> My club has, for the last 20 years, employed a professional coach. At the same time we rely on a team of dedicated volunteer coaches to assist him in ensuring that all the serious athletes, from Novice to Internationals, get a consistent level of high quality coaching.
> We have always made it clear, in the job description, that one of the tasks of the "professional Chief Coach" is to ensure that the limited time that the volunteers have available is used efficiently.
> The club captain is likely to direct the chief coach to concentrate much of his time on the top crews during the run into a major competition. However it would be very short sighted if, in following this instruction, he was to neglect the other crews with the club. One only has to cast ones mind back a few years to when CUBC found it necessary to promote an athlete from Goldie to the blue boat during the week before the race.
thanks, all for responses.
The club does have paid coaches, responsible for specific programs,
and paid for out of fees
to participate in those programs, though I am certain that the books
don't always balance.
w/o seeing the books, I'm sure there are periods where the club at
large is absorbing some
of the payment for coaches - ok by me.
Each program has a "lead" who is a club member, acts much as a club
captain for that
program, either sculling, masters, intermediate, or learn-to-row.
(yep lots of programs).
Some programs will share a coach.
This seems to work fairly well. We've had little trouble lately
getting coaches to come in,
and some stay a while.
But the issue isn't the coaching, but the infrastructure.
My sense is to divide out discrete tasks volunteer vs staff member.
An example is membership enforcement. This generally falls on
the club treasurer, a volunteer. Depending on the person doing it,
there are various levels of enforcement from year to year.
It's a dirty job, someone's got to do, and out of about 6 treasurers
I can think of that the club has had over the years, only two
have really knuckled down on payments.
They do the right thing, some members will look at those
two as being a-holes for coming after them because their
memberhip's a "little late".
If this was on a staff member, this could be consistently
enforced, but OTOH, by a volunteer doing it (who also
pays membership dues), there's quite a lot of gravitas
that they carry.
Boat maintenance: I'd like volunteers to maintain the shells,
fix shoes, minor things, replace worn parts, etc.
I'd like a staff member to order spare parts, make more
substantial repairs or do the work to farm it out to professional.
Other areas are safety enforcement, boathouse ***
stuff, supervision of custodial issues and facility maintenance.
does this make sense?