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Coaches: More Than a Stipend

By Blair McElroy | Dec. 8, 2015

Coach Shane Burcar, the Varsity Men's Basketball Coach for Mesa High School, puts 60+ hours a week into his coaching duties. However, he is forced to live fully off his teaching salary.

Mentor, role model, guidance counselor, you name it. Being a coach means much more than what a job title on a resume pertains him to be.

Someone once said, “You get what you give”. Zooming in on the state of Texas, you might find this to be true considering their stipend-to-coach relationship. But given the lack of funding being a vital problem to the Arizona K12 education system, the theory has a tendency to be firmly argued.

Texas High School Varsity Football Coaches make up to six figures. However, the fixed stipend for a high school coach in the state of Arizona falls at an average of $3,500. Between meetings, scheduling, coaching, practices, film study, game plans, traveling, and everything else in-between, a coach’s stipend barely covers the hours put forth in a fair matter.

Coaches in the top five school districts in Arizona normally receive stipends that range from $1,500 to $6,000, which on average hardly averages out to one dollar per hour, extremely below minimum wage. Coach Andrew Murrish, Varsity Soccer Coach for Gilbert High School, is given a stipend just over $2,000, which is no where large enough to cover all the costs of a serious high school soccer team, which in return pressures coaches to pull from their own pockets.

“The school district pays for transportation and our stipends,” Murrish says, “[but] we pay of everything else. Uniforms, equipment, tournament fees, etcetera, WE pay for that.”

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Mesa High School Varsity Basketball Team take on preseason ranked #1 Corona Del Sol. (Photo by Blair McElroy)

Coaches for the top five school districts in Arizona normally receive stipends that range from $1,500 to $6,000, which on average hardly averages out to one dollar per hour.


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