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  1. Why does continuity have to Trump Success? Doesn't Coach Grunewald have a unique perspective of seeing what did and didn't work for Coach Marsh? He is rooted in the community, will retain the staff whom he has a working relationship with, he knows the opponents they play year in and year out. If the school and the community want to push for greater success on the field isn't a lot of that tied to how much support a coach gets compared to who the coach is? Will admin back him when angry parents come calling? Will they hire teachers who coach? Will they set a class schedule that allows players to consistently take a weight training class all through HS? Will they sell a vision that promotes educational athletics to their students? The game is not that complicated, run, block, tackle, and get kids to believe in and take pride in what they are doing. I worry that sometime we paint "big hires" as these coaching gurus, and sometimes they are. But also don't you think that sometimes they are just in a great situation with great administrative support?
  2. You just want kids to enjoy the sport their in, play as hard as they can and have it be a meaningful and impactful life experience. Don't know if distractions like the starting practice for the next sport help that occur. Not to mention the increased risk of injury. Trainer I worked with once kept all sorts of data on multi-sport athletes who were trying to play club on the weekends and practice for an out of season sport before school. Those kids get hurt much greater rate than the one sport at a time kids.
  3. Any worries that Bremen would be too small to compete in the NLC year in and year out?
  4. My money is on Jimtown. Super competitive in Football and Wrestling, recently added some sports to their athletic department. What does everyone else think?
  5. Has Hell froze over?

    Great point, I guess I just thought of NIC and assumed they were much smaller in enrollment than most of their opponents. Speaking of enrollment numbers, why do some schools seem to "rise above" and be able to compete against schools much larger than themselves and others just can't? I know that coaches, demographics, tradition and all those things play a part. But how does a Northwood beat (and sometimes beat up) a Warsaw with 2.5x+ their enrollment? I live in Michigan now and with their playoff system being predicated on 6 wins, you would see people lose their minds if a conference opponent had such a huge enrollment gap over an rival member. In fact many schools up here are part of a mega conference that constantly realigns itself every few years to keep enrollments in certain divisions of the conference as close as possible. It speaks to the quality of some of these smaller Indiana high schools programs, but how do they consistently play with the big boys when you just don't see that in some other places? For Jimtown to consistently play Concord so tough is really a big feather in their cap.
  6. Has Hell froze over?

    I think that Jimtown would be an excellent fit in the NLC. Central Location makes them a better fit than New Prairie or some others that have been mentioned. What would be negative for Jimtown if they make that move?
  7. Kirschner Resigns from BD

    I'm not from the area, but it seems to me like having a high school that big means limited opportunities for participation in sports and activities by its students. Still only 5 on the basketball court at a time, 11 on the football field, etc., which I understand is economically efficient but I'm not sure its good for kids. Can someone offer some insight or their opinion on how this might play on school culture?
  8. My original post on this thread was to draw light to the fact that the pool of applicants for a community like Highland or any community that isn't rapidly growing in enrollment is going to be somewhat limited by the structure of Indiana teacher pay. Your going to have to hire an older teacher/coach who has already ascended the salary scale, or a very young coach who is at the beginning of the scale and has nothing to lose. Many school systems also have language in their master contract limiting the amount of years of experience that a teacher can bring with them to their new position in an effort to free up money for teacher raises when an more experienced teacher does leave or retire. Also a hindrance when your in the hunt for a coach. All of these road blocks limit the type of candidates a school will get for the job, as well as a school's ability to keep a coach long term. Which is why I found it applicable to post on this thread. Interesting how some that bash public education also have very high expectations for coaching candidates.
  9. Lots of negative talk about public education on this thread. Thought I would offer some perspective on the other side of things. Indiana's public education system is in trouble, the state has one of the lowest per pupil funding rates in the country. That, combined with new laws about how teachers get paid has made Indiana an extremely unattractive choice for perspective educators. Just look at the states teacher shortage, you have school districts filling positions with long-term substitutes, at times in key areas like algebra or science. So how does this conversation belong on a football site? The best thing for Indiana's young men is to have consistent examples and role models in their lives. Just look at the schools that consistently win, they have consistent staffs. I hope everyone realizes that teacher pay in Indiana is linked to "Newly available funding", which translates to increased enrollment. No longer can teachers look ahead and see themselves moving up a salary scale year after year. While I have no problem with poor teachers being held accountable, how can you tell a great young teacher that they will never attain the salary of their more experienced co-workers because the districts enrollment is stagnant? I have friends that teach in the state, that if things continue the way they are going, will have 15 years of service in before they make $40,000. How are you going to keep good people around when that is their reward? Their are a lot of great young coaches in Indiana, you look at guys like Ben Geffert at Griffith and Adam Berry at Pioneer. But, how long can those guys afford to stay in the game? Those two communities are not growing, so with no "New Money" those great men will eventually feel a squeeze on them and their families that is shamefully unnecessary and undeserved. You look at the state of Michigan (where I now reside because of being pushed out by Indiana public education) higher pay, a true salary scale, much better retirement plan. Great educators and coaches are leaving for other states, or getting out of the educational system entirely. The only way to climb the scale in Indiana is to be in a growing community, or to move around from school to school hoping that some administration will hire you at an accelerated rate because of your teaching spot being deemed an area of need. This will create a culture of inconsistency, students will never have long-term teachers and coaches to identify with and lean on like many of the readers of this site had as children. For the sake of Indiana communities, Indiana's young people, and Indiana youth sports, people need to know the problems with the current public education situation and vote accordingly to fix them.