reasons why one coaching applicant or candidate is hired as opposed to the others. Sometimes it is because he is the best applicant, many times because of a favorable first impression. In Part one, I covered some of what I believe are the critical factors in getting hired:

1.) The importance of being a good teacher.

Never underestimate how important it is to be an effective teacher. Make certain that this comes through in your resume and self-description.

The bottom line: if the committee does not bring up teaching responsibilities and assignments early in the interview, you should bring it up yourself. This will show your priorities and focus, and that for you, classroom work is not simply an afterthought.

2.) The importance of coaching experience.

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