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COACHING FOCUS
EQUAL
PLAYING
FIELD
Insights into coaching at
all three NCAA divisions
By Bruce Knittle, College
of Staten Island Hall
of Fame member
W
e all know how dissimilar all the collegiate levels
are from one another. The athletic department
budgets of Division I schools are significantly
larger, and facilities are more impressive. This disparity
is well documented, but what about the non-core
sports, specifically about coaching?
I have long contended that coaches at the lower
collegiate divisions often expend just as much time and
energy as their upper-class counterparts. And perhaps
somewhat surprisingly, many of these coaches emanate
from non-core sports such as tennis, volleyball,
swimming, track, and golf. Even when the positions
are of a part-time nature, I have seen coaches give
enormous commitments to their respective schools.
As a former coach of non-core sports teams at the
Divison I and III levels, plus having consulted and
worked with scores of coaches, I bring a unique outlook
to this topic. Additionally, having been a Division I
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athlete gives me further clarity from a player's perspective.
What I have seen firsthand is how coaches do an
excellent job of adapting to whatever circumstances they
find themselves in. Even when coaches are faced with
limited resources, they find a way to get the job done.
However, there are significant contrasts among the three
divisions which affect how coaches operate.
One critical area of collegiate athletics where the
differences are accentuated is recruiting. Division I and II
universities offer athletic scholarships, while Division III
schools do not. Coaches at larger schools can target their
prospects earlier and have the funds to locate the best
student-athletes suitable for their respective programs.
At smaller institutions, where budgets are more limited,
coaches often have to find cost-efficient ways to recruit.
Especially at the smaller Division III schools with noncore
sports, coaches need to sometimes go back to the
bare basics when recruiting players. One example is finding

May June 2024

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of May June 2024

Between The Lines
A.D.ministration
CSCCa Strength Focus
2024 State of the Industry: A.D.'s describe the landscape of high school sports
Beyond the Scoreboard: Six impacts of signage in athletic departments
Equal Playing Field: Insights into coaching at all three NCAA divisions
Q&A.D.: with MHSAA executive director Mark Uyl
On the Rise: Esports - Special Advertising Section
Grappling with Structure: Outlining practice formats for high school wrestlers
Facility Focus
2024 Tech Guide
Sole Survivor: VKTRY Insoles' advanced technology helps athletes reduce injuries
Optimal Oxygen: VO2 Max scores can correlate with athletic success
Joint Effort: Hudl, Snap! Mobile partnership aims to revolutionize athletic fundraising
Youthful Changes: Coaches notice changes throughout the youth sports landscape
Product Focus
Product Marketplace
Ad Index
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May June 2024 - 2
May June 2024 - 3
May June 2024 - Between The Lines
May June 2024 - 5
May June 2024 - A.D.ministration
May June 2024 - 7
May June 2024 - 8
May June 2024 - 9
May June 2024 - CSCCa Strength Focus
May June 2024 - 11
May June 2024 - 2024 State of the Industry: A.D.'s describe the landscape of high school sports
May June 2024 - 13
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May June 2024 - Beyond the Scoreboard: Six impacts of signage in athletic departments
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May June 2024 - Equal Playing Field: Insights into coaching at all three NCAA divisions
May June 2024 - 23
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May June 2024 - Q&A.D.: with MHSAA executive director Mark Uyl
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May June 2024 - 30
May June 2024 - On the Rise: Esports - Special Advertising Section
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May June 2024 - Grappling with Structure: Outlining practice formats for high school wrestlers
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May June 2024 - 33
May June 2024 - Facility Focus
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May June 2024 - 36
May June 2024 - 2024 Tech Guide
May June 2024 - Sole Survivor: VKTRY Insoles' advanced technology helps athletes reduce injuries
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May June 2024 - Optimal Oxygen: VO2 Max scores can correlate with athletic success
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May June 2024 - Joint Effort: Hudl, Snap! Mobile partnership aims to revolutionize athletic fundraising
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May June 2024 - Youthful Changes: Coaches notice changes throughout the youth sports landscape
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May June 2024 - Product Focus
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