Let's get this out of the way from the start.
When you first meet new Chambersburg athletic director Jeremy Flores, you're going to think, "Man, he's young."
Yeah, he is young — 26. And he looks it.
But don't let that fool you.
Flores already has four years under his belt as the AD at Hanover and he's got some mature ideas for ways to modernize the CASHS athletic department and get a grip on the parents vs. coaches battle that seems to be festering in Chambersburg.
I have a suggestion for all parents of kids who expect to participate in athletics for the Trojans this fall: Pick up a pen, walk to your calendar and circle Aug. 5. Write down: Meeting, 6 p.m. CASHS auditorium. Then go to that meeting.
OK, that was a little old school. Pick up your phone, go to your calendar and type in the info above. But please go to the meeting — you owe it to your kid and to yourself.
The coach of your kid's team will be there. And Flores will be there. He wants to talk to you.
"I'm hoping we get a good turnout," Flores said. "We've changed the location from the field house to the auditorium and I'm going to give a presentation."
What he hopes to accomplish with that presentation is give every parent there a set of guidelines on what to do when they have questions or concerns about a coach.
Trust me, nowhere on that list will there be an item like this: "Run to the next school board meeting and call out the coach in public."
Instead, Flores intends to lay out a chain of command so that parents know exactly what to do and who to go to when they want to lodge a complaint.
At the same time, Flores is developing an evaluation process for coaches that he hopes will avoid some of the problems that have come up. All coaches can expect to be evaluated at mid-season and again when the season is over. If they do not meet the standards they have been given, then they will not be retained.
Flores met with all the Trojan head coaches in June and he plans to have meetings like that three or four times per year. He is also meeting individually with each coach and is about 75 percent of the way through the staff.
"How can I expect a coach, a parent or a player to follow guidelines if they don't know what they are?" Flores said. "Everyone needs to be informed, and it's up to me to make sure I communicate those guidelines."
It's clear that communication ("clear and consistent communication," he said) is a big deal to Flores, which is why it's no surprise that technology and social media will play a much larger role in the athletic department.
A new Twitter account is already active: @CASDathletics. That will allow Flores and athletic secretary Lucinda Rebuck to send out up-to-the-minute information about schedule changes, postponements, makeups, etc. The athletic website (casdonline.org/athletics) will soon be redesigned and will be another valuable resource for information.
It's a new world, and the young guy is embracing it.
Parents, please go to the meeting, hear the guidelines and embrace them.