NIAAA - From Doug Smith
Coaching Education/Certification Strategies and Incentives
Many of our Athletic Director Associations, Coaching Associations and Athletic Associations are promoting the NFHS Coaching Education Program by providing incentives to their memberships. Below is a list of some of the strategies and incentives that I have received that are being used to promote the NFHS Coach Education Certification Program. I plan on including a list of new strategies in our Monthly Newsletter each month.
- Lake High School in Ohio – Bruce Brown, Executive Director of Ohio State Athletic Administrators Association. Offer parents the opportunity to receive free athletic tickets if they complete the free online course, “The Role of Parents in Sports”. A novel idea.
- Maryland State Coaches Association – Lisa Magness, Maryland Coaches Education Association Executive Director, has a “Refund Policy” to provide a $100 refund to the first 150 members earning their certification (a statewide $15,000 initiative). When a member coach completes his certification, they notify the MSCA. The certified coach is then sent a check for $100 to cover most of the cost for the courses and certification.
- In Spartanburg, SC - Myles Wilson their District AD requires all Coaches regardless of level of exp. to become an AIC. He states “the athletic experience for all stake holders i.e., coaches, parents and most importantly the students have improved”.
- Hoke County School System in North Carolina – Board of Education approved that all Middle and High School Coaches will be certified
Level I Accredited Interscholastic Coaches. The coaches have one year to complete the certification. The school system is going to pay them a one-time stipend of $135 and award .5 CEU’s of credit per course upon completion.
If your school, district, conference or state is implementing a CE initiative please share it with me so I can include it in an upcoming Newsletter.