No, this one is not with an airline, this is for a High School basketball coaching job at a public school in Broward County. Note that, for the purposes of this board, all information identifying the school and recipient have been edited from the original. Here is my cover letter, along with the response:
Dear Athletic Director:
I am writing this letter in response to the posting on one of the websites that your varsity boys’ basketball coaching position at your high school is open. I am more than interested in this job and I feel that, given the opportunity, I could build your high school into having a competitive basketball program, but more importantly, a model for public schools around Broward County with respect to excellence in the classroom and around the community.
First, I understand that there are boundaries that may only be violated if, for example, a student intends to participate in a program that is not offered at their zoned high school. For example, a certain program is offered at your high school, however, it is not offered at the Broward County high schools with zones bordering your high school, which would allow students zoned in those districts to instead come to your school. Please note that I have no intention of actively recruiting students from outside of your zone to come to your school. To do so would simply be unfair to the students living inside of your attendance boundary that would effectively be “recruited over” for the sake of winning basketball games, which I will not condone. Additionally, it would also say to the students on our team that we cannot win without that student from outside of the attendance boundary, thus showing that I have no confidence in your students, which is simply not the case.
Second, I understand the benefits of extracurricular activities to our students. As a result, students wishing to play basketball will be REQUIRED to participate in an additional non-athletic extracurricular activity, such as the Art Club, Debate team, Student Government, or any of the vast offering of clubs offered at your high school. In order to accommodate this, practices will be held in the mornings, before school, and this will additionally give us an opportunity to make sure that the students on our basketball are in class, rather than deciding to sleep in. To keep the players accountable as a result of our morning practices, any student who cuts a class after attending basketball practice can expect to have their status as a member of our boys’ basketball team reviewed, particularly as that would be blatant ignorance of their responsibilities as a student.
There is, of course, the expectation that I should expect our team to excel on the basketball court as well. Eventually, I thoroughly expect to be able to develop a successful basketball program within the area as well, but with good kids that will also succeed in the classroom. However, I would much rather accept the hand I am dealt within our zones’ borders, and develop those students as both people and basketball players, rather than looking to kids within other school's zones to try to convince them to transfer into the certain program at your school.
As it is shown, I would like to develop our students as students and all-around people first, and athletes and basketball players second. Hopefully, you will consider all of the above, and allow your high school to have a model for the education of student-athletes in public schools to excel academically, athletically, and in extracurricular activities that will be emulated throughout Broward County.
Thank you very much for your time, and I hope to be hearing from you. Please feel free to contact me for any questions you may have.
The response, you might ask?
"Thank your for your interest."
Yes, that was the entire response, delivered via e-mail. Now, call me crazy, but isn't that a nice way of saying we have no interest in interviewing you?