For those who worry about me agonizing over things, fear not. Sincerely, I am just making conversation here, picking brains, trying to learn, and killing some time on a cold day in January. Relax. I am not worrying about anything here, over-thinking, etc. Here goes:
My guess is that there’s three types of H.S. coaches in terms of experience on the job. There’s the coach who has been doing it for a LONG time – something like 20+ years. And, there’s the coach who is really new, totally green, in his first or second year as a HC. Lastly, there’s the guy who is somewhere in between the other two. He’s no rookie. But, he’s been on the job and through the ropes, has water under his bridge, some pelts on his belt, etc.
I would ASSUME that the last guy is MAYBE the ideal guy who you want as a coach. Still somewhat hungry. But, not a rookie. Knows more than a few things. But, still willing to learn new things. In terms of major league comps, say it’s Bob Melvin. Again, my GUESS is that this is the ideal guy. (Maybe I am wrong? That’s fine and possible. You tell me…)
But, if you can’t have this guy, who do you want between the other two? Do you want the guy with a million years of experience, seen it all and done it all, twice over. Probably pretty set in his ways, etc. In terms of big league comps, say it’s Ron Gardenhire. Or, do you want the guy who is really new, wide eyed, learning on the job (somewhat) and who just might be in over his head a bit compared to guys who have experience. In terms of big league comps, say it’s Brandon Hyde.
Again, this is for HIGH SCHOOL. (For the pro's it's a different story - depending on your club, etc.)
What’s the ideal HS coach, the new guy with no experience, the long term vet with tons of experience, or, the guy in the middle? And, why?