Coaching Ethics in Leon County Schools

By: Blaine Tolison Email
By: Blaine Tolison Email

Ethics in coaching was at the top of Leon County Schools' to do list Wednesday night. Every coach in the county met to hear just how much they impact their kids.

Lately, there has been more than one disappointment in the local coaching world and it does not involve losing games. But the issue with coaching ethics is not just local--it's all around the country.

Brian Shulman, who was invited to speak Wednesday night at Lawton Chiles High School and he develops new sports oriented ways to work with kids including using videogames to learn. He said, "I think it becomes such a volatile issue I give you my kid and I entrust you to take care of him. And you betray that trust by doing something else. I think that's where people get really really ticked off."

Coaching ethics are in high demand after two Lincoln coaches were let go for how they handled players on their softball team, as well as a Chiles coach put on suspension for a similar reason. But aside from recent incidents, Superintendent Jackie Pons says the bigger issue is all coaches, everywhere, knowing how they impact the lives of children.

"We depend on them and anybody who's going to working with our young people--the individuals that are the future of our community. We want to make sure we give all the coaches all the professional development and all the training that we can. And we appreciate their commitment." said Pons.

About 300 coaches committed to Wednesday night's presentation and heard from experts on how to work with today's children who are tied to the digital world and how to teach kids more than just the game.

William Gilmore, Rickards Track & Field Coach said, "Your words mean something to them. Your opinion means something to them. When we talk to them, we give them what they need to hear."

Athletes are younger than ever, there are more enhancement drugs, and the media requires coaches to be more knowledgeable about the right thing to do making it imperative that coaches follow the ethical line everyday.

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