Politics have always been a part of youth and high school sports. However, in recent years several new dynamics have developed that have increased the pressure on coaches in every sport. As a result, all across America good people are leaving the coaching profession at an enormously high rate.
Carl Pierson uses his two decades of coaching and his political science background to offer real world examples and practical advice on eternally troubling topics like picking teams, playing time, powerful parents, booster clubs, and so many other issues that today’s youth and high school coaches have to contend with. The Politics of Coaching is nothing short of a playbook to help coaches navigate their way through the perilous, stressful world that has become coaching.
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What AD's and Coaches Are Saying About “The Politics Of Coaching”
"An excellent read, this book should be part of every AD and coach's educational process."
Steve Borer CAA- Past President of Nebraska Athletic Director's Association, Seward High School
“Fun to read and extremely informative. Incorporating these ideas has allowed me to enjoy coaching again.”
Jeff Jennewein Basketball Coach DeSoto High School, Missouri
"A must read book for all high school athletic administrators and coaches. Carl Pierson does an excellent job of explaining the many topics all coaches need to contend with on a daily basis. He lays out a game plan to help all coaches in their pursuit of offering the best high school experience possible for both athletes and parents."
Bob Stratton- Past President of the Virginia Interscholastic Athletic Administrators, Hanover High School, Mechanicsville Virginia- 33 year career educator
“Carl says what most people are afraid to say or even admit in the world of coaching. He does a remarkable job in addressing tough situations and answering the difficult questions. When you need help in frustrating situations, you will turn to his book time and again. There will be no unread chapters. I dare you to try and find a book like this out there, it doesn’t exist…until now!”
Debra LaPrath – Girls Head Soccer Coach Maria Carrillo High School, Santa Rosa, California
Author – Coaching Girls’ Soccer Successfully / Human Kinetics 2009
"This book is a great read, especially for a coach who aspires to run their own program. Regardless of the sport, politics are now a part of the game more than ever. Having this book on the shelf is a must if you want to know the ins and outs of dealing with off the field issues that arise on a daily basis. The Politics of Coaching will make you more prepared and a better coach."
Steve Warren Head Football Coach/Athletic Coordinator Abilene High School, Texas