Sports and coaches at Gunn and Palo Alto high schools | News | Palo Alto Online |

News

Sports and coaches at Gunn and Palo Alto high schools

 

Sports offered at Paly and Gunn

Palo Alto and Gunn high schools offer a wide variety of sports*, run by various types of coaches.

Coaches who work as teachers at the school tend to be favored by school officials and policies. However, the demands of teaching make it challenging to recruit such coaches. So "off-campus" or "walk-on" coaches are hired to fill the positions. Some of them work at other schools as credentialed teachers; some have other jobs; and some operate private sports programs, including so-called "club" teams, as a primary source of income. The majority of off-campus coaches do not have teaching credentials.

Assistant coaches include volunteers from the ranks of current and former sports parents.

The California Interscholastic Federation, the governing body for high school sports in the state, surveys schools annually, and categorizes paid and unpaid coaches simply as "on-campus" or "off-campus" coaches.

Fall:

■ football (boys only)

■ volleyball (girls only)

■ cross-country **

■ water polo

■ tennis (girls only)

Winter:

■ wrestling (coed) **

■ basketball

■ soccer

Spring:

■ baseball (boys only)

■ softball (girls only)

■ tennis (boys only)

■ track & field **

■ lacrosse

■ swimming

■ badminton (coed)

■ golf (boys at Gunn; coed at Paly)

■ gymnastics (girls, at Gunn)

* List includes separate teams for girls/boys, unless noted

** "No-cut" sports (means no tryouts, everyone can join). Note that at Gunn, football and swimming are no-cut sports.

Source: Paly and Gunn websites

By the numbers: Palo Alto's athletes and coaches (2008-09)

Gunn:

Total athletes: 832 (44%) out of 1,900 student body

Total female athletes: 375 (45% of athletes)

Total male athletes: 457 (55% of athletes)

Two-sport athletes: 191

Three-sport athletes: 11

Freshman athletes: 245

Sophomore athletes: 232

Junior athletes: 192

Senior athletes: 163

Paly:

Total athletes: 772 (44%) out of 1,755 total students

(gender/multi-sport/class breakdowns not available from Paly)

Gunn:

Teams: 50

Coaches: 85

Paly:

Teams: 45

Coaches: 72

Gunn:

On-campus paid coaches: 13 (8 male, 5 female)

Off-campus paid coaches: 48 (37 male, 11 female)

Off-campus unpaid coaches: 24 (23 male, 1 female)

Total male head coaches of female teams: 22

Total female head coaches of male teams: 1

Paly:

On-campus paid coaches: 13 (12 male, 1 female)

Off-campus paid coaches: 50 (39 male, 11 female)

Off-campus unpaid coaches: 9 (8 male, 1 female)

Total male head coaches of female teams: 8

Total female head coaches of male teams: 0

==I Sources: Gunn and Paly athletic departments; the Paly "Viking Magazine" student sports publication. ==

What is democracy worth to you?
Support local journalism.

Comments

Like this comment
Posted by Tyler Hanley
digital editor of Palo Alto Online
on May 14, 2010 at 8:58 am

Tyler Hanley is a registered user.

All comments regarding the special report on coaching in Palo Alto high schools have been streamlined to the following thread. Please add your comments here: Web Link


Don't miss out on the discussion!
Sign up to be notified of new comments on this topic.

Email:


Sorry, but further commenting on this topic has been closed.

Stay informed

Get daily headlines sent straight to your inbox.

Los Altos's State of Mind opening NYC-inspired pizza shop in Palo Alto
By Elena Kadvany | 18 comments | 8,853 views

Wait, wait – we’re working on it
By Diana Diamond | 21 comments | 2,942 views

Flying: How to lower your impact
By Sherry Listgarten | 10 comments | 2,299 views

Premarital and Couples: Here Be Dragons!
By Chandrama Anderson | 0 comments | 1,914 views

Goodbye toy stores
By Cheryl Bac | 12 comments | 1,599 views

 

Short story writers wanted!

The 34th Annual Palo Alto Weekly Short Story Contest is now accepting entries for Adult, Young Adult and Teen categories. Send us your short story (2,500 words or less) and entry form by March 27, 2020. First, Second and Third Place prizes awarded in each category. Sponsored by Kepler's Books, Linden Tree Books and Bell's Books.

Contest Details