As football begins to head down the final stretch at all levels, coaching jobs begin to open.
Coaches are being let go due to not meeting expectations.
With coaches such as Butch Jones, head football coach at Tennessee, and Jim McElwain, the head football coach at Florida being let go, the public has become upset with the schools for not allowing them to continue their tenure with their respective teams.
Coaches are not the only ones affected by being let go from their jobs, as families also have to pack up their lives and relocate. Some may very well do this multiple times throughout their lives.
This point has been brought up in discussions when coaches are being fired, but the public does not understand it is the coach’s job to win and bring championships to their program.
The transition from job to job in coaching can be difficult at lower levels such as middle school, junior high, and high school, as both parents are working to support their families.
Not very many coaches in high school make enough money to support their families by themselves, let alone being able to not worry about finding new employment as a coach in another place.
Being a collegiate coach is more flexible, and people should understand the difference between how hard transitions could be for high school coaching jobs to college, and even professional coaching opportunities.
The point of being paid hundreds of thousands of dollars, or even millions, yearly is to win. The main purpose is short and simple, win games. Create a great program and there will not be any problems.
Coaches receive a lot of sympathy and excuses, such as it may not be entirely their fault, or the players didn’t help the coach, or the coach’s own staff didn’t help.
These points are controllable by the head coach. He has the power to control who is on his staff and who plays. There should not be as much sympathy as coaches are receiving in college-level ball and in pro leagues.
When hiring a new coach for a big-time program, they are kept on a short leash because they don’t want programs they have built to go downhill. That standard should be kept with coaches who have also been a part of programs long-term already.
Signing a big contract that consists of multiple years should be examined heavily, because these programs believe that a certain coach will give the program multiple winning seasons and great program notoriety.
But that is not always the case. Programs realize their team is going downhill halfway through the contract, but cannot afford to buyout the rest of the contract. So he is stuck there coaching, continuing to have losing seasons, which will cost even more money in the long run.
Short-term contracts are better in order to keep the wrong person from being in charge for too long and allows the schools to bring in the proper personnel for the job.
Being a long-term coach at a program, you begin to develop roots and relationships. Understandably, it can be hard to leave when you are asked to, or even told to, but that is part of the coaching process.
This is the number one reason I hear coaches should be given extra chances to stay and prove themselves, because their livelihoods are in that town or city.
Although it is true a part of me feels that coaches could use another chance, winning is the main goal. Programs do not hire coaches to come in and start losing. It is the same in any other job. You get paid to do your job and gain successful results.
This also goes for any sport, not just for football. Every sport in any program wants to be held to the highest standard and be known as a great and dominant program.
With coaches moving on and trying to find new programs to be a part of, people need to understand this is like any other job. If it is not executed, the school or university will find someone else to get better results.