Beaufort County's athletics coaches and administrators are going back to school. For one day, that is.
More than 300 coaches and administrators will take part Thursday in the Beaufort County School District Fall Coaches Convocation at the Beaufort High School Visual and Performing Arts Center.
Following breakfast, the awards and accomplishments of the county's middle school and high school sports programs and coaches during the 2012-13 school year will be recognized.
The rest of the day will consist of seminars and guest speakers who will touch on topics such as the school district's purpose and vision, effective coaching, team building, sportsmanship and more.
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Gregory McCord, the district's chief student services officer, is excited about the event, which he says will help build "healthy professional relationships" within the district.
"I want our students and parents to be proud of their respective schools," McCord said. "But I want them to be equally proud of their school district. It bodes well for all of us. We want healthy collaboration."
McCord admitted this event would hopefully address some sportsmanship issues in the school district over the past year. He said he wanted the district to foster an atmosphere of love and respect on and off the field.
"The first thing we have to do is send the message," McCord said. "And the only way to be sure it gets delivered is to provide the forum for it. It's not just taking for granted that everyone knows what to do."
McCord said "every coach in every sport" was expected to attend, and this would not be a one-time event, but would instead be "the first of many."
"We want to send the message that this is how we do things in Beaufort County," McCord said.