An observation about coaches

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An observation about coaches

Post by tiwonge » Mon Dec 10, 2012 6:02 pm

In my observation, it seems that math teachers are over-represented as quiz bowl coaches.

Does this bear out in the larger view? Is there some reason why math people seem more drawn to quiz bowl (despite it having a smaller representation in the canon), or why people who enjoy quiz bowl are drawn to teach math?
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Re: An observation about coaches

Post by Beevor Feevor » Mon Dec 10, 2012 6:48 pm

Where are you getting this from? This isn't meant as an angry challenge to your statement, but just out of curiosity, because a lot of coaches in my area are humanities people.
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Re: An observation about coaches

Post by tiwonge » Mon Dec 10, 2012 7:10 pm

I guess my observation wasn't very universal. And my set of known quiz bowl coaches is somewhat small.

In Idaho, I suppose, a lot of the coaches are in the sciences because the longest-running thing here is a science bowl (that has some non-science questions in it). Maybe that colors my perception. The few high school coaches I know outside of the state are math teachers, too, but that might be that I tend to know math teachers.
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Re: An observation about coaches

Post by David Riley » Mon Dec 10, 2012 8:44 pm

In Illinois, we have virtually all fields represented among our coaching staff.
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Re: An observation about coaches

Post by Dominator » Mon Dec 10, 2012 9:35 pm

I had had the same observation as Colin some time ago. Perhaps it's not true that coaches at large tend to be math teachers, but it certainly has been my experience that math teachers are overrepresented among coaches I know. But then again I interact with a very non-random sample of coaches.
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Re: An observation about coaches

Post by dwd500 » Mon Dec 10, 2012 10:04 pm

I've yet to see another coach in my area, ever.
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Re: An observation about coaches

Post by tintinnabulation » Mon Dec 10, 2012 10:10 pm

In my experience, math teachers are "over"-represented as coaches.
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Re: An observation about coaches

Post by Sniper, No Sniping! » Tue Dec 11, 2012 12:43 am

A lot of the local teams you might play as apart of your league are probably like a football or basketball coach with likely no teaching position or has a gig like teaching gym and being the faculty advisor for such a quiz bowl team is apart of what keeps them employed by the school district. This is the case with a few of the schools in our area.

In Ohio, on the statewide level, the traditionally strong programs are coached by Social Studies teachers (like Copley, Fisher Catholic, and Tippecanoe). I know the coaches of Northmont, Olmsted Falls, Solon and company are teachers, I'm not sure what they teach though. I personally don't know any quiz bowl coaches in Ohio that are math teachers.
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Re: An observation about coaches

Post by jonah » Tue Dec 11, 2012 1:01 am

For what it's worth, of the 363 active coaches in Illinois for which the IHSSBCA has info on subject(s) taught, 76 (21%) are teachers of math (and possibly of other subjects too). The next highest category is social studies of some kind (including history), then English.
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Re: An observation about coaches

Post by Rufous-capped Thornbill » Tue Dec 11, 2012 2:41 pm

Paula Pareto Optimality wrote:A lot of the local teams you might play as apart of your league are probably like a football or basketball coach with likely no teaching position or has a gig like teaching gym and being the faculty advisor for such a quiz bowl team is apart of what keeps them employed by the school district. This is the case with a few of the schools in our area.

In Ohio, on the statewide level, the traditionally strong programs are coached by Social Studies teachers (like Copley, Fisher Catholic, and Tippecanoe). I know the coaches of Northmont, Olmsted Falls, Solon and company are teachers, I'm not sure what they teach though. I personally don't know any quiz bowl coaches in Ohio that are math teachers.
IIRC, Bob Weiser of Solon is a retired Math teacher.
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Re: An observation about coaches

Post by Unicolored Jay » Wed Dec 12, 2012 12:37 am

Inkana7 wrote:
Paula Pareto Optimality wrote:A lot of the local teams you might play as apart of your league are probably like a football or basketball coach with likely no teaching position or has a gig like teaching gym and being the faculty advisor for such a quiz bowl team is apart of what keeps them employed by the school district. This is the case with a few of the schools in our area.

In Ohio, on the statewide level, the traditionally strong programs are coached by Social Studies teachers (like Copley, Fisher Catholic, and Tippecanoe). I know the coaches of Northmont, Olmsted Falls, Solon and company are teachers, I'm not sure what they teach though. I personally don't know any quiz bowl coaches in Ohio that are math teachers.
IIRC, Bob Weiser of Solon is a retired Math teacher.
This is correct. It makes me wonder though; how many quizbowl coaches are retired teachers?
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