The CPS has two types of coaches.
On one side you have these coaches trying to make an impact and making their teams as competitive as possible. In cross country and track there is Dale Devinney at Mather, Tony Jones and Chris Roof at Lane Tech, Andrew Adelman at Jones College Prep. In football one name that keeps getting brought up is Tom Mulder, the coach of Pritzker College Prep and of course old timers like Coach Glen Johnson of Dunbar. In soccer there is Mather's Branko Cvijovi - who led Mather to it's school's only state championship in any sport.
These coaches are trying to achieve what I call a New Norm. More on that later.
The Old Norm
On the other side you have the old school CPS coaches. We all know them. They accept and run teams that are frankly sub par. They accept not having sound off season conditioning, not doing hard enough recruiting athletes for their sport, not having good or proper uniforms, not putting enough effort in fund raising, not getting parents involved,....__________(you fill in the blanks). I'm pointing out the coaches, but the blame also has to be on parents, AD's, teachers, and heck even the students themselves - everyone for accepting such a low level of sports competitiveness. I call that the old norm.
The New Norm
On the other hand, you have some people in the CPS who see nothing but potential and are actually trying to realize it. They see a building full of kids who given the proper coaching can churn out competitive teams year in and year out. They see every freshman class as an opportunity to shape minds and shape character, and win and have fun while doing so. They envision a new CPS- one with the potential to take kids with raw talent and desire, work with them for 4 years, and at the end of the 4 years, they know that they did everything they could to take this kid to the highest competitive level as possible. And they do this not for the money or glory, but because they see greatness in each individual and do their part in bringing the greatness out. I call this the New Norm of thinking.
New Norm vs the Old Norm
Unfortunately, there are still plenty examples of the old norm in action in the CPS today. There are still lots of people (coaches, parents, and yes student) - who don't care enough to put their 100 % effort in making their team more competitive.
I've definitely critisized the Old Norm type of thinking. But at the same time, I know I won't change their minds.
We are at a cross roads in the CPS. There are two schools of thoughts that are being battled everyday in the CPS. There are some who keep making the same old excuses and accepting that their team cannot ever be as great as it can be. Then, there are some that want to make the CPS as great as it possibly can.