Some veteran North Carolina high school coaches will be brushing up on coaching basics during the next few years.
The N.C. High School Athletic Association board of directors recently passed a requirement that all non-faculty coaches and all new hires must pass the National Federation of State High School Association's coaching fundamentals course.
If a coaching veteran, even one with 30 years experience and a glowing resume, is hired at a different school, the coach will have to pass the Federation's coaching fundamentals course.
The NCHSAA recommends that each of its coaches become nationally certified within the next three years. Coaches must pass the fundamentals course, a first aid course and sports specific course to be nationally certitifed.
Some local school systems already require their coaches to be nationally certified.