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The Size of HS Football Staffs Appear to Be on the Rise

Many teams have more than 10 coaches.

Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

A poll by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette found that not only are high school football coaching staffs growing, but many teams have more than 10 coaches.

Years ago, a team at a larger school might have had four or five assistants. Now there are many more men on the sideline and in coaching booths than ever before.

A random sampling of some schools in the WPIAL show schools in every classification have staffs in double digits. Some of the coaches are paid by the schools and some volunteer. Some might get a small stipend from the booster club.

North Allegheny has 14 assistant coaches, West Allegheny 13, Gateway 11, Belle Vernon 11, Central Valley 11, Keystone Oaks nine, Charleroi 10 and Our Lady of the Sacred Heart eight.

A basic question is — are all these coaches needed? Well, it might be a sign of what football is these days.

For more on this story, visit the Pittsburgh Gazette.

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