MikeyD asked me to create a new thread on this topic.

Coaches can be a part of the solution, and the college can help coaches become part of the solution.

We all know that coaches are responsible for at least 66 students securing a place in each entering class. It seems logical that since the coaches are responsible for these students’ access to a Williams education, they should also be responsible for the actions of the students whose entrance they facilitate.

There are several ways to do this.

1) Coaches salaries are tied directly to the number of disciplinary actions received by their athletes. Each coach would receive a base salary, and a 5% bonus if the number of infractions committed by their students was below X, a 2% bonus if the number of disciplinary actions/infractions was between X and Y, and no bonus if their athletes’ number of disciplinary actions was above Y. The coaches’ jobs are not limited to ensuring that their teams win; they also need to take an active role in shaping responsible citizens. My salary is tied to my performance, why should that of the coaches be any different??

Such a policy would have two major ramifications.
First, coaches would pressure their athletes to behave themselves. Second, and more importantly, coaches would be more likely to ADMIT students who were GOOD ATHLETES and GOOD PEOPLE.

2) The 66 tips are distributed in a manner such that if a particular sports team receives an unacceptably high number of disciplinary actions, the team is punished by having a certain number of tips/protects diverted from their team to another more well-behaved team for the next entering class.

I agree with HWC that this IS an admissions problem, but I think we need to proactively think about ways in which the problem can be solved, rather than simply whining and pointing fingers.

Comments:

1) MikeyD should join us as an (anonymous, if he wants) author. He could then start up threads whenever he wanted as well as conveniently saving his longer posts. He (and others) are welcome.

2) I do not think that it is useful to focus on just athletes, even if (male) athletes are disproportionately responsible for the problems (and I am not sure that they are).

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