Coaches vs. Disgruntled Parents in High School Athletics Essay
In just two years as head coach of Eastlake High School in Seattle, WA, Jan Nicholas took a mediocre team and coached them into …show more content…
The story though, goes even deeper than that. It seems that several of the parents who headed up the complaints against Morris were also influential members of the school's athletic boosters club. Apparently, threats had been made that if Morris was not replaced, the spring golf tournament that would bring in thousands of dollars to the school's athletic programs would not be held. The parents, who were planning on sponsoring the event that would mean so much to their children's sports, would have thought nothing about canceling it completely because they disagreed with one coach's way of doing things.
These are only two examples of many in recent years in which parental influences have drastically affected high school athletic programs. This added pressure comes from a number of things, including hopes of getting a scholarship, expectations that time and monetary