The list of names is all-star caliber and seemingly grows by the day. But there’s nothing good about it.
Mike Maggiore, Mike Moschetti, Joel Sanchez, Matt Koffler, Dale Ziola, Joel Sanchez, Marc Paramo, Albert Sanchez, I could go on and on. Head coaches by trade, but men who either will be assistants or not coaching at all next season.
Yes, there’s an inventory glut of top-notch head coaches who show up to work every day at a local high school campus near you, but aren’t actually the head coach of anything anymore. They teach. Most of them physical education, but some history or math or something else.
Again, this is not a good thing.
This is where we’re at in high school athletics in 2017. For a multitude of reasons, be it lack of administration support, athlete parent nuisance, poor pay or burnout, coaches are keeping their day jobs but hanging up their whistles.
It makes fans (and local sportswriters) want to shout “Hey Coach, nobody needs you as a fizz-ed teacher.”
But it also stokes a curiosity about what’s gone so wrong in the high school coaching profession that some of our best local leaders are now on the freeway by 4 p.m., heading home instead of on the field building our youth into men.
Either way, this is not a good thing.