Mon09222014

Last updateThu, 19 Nov 2015 8pm

   20140901MetroCastweb

Drifters hope to improve on disappointing last year

Drifters hope to improve on disappointing last year

In the space of a week, Drifters’ varsity volleyball head coach Chase Davidson will see what he has ...

Johnson prepared for his time in spotlight

Johnson prepared for his time in spotlight

After playing in the shadows of other Fox gridiron stars Antonio “Kentucky” Johnson finally will hav...

W&L will count on defensive veterans

W&L will count on defensive veterans

Linemen, quickness are keys for Eagles’ squad

Washington & Lee’s new varsity football coach, To...

Outmanned Drifters have playoffs in sight

Outmanned Drifters have playoffs in sight

Most of team will be forced to play offense, defense

With their backs against the wall the Drifters...

KG football reloads, eyes another big year

KG football reloads, eyes another big year

King George High School has returned for another season of action-packed varsity football.

With the ...

The rise of Shiloh Park: a recreational sports Mecca

The rise of Shiloh Park: a recreational sports Mecca

It takes a different kind of athlete to get up 5 a.m. to prepare to run 50k (31 miles) through the r...

T-Shirt printing 20130925

Banner printing Comm Dental

Repeated budget cuts impact sports programs and athletes

High schools in King George, Westmoreland and Colonial Beach are facing possible budget cuts for the fifth time in five years and athletic directors are concerned about the impact the budget reductions are having on the mentoring relationships their coaches have with student athletes.
Since 2009, area school boards have seen their share of state and federal funding decline annually as the nation’s economy has struggled.  The budget reductions have forced the schools board to use more local revenue to meet necessities and to reduce spending where possible, including cuts to athletics.

These repeated cuts to athletic budgets have forced athletic directors at area schools to push for increased gate receipts, expand booster activity, use of more volunteers and increasingly the hiring of coaches who are off-campus.  All of these efforts present challenges, but the growing use of coaches who are not teachers is causing increasing concern.

“In Westmoreland County, the number of coaches who do not work on campus as teachers has increased dramatically over the last six years,” said W&L Athletic Director Malcolm Lewis. “It’s becoming a major problem.”

“This year, just a few of our varsity coaches are also teachers,” Lewis said, noting that proposed budget reductions for 2013-2014 will likely make the situation worse.  “When you have coaches who are teaching in the building, they can be more effective, mentoring kids and impacting their futures.”

King George High School Athletic Director Alex Fisher said nine of his varsity coaches also teach, but expressed the same concerns as Lewis. “We don’t have as many coaches teaching as we used to,” said Fisher, who was a teacher before he became the athletic director at King George three years ago.

“In the sports where the coaches are not on campus, you notice the difference,” Fisher said.  “The more the coaches are on campus, the more beneficial it is to the athletes.  The dynamics are different.”

“When I talk to the budget crunchers, they tell me hiring teachers comes first, regardless of whether or not they have other skills, like coaching,” said Colonial Beach Athletic Director Steve Swope.  “I can see that, but in a way you are shortchanging the students who benefit from teachers who are also coaches.”

“At Colonial Beach, we are facing the same budget situation everyone else is facing, but we have been more fortunate than most because so many of our coaches live in the community.  They are good people, coaching is a big part of their lives and they make a difference,” Swope said.

“Some of the most important experiences students have in helping shape them into adults will come from athletics,” said Lewis, a former W&L student who has been coaching at W&L for 18 years.  “But having coaches in the building, teaching, helping with discipline makes all the difference.  It’s like having lots of assistant principals on campus.”

Michael Clark, the W&L varsity baseball coach, was a teacher but now is on campus only part-time when he is coaching the Eagles.  “When I was teaching, I would see my players between classes.  I could ask how they were doing, provide encouragement if needed, and offer advice.”

“In my situation now, I see my players from 3:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. each day.  I do the best I can to be a positive role model during that time – but it is very difficult to gauge how they are doing in school while not being there,” Clark said.

“Many student athletes need those one or two mentors to provide constant guidance,” Clark said.  “When coaches are in the school every day it is much easier for that coach/player relationship to develop and much easier for the coach to have an effect on the student throughout the day.”

“When you are cutting athletics, you are cutting something very important in the lives of these young men and women,” said Lewis.  “I draw on my high school athletic experiences every day,” said Lewis who was a high school football star at W&L.

“I remember the lessons athletics have taught me, fortitude, coping mechanisms, determination; skills that young people don’t pick up as eagerly in the classroom,” Lewis said, noting that having coaches on campus building relationships with students and helping instill those lessons is, unfortunately, becoming a thing of the past.

Richard Leggitt

Print Shop pens 2013 sml

 

NARFE CreateLoanWEB 150x300

Contact Lori Deem

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

540-709-7495 • 540-775-2024


 

Quikey

Bulletline


 

Balloon House


 link4

Wedding invitations and other announcements

201407chamber

201404getaway

 

201409pr

Contact Us

The Journal Press, Inc. P. O. Box 409, 10250 Kings Hwy. King George, VA 22485

EditorialAdvertisingOffice
Robert Berczuk
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Advertising Information
540-775-2024
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Leonard Banks, Production
540-469-4196
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Leonard Banks, Sports editor
540-469-4196
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Carla Gutridge
540-709-7061
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Drue Murray, Production
540-709-7288
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Phyllis Cook
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Charlene Franks
540-709-7075
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Lori Deem, Print Shop
540-709-7495
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Linda Farneth,
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Dennis Verdak
540-709-7076
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Bonnie Gouvisis
540-775-2024
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Richard Leggitt
540-993-7460
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Lori Deem, Church & Community
540-709-7495
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Jessica Herrink
540-469-4031
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Journal Print Shop

Contact Lori Deem

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

540-709-7495 • 540-775-2024

Quikey

Bulletline

link4

Your Invitation Place

Balloon House