Mentoring Program Is Expanding

            The Mentoring Program established by the Alabama High School Athletic Directors & Coaches Association (AHSADCA) is undergoing an expansion with Coach Spence McCracken coordinating the efforts.

McCracken will be implementing the expansion through a series of presentations designed to aide coaches and schools.

"We're excited about this addition to a great program for our coaches,” said Steve Bailey, Director of the AHSADCA. “Coach McCracken has designed an outstanding educational tool. His willingness to make himself available to our schools is a benefit for us all."

One phase of the Mentoring Program provides a list individuals that serve as resources for younger coaches to contact for advice on various sport-related topics. These coaches, who have a minimum of 25 years of experience, are listed on the AHSAA website.

 Veteran coaches wanting to be a involved in this program should fill out the application form. To recommend other retired coaches, send contact information to the AHSADCA.


Mentoring Application Form      |      Mentoring Contact Information

 McCracken Outlines New Phase Of Mentoring Program


     Why does mentoring need to be a part of the AHSAA total picture in developing our coaches and children in our athletic programs?
     To begin with, what is mentoring and who needs to be mentored? Everyone needs mentoring each day of his or her life, but sadly this is not happening. Administrators and coaches are so busy with the rigors of our jobs that we sometimes forget about the most important people in our profession, our children.
     Often, our
young coaches jump into coaching without being taught about their obligations to their families and to the kids they coach. Mentoring is sharing with the groups about doing the right thing in life and "hitting a lick" about what's wrong with our character and trying to improve our lives each day—giving an all-out effort in everything we do.

 The most important facet of mentoring comes when we’re speaking to young coaches. We should have them understand they must put the children first at all costs and find the time to get to know them and their families and help them mature into successful men and women in our society.
     Head coaches should also do the same with all of their assistant coaches, finding the time to mentor them through their coaching experiences in order to help them reach their goals. The same mentoring process should be used with the athletes themselves, with coaches stressing various character traits and using stories to get across their point.


I believe in starting small and growing each day, traveling to chosen schools throughout the state and sharing these mentoring ideas through power point presentations at different times with two groups, the young coaches and the athletes. Other groups, such as faculty and parents, could also be included at different times. I strongly recommend that our member schools take advantage of these meetings. I, as a head coach for 30 years, have never seen this implemented, but I feel very strongly that these presentations will be uplifting and beneficial to the schools.

If we can make a difference in one school, it will be worth it.

The meetings could be held periodically and I would like to use our mentor-selected coaches in the meeting site area to assist me.

In conclusion, can mentoring sessions in our high schools for young coaches and athletes and even faculty and parents make a difference? Remember that those of us in the education field are all mentors. Helping others and giving them hope is one of God's biggest instructions for us. I know we can make a difference.


The What, When, Where and How


·            Mentoring training for young coaches

·            Ideas for improving your school's total athletic program

·            Role of a great mentor

·            Role of the coach with the school's faculty and administration

·            Role of the coach with the athletes' parents

·            Ten keys to be a successful coach and mentor to children

·            What today's athletes need to learn from their mentors

·            How mentors use their time to be successful in changing the lives of our children

·            Develop character education throughout the school and community with the help of the mentor


·          As a part of a regular school day or in-service meeting

·          Through individual appointments with the principal, AD or head coach

·          As a guest presenter for a seminar or training event


·      On site at your local school

·      A seminar or workshop location


·        Contact: Coach Spence McCracken

·        E-mail: or

·        Phone: 334-787-7200

·        Write: 2307 Heritage Dr., Opelika, AL 36804 or the AHSAA


1.   Guides to a successful athletic program

2.   The rules of a great mentor

3.   Why first year coaches need the mentoring program

4.   The role of the coach with the school's faculty and administration

5.   The role of the coach with the athletes' parent

6.   The what, when and where of the mentoring program

7.   The 10 keys to be a successful coach and mentor to children

8.   What today's athletes need to learn from their mentor

9.   How mentors divide their time to be successful in changing the lives of our children

10. Developing character education through your school and community with the help of the mentor