The great Coach migration
Every year we see it. A migration of sorts. The great migration of coaches. They can be seen migrating all over the country. No matter the level of play or the sport; the migration will happen. We do not typically see the same coaches migrating to new habitats on a yearly basis; the migration typically takes 3 or more years to develop for a coach. For a few, they have found sustainable ecosystems that will allow them to thrive or they have learned to adapt to the ever-changing environment around them. Either way, the migration is inevitable for the majority of coaches.
Why the migration happens
The reason for a coach’s migration is dependent on the local environment that the coach is currently established in. The environment can change, it can shift overnight or it can take years in the making sending off silent signals of alarm as to the changing environment to come. Wells of support can simply run dry, demanding a new prey to enter their ecosystem. Others migrate by will, they see a lovelier environment and are often wooed by the loveliness of the new ecosystem. These coaches take on their migration with a lighter flight, than the coaches that are ran out of their current habitat.
The season of migration
The season of migration is dependent on several factors within the ecosystem itself. It could be a new predator that prefers a certain type of “yes man” prey or just thinks the prey is not a challenge enough for their taste and pushes the coaches out of their habitat before the season is complete. Although this specific kind of migration happens in the higher levels of sports, it is possible to see in the lower levels. The typical season of migration begins with a few flocks moving beginning around January-February, but the majority of coaches start their migration between March-June, landing them happily into their new habitat just in time for summer workouts.
The Coach’s Personal Pack
The migration can be an exciting experience for the coaches’ personal pack, but all too often the migration is due to a change in environment that has forced the coach and his pack to relocate to a new ecosystem. Packs are sometimes separated for a short amount of time due to these relocations. Some may struggle to adjust to their new ecosystem. Others will easily become a contributing member of their ecosystem in just a few short weeks after their arrival. In order for the migration to happen, a lot of preparation has to take place. The preparation can be time consuming and frustrating at times. It often leaves the coach’s wife, the alpha female, left in limbo for a few months as she tries to prepare for the inevitable migration that is to occur. She begins shedding, making sure that as little as possible has to make the migration. She begins to evaluate schooling for her pups and a den for her pack to reside. The migration will have to be mapped out and every aspect planned. She will care for the pups while the coach enters his new ecosystem, and she will help adjust them all to the new habitat and environment.
The life of a the coach
The migration is just known as part of a coach’s life. It is something that some years it is just dealt with while others it is look forward too. You never know when you as a coach or coach’s family will be forced to migrate or if you lucky an opportunity opens and you joyfully migrate to your new environment. You just prepare, almost yearly, just in case. Either way, migration will come, every year. So as you watch the migration, remember, these flocks of coaches are coming with the best intentions, they carry with them packs of their own that want to become a contributing member of your environment. They may be leaving a hostile environment that drained them or they are flying in with smiles as wide as the Texas horizon because of the excitement of the new to come. So be ready, with open arms, as the great coach migration begins.
Share with me how you and your “pack” survive the migration? Do you have a migration in your future or do you hang in limbo as you wait for the call?
So for the sake of understanding; and for mere entertainment, let me explain the lingo in which I used within the post. In case you aren’t as science-y as me (or I am pretending to be since I have been sitting in a biology class over the last year).
Environment-the circumstances, objects, or conditions by which one is surrounded or in the case of this article, the community, the outside factors beyond the school.
Ecosystem-community of organisms and its environment, this would be a good representation of the entire school community (think athletics, elementary-middle-high school), ecosystems are built of different types of habitats.
Habitat-the typical place of residence of a person or a group or in this case each individual school. (example: elementary, middle, and high school would be a different habitat. You could go as far as saying athletic coaches form their own habitats, even within their own sport.)
Den-the lair of a wild usually predatory animal, this should be easy enough your home.