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  1. If the "good" in the communities made it a point to be as loud and involved as the "bad" in the communities, coaches might stay. I talked to a coach the other day that made the comment "I dreaded home games". He was an assistant up in the box and couldn't walk down at halftime or after a game without getting yelled at, mouthed at, or stared at. He would rather walk down the visitor stands at an away game than "his" community's. Everything has been mentioned. Long hours, average pay, no stability, no support. For years people have said if you don't like it find another profession. "If your not in it for the kids" or blah blah. Well people are finding other professions.
    10 points
  2. Hi @RHSeaglefan , just wanted to say hello and you might think about checking your own house before you start throwing stones. At least 4 fights in Rusk this week alone and a starter booted off the baseball team….. Generally my rule is that if you can’t say something nice, keep your mouth shut. I know not everyone in this day and age of the keyboard warriors can do that. I try. I don’t generally talk about family business/drama on social media…..that’s handled in house where it belongs. Yes, there have been some issues at Alto HS but better days ahead. Being in portable buildings for 3 years has been a challenge. Not many other schools can relate. Kids having to travel from that portable campus through the parking lot to cafeteria, ag building, field house, gym, library. It’s been kind of a logistical nightmare with everyone spread all over, battling the elements and having more freedoms than are normal. We did the best we could do under the circumstances. We dedicated our new high school building on Tuesday and kids are finally HOME in our brand new, state-of-the-art facility starting tomorrow (Monday). This is an incredible positive. And what a night of celebration we had Tuesday with close to 1,000 folks in attendance! Our superintendent, who has been in the district for 25+ years, is a hero. A few folks (very few…a handful actually) have bashed her, but she has absolutely handled these situations (from tornadoes to death to public forums) with grace, love, and determination along the hard road. She did not have to schedule any forums at all. There are public meetings once a month in the form of board meetings and do you know how many folks have spoken in community comments prior to the forums? The answer is zero this year. In the last 10 years, there have been 5 times when someone has spoken. And the majority of those were POSITIVE comments. She scheduled forums to LISTEN to the concerns. She had 3 forums, one for each campus for convenience sake….not because things were so bad that it took 3 forums. Really, everything that was said could’ve been said at one forum in one night. Basically the same couple people spoke at each forum. The news people picked up the story (I’m sure they got a call) after the first one and ran with it, casting the district in the worst possible light. That’s what the news does. It’s how they generate interest and get clicks on their sites. You mentioned that “about 100 kids from the entire district have transferred out to Rusk, Wells, ext., hence the drop to small 2A.” I checked on that and you are wrong. 30 kids total district wide are transfers OUT (including home schoolers) while 29 kids total are transfers IN. I hate that any kid would transfer out because we have a great school district but that is a far cry from the 100 you state. I’m excited about our future. As was stated at our dedication ceremony last week, our future is now in the form of this beautiful new facility. We thoroughly enjoyed celebrating our rich history and tradition last week, and now we look to our future….ALTOgether. The athletic department launched the #goldstandard meeting the same night and the highest expectations have been set. Great days ahead for sure! We also dedicated the new coliseum and the court was named after Vonte: the Devonte Mumphrey Memorial Court. How fitting!! AND his dad got to sink the first free throw that night. It was amazing and special to celebrate Vonte’s memory and our new facility. Here are a few links about our dedication to check out! Good to see that news stations do POSITIVE features also! https://www.ktre.com/2022/05/11/alto-isd-dedicates-new-buildings-wake-devastating-tornado/ https://www.ketk.com/news/local-news/alto-isd-unveils-new-buildings-names-basketball-court-after-student-who-passed-away/ https://www.cbs19.tv/article/news/local/alto-community-continues-to-remember-high-school-basketball-player/501-d53a139c-2136-472b-b999-3ae0020149ad https://www.jacksonvilleprogress.com/news/the-wait-is-over-alto-isd-dedicates-3-new-school-buildings/article_e78a14dc-d0c9-11ec-afa4-af35d0a223c7.html?utm_campaign=blox&utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social&fbclid=IwAR1UDDXobLEFMIouw5CWVnEUXgstG8KH8XPt8rGhyvfGrbr6Toz9YpLxrQc
    9 points
  3. It’s not just small districts struggling to fill positions, it’s a problem in bigger ones too. And not just that, we have a work problem period. FedEx can’t get enough workers to get deliveries on time, food services have “now hiring” plastered everywhere…it’s an issue finding people who want to actually put forth effort. There have also been some self-inflicted wounds in the coaching community. Used to, if a coach wanted a raise they went into admin. Now some of the stipends are high enough coaches can stay in coaching longer and get their numbers up. Because of that, you now have that administrator who has 3 years of kindergarten experience working their way up the administrative ladder and it’s helped to turn education at local levels into more of a dog and pony show than education really needs to be. I’m glad coaches are getting paid better, but this is going to be a growing problem. One administrator I’ve heard of in Katy ISD struggled with 1st graders and was a high school campus principal. Instead of holding kids accountable it was always “what are you doing to engage those struggling students?” How many former coaches can you hear saying that? We’re also in a stretch of the entitled coach who has never had to grind through anything and if they’re told no they quit and go pout. We’ve also reached a level of select ball fever that coaches can do what they want job wise and take on a “stipend” of whatever they want to charge for their players. Realistically there are a lot of factors contributing to the educator shortage and I’m afraid that unless our mindset changes as a nation it’s going to get worse…even in Texas.
