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.”
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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