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Old 12-20-2010, 10:47 AM
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I am considering moving to Iowa from Arkansas where I coach and teach, and I am wondering if anyone knows the certification requirements to coach in Iowa as well the coaches role within the school. By this I mean, do most coaches teach or are there many schools who use volunteer coaches? Also, what is the pay scale like for coaches and teachers? Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance.
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Old 12-23-2010, 08:02 AM
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You will have to have a certificate to coach in the state of Iowa. You can find more information here Board of Educational Examiners

I attended a weekend class at DMACC (local community college) to get authorized to coach. https://go.dmacc.edu/programs/fitnes.../coaching.aspx

From my experience, most coaches in the high school system are teachers in the school district. However, I coached this past season and have a full-time job at Principal Financial Group in downtown. I was allowed to work a flex schedule, come in early so I could be out in time for practice/games.

Schools also do use volunteer coaches; the school I coached at probably had about 80/20 ratio for paid/volunteer.

Hope this helps!!
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Old 12-27-2010, 01:22 PM
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Why the move? How are the Arkansas schools compared to Iowa's?
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Old 12-28-2010, 12:30 AM
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I was a Volunteer for a 3A football program in the Des Moines Area. We were a bit tight on money because the school is a tad underfunded. Like all coaching, when you move to a whole new market, you might need to coach small schools or volunteer to start. Unless you have coached at the collegiate level that is. I got my certification through Kirkwood CC over a two weekend program that ran me about $500.

Some districts/old school ADs are still a bit apprehensive bringing in coaches who are not educators. But most progressive or non - bass ackwards districts will bring in a few non-educators to supplement their coaching supply.

From news papers I have seen, 4A football assistants make anywhere from $1200 to $4500 per varsity sport. As where head coaches, I have seen suburb coaches make around $9000 on the high end.

I hope this helps a little. In the country, you will get less compensation obviously, but sometimes that is the best place to coach regardless of compensation.
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Old 02-04-2011, 09:16 PM
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The best option, if you live in the Des Moines area is to do your 60 hour Coaching Certification through Heartland Area Education Agency. It is IHSAA certified and is done on evening and takes a month or 2. YOU HAVE TO BE CERTIFIED TO COACH KIDS IN IOWA.

Coach Gruss is an excellent coach and teacher.
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