It’s still the South Carolina Athletic Coaches Association All-Sports Clinic, the 68th of which will begin Sunday and run through Wednesday at the TD Convention Center in Greenville.
It’s just that these days the all-sports clinic is also all-encompassing.
“We’re trying to work on the total person,” said Shell Dula, the executive director of the coaches association.
So the clinic will have its normal lineup of exceptional session leaders in the field of X’s and O’s, such as football coaches Gus Malzahn of Auburn and Dave Clawson of Wake Forest; basketball coaches Brad Brownell of Clemson and Frank Martin of South Carolina; and former Riverside High and South Carolina softball star Megan Matthews Buning.
But it also will feature four sessions with superintendents. The first three, titled “Professional Benchmarks for Coaching,” will be led by Russell Booker (Spartanburg District 7), Burke Royster (Greenville County) and Quincie Moore (Cherokee County). Tim Moore, a former attorney and a former chair of the state board of education, will help to lead each of those sessions.
Another, “Expectations From an Administrator’s Viewpoint,” will be led by Spartanburg 6 superintendent Darryl Owings and Dorman athletic director Flynn Harrell.
“They’re going to be geared toward what you can’t do, shouldn’t do, what will cost you your job,” Dula said. “All of them are going back to not X’s and O’s but behavior, how to handle certain situations, how to deal with parents, how to deal with your players.
“If a coach gets in trouble, the newspaper isn’t going to say, ‘John Smith who lives in Laurens,’ or ‘John Smith, a teacher in Laurens.’ It’s going to say, ‘John Smith, a coach and teacher,’ so the coaches have to realize that there are expectations set for them, and they’ve got to try to deal with them and understand them.”
Two sessions Monday morning that should be of major interest will be led by former TV executive Terry O’Neil and former NFL coach Sam Wyche. “Practice Like Pros” will deal with the amount of contact in football practice, which is being limited in some states.
“(It’s) being discussed in every state in the union,” Dula said. “Right now we don’t have a rule as such in South Carolina, but that could be coming down the pike possibly in the next couple years, so we’re just trying to look ahead and be forward thinking and present this.”
This is the last of a six-year run for the clinic in Greenville under the current contract. It’s scheduled to be held at the North Charleston Convention Center in 2016 and 2017.
After the 2016 clinic, the association will decide on 2018 and 2019 at its board meeting in December 2016, Dula said.
“It’s been six years since we’ve been in Charleston, and we feel like we owe it to our membership,” Dula said. “We want to see how our Lower State coaches turn out. We feel like the Upper State coaches have really turned out well the last six years, so we hope the Lower State will do the same.”
Dula said the association, which has 5,350 registered members, surpassed 6,000 last year for the first time. Between 3,000 and 3,500 coaches are expected to attend this year’s clinic.
“One thing that we’re proud of is that every hotel room that we had reserved has been taken,” Dula said. “That’s the first time that has happened in Greenville.”
Only registered members may attend the clinic, but officials will be handling on-site registration for $50.