    9 points
  4. Ever since a shift that happened from it being the kids and parents responsible and Admin actually helping. To today where its all the teachers fault and Admin put more and more on teachers plate and don't protect the teachers from parents. All this causes burnout and really good people leaving the profession.
    9 points
  5. The biggest problem [even outside of schools] it that it is always another person's fault. Maybe your kid just isn't good enough to be a starter regardless of what grade they are in? Maybe it is your kid's fault that he is failing and not the teachers? Maybe it is your fault that your kid has behavior issues?
    9 points
  6. The parents today are what's wrong with this country. They blame everyone else and think the world is against their angels when they get in trouble for actually doing illegal things or acting up in school and such. When I was coming up you got in trouble in school or out in public, you had it coming again when you got home
    9 points
  7. 8 points
  8. If it is spread like they say it is it could possibly wipe out most of the CNN men news commentators
    7 points
  9. 8 hours of after school practice per UIL 3 hours after practice to supervise locker rooms 3 hours after locker rooms are clear for offense/defensive meetings and laundry duty 2-3 hours on Wednesday painting the game field and/or practice field 3 - 5 hours on Thursdays for Sub-Varsity games 8 hours on Friday Nights for travel, games and locker room clean up 7-8 hours on Saturday for film, laundry and meetings 6 hours on Sunday for game planning, practice preparation 8-10 hours film study outside the school day It adds up real quick. If you don't think football coaches work 50 hours a week outside the school day then you are sadly mistaken.
    7 points
  10. I don’t know if it’s more appropriate to be in the NFL section, but two former star east Texas running backs were just drafted within two picks of each other in the 6th round of the NFL draft. Former Carthage RB Keaontay Ingram to the Cardinals and former Henderson RB Trestan Ebner to the Bears. I just thought it was cool, two guys who played 30 minutes down the road and against one another many times going just about back to back in the draft.
    6 points
  11. All coaches fall into two categories. 1. Coaches who have been fired 2. Coaches who will be fired someday.
    6 points
  12. Just my opinion, but there is a reason Texas has the highest quality of sports as compared to any other state. That reason isn't because we hire "part time" coaches. The quality of the sports we enjoy comes from the caliber of coaches we have here. High school sports stand on the shoulders of men and women who dedicated countless hours beyond asked of them to ensure kids are taken care of. It is very apparent that this is lost on many, who cannot appreciate what it takes to really build kids up to be the best versions of themselves, beyond just athletics.
    6 points
  13. I like the post but honestly. $50,000 is not enough in today's society. No less than $75,000 in my book. Not because of all the stuff they do and put up with. Everything just cost to much now.
    6 points
  14. I’d like for all teachers in every school district throughout the state to be guaranteed by The State of Texas to take home (net, after taxes) no less than $50,000 per year. In reality, teachers need to make more than that, because it’s a HUGE responsibility teachers take on every day for their entire community not just the students and their parents.
    6 points
  15. Yeah, ol' Rapture got mind control on you @ANTI...
    6 points
  16. From the moment of conception, that baby has a unique DNA. It is a separate individual. If you want to go down the road of it being dependent on another human being to survive, that opens the door to killing healthy children up to about age 3 maybe later depending on development. It also opens the door to killing any child with developmental disorders at any time. It sounds an awful lot like Nazi Germany. It is a slippery slope as much as most people hate to hear that argument. Lines have to be drawn. Anyone who can sit through that doctor's explanation of what an abortion is and still be "pro-choice" is a #### sociopath.
    6 points
  17. I say it all the time these coaches don’t care about the kids point blank period. I would never stop a kid if he doesn’t wanna play at my school or whatever the case. Im tired of hearing that coaches have so much integrity when stuff like this happens.
    6 points
  18. It's too bad all these coaches didn't go into other lines of work where we all love our jobs and only work 40 hours a week. In all seriousness, it's a hard enough job to be a teacher, especially one who cares about kids and their education. Add to that all that comes with coaching sports, and it's gotta be tough. But, working for the government is always going to be underpaid and underappreciated (Unless you are in congress or Dr Fauci). We have allowed them to screw it all up. We pay plenty of tax dollars to pay our educators good wages, but we blow it all on stupid government required BS. Best of luck coaches....
