As a former high school and college football coach, I can assure you that the extra income from coaching supplements is well earned....High school coaches not only spend the time coaching, but field maintainance, locker room prep, equioment maintainance etc takes a huge amount of time and effort.
That reminded me of our old baseball coach, Coach Jones working on the baseball field with rake, shovel, lawn mower etc. Basically he was both coach and groundskeeper.
Often working till dark.
I would agree with your assessment. Coaching, no matter what others may think of it, is a tough gig. You have to deal with kids, parents, boosters, administration folks.
And its not just X’s and O’s. Its part teacher, part counselor, part manager, and part coach.
If you are a coach with talented kids...its even more involved. You are the mentor that takes the kids through the college scouting process.
It is a lot more difficult than proctoring the chess club.
Unlike preparing lessons and tests, grading papers and homework etc which takes no time and effort at all...