Each year high school and middle school coaches in North Carolina meet at the Greensboro Coliseum over a span of four days in July for the annual rule updates on individual sports and seminars.
The North Carolina Coaches Association celebrated its 69th year of the event and West Stokes basketball coach Dan Spainhour was asked to speak about building a sustainable program. As a coach with 34 years of college and high school experience, Spainhour posed the question – Which is more important, winning or education?
“Of course I want to win as much as the next coach, but we are here for education. This is where you must hold your players and especially your best players to a standard of accountability in order to build a program. You don’t want to create a sense of entitlement with kids today. If you do, you will lose your program and the kids,” he said.
Longtime North Stokes coach David Anderson said the annual clinic provides opportunities to hear and learn more about thriving sports programs.
“If you can go and pick up one or two ideas it’s a success. We as coaches always have to look at different ways to help improve our teams,” he said.
South Stokes basketball coach Jason Clark added, “It’s very beneficial. You can sit down and just talk about certain things and how they teach it or run a certain set or defense. I also like going around to different vendors to see the new things we can use to help our kids succeed,” he said.
Other notable clinic speakers included: C.B. McGrath (UNC Wilmington), Dan Brooks (Clemson), Gene Chizik (UNC-Retired), Monte Lee (Clemson), Chris Pollard (Duke), Steve Silvery (Mississippi State), Jeff Trivette (UNC Greensboro), Joe Sagula (UNC), Bryce Hasseman (UNC), Kate Moore (East Carolina), and NCHSAA board members Mark Dreibelbis, Que Tucker and Brad Alford.
Robert Money can be reached at 336-749-1193.