Team Scenario Instructions
Congratulations, you have just been hired as the new Head Coach (of your particular sport) at Amos University!
Okay…Now The Bad News
You have inherited a team that has experienced very little success over the last decade. Whether it be games, matches, or tournaments (obviously this depends on your sport), your new team has consistently performed at a level that could, at best, be described as poor. Your team has not won a Conference Tournament Game in seven years and has not had a winning record in five years.
You are an outsider. You did not graduate from Amos University. You just moved to the area two weeks after being named the new Head Coach. After spending several days on campus, speaking with students, staff, and faculty; watching game film; and assessing the program; you have come to realize that you might have gotten yourself into more than you bargained for. No one on campus has anything positive to say about your team. Your hiring was met with little fanfare or even casual acknowledgement. It seems that everyone has lost hope for this program and that includes its current players.
The team leadership could best be described as apathetic. There is a rising group of seniors (currently juniors, they will be seniors for the coming season) who have never known success in the confines of this program and seem to have fallen in line with the apathy that plagued those seniors that came before them. Team cohesion is almost non-existent, to go along with the apparent lack of leadership. While some of the current players seem to display a small glimmer of hope that a new coach can bring success, they have seen too much failure to truly believe that.
Game Plan Time
Now it is time for you to form your game plan. How are you going to approach this program? How are you going to right this ship?
Obviously, you will seek to improve recruiting and bring in talent, but you cannot convince high-level recruits to commit to your program with it being in the state that it currently is in. You must make changes and begin to improve this program from the inside.
The Actual Project
Within the confines of this scenario, you will spell out your plans to turn this program around. There are a myriad of topics that you can discuss, and you are encouraged to elaborate past the talking points prescribed, but you must address the following areas and provide specifics as to how you plan to improve these areas:
You may address other areas of team development if you would like to, but you must address the questions listed above at minimum. Your responses to these questions should not be one or two lines but rather an in-depth answer and rationale combination with specific, detailed examples. ‘Depth’ is the key word here. You need to demonstrate that you have taken time to thoroughly analyze this situation and make decisions that you believe best represent your values as a coach and the goals you seek to achieve.
The Finer Details
This assignment is to be submitted through Blackboard as an attached Word document. This assignment should be 6-8 pages in length. This assignment must be in current APA format and include a Title Page, Reference Page, and Section Headings; no Abstract Page is required. Because of the nature of this project, writing in both first and third person is perfectly acceptable. You are encouraged to use existing research and publications to justify the decisions that you make. At least 2 sources must be utilized.
This assignment is due by 11:59 p.m. (ET) on Monday of Module/Week 7.