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Page 2 Section 2 Free Press Thursday, November 22, 2012 in Cheney Coaches Association hopes to serve as There were a number of steps involved coaches but also from administrators like creation of bylaws, incorporation while creating better assessment tools. both collective bargaining unit and a tool to of district and state employee policies "You knowwhereyoustand. There and ideas for best practices taken from are certain things you can do and can't improve the academic-athletic experience other coaches associations' collective do," Missel said, adding the assess- bargaining agreements, ment component is key in that it's not By JOHN McCALLUM of the proper function of coaches and The association crossed an im- an evaluation and works both ways Editor their contributions to Cheney schools portant threshold when it received between coaches and administration. Coaches in the Cheney School Dis- by developing programs that empha- certification as a bargaining unit from "I also ask them, 'what can I do?' trict now have a well-defined source size citizenship, sportsmanship and the Public Employment Relations Com- What can I do to make your seasons to go to when they need information, academic excellence." mission in June 2008. After that it was .better?" he said. "What can I do to help. guidance and support in what used to Association president and CHS working with district personnel led by you for next year." be a seasonal occupation but in modern baseball head coach Randy Elam said former Superintendent Larry Keller, Elam said those lines of communica- times has become a year-round under- coaching has become virtually a "year current Superintendent Deb Clemens tion are key when viewed in coaches' taking, round endeavor" that not only includes and CHS athletics director J!m Mis- ultimate responsibilities of not only Last April the Cheney School Board practices and season competition but sel, all of whom were very supportive creating winning teams, but winning officially recognized the newly founded offseason work such as camps and clin- Elam Said in hammering out a final situations on and off the field for Cheney Coaches Association "as the ics. Creating the association was more agreement, developing better athletes and most employee organization and exclusive about setting up a consistent framework Besides establishing a collective importantly, better students. Coaching bargaining representative for all em- for coaches to operate as individuals bargaining process for salaries and can be an "emotional" enterprise for ployees who conduct extracurricular and as a group, working conditions, the association everyone involved he said, including activities" in the district that require "I just think it's very powerful," also establishes a grievance procedure parents and their kids. Hopefully the no certification. For those involved in Elam said. that allows association representation association will be sounding board as the association's formation however, It's been something decades in the to be present, defined areas of rights much as a bargaining unit that works its purpose goes beyond employee making, going back to the 1990s, and and authorities and guidelines for deal- to promote best practices as well as relation issues, has involved a number of past and pres- ing with concerns and issues. It also solve conflicts in a constructive manner "It is our purpose to encourage ent school district coaches. Much of it establishes communication through benefiting everyone, Elamsaid, always high and professional standards of was informal early on, Elam said, with regular meetings and district channels maintaining a focus on what's best for ethics and conduct by our members by coaches getting together now and then as well as encouraging professional the student-athletes. developing and promoting a code of to discuss issues surrounding ~ports ' deirelopment. "I think if approached in the right professional standards and member- and student-athletes. "There's language in there, there's way there's a lot of ability to grow in ship in the Washington State Coaches In the 2000s, Davis began to spear- protocol in place and it's binding and those situations," Elam said. "I think if Association," former Blackhawks' boys head a more concerted effort at formal that helps everyone," Elam said.we do that, we'll do some good things. soccer head coach Steve Davis wrote in organization, supported by other Missel agreed, noting the defining We're coaches." a letter to the board. "It is also our pur- coaches such as Tom Stralser, Chuck of lines of communication will lead to John McCallum can be reached at pose to broaden public understanding Cone, AprilArland and Jason Williams. greater accountability not only from jmac@cheneyfreepress.com. EWU women continued from page 1 In the past Eastern did not need to get the ball in- side as much, but Schuller sees that part of the game evolving to where not only can they score, but it opens up the outside game as well. "It will open things up for shooters like Chenise (Pakootas); I think Aubrey (Ashenfelter) will step up, she's got a ton of experi- ence," SchuUer said. Men- more like the one that won to focus on." But if the op- the 2010 Big Sky cham- ponents do that, Schulleris pionship. "On any given confident someone else can night it could be a different player." Having a Ryan and a Cooper there's a sense of security, Schuller said, "Knowing who it's going to be every single" night." Schuller's 2012-13 team will be one where scor- ing is done by committee and will emerge. "Ryan was a big loss but Cooper was maybe bigger just because she was the point-guard, Schuller said. "She ran the show, she basically let the team know this is how you need to do things." "Between Kylie Huerta and anybody can be your and Lexi Nelson we're leading scorer is harder to getting that figured out," defend. "Last year they Schuller said. "Lexie gives tana transfer Lexi Nelson ' would focus on two kids us more of a scoring point ihasbeensoii~"Ithink ~ ~6~a~that was it," ~hul- ~ua~'d." Huerta "Is a ........ : ............... "' "Now,you:-' she's going ~o~:~ agood ~.(J~ explained: .... ":' ~" ...... v-~= ..~r~ ..... ;- ~:~,.~.-.-~ player," Schullersaid. don'tknowifthere'sgoing, courdvisionis~ous," Schuller sees her team to be a particular person Schuller said." The Easternwomenwill certainly be battle-tested by the time by the time home fans get to take a good look at the team, playing seven road games before a Dec. 29 non-league game with Warner Pacific. Big Sky play begins with games at Reese Court JarL 3 versus Montana and Jan. 5 with Montana State. Paul Delaney can be reached at pdelaney@cheney_ ~eepress. corn. Athlete of the Week Medical Lake winter sports are just around the corner...Go Cards! Denny s : : | I 1 ~ We Honestly Caret I / ~ 215 E. 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