    5 points
  19. That quick home game may not include the guy staying to do the laundry or wait for parents to come pick their child up after the game...sometimes the wait can be significant.
    5 points
  20. Any dad off the street can be a head coach, you hear that from the stands every Friday night.
    5 points
  21. I will break it down for you like this. Monday and Tuesday - 14 hours In the locker room at 3:45, on the field at 4, practice starts at 4:15, off the field at 7:15. Locker room empty and all kids left the premises b by 7:45. Put in laundry and watch practice film, flip laundry, discuss personnel and scheme and plan tomorrows practice, out of the field house by 8:45. Me personally, I go home and take care of what is left to do at home after my wife has taken care of the majority of the household chores. After everyone is in bed, I watch at least another hour of two of film. Wednesday - 7 hours In the locker room at 3:45, on the field at 4, practice starts at 4:15, off the field at 6:15. Locker room empty and all kids left the premises b by 6:45. Put in laundry and paint the game field. Watch practice film, flip laundry, discuss personnel and scheme. Out oft he field house at 8:45. Me personally, I go home and take care of what is left to do at home after my wife has taken care of the majority of the household chores. After everyone is in bed, I watch at least another hour of two of film. Thursday - Home 5 hours - Road - 6-7 Home game, in the locker room at 3:45 out of the field house after game, locker room supervision, laundry by 8:45. Road game add a minimum of an hour sometimes 2. Friday - 9 hours - 3:45 - 1 am - after inputting film and data. Saturday - 8-3 = 7 hours + an hour or 2 watching film at home Sunday - 12-6 = 6 hours + an hour or two watching film at home So an minimum of 50 hours spent outside the regular school day in very normal for me. Now you can remove an hour or 2 hours a day for some coaches, but you are still talking about an extra 40 hours a week on top of working a 40 hour a week job. Not many individuals going to sign up for that for a $3,000 a year stipend.
    5 points
  22. I'm a 10 year coach/teacher. The most alarming thing I am seeing now is not young coaches and teachers getting out after 1 or 2 years. That is fairly normal. The trend that is by far more alarming than that is those who have been doing it 10-20 years getting out. On top of that is the lack of those getting in we are in a real tough spot.
    5 points
  23. Um, exactly what I'm saying. Many people teach so that can coach. Schools fill staffs with people across the state with coaches. Take the attachment to teaching away, and you are creating another beast. I said nothing about having a degree. But many of your comments are misguided or ill-informed. Most coaches teach. A select few coaches may get a cushiony job that would still require and educator to be in like proctoring dual credit, PE or DAEP. Keep in mind those spots would still have to be filled even without it tied to coaching. Even fewer coaches have no teaching responsibilities. I spoke on professional vs part time coaches. A coach that is a professional connects with kids in the classroom, in the hallways, in the athletic period, at lunch, etc. A part time coach that paints during the day and shows up for practice and games doesn't meet the standard of quality set by professional coaches. This isn't AAU or pee-wee.
    5 points
  24. Is it just a coincidence Eustace is open?
    5 points
  25. He has the House, Senate and the MSM and still can't do anything but destroy America.
    5 points
  26. Congratulations to West Rusk for winning the State Championship in the 4X200!!! @lionpride08
    5 points
  27. This is a huge problem with our government. They are more worried about what is going on in some other part of the world than dealing with and making their own citizens happy, or protecting their own borders. And for any senator to back spending more money in a foreign nation, while not taking care of their own is treasonous IMHO. GOP/Demo/Independent--If we won't protect our own borders, then we shouldn't be spending TAXPAYER money to protect someone else's border.
    5 points
  28. One of my good buddies is a coach and the stuff they deal with is ridiculous at times. Parents acting/talking crazy...crazy hours...average to low pay...politics within the admin/school board (depending on where you're at) Parents think they can do a better job....maybe they should fill out an application.
    5 points
  29. Why would anyone want to coach the way they are treated? Both of my boys considered it. I encouraged them to more stable careers. Oldest is back at the school and it won't shock me for him to want to coach. He's competitive and is involved. People lack respect to others anymore. No matter what they get paid.
    5 points
  30. I have heard that the Sherman admin has been very disrespectful to those trying to leave. With the principal telling the family that Sherman ISD is not concerned about what is best for the individual athlete. If this is true then absolute shame on Sherman and people should lose their jobs. This is a terrible look for a program already in disarray and having its own issues going on. Coach Cain is finding out that it's hard to win when you don't have the best athletes in the state roaming your sideline like he did at Allen. Easy to win when you have freaks but harder when you actually have to coach. Embarrassing that you would be willing to ruin a kids senior year because you are being petty. Hope Grant finds a home not at Sherman and Sherman goes 0-10.
