Lynn's Lines: January is a Brutal Month for Coaches

being a coach isn't an easy careerThe most wonderful time of the year is in the rearview mirror and sadly that means for many coaches in college and pro football, so is their career.

Every year more and more coaches get a shorter and shorter leash to perform their duties and grow a program.

Look at a guy like John Fox – leads the Carolina Panthers and the Denver Broncos to Super Bowls, takes over a putrid Chicago Bears team and since he couldn't wave a magic wand fast enough, three years later he's shown the door.

Kevin Sumlin was the belle of the ball at Texas A&M, three bowl wins and zero losing seasons in the SEC and he’s escorted out of the building with his desk in a box.

This is the coaching reality.

There are big bucks and there are shoulders to be carried on and crowds that will chant your name. But there is also unrest, great pressure and fan bases that will turn on you…fast.

If you are made for that pressure, awesome, good for you, go for it. But as a sports person, you don’t have to be a coach to find great success in the industry. Scouts, general managers, analysts, video coordinators, sales directors – all of these jobs have high ceilings and great prestige.

You get to be inside the sports world you love, but maybe you don’t have to look over your shoulder quite so much.

In our 8-week online courses, we can teach you to do all of the roles the go into making a team or sports organization thrive…and if you really have your heart set on coach, well, we have a course for that too.  

dr. Lynn LashbrookAbout the Author: Dr. Lynn Lashbrook is the President and Founder of Sports Management Worldwide, the first ever online sports management school with a mission to educate future sports business executives.

Dr. Lashbrook has been involved in the sports industry for over 40 years and is a respected voice in the industry, having contributed to ESPN, Comcast SportsNet, Forbes, SiriusXM, CNBC, Rugby World, The New York Times, the London Free Press, Yahoo Sports and many more. 

As a certified NFL agent, Dr. Lashbrook has represented over 100 NFL clients, including former 1st rounder Mark Fields, 9-time Pro Bowler Brian Dawkins and Miami Dolphins Quarterback Matt Moore. He is a passionate and enthusiastic teacher, known for helping students strategize ways to reach their career goals in the world of sports.