My dad is having issues with his coaching jobs. He coaches for NDP (Notre Dame Preparatory) and BRC (Baltimore Rowing Club). For both groups he coaches the freshmen or novices respectively. This has been a great thing for him over the past few years and I think he really enjoys it. Very little manages to piss him off, but like most of my Scandi-wegian relations, he’s a bit hard headed. He has some very strong and one sided ideas of how his coaching should be done. He makes up the drills, workouts etc and he doesn’t want anyone to mess with them, or say they are bad ideas. He also does not coach “racing” mentalities. His big goal in life appears to be to form a boat/s that row well together and have good form. He doesn’t care that they can row at 28 strokes per minute, or that they have a lot of power to them. He just wants them to row together and be able to balance the boat. Very important skills. Excellent for novices and beginners.
The problem has arisen that other coaches are reshaping his groups and making him change his techniques. This has set him on edge. The other hiccup is the problem of launches available to coaches. I believe 3 out of 6 are working right now and on the days he coaches novices need 2, open needs 2 and whoever else needs 1 or 2. That would be at least 4, and there are only 3. It’s rather ugly business, but I think my dad’s coaching days are numbered. He’s getting more and more peeved.
I feel bad for him. This is something he truly loves to do. With BRC he is finally communicating with the Head Coach and his fellow novice coach. If only NDP’s coaching would work out the same way. High school coaching is an ugly business to begin with, I just wish people would listen to everyone’s ideas before jerking around the poor freshmen halfway through their rowing season. *sigh*