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Wedgebuster

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  1. Ron Brown???? Great turn around at Triton. I know he is early in his career, but that program was on life support for a while and they won a sectional last year right? My names and years may be off.
  2. What about Jeff Adamson at Eastbrook? 270-88 in year 31. Plenty of consistency at a smaller public school. Very hard to not feel the talent gaps in a school that size, but every year he has them competing for a Sectional.
  3. This is week 3 in Michigan Benton Harbor had a great run a few years back under Elliot Uzelak, but he stepped aside when he confronted admin about the schools extremely low graduation rates, lack of certified teachers, class sizes, etc. They usually have plenty of athletes, until Coach U they have always had a hard time overcoming their own disorganization which is compounded by some of the very tough socio-economic circumstances of their students. School was recently almost shut down, lot of local pride seems to have saved it for the time being. https://www.heraldpalladium.com/news/local/uzelac-blasts-bh-schools-on-way-out/article_02314c23-0359-5c89-8734-9cf866aa6cc1.html Coach U's parting thoughts
  4. Lots of other options for kids to entertain themselves in 2019, with more and more parents saying "well I can't make them play if they don't want to...." They don't WANT to eat their vegetables or go to sleep either but you make it happen because its good for them. Drives me insane!
  5. I've always found listening to all the old Radtke stories to be EXTREMELY entertaining. The Bone Tree, the sideline explosions, the unapologetic way in which he operates. I was at the NP vs St. Joe playoff game in 2013, I think it was the Regional. NP is up by 2 or 3 TD's going into halftime and Russ is just killing his coaching staff on their way into the locker room. A complete undressing of adult men. So I see one of his staff members later that year and say "Hey, how is it working for that guy?" Thinking I would get some dirt,...... I got nothing but a GLOWING report of a man that all he wants is complete dedication and desire for perfection out of his staff and players. I find the chaos that seems to surround him, with the stark contrast of how tough and discipline that his teams play with to be one of the most interesting paradoxes in athletics that I've seen. Anyone care to share some good RR stories?
  6. How does Russ Radtke always seem to turn out just absolute Grinders? Everyone that said, "Coach Radtke will never relate to the millennial player" or "Kids don't want to run that style of offense" Dude just keeps right on ROLLING through the competition!
  7. My guess would be Monrovia is almost forced to stay internal when this is SOOO late in the year. With their string of success in recent years, I'm sure they have some very capable coaches on staff.
  8. Many don't understand this. It has lead to the sad state of Indiana public education. The pay freeze and no way to climb the latter without increased enrollment is a large part of why I'm no longer a teacher and coach in the great state of Indiana. Sad that so many don't realize how the system works.
  9. Sad that no one sees the negative effects of constant teacher turnover. I taught at my first school for many years, I knew the kids, the brothers, the sisters, parents, coached kids in multiple sports and at multiple levels. The relationships you develop cannot be understated. I could get kids to do things they didn't want to do, just because I asked them to, sometimes just with a look. Fast forward, I'm at my 2nd teaching job (in Michigan) and I've only been here a couple of years. I like the kids and they like me, but its not the same. Takes years and years to become part of a community or school system that is the community in a lot of rural areas. Deeply bothers me that those relationships are being robbed from Indiana's youth.
  10. SMH......in what world does it not make sense to incentive Professional Development like earning a Masters in your employees? Just another attempt to de-professionalize education.
  11. It was one reason why my wife and I chose to leave the state. Love Indiana and Indiana Football, but the teaching load and lack of salary accompanying it weren't something that I wanted to support my family on. In Michigan, I teach fewer students each day, for $12,000 more a year at a public school, and thats with a pay scale that continues to increase. The biggest issue for many Indiana schools is that teacher pay is tied to enrollment. If your a young teacher that gets hired for $35k your school's enrollment is stagnant or shrinking you may never receive a raise. As a teacher, I've dedicated my life to kids, but I didn't take a vow of poverty nor do I consider myself a missionary. We are professionals and should be paid accordingly. Not crazy amounts, but in accordance to the degrees we have and the amount of work that we do.
  12. I coach in Michigan now and I really miss the Indiana JV model. Here, our JV's play after the Freshman on Thursday night. The same opponent we are going to play on Friday. Not only does it lock JV football into being for 10th graders who play zero varsity, but it also takes away the emphasis of skill development and getting kids on the field at the JV level. Usually both varsity staffs are in attendance trying to see how the other team might align in the Friday game. Also has really made it tough for smaller schools to field 3 levels. Even if you can have 25 kids out for football as Sophomores, you can see where if the Varsity "takes" 4 of them, and a few get hurt through the course of the year, your quickly left with 15-19 kids to try to play a JV football game. Kids are forced to play out of position. Meanwhile a percentage of juniors spends a lot of that year not playing much at all accept during mop-up time. Its just soooooo stupid. Great Job on this Indiana!!!1
  13. In all seriousness. I miss the Indiana Catholics. Tough parents, tough kids, that just happen to like a good time. In the greater "God Rapids" area, I really think that Religion and the fear surrounding it makes kids afraid to throw all in and be passionate about something. We have trouble ever getting our full secondary or set of skill guys at a 7 on 7 because our kids go on multiple mission trips (or lets be honest mission tourism trips) during the summer. If they don't go, their going to hell, or at least that is what they are led to believe. We just have a bunch of nice kids that are scared of ever getting too excited about something for fear of getting their wrists slapped. I teach at a medium sized public school but we are basically a christian school without the bible class. I can't really describe it, but somehow the "vibe" between the two states seems to be very different to me. Pretty sure if Lowell or West Lafayette tried to be the "Devils" up here parents would move their kids out of district in mass numbers. A fellow Assistant coach on our staff put it best "If one of our kids somehow wandered into a hot piece of a$$, they would have to have their mom blow on it first" 😂 I'm not saying you need "bad" kids to be good, but I sure would take some right about now!
