Top 10 Question you need answered before accepting that New Head Football Coach Position
Looking to become a Head Football Coach or move to another School? Make sure you get the answers to these top 10 questions before you make that decision.
- Why did the last Head Coach leave or get fired?
- Who will be my Supervisor or go to person be?
- Do I get to hire my own Staff?
- From the last staff who do you think is a good fit or bad fit?
- Is the administration and faculty supportive of the football program?
- What is the budget for football program and how much does the school contribute?
- What type of faculties do we have? (i.e.: weight room, locker rooms, game field, press box, practice field, coach’s office)
- Do the youth programs use our fields and who are the feeder programs and schools?
- Is there a parents group or booster club?
- Is the school enrollment declining or rising?
The answer to these questions should give you a good foundation of information to determine is this job for me? Many new head coaches jump at the first opportunity that comes their way, thinking they will be able to do what they know it takes to start-up or turn around a football program. The problem is they never find out about these top 10 questions until there on the job and by then it’s way too late.
Your future reputation is going to be judged by how well you do on the field and off the field, but if you have no control over certain factors it takes to build a successful program your results probably won’t be the greatest. Every coach thinks they can turn around a program, but what if you can’t because certain things are out of your control, you leave with frustration and begin looking for another position only to find out the next one is even harder to obtain because now you have a track record. Jumping at the first position that comes your way could ruin your reputation and future hire ability.
Don’t damage your reputation just because it’s a head coaching position, in the long run you will regret ever taking that spot. If you’re looking to become a Head Football Coach you should start planning now, list what are the components that you think it will take to be successful and make sure you add them to the top 10 questions above. Remember don’t just jump because its offered, make sure it’s the right fit and heck maybe this will be your first and last Head Football Coaching position.
I know in today’s world the coaching turnover moves quickly but there still are those spots where your success is rewarded and your tenure grows with that success. Be careful, ask those questions and make your decision based on what is right for you! Your passion is to coach, your goal is to be a Head Coach, if you want to enjoy the experience gather all the information you can before taking that leap!
Best of luck in your coaching career, should you ever have a question, need some advice or just want to talk X’S & O’s please contact me anytime, I’m here to help!