I think your Coach should be very competant where the sport is involved.
Also, while it's great to have a competing coach, it's also not necessary AS LONG AS they competed regular.
I agree. The rules change, the fences change, the courses change and your Coach has to know how to handle those situation themselves, to beable to teach you how to handle those situations.
As David O'Connor said in an article he wrote - "If your Coach doesn't piss on the pot, they should get off"
And I agree. This is too dangerous of a sport.