Good coaches in public high schools are fewer and farther between than they should be. As is the case in the Los Angeles Unified School District, coaches are woefully underpaid:
•The average coaching stipend is $2,175.58, and it hasn’t changed since 1999.
At 18 hours per week for 14 weeks, that translates to $8.63 an hour — making coaching pay in LAUSD less than the current minimum wage of $9 an hour, according to Cornelius. That doesn’t include extra hours for playoff competition, watching film or scouting.
•The stipend is the same whether the coach is a teacher or a walk-on. Only 42% of LAUSD coaches are certificated teachers, the rest are walk-ons.
For countless assistant coaches – of which I was one for several years – the stipend is much less. The season is also significantly longer than 14 weeks, due to the year-round model everyone seems to be on now:
Coaches are already taking on increased workloads, from fundraising to instructing year-round, because that’s what it takes to be competitive these days. However, there’s only so much dedication a coach can have before he or she is forced to say, “Enough.”
That was one of the reasons I hung up the coaching shoes, is I was making maybe $2.50 an hour when all was said and done. Athletic directors in public schools don’t make a whole lot more than the coaches they supervise.
Coaches and teachers are some of the most influential people in a kid’s life.
But Floyd Mayweather made a gajillion dollars last night.