By Nate Taylor – email@example.com
CHAPEL HILL – The N.C. High School Athletic Association has approved to change its policy to require all non-faculty coaches to complete the National Federation of State High School Associations’ fundamentals of coaching class.
The policy was changed by the board of directors of the NCHSAA during its spring board meeting Wednesday afternoon. The vote was 17-4 in favor of changing the policy.
In the past, coaches could be hired by a school whether they knew anything about coaching or not. Teachers, game officials, counselors, principals and bus drivers are all required to be certified.
As of now, 43 states require high school coaches to have some sort of national certification based on a coaching education program before being hired.
North Carolina is not among them.
Delaware, Iowa, North Dakota, Maryland, Michigan and Pennsylvania are the other states that do not require its coaches to have any type of certification.
Completing the fundamentals course would be the first step in becoming a nationally certified interscholastic coach. Coaches will also need to complete a first aid course and a sport specific course – or a teaching sports skills course if a specific sport course isn’t available – to become nationally certified.
Most states, and some systems in North Carolina, now require coaches to complete a national coaching education program in addition to having a background check before working with children.
At its December meeting, the board of directors, which regulates interscholastic athletics in North Carolina for public schools and for a few non-boarding parochial schools, considered requiring all non-faculty coaches to complete the NFSHA fundamentals of coaching class. But the recommendation was tabled for the spring meeting.