Whenever I run into problems with training this site always seems to have advice that helps. So I figure maybe some of the experienced coaches here can help me with a coaching issue not related to training.
I am going into my 5th year at a high school, where I never had any issues until last year. The issue I have is that I’m a young coach who doesn’t have a long competitive career to my name (2 years at a community college). I realized right out of high school that I liked coaching and have attended numerous coaches clinics to try and make up for the lack of experience. My first 3 years at my current school I have had over 40 athletes qualify for the state meet. But for some reason this 4th year I started running into problems with a couple of the other coaches on my team (mainly our long and triple jump coach). One of the main problems I ran into was that as the sprints and hurdles coach I have the most athletes on the team that do other events, (ex. I had 50 athletes on roster only 20 of which did just sprints) and with no actual plan setup on what days athletes go to what events on what days I keep getting accused of not allowing athletes to get equal time at other events. Despite the fact that I also feel as if I’m robbed of critical time with athletes. Despite this because the athletes dont deserve to get put in the middle of such a stupid issue I have tried letting certain athletes spend most of their time with the other coach; only to have them come up at the end of the season saying they wish they would’ve worked out more with me cause they feel they would’ve gotten better. So I tried to talk to all the coaches and setup a plan for days to do certain events. But this just ended in me being the only one who followed the plan. I am frustrated since although I have had success compared to previous coaches that it is still a constant battle. I have had offers to go to other schools and have considered it but due to the athletes I have coming back who despite my trying to convince otherwise said they wouldn’t come back out if I left. Additionally with a great team coming back that I’ve spent so much time with I don’t want to leave.
I’m tired of seeing the kids get put in the middle and losing out because of coaches. So the question I have is; have any of you guys experienced similar problems and whats a good way to overcome these issues without causing more problems?
Additionally if any of you are jumps coaches how much time per week do you feel is critical to train your athletes in jump technique training at the high school level?
Ahead of time I thank everyone for any advice you can give.