From the coaches point of view

The reason why most people go to a track meet is to support the team or to be with friends. That statement is hard to deny. Though most don’t get how hard or intense it is to be a coach for these competitive events.


Sitting on those uncomfortable seats by your friend, it’s hard to deny you hear lots of things such as running and track and field events here and there. You’re here to mainly see lots of athletes  doing track. You see the coaches however on the sidelines. Watching, giving advice and cheering on, they’re not usually the ones you pay attention to.

I hope they learn life skills that will help them be successful young adults and people.”

— Ty Haren

The coaches aren’t the ones most people pay little attention to during track meets, but they have intensive jobs,  which can sometimes be more intense than the players. It’s far more than just watching from the sidelines and giving pointers here and there.

Head boys track coach Travis Craig mentioned his responsibilities. “I have to go recruit kids and tell them what they can get out of track,” Craig said. “I also have to fundraise to get as much money and support as possible.  ” There is far more to being a coach but Craig also mentioned what he likes about being a head coach. “When they achieve success and their goals as well as the ability to carry on the great tradition that was set forth by many alumni and previous head coaches. Those people deserve my best and deserve to have their legacy continued.” Craig said talking of when he’s proud of his team.

Hopefully they learn some skills of how to become a better athlete, but also some life skills, such as discipline, teamwork, dependability, and punctuality”

— Tyler J. Meade

Though he is usually busy, he’s not the only coach involved in this team. Also interviewed for this track team was Assistant Coach Ty Haren. He has lots of fun coaching the team. “We play a game for conditioning in track practice with our throwers.  It’s like ultimate Frisbee with a soft play ball in the wrestling room (with) no shoes, of course. ” which is what Haren said he enjoys about coaching track. He’s been coaching for about 5 years. Prior to coaching track, he coached baseball for four years. “I hope they learn life skills that will help them be successful young adults and people.” Haren hopes the team learn.

The third coach was Assistant Coach Tyler J. Meade. He also enjoys coaching as all of them do. his team. Coming from a family of coaches, he chose the same path. He coaches football as well as track. It’s been 12 years that he has been coaching football and 7 with boys track. He admits the most intense moments of track are watching a really close race in a state track meet. He does, however, have a few complaints about coaching. “When athletes think they are good enough that they don’t have to give effort in everything they do. Those who don’t take practice seriously because they don’t understand how important they are.”

I hope they learn about their bodies and how to move them efficiently, how to be fast, hard work pays off, anything is possible, and that track and field, while hard can be very rewarding physically, mentally but also emotionally”

— Travis Craig

All three coaches have a different perspective on boys track. One has the most responsibilities and is determined on teaching the boys how to win and succeed. The next one just has fun and hopes the boys do too, to take their wins and losses well. The third, wants the boys to succeed in both life and track A coach for boys track has a good time and they tend to bring fun and energy to the team.

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