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TO CLIMB THE LADDER OR NOT TO CLIMB THE LADDER - Advice to Young Coaches from a Young Coach Part I

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© June, 2012

by Jared Van Acker
Head Coach • Grafton High School (Yorktown, VA)

“I wish I would’ve known that when…” or “If I could do it all over again…” are some of the common phrases that many young coaches make after getting a chance to move up the ladder in the coaching profession. As a young varsity head football coach entering my 30’s, it seems weird to give advice to young coaches looking to make the leap to a higher level of coaching. No matter what level, there is a constant revolving door and moving up and down on the coaching ladder year in and year out. I personally have moved up the ladder pretty quickly in the high school coaching ranks. I was an assistant coach for one year in Illinois while I was still a college student. After my college football playing days were over after knee surgery, I wanted to “hang up my cleats and replace them with a whistle,” pay it forward and give young men the opportunity to play football the way I learned.
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