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I'm a college student currently interested in working as an assistant coach for one of the high schools in my area, but I don't really know what I'm doing. Advice and anecdotes would be nice. Those of you who are coaches or assistant coaches, how did you get started? I have no prior connections to this location, and am worried things will go badly if I contact them out of the blue without having some kind of plan. I don't even know if they've got an opening at the moment. What might I want to do?

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I have no experience in the area but maybe you should judge at some of the tournaments near there and try to get in touch with them? I can't imagine a lot of schools will want to hire an assistant coach if they don't specifically have an opening, but you could express interest.

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I'm a college student currently interested in working as an assistant coach for one of the high schools in my area, but I don't really know what I'm doing. Advice and anecdotes would be nice. Those of you who are coaches or assistant coaches, how did you get started? I have no prior connections to this location, and am worried things will go badly if I contact them out of the blue without having some kind of plan. I don't even know if they've got an opening at the moment. What might I want to do?

What area? If you're somewhere with a UDL, a good place to start is by contacting that UDL's organizers--UDL schools are often desperate for assistant coaches with debate experience.

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