Lawyers, guns and money. A popular song crafted by the late (and great) Warren Zevon.
Unfortunately, lawyers, guns and money are on the minds of many coaches today.
A lawyer, employed by an athletic department, is not uncommon. Disfranchised students, aggrieved parents, irate fans, unwieldy contracts cause employment of more lawyers each year.
T.S. Garp, the fictional wrestling coach (played by Robin Williams) in The World According To Garp, was shot and killed by one of his athletes. Unfortunately, fictional tragedies like that are slowly becoming a reality.
[update: this article makes the spotlight a little brighter: Would Gun-Lockup Vans Make Sporting Events Safer?]
Today, money is at the true epicenter of coaching. College sports are recruiting, retention, and marketing tools for their institutions. Travel sports are cash cows. Many high school athletes and parents are looking for college athletic scholarship.
Not long ago, coaching was about human development. It would be wonderful if we could swing the pendulum back that way.
Probably not today — hopefully tomorrow.