  14. Hey you guys could be in Michigan where we have nothing to level the playing field. No Success Factor, no Multiplier, nothing. As a result you get schools like Grand Rapids West Catholic winning 5 state titles in a row. 😒
  15. I think Jimtown to the NLC would have been a decent move (competitive profile of the school and location), and was my guess to replace Memorial before Mishawaka filled that spot. New Prairie is a great fit for football, but I don't believe they have a soccer team, don't know about swimming. Then you have the issue of the NP to Wawasse commute for a Tuesday night girls tennis matchup. Nobody is signing up for that.
  16. How big are your splits? Who is smarter? Who is more confident in what they are doing? Seen a lot of kids who can run a good 40 but have horrible "feet". Give me the kid who can bend at the knees and not his waist, knows what to do, has proper footwork and most importantly PLAYS HARD!
  17. What is the advantage of their location? Just them being the biggest school in the county?
  18. I'm enjoying the posts that are giving reasons for their picks. Wish a few of you would give more explanation as to why you feel the way that you do. I root for Mishawaka once NP is out. I love the tough, physical style they play and the community atmosphere surrounding that program. Same with Lowell. I love to see any high powered air raid type offense fail in November. We play in Indiana, this isn't college football where you can pick your QBs. Who can play in the elements?!
  19. On a related note, will this become more and more of an issue in the near future? IMO High school sports at some schools are reaching a level of preparation and training never seen before at the prep level. At other schools athletics are a box for Admin to check off that they offered the opportunity for kids to play and not much thought is given to them beyond scheduling the games and officials. Is that just the wave of the future? Is there a way to turn back time? How will the IHSAA address this problem as a whole? Are we doomed to a European club sports model at some point in the next 30 years? Love to hear everyone's thoughts
  20. Don't think a 35 point rule is bad, but I also think that Indiana could solve a lot of problems if there were some exceptions made to the QUARTERS rules for younger players. What a stupid thing to have to have your young guys wait until the 4th quarter to get in the game when your up 42-0 at the half. Also a stupid thing to potentially get a key player hurt because they were in the game, waiting til the 4th, when a younger kid can come in. Becoming more and more of a problem with low football numbers, not many JV teams have much depth these days. You need those kids to be able to play all 4 in the JV game because there is no one else.
  21. So then my question is, as an administrator, is coaching not a major "plus" for a potential teaching candidate? I would think that what you can glean from an interview and a resume is pretty limited. The commitment to kids and community that someone who takes a lot of time out of their day to coach, not to mention the connection with kids that you know will develop from coaching, in my mind has to at least factor a little bit into the equation. Can you really gain a significant amount of insight into someone's teaching ability vs someone else's teaching ability from a resume, some letters of recommendation, and an interview? I'm a teacher/coach that has been frustrated in the past by watching admin pass over someone that you know would coach for someone who is "better with their use of technology in the classroom" or "more innovative with their teaching strategies" (in actuality probably just better at throwing out buzz words in their interview). Only to see that person struggle to connect with kids and therefore struggle as a teacher.
  22. Totally agree here I am very thankful that as a teenager I attended a school where every football staff member 9-12 worked in the corporation, and most in the High school. Many of the assistants were head coaches in Winter or Spring sports. I did a lot of school work because I liked and valued my relationship with those teacher/coaches that probably wouldn't have gotten accomplished if I didn't have that depth of relationship with them. Why schools can't see that the relationship between coach (or any other beyond the school day activity leader) and participant, is going to more than make up for any perceived lack of skill in the classroom is beyond me. Moreover, in most instances, you see the best coaches are the best teachers. Great communicators who can quickly build relationships with kids. What more does a school want? A lot of the issue lies in the fact that most administrators aren't the grizzled former veteran coaches and teachers that they once were. With the teaching profession becoming less and less attractive, your seeing more and more young teacher jumping ship from the classroom to administration. A lot of principals and superintendents out there that have taught for less than 5 years and coached even less. These people do not value what a great teacher/coach can bring to a school the way that their predecessors once did.
  23. Why does everyone get stuck on win-loss records? Don't you have to consider WHERE these guys put that record together at? Some places getting your squad above .500 might be much more impressive than winning a sectional somewhere else. Still everyone loves to post about win-loss records and why these coaches aren't great hires for this or that job.
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