Eastern Wake: Sports

N.C. leads in certified high school coaches

North Carolina leads the nation in Certified Interscholastic Coaches, according to the National Federation of State High School Associations.

The Federation began a Certified Interscholastic Coach (CIC) program in July 2014 and 57 North Carolina high school coaches already have completed the series of courses. The Federal has been offering an Accredited Interscholastic Coach (AIC) certification program for eight years.

The AIC certification requires courses in coaching fundamentals; first aid; and concussion management, plus one other sport-specific course.

The CIC certification requires an AIC, plus courses on creating a safe and respectful environment; engaging parents; sportsmanship; strength and conditioning; plus two other courses.

There has been a rapid increase in coaches seeking certification. Nationally, the number of AIC coaches increased from 6,000 at the end of 2013 to 14,000 in 2014. In North Carolina, 68 coaches received AIC certification in 2013. Last year, more than 200 were certified.

“It is becoming more and more clear that coaches need these courses,” said Bobby Guthrie, a former Wake County Schools athletics director and a national certification leader. “Originally, the move was to provide education for non-faculty coaches, who may never have had any coaching education.

“But it has become apparent that the demands of high school coaching are increasing. These courses will benefit any coach. Colleges are beginning to make the certification courses part of their curriculum and I think more and more school systems and associations will be requiring them also.”

Eagles back and forth: The East Wake Academy boys and girls basketball teams each broke three-game losing streaks with their victories over Chapel Hill Woods Charter School on Jan. 9.

The Eagle girls allowed just 18 points while posting 38 in their victory over Woods, and the boys held off a challenge to win their game 52-47. It marked the East Wake Academy boys’ second win of the season.

Both teams were coming off losses to Voyager Academy, Kestrel Heights and Franklin Academy.

After recording losses at Roxboro Community School on Jan. 10, and seeing games against River Mill Academy scheduled for last Tuesday postponed due to the threat of inclement weather, the girls’ record stood at 6-10 and the boys’ at 2-14.

East Wake Academy faces home games against Raleigh Charter this coming Tuesday and road games against Research Triangle on Friday. Girls play at 6 p.m. and boys at 7:30.

The Eagle girls lost their first meeting of the season with Raleigh Charter, 42-24, on Dec. 9 and won their first date with Research Triangle 39-29 on Dec. 12.

The boys followed suit, falling to Raleigh Charter 71-51 on the road and holding off Research Triangle, 57-53, at home for their first victory.

Staff writer Aaron Moody contributed to this report.