The coaching profession consists of coaches who work in professional sports and those who work with amateur athletes and teams. Coaches who work with elementary, middle school, and high school sports teams typically hold full-time jobs in other areas; they may be academic teachers or school administrators, who coach part time after school on weekdays and during weekends. There are also coaches who volunteer to coach school sports programs. At the university level most coaches work full time coaching sports teams. Many work as coaches at the schools they attended, for the teams they played on. The same is true for professional coaches who played on the team and came back to coach after retiring from playing. They may start as an assistant coach and advance to the coach position after several years of effective, dedicated work.
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