‘Coaching school’

Veteran volleyball coach Leighann Strickland has seen many UIL changes through the years. For this season, she said SHS games will be played in the SMS gym early on because the new gym floor at the high school is not completed. Photo by Mark K. Campbell

Annual gatherings send ISD personnel to San Antonio and Arlington

Springtown Athletic Director Brian Hulett (left) said SISD coaches receive valuable information at the annual “coaches school” each summer. Photo by Mark K. Campbell
Veteran volleyball coach Leighann Strickland has seen many UIL changes through the years. For this season, she said SHS games will be played in the SMS gym early on because the new gym floor at the high school is not completed. Photo by Mark K. Campbell
BY MARK K. CAMPBELL
markcampbell@azlenews.net

Every summer, with the beginning of school looming on the horizon, thousands of athletic directors, coaches, and trainers gather somewhere in Texas.
There, they see old friends, make new ones, and learn from experts about the hottest topics that affect their jobs – and the student-athletes they are responsible for.
SISD female coaches attended the Texas Girls’ Coaches Association convention in Arlington the week of July 9.
There, high and middle school coaches learned cutting skills and techniques to improve ISD athletes in volleyball, basketball, track and field, and softball.
The boys coaches headed to the Texas High School Coaches Association Convention and Coaching School was held in San Antonio’s Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center July 22-24.
The three-day event was filled with educational seminars that included updates on rule changes and procedures as well as the latest in safety advances.
Also awaiting the influx of Texas school personnel were sessions on male and female sports and a slew of exhibits.
This year, the keynote speaker was former Dallas Cowboy Chad Hennings.
Another popular person at the podium was TCU head coach Gary Patterson who spoke on “Athletic Program Planning for Success.”
Once again, medical issues were addressed; in San Antonio seven doctors addressed the gathering.
They covered topics like concussions, “New Techniques in Training from a Medical Perspective,” safety training, and an update on anabolic steroids.
Some speakers addressed areas not expressly sports related.
Michael Johnson, who played for the Cincinnati Bengals, spoke on “Faith, Family, Football” and a discussion on “Encouraging Multi-Sport Participation” was conducted as well as a segment on NCAA recruiting.
All coaches completed the UIL Rules Compliance Program training required for the specific sports they coach.
Topics covered in the program include UIL policy and state law requirements, participation guidelines, and sport-specific regulation.
Also taught were heat-related illness and cardiac arrest awareness seminars as well as complete training in adult first aid, CPR, and AED usage – all of which can prove vital to an athlete until professional emergency help arrives.
Conventions help the Springtown coaching staff “to incorporate the knowledge and skills learned…to help improve the lives of student-athletes they get to coach at Springtown ISD,” according to an email.