    5 points
  31. No way this lying pos got 81 million legal votes. Crowds at his political stops wouldn’t have enough people to make two baseball teams. What urinates me off, he stole the 2020 election and the press never investigated it. In fact, they were de facto conspirators in the greatest robbery of all time. The result, stumbling, bumbling Joe Biden is destroying America.
    5 points
  32. Listen, I used to want a teacher who thought of my kids as her own, but the values and morals of some of these people working as teachers are not anywhere close to mine. I want them to teach Reading, Writing, and Arithmetic and leave the morality and social issues to me.
    5 points
  33. And it's @LoboFan07 from the top rope! Outta nowhere! Bah gawwwwd! That man has a family! Somebody stop the match!
    5 points
  34. I have split my career with coaching and management with 2/3 being in management. I have lived all over Texas and currently reside in rural East Texas. I have had carpenters, plumbers, drivers, managers, warehouse workers, plant operators, admin clerks, dock supervisors, maintenance techs, etc work for me for the majority of my adult life. Every comment you make reveals more "ignorance". You state that you can see coaches working late on "game days" but "not every one". My question is this: 1. How frequently is "game day" for coaches who "coach 3 sports"? 2. For coaches that coach in a "rural East Texas school" like "where you live", that coach sports in the Spring and share kids with other sports, when do they get to have practice? If a coach coaches baseball, when does he get the kids from track? Is he able to have practice during or after track? If track practice ends at 5:30 when does baseball practice begin/end? What time does the day start with am athletics? When does the coach get to leave when practice is over? When does a day with am athletics and JV and Varsity baseball game/practice end? When is field maintenance done?
    4 points
  35. 6:00 am-8pm monday-wednesday - 42 hrs 6:am-10 Pm (quick home game) Thursday-16 hrs 6:am-12am Away game- 18 hrs That Alone is 76 hours Then weekends lets say quick and do 12 hrs total for the weekend that's 88 hours. Its real, Outsiders wont get it.
    4 points
  36. This is a pretty standard schedule. You can cut some time out in certain areas. Rotate laundry duty, locker room duty. More people are going to turf fields so might not have to paint. (I actually know of some coaches that a turf field is a must in looking for jobs for the extra time alone.) Maybe shave some time if your coordinators are making assistants do all the grunt work of laundry by themselves. While time saving that never leads to a good staff cohesion, and most small schools don't have "lead assistants". They just do everything. Play action has explained a ton but I'll dive into the standard weekend schedule. Friday: Spot on by Play action. Get the kids home. Get them out. Get laundry soaked and started. Film has to upload, clips have to be cut together. Film part is a 1 person job but its probably ready to go by midnight to 1. Saturday: Previous games film has to be graded and marked up. If kids are coming in on Saturday to watch it, that has to be done before. So typically sometime between 1AM and 9AM the film is ready to go. Approximately a 2 hour process. Maybe more maybe less depending on position and how the night went. So stay up until 3 or get to work 6 hours later. Lift, recovery run, and go over film with players gone between 11-12. From 12-2 its time to look at the next opponent. Data has to be put in to the clips and a scouting report made. Reports are ran film is studied. Go home find some time to watch film on your own to be ready to make a game plan the next day. Sunday: Meet after church and lunch, typically 2. Discuss what is being seen in the opponent. Formulate game plan. Does anything need to be changed? Anything new installed? How will they adjust to us how do we have to adjust to them? By 3 hopefully your plan is set now practice plan for the week. Drills, adjustments, plays. Draw up cards for your scout team to get aligned right. All of the offenses run plays. All of their pass plays. All of the defenses alignments. Final scouting report ready to be sent to the kids on Sunday or Monday. Leave when the jobs done. This is about as standard as it gets. More staffs are working from home on Saturday at the expense of not bringing the kids up. Just like before, you can maybe shave a couple hours off but not much. Keep in mind this is about as efficient as it gets for an average size staff. Smaller staffs will pull more weight.
    4 points
  37. Start with the 90 million we spend on STAAR Testing.
    4 points
  38. Looks like SH & Kilgore will match up again next week.
    4 points
  39. There isn't a place dark or hot enough in Hell for those who go after children. I'm not even a coach and I've got to put up with that ####.
    4 points
  40. Now watch.... In a few months when Legacy wins 2-3 games he'll either: A) Act like he never said the above and jump on another teams' bandwagon B) Disappear altogether, rinse and repeat come spring 2023 Legacy does not have the talent on their team now that they had the past two seasons. And even with what they had, they won 5 games in '21, 6 games in '22. You think they match that this year? Good luck.
    4 points
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