Coaching not equal in numbers

Meagan Morrison - Sports Editor

Meagan Morrison – Sports Editor

There is no hiding the success of this season’s cross country and track and field teams.

With a three-season year, the coaches are left to coach 18 events and 161 athletes throughout the seasons with only five coaches, two of the coaches being only part time.

Obviously, there are not 161 different athletes, but if one is to add up the number of athletes per season, then there are 161 athletes needing to be coached in different events each season.

The men’s cross country team sports 12 athletes, while the women’s team has 15. The men’s track and field team has 28 athletes for indoor and outdoor season. The women’s team has 39.

Despite having a lack of coaches, the teams consistently brings home trophy after trophy.

The men’s cross country team won the 2007 MIAA Conference Championship and the Division II South Central Regional.

They also placed 12th in the national meet, while junior Dustin Dixon finished 23rd with a broken leg.

The men’s team also finished 2nd in the indoor season only to a University of Central Missouri team that has more depth. With only three men attending the national meet, they placed ninth in the nation.

The women’s teams are well on their way to a triple crown. With a conference championship in cross country and indoor track and field. The team needs only to win the outdoor season to win the coveted crown.

So, with teams that are doing amazing, why aren’t they staffed with more coaches or at least full time assistants?

Normally, teams get rewarded for doing well. Imagine what our track and field team’s could do with a little more help.

The men’s football team has 98 players as of last season’s online roster. It has one head coach and eight assistant coaches, not to mention student assistants.

That leaves one coach for every 11 football players. The men’s basketball team has 13 players and a head coach who has two assistants.

The women’s basketball team has one head coach and two assistants for their 12 athletes. The baseball team has 34 athletes with one head coach and three assistants. That breaks down to one coach per nine baseball players.

The list goes on and on.

Not to step on any toes, or take away from any other sport, but our cross country and track and field teams have had plenty of success.

So, could we please get Rutledge and Vavra a little bit of help?