Measuring Coaching Success

Sep 17, 2018 by Michael J. Coffino
Since retiring as a high school coach after 24 years, I muse from time to time about how to measure my coaching performance. The bottom line question is: was I successful? People consistently tell me I was and maybe, from their vantage point, that is so. But I am drawn to test that conclusion through a different lens.

High School Athletics and the Job Market Advantage

Aug 30, 2018 by Michael J. Coffino

When I set out to write The Other Classroom: The Essential Importance of High School Athletics, I was focused on how the high school athletic experience contributes to personal development in various ways. I had in mind skills like self-advocacy, conquering comfort zones and embracing team roles and qualities like enhanced self-esteem, character development and citizenship identity. But I learned something else that, while not surprising, I hadn’t anticipated.

Call to Arms

Aug 15, 2018 by Michael J. Coffino

My next book, The Other Classroom: The Essential Importance of High School Athletics (Rowman & Littlefield), gets released today.

On a personal level, pondering the task of writing book first required a deep look in the mirror to see the ways I and my coaching staffs over the years could have better served our student-athletes, not as athletes, but as people. That led me to want to provoke dialogue to build a renewed and better appreciation for the importance of high school sports as an essential educational tool. The more I dug into the subject matter, the more people I interviewed, and the more material I read and research I conducted, the more I discovered a wealth of educational nuggets buried beneath the rigors of the athletic battle field.

Squeaky Wheels and High School Athletics

Jul 30, 2018 by Michael J. Coffino
When I was a young hoopster in the Bronx, I read a comment by legendary Oscar Robertson that stayed with me forever. A reporter asked the Big O why he was always chatting up officials. His pithy response was an American proverb: “The squeaky wheel gets the grease.” It would take me some time, but I eventually learned how essential those words are in terms of mentoring youth as a coach and living a productive life . . .

The Sacred Trust of High School Athletics

Jul 16, 2018 by Michael J. Coffino
This is the first in a series of blog posts about the many challenges and opportunities in high school athletics, covered extensively in my forthcoming book, The Other Classroom: The Essential Importance of High School Athletics (August 15, Rowman & Littlefield). Writing The Other Classroom opened my eyes wide to what the late Coach John Wooden meant when he uttered these sage words: “It’s what you learn after you know it all that counts.”