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New hiring procedures for Skaneateles coaches developing

— In an effort to hire the most qualified, certified coaches for its athletic programs, the Skaneateles school district is updating its procedures and guidelines for the hiring process.

The hiring procedure review is one that is certainly overdue, said school board vice president Kate Coggswell, but she conceded that the issue came up in recent months because of the football program controversy last year, which revolved around then-head coach Tim Green and ended with his resignation.

“This is a developing plan, a review of the current plan to make a better, more effective hiring practice,” Coggswell said.

Skaneateles Athletic Director Stacey Tice, who has spearheaded the project along with a committee of other district administrators, presented the new guidelines and procedures to the board at its Jan. 10 work session.

The philosophy of the athletic department is that athletics is an important component of the overall district. Coaches must foster personal attributes in their student-athletes as well athletic ones, and sports must be “tied to commencement exercises and grounded in educational goals,” Tice said.

These personal attributes, as listed in a printout of the new procedures that were given to each school board member at the meeting, included a team approach, a strong work ethic, time management skills, accountability, sportsmanship and attention to details.

The guidelines state that while victory is a part of competition, the goal of athletic programs is to help create and foster better citizens by teaching positive life skills and values.

“The number of victories is only one criterion in determining a season’s success,” the guidelines state. “The coaching staff must teach student athletes to prepare their minds and bodies in order to reach their maximum potential, and to be modest in victory as well as steadfast in defeat.”

To create the actual hiring guidelines, Tice consulted with nine other area athletic directors to learn the philosophies and experiences of other districts, such as Fayetteville-Manlius, Marcellus, Cazenovia and Solvay. She said those meetings lasted anywhere from 20 to 60 minutes.

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