Ace That Coaching Interview

By David Hoch

Recently, we interviewed five candidates for one of our head varsity coaching positions, and it was alarming how poorly they did as a group. During the interviews, the candidates committed numerous faux pas and gave many clueless answers. It made me wonder if they had been interviewed before, but, of course, they had to have been. However, they sure didn’t demonstrate that they had.

My mind actually wandered while listening to the coaches’ answers, and I contemplated if I should stop them and offer:

  • Would you like to start this interview over again?
  • Would you like to rethink and restate that answer?
  • Would you please take another approach with this opportunity?

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Using Failures Well

By Dan Gerdes, Ph.D.

My mentor, Fred Smith Sr., used to say, “Never lose the good in a bad situation.” This is a piece of wisdom I’ve attempted to live out. While failures are seldom fun, they can be wonderful teachers if we are patient and mature enough to view them through the lens of humility. No one ever seeks out failure, but when it comes, it carries with it uniquely meaningful lessons that are experienced only through setbacks.

One day in one of my university classes, I asked my sport psychology students to come up with a list of ways that failure can be helpful. They identified 12 ways, which I’ve included below. In their fairly young lives, and limited teaching and coaching experiences, these college students had evidently experienced a variety of failures and had received some pretty good coaching and parenting to find good in the midst of bad – and sometimes painful – situations.

1. Failure usually creates humility. It’s about an improved or re-aligned perspective with what’s really going on, not what you imagine reality to be.

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Northeastern Ohio Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association – Spring Conference Registration Forms

49th Annual District Workshop

APRIL 28, 2014

The Annual NEOIAAA Spring  Conference will be held on Monday April 28th, 2014 at the Sheraton Suites in Cuyahoga Falls.  Conference registration, membership forms, and hotel information are listed below.


2014 NEOIAAA Spring Workshop

The Sheraton Suites in Cuyahoga Falls

Monday April 28, 2014

Conference Registration

Membership Forms

Hotel Information

This year’s Keynote speaker will be Cleveland State University’s Men’s Basketball Head Coach Gary Waters






Sunday April 27, 2014

CAA Exam – 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM – Vaughn Boardroom

Executive Committee Meeting – 6:00 PM – Summit


Monday April 28, 2014

7:30 AM – Registration/Continental Breakfast – Riverfront Ballroom Foyer

8:15 AM – Opening – Riverfront Ballroom West

  • Welcome – Rob Eckenrode, NEOIAAA President
  • OIAAA Update – Bruce Brown, OIAAA Executive Director
  • Vendor Welcome & Sponsor Comments – Kevin Leigh Vendor Chair
  • Scholastix Veritix Presentation
  • LTC Program

9:00 – 10:00 AM – Keynote Speaker

Gary Waters, Head Basketball Coach Cleveland State University – Riverfront Ballroom West

10:00- 10:15 AM – Vendor Door Prizes/ Visit Vendors- Ballroom Foyer

10:15 -10:50 AM – Professional Development Session #1 Northeast District Board Panel – Current Issues and Q & A  – Cuyahoga Room

10:50 – 11:05 AM – Door Prizes

11:05 – 11:45 AM – Professional Development Session #2

Matt Markling, Attorney – A Steubenville Study: A Reminder On The Duty To Report Child Abuse and Neglect! – Cuyahoga Room

11:45 – Noon – Visit Exhibitors – Ballroom Foyer

Noon – 1:15 PM – Awards Luncheon – Riverfront Ballroom West

1:15 – 3:15 PM – OHSAA Update meeting: Commissioners Dan Ross, Debbie Moore, and Jerry Snodgrass – Riverfront Ballroom

3:15 – 3:30 PM – Closing Announcements & Door Prizes/ Grand Door Prize Drawing – Riverfront Ballroom

3:30 – 7:30 PM Fundamentals of Coaching Class – Portage North


NIAAA Student Athlete Scholarship


Purpose of Scholarship

In accordance with National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association’s (NIAAA) purpose to promote, facilitate and increase the knowledge and understanding of the vital role of interscholastic athletics in the educational system, this scholarship program will foster and recognize the partnership between the NIAAA and secondary education. The scholarships will recognize the distinguished scholastic, leadership and sportsmanship attributes of high school student-athletes, and the importance of high school athletics in each student’s life. Download the NIAAA Student Athlete Scholarship Application (Fillable PDF). States are encouraged to recognize each studnet who applies by presenting them with a certificate of recognition. Download Certificate of Recognition.

Essay Topic

“How High School Athletics has Impacted my Life”
Read 2013 Evan Camrud  National Winner Essay – ND
Read 2013 Velia Alejandra Moran Olivas National Winner Essay – NM

Minimum Requirements

  • Applicant must have achieved at least two (2) of the following: (a) minimum of B+ average; (b) ranked in the top 25% of class; (c) ACT score of 24 or an SAT score of 1100 (Verbal and Math only)
  • Applicant must have participated in two sports for at least two years in each sport
  • Applicant must have earned at least one varsity letter in each of two sports
  • Applicant must complete attached scholar application
  • Applicant must have a letter of recommendation from the high school athletic administrator/director
  • School athletic administrator/director must be an NIAAA member and a member of their respective state athletic administrators association
  • The principal or athletic administrator/director must sign the application to ensure that the academic information submitted is accurate
  • All materials must be postmarked to the NIAAA Liaison in your respective state (select your state below to see due date and liaison contact information) no later than your states due date

State Winners

One male and one female will each receive a plaque recognizing them as state winners.

Section Winners

One male and one female in each of the eight NIAAA sections will each receive a $1,000 scholarship and a certificate recognizing them as section winners.

National Winners

One male and one female will be selected form the eight section winners to each receive a $2,000 scholarship and a crystal recognizing them as national winners in addition to attending the National Conference for Athletic Administrators in December to present their essay. Download the list of the latest Section Scholarship Winners.

Scholarship Timeline

  • Applications postmarked to NIAAA liaison in respective state (see listing of liaisons below)
  • March : States select male and female winner
  • April-June: Sections selects male and female winner
  • July: NIAAA Board selects male and female national winner
  • August : National winners notified by NIAAA office
  • December: National winners and their parents attend national conference to be recognized and present their essay
  • Ohio (February 28)
    Bill Schumacher
    3420 Everett Road
    Richfield, OH 44286

Five Habits to Build Successful Programs

By Kyle Elmendorf

In every profession, every walk of life, there are things that one must do and must avoid. With regard to philosophies of coaching, these five habits will certainly help coaches to build successful programs.

The first trait is to praise loudly and criticize softly. No one likes to be screamed and yelled at. Screaming and yelling at mistakes will only cause more mistakes. It also causes embarrassment for the athlete and makes the coach look childish. If mistakes are made, they need to be corrected and should be done so in an appropriate manner. It is always best to use the sandwich method. When criticizing mistakes, first point out something positive the athlete does, follow it with the critique and conclude with another positive remark. People are much more likely to respond to praise. In most cases, athletes will give you more when you are praising their efforts.

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