View Full Version : Jacobs High School Head Coaching Position
05-23-2012, 12:50 PM
Jacobs High School is looking for a new head coach.
05-23-2012, 09:31 PM
What happened to their head coach from this past year? Are there any teaching positions do you know?
05-24-2012, 08:45 AM
Coach Taylor resigned his teaching position and consequently the coaching position is to be posted as open to allow a district employee the opportunity to fill the position.
The coach wanted to continue and had reapplied the last three years when his job was cut by the district each year. He was rehired to teach and coach each of those years. This year, he decided to move on from his teaching position and would have liked to keep his coaching duties, but wasn't allowed.
Here is my problem: High Schools have many teachers that are qualified to coach. Some of those teachers have coached for many years and become burnt out, or choose to spend time with their families and not coach anymore. High Schools have many teachers that fill coaching positions that aren't qualified to coach a particular sport. They are just a warm body. Jacobs High School has had their share of these.
I thought they had transitioned away from that model with the recent hirings of the football coach from Stevenson a couple years ago and the hiring of Taylor for the wrestling positon.
My hope is that they don't return to that model. My son has two years left and would like to be lead by someone with a lot of passion for the sport, knowledge of the sport and leadership qualities of a winner.
05-26-2012, 09:48 PM
There's a lot of potential at Jacobs. They just need the right guy in there. I had a chance to work with Austin Ryan last spring. Great kid with a lot talent.
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05-27-2012, 01:47 PM
As a Jacobs graduate, I think that the problems that Jacobs is having is a problem that many school districts are faced with and that is they are having a great deal of budget problems so when they lose a coach, who is a teacher, they do not always have a teaching position to help fill it. School boards will cut the position from the department to avoid laying off an actual employee. Now they are looking at getting a head coach that is not in the building and is from the local community. The pool of candidates shrinks exponentially. Jacobs was on the right path for awhile with some excellent coaches that either moved on to other schools or left for family reasons. After that they made some hiring moves that did not work out for them, something like 4 head coaches in 3 years (1 was not with the team midseason). I don't know Chris personally, but it seemed like he was on the right track and working to build something. Unfortunately, it did not work out as hoped. The real problem is that District 300 is a huge community unit school district that can make a lot of hires and adjust personnel to bring in coaches and get them in the right buildings, but they choose not to for whatever reason.
05-27-2012, 11:38 PM
What a blow to Jacobs wrestling. Chris Talyor is a heck of a coach. If I was a school in the area I would snag his services up. He was at South Hills HS in Covina ,Ca and he built a power. He wasnt the head coach but did more then anyone. His tournaments he ran were awesome. He had so many SQ and placers there. I wish my Alma Mater(Streamwood) let him in too help. I know they have a coach and he is a great guy no disrespect. But this guy builds a heck of a program. ... I would love to see him land somewhere and help build something. He knows how to work football coaches to his way. Any way Chris, good luck in whatever you do. Schools are missing out on your abilities.
08-27-2012, 02:38 PM
I was one of the "3 coaches in four years." I really enjoyed my time coaching there and they have a great feeder program. I wish I could have stayed. There were a lot of people who wanted to help. I only intended to be an assistant, but because I worked in the district I was asked to be a head coach. I learned a lot in that year that I've been able to take with me to other teams, but continuity is a major factor for having success. Best wishes to all the Golden Eagles, past & future out there.
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