Most CPS Coaches Lack Proper Certification

CHICAGO (CBS) –– Do you know who’s coaching your kids?

Sports experts tell CBS 2 that 8 out of every 10 Chicago Public Schools coaches do not have the required certification. Dorothy Tucker reports how that could have an impact on every student.

Patricia Jones is still upset with Fenger High School’s head coach, Cassius Chambers. She accuses him of standing outside her home and watching her son, Darion, get beaten by football players.

Chambers was eventually cleared of any wrongdoing and allowed to return to Fenger. But CBS 2 has learned Chambers is missing a required coaching certification.

“Had he been trained he would have known that that’s not what you do,” Jones says.

That training is provided by the American Sports Education Program, ASEP. CPS is a partner with the association that requires non-faculty coaches to pass three courses.

The problem, according to John Mayer of the Ethical Youth Foundation, is that “a good 75 to 80 percent of all these coaches are people who are not trained, not certified, maybe even not qualified to be in the lives of our children.”

Prosser assistant coaches Tom Cipriani and Johnathan Manning, who were charged with battery in connection with the hazing of a 14-year-old football player, didn’t have the ASEP certification.

Back in 2008, Marshall’s coach Courtney Hargrays and Morgan Park’s Mandel Oliver were fired for allegedly paddling student athletes. They also lacked ASEP certification.

And when CBS2 did a random check of more than 100 coaches from numerous sports, less than three dozen appeared on ASEP’s list.

Mayer says it is important coaches learn how to manage students and deal with problems.

Sources tell CBS 2 that CPS is aware it has a problem with too many coaches not having ASEP certification.

CPS officials say all coaches must submit to a criminal background check, take an online training course with the state’s child-welfare agency and complete 12 hours of character training.

According to the Illinois High School Association, coaches not certified could face probation or suspension.

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  • THEE Yard Ape

    And yet these same @ ss holes are part of that group that wants a 30% pay raise!!!!!! Before ANYONE jumps on me about it’s the teachers NOT coaches – chew on this, most of these so-called coaches are teachers and members of the same WORTHLESS union!!!!!

    • THEE Yard Ape

      The reason NON faculty members are required to have this is because the union protects the coaches that are faculty!!!! They can spin this sh!t however they want, but simple put FUK the CPS and it’s union !!!!!

  • CommonSenseIsLost

    Why does it take special training to know not to let students beat up on other students?

  • Ralph

    Anyone who has gone through public school knows these coaches are idiots. No amount of “certification” is going to instill any intelligence or common sense in them.

  • cflc

    Every part of the system is in chaos. It’s nothing but a money pit, with no solutions. There is not enough money in the world to correct the type of problems that exist in the deep abyss of the Chicago Public Schools. The first thing they can start with is eliminate is bussing and send the hundreds of millions of dollars into the neighborhood schools.

    • DD

      Please cflc you, like so many others, do not know what goes on in the schools. Every now and then, the inspectors general office will come out with articles on the schools and how they mismanaged, especially by the principals and the people in central office. However, there are principals that are bleeding the system and hiring their friends and relatives, padding attendance, and promoting kids that don’t come to school. Harrassment is prevelant in many of the schools if you are not like by the principal and the whistle blowing law does not apply to cps employees. If you tell on the inner workings of a school, no matter how much evidence you have, the principal will still have her job and you will be gone. No protection is offered to you. It know of several teachers that lost their jobs because they contacted the Inspector’s General Office about issues that impacted children and themselves due to poor leadership. The coach at the school on 77th and Ingleside is the next door neighbor of the principal. That is they way it goes. (Are there any certifications for becoming a coach?)

  • Misleading

    Wow. That’s incredibly misleading. The way they edited the story, the shot of the list of names implies that they did some extra work with their “random sampling” to “discover” some kind of cover-up and that the list was representing certified coaches. That’s not the case at all. The list does not state or imply certification. A person may be registered with the association but a click on a name shows when the person last took the exams and that person’s designation as not currently certified. The story is totally misguided in that respect in that it ties the few instances of bad coaches that were hired but not certified with everyone on the association’s registration list who are not certified because they may be former coaches who are no longer participating and haven’t updated their certification and those who have registered but not yet gone through the certification process. To maintain such a registry is not uncommon or unusual in the least. Pathetic attempt at journalism. CBS was clearly more interested in sensationalizing a story than focusing on the truth — that someone hired bad coaches who were also not certified. Instead, the story attempts to confuse two propositions to create a larger story: (1) some bad coaches may not be certified on the ASEP list and (2) not everyone on the ASEP registry is currently certified. The way they edited the story to mix the two was done to intentionally deceive the viewing audience and sullies the names of many people who get involved with such programs because they have a genuine interest in helping kids.

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