As an assistant strength coach, I don't deal directly with most of the coaching staff or administration (AD, Compliance officer, etc.). That's the head strength coach's job and I don't envy certain aspects of it. But it does give me the opportunity to see certain road blocks in advance and to think ahead of how I might handle many of the obstacles a fledgling program might face.
It seems in most cases, if not all, that the coaches and administrators with whom I work simply don't understand what a CSCS is! Perhaps in their eyes, it is just a glorified gym owner. I had a professor of Sports Science who often spoke of conversations where he'd explain what he studied, taught, and practiced, only to have the response be a reductive "Oh, so you're a P.E. teacher!" Yeah. I pass out the basketballs and let the kids play! sheesh.
The years of study to understand bio-mechanics, anatomy, exercise physiology, sport specific metabolic and strength training, sports nutrition for our athletes, sports psychology, rehabilitation training, etc., only to have an administrator with NO such background restrict us in what we can provide for our athletes, or a coach who read an article or played their sport 30 years ago tell the specialist what exercies he/she wants because they read an article or used to do "such and such" (THIRTY YEARS AGO!!!)
I'd like to think I can be diplomatic enough that when I eventually have my own program, I could deal with most things. But I've seen a few personalities that are simply too inflexible to communicate with. Not being allowed to do what I KNOW I've been trained to do and what I KNOW will benefit my athletes because of administrative narrow-mindedness, mis-information, or plain stubbornness will be a HUGE challenge!
I'm sure such frustrations and road blocks are not unique to our institution, but I'm curious what others face and how they deal with such issues.