My wife and I have felt very let down by the kind of coaching we've seen so far at the high school level. Either coaches seem lackadaisical and don't take the job seriously, or, more frequently, they treat the students harshly and provide a poor model of sportsmanship. The last coach my daughter had was disliked by most of the parents and team members because of his punitive, critical coaching style and bad temper, but the athletic director rehired him for next year, despite negative feedback from parents and players. In our experience with other sports organizations in Palo Alto (AYSO, PAGS, etc.), we've mostly come across positive coaching and instruction. Why is negative coaching tolerated on the high school level? Is it because we still assume that it leads to success? If so, at what cost? Also, does this kind of coaching get the best results with adolescent girls? I'd like to hear what other PAUSD parents think and what suggestions you have.