Mentoring Project Partnership will Benefit Coaches and Teachers

National Coaching Leader Says Program Worth Emulating Elsewhere

The Nebraska Coaches Association has entered a partnership with the Nebraska State Education Association to offer a New Teacher/New Coach Virtual Mentoring Program to early-in-their-career teachers and coaches.

The president of the National High School Athletic Coaches Association believes the program is a wise idea that should be emulated in other states.

Ted Schroeder is a longtime track and field coach at Rock Springs, WY, and a four-time Wyoming state coach of the year. He applauded the NCA and NSEA for creating an opportunity for coaches and teachers to improve their skills. He noted that too many coaches, like teachers, are leaving the profession far too soon.

“The essence of the mentorship program is to help teachers and coaches understand how to deal with today’s issues,” he said. “I’m sure that the mentee will prove to be as valuable to the mentor as the mentor is to the mentee.”

Through the program, participating teachers and coaches must complete a minimum of 25 hours of program time and a time log/reflection that includes aspects of teaching and coaching. Those mentors and mentees who complete the requirements by June 2020, and who are members of the NSEA, are eligible for a $500 stipend.

The goals of the program, made possible through a grant from the Great Public Schools Fund of the National Education Association include:

  • Raising the standard of professionalism and skills for beginning teachers and coaches.
  • Increasing retention of coaches and teachers in the education profession.
  • Decreasing the number of infractions and issues teachers and coaches encounter in the classroom and athletic arena.
  • Embedding professional development and engagement in both organizations.
  • Further enriching the collaboration between the two organizations and their members.

NSEA Organizational Specialist Dr. Cindy Copich manages the program for NSEA, coordinating with NCA Executive Director Darin Boysen.

“This is a wonderful opportunity for NSEA and NCA to partner and support the success of beginning teachers and coaches,” said Copich. “We’re proud to partner with the NCA to provide an innovative program to demonstrate the value of membership in both organizations.”

Schroeder hopes other state education associations and state coaches’ associations will take note.

“In the future, it is my sincere hope that we can bring this idea forward to the National High School Athletic Coaches Association and ‘mentor’ other states around the country,” he said. “In the meantime, I am watching and learning from the Nebraska model.”
For more details, or to participate, reach Copich at 1-800-742-0047, or at: