Building a Successful High School Sports Program


“Building A Successful High School Sports Program” was written with the insight of several outstanding high school coaches. All have experienced success at the highest level and offer tips for coaches at any level. The thread that runs true for each is knowing that players expect to be held accountable for their actions, whether on or off the field or court. When coaches make consistent decisions with character and integrity, players can do what they do best: Play the game. For example, “That Championship Vision,” Shaping the Character of Your Team,” and “Can You Coach Any Player?” will generate a new outlook or affirm what you already know.

Coach DeAngelo Wiser

Whatever sport you coach, building a successful sports program can be an enormous, sometimes daunting, task filled with many responsibilities and demands. Questions and decisions wait around every corner, often pulling a coach away from long-term considerations. How can you build a program when daily challenges require your attention?

In reality, those daily challenges form some of the building blocks and foundations to any program. As a coach, you have the opportunity every day to showcase your critical thinking, creativity, player-management skills, philosophy, integrity, and character with every decision you make.

In “Building a Successful High School Sports Program”, former High School Soccer Coach DeAngelo Wiser addresses the fundamentals of building a successful High School program. He covers numerous topic areas including how to choose team players, bringing them together, managing expectations, how to define success, working with administrators and colleagues, tracking progress, dealing with personal adversity, and much more.

The book also includes contributions from a dozen highly successful High School coaches and Athletic Directors who offer decades of real-world wisdom and high-value advice. The book’s foreword is by one of the world’s leading and most recognizable Sport Psychologists – Bill Beswick.

Whether you coach football, tennis, soccer, baseball, basketball, volleyball, swimming, track & field, or any other High School sport, by the end of the book, you will learn:

– how to build a winning program

– how to properly integrate philosophies and principles into your work

– how to keep track of success and document the essentials

– how to sell your program and create outside buy-in

– how to create a cohesive team and sporting environment

– how to create a team underpinned with character and integrity

– how to manage players and yourself when times get tough

Building a successful program takes patience and determination, but is a journey you’ll never forget.

About The Author | Coach DeAngelo Wiser is a soccer coach with more than 20 years’ experience of working with high school players, during which time he has gathered District and Regional Titles, and Coach of the Year honors. His first title – “Winning Your Players through Trust, Loyalty, and Respect: A Soccer Coach’s Guide” has become an internationally acclaimed book.

Contributors | Bill Beswick, Molly Grishman, Dave Barney, Jody Hamilton, Jean Kesterson, Aaron Ocampo, Mike Bowlin, Karen Vanover, Cy Tucker, Bob Koski, Daniel Sandlin, and Kevin Wright.