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How San Rafael High School Uses Coach Evaluator

11.30.2016

As thousands of school and youth sports organization administrators strive to provide the very best for youth athletes, they face increasing need to evaluate their coaches. This is especially true in light of changes in the landscape that bring more off-campus coaches into schools.

Tim Galli – athletic director and chief athletic consultant at PCA Partner San Rafael (CA) High School – characterizes a typical scenario as “Joe the electrician can help out because he gets off work at four and thinks he wants to coach.” The challenge, said Galli, is “how to get him onto the same page” with fellow coaches and other guardians of the athletic culture.

One tool Galli uses is Coach Evaluator, a PCA Trusted Resource that provides web-based coach evaluation software. The advantages include:

  • The same platform for evaluation of all coaches in the program. “It’s efficient and consistent,” Galli said. “You can have a whole group of athletes or parents finish a thorough evaluation of 40 to 50 questions in about 30 minutes. Players and parents have been amazed at the ease-of-use to get through the program.”
  • Flexibility. To unearth nuances of perception among players and parents who are evaluating coaches, “we sometimes want to ask the same sorts of questions in different ways,” Galli said. “Sometimes we want to ask how a coach is doing things.”
  • Anonymity. Unlike handwriting, which can leave an evaluator identifiable and therefore may inhibit honesty and open-ness, Coach Evaluator can yield more honest and thorough data. “We can point-blank ask an athlete, ‘Would you want to play for this coach again,’ ” Galli said. “If there are too many ‘no’s’ then we can bring some individual coaches in to talk and freely share raw data with them.”

Galli uses Coach Evaluator to proactively, continually improve the sports experience at his school. “This is not about ‘Gotcha!’ It’s about how to constantly improve, and if you’re not on a constant path of improvement, you’re in the wrong business.”

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