Unfortunately my son's high school coach is stepping down (he's a mixed bag, but at least a known quantity), meaning my son's team will have a new coach and potentially entirely new staff next fall for his senior year. I'm dreading the upheaval and the possibility that they may not have a new one for several months and won't even really get going until late summer. But I'm curious what the typical high school coach is in terms of experience. Would love to hear what others' kids have had as HS coaches, boys and girls. I'm also curious what the hiring process is for those who have some idea. The booster club leadership here asked if someone from the club might have a role in the hiring process or at least be allowed to weigh in since some of us know a few of the local club coaches. That request was declined (I wasn't shocked; I'm sure direct parent involvement is an AD's nightmare). The guy who is leaving was, as far as a know, a high school player 15 or so years ago and has coached the team for several years. Beyond that, I'm not sure what his experience/training is, if any. He had a rotating group of assistants, two of whom seemed to have played low-level college soccer and one of whom had coached a little club soccer at a small club. The other coaches in the team's conference are all over the place -- a dad who played in college and still plays a ton as an adult, random teachers who played in their youth, people who've coached a lot of club soccer and seem to have some decent coaching ability, ... I'm not terribly optimistic about what the team will wind up with. The primary qualification, from what I can tell, is being willing to do it and having a schedule that allows it (which I assume narrows the pool to mostly teachers).