Non-Coaching Tasks Take Their Toll

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After turning in his resignation as Payson High School's baseball coach, Teddy Pettet cited family reasons for stepping away.

But Pettet also admits there are plenty of other reasons behind his resignation.

Most of those are part of a national trend that has resulted in overworked and underpaid coaches turning in their whistles for a simpler, or more lucrative, lifestyle.

No longer can a coach simply coach the kids who've turned out for the team. He or she must now sponsor fund-raisers, give detailed attention to administrative paperwork, deal with disgruntled parents and sometimes work as a one-man staff.

The fund-raisers are needed to pay for travel, meals and athletic supplies that the school athletic budget doesn't include.

Pettet says fund raising became so time consuming he had little time for other responsibilities. Also, the paperwork takes away from the time coaches can do what they love -- teach kids.

As the lone baseball coach, Pettet was forced to supervise and teach the entire varsity team of 20 players.

Pettet calls that task humanly impossible. There are a lot of other ex-coaches around the country who would agree with him.

By all accounts, Pettet didn't suffer the parental problems many Payson coaches have had to endure. But it's no secret that this season, some parental issues troubled him.

Former Longhorn football coach Dan Dunn once told me that during his tenure as an assistant at a Mesa high school, the head coach usually showed up for daily practices an hour or so late.

He was frequently tardy because he'd been in the AD's office attempting to settle parental disputes.

Along with the huge responsibilities heaped on a head coach's shoulders goes a pay check so small most would laugh at it.

"It's $1 an hour if you are lucky," Pettet said.

Pettet summed up his frustrations by saying he'd believed Longhorn coaches have been doing a darn good job with what little has been given them and their programs.

A number of quality PHS coaches have resigned in past years. Not because they didn't love what they were doing. Rather, because the obstacles placed in their way of doing a good job were overwhelming.

Tillman honored

On a Ride Across America to honor Pat Tillman, about 100 motorcycle riders from around the country will be stopping in Payson. The group is slated for a 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. rest stop May 21 in the parking log adjacent to Jack-in-the Box on Highway 260. Visitors are welcome.

Sign up for pool

Billiards Congress of America will host a registration at 7 p.m. tomorrow (Wednesday) in the American Legion hall located on east Highway 260. By registering, players will be eligible to compete in local sanctioned tournaments and in the U.S. championships in Las Vegas. Players can win cash and prizes.

According to organizers, all scoring is handicapped according to BCA rules. The handicapping allows everyone the opportunity to win in the mixed league competition.

Randall, Kile in top 10

Buddy Randall hooked up with professional angler Mark Kile to finish sixth at the Lake Pleasant AllStar Bass Team Tournament held last week.

The two weighed in 9.72 pounds to share $700 in prize money.

The next and final AllStar Bass team tournament of the season will be held June 19 at Roosevelt. For more information call 480-894-2775.

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