Posts Tagged ‘Coach’

Jim Leavitt Still Fighting For USF Reinstatement

Monday, January 11th, 2010

Ex-University of South Florida Coach Jim Leavitt is still fighting hard to be reinstated as the University’s head football coach. Leavitt has now enlisted the help of a team of lawyers to fight the allegations that he both choked and hit (or slapped…) one of his players during halftime of a game earlier this season. Leavitt’s attorneys cite that the coach’s termination was “unwarranted” and that it has “violated his constitutional rights”. Hmm. Makes you wonder, doesn’t it? I assume that the supposed constitutional violation he speaks of is that he is innocent until proven guilty of these acts, and should therefore not have been fired prematurely. Leavitt continues to deny these allegations in light of the report by AOL FanHouse, citing 5 USF players and the abused player’s father, that states the coach reacted in such manner because of a mistake by the player, Joel Miller.

Regardless of what the true extent of the contact was in this situation, no coach has the right to come at a player like this, whether in private or in front of the team. In my opinion, Leavitt should exercise maturity in this situation and step down as gracefully as possible. The University did the right thing here in terminating Leavitt. What kind of message would they be sending by keeping an abusive coach like Leavitt, especially with the publicity being generated at this time?

Do you think Leavitt should be reinstated? Why or why not?

Andrew A. Teunis – Director of Business Development, ISPA

Calling All Dignified Coaches and Personal Trainers!

Thursday, January 7th, 2010

The International Sports Professionals Association has just launched an initiative to reach out to all dignified, stand-up professionals in the Coaching and Personal Training fields! We are calling on all Coaches and Personal Trainers to apply for membership in ISPA and join a respected and recognized group of certified professionals looking to improve the world of sports today! We invite YOU to investigate what ISPA has to offer and discover for yourself why ISPA is the largest international professional credentialing association in the world. Below, we have listed some of the benefits to joining ISPA:

  • Career building – we help build YOUR career
  • ISPA brings publicity to your career
  • This certification allows one to command a higher premium for services
  • Membership will help expand your client base
  • Listing on the International Register
  • Publishing opportunities
  • Exclusive CEU training opportunities
  • ISPA is a member of the Institute for Credentialing Excellence
  • Cross-training opportunities
  • Monthly newsletter
  • Interactive blog
  • Access to our comprehensive website and tools
  • Innovative and passionate staff and members looking to improve the world of sports as we know it

At ISPA, we are looking to make a difference by raising the bar in regard to the ethical and moral standards that professionals are held to today. We encourage you to apply today, and we look forward to having YOU as a member of our distinguished association.