Some coaches leave and with little if any paper trail of what they did, when and how. On the other hand, some schools and organizations are very well organized and have procedures in documented form and should be followed to the letter.
The reasons for following what’s be done before is to have a pattern of consistency, follow through and overall fairness with the reputation of the coaching process. Changes in anything, brings questions and can distract from your work.
Like I mentioned earlier, I’m not privileged to the high school or college environment, but from a business standpoint, being consistent from one coaching program to the next, is to neither compliment or negate the program that you’re taking over. On the other hand, if you see that improvements can be made in certain areas, do it gradually. The last thing that you want is to have the question asked … “why didn’t he (prior coach) do that?” Or… the question putting you under the microscope by asking you …“We’ve never done that before… do you know what you’re doing?”
I wish you the best with your future prospect as Skipper of that program.