OK for recs

<p>I know on the common app it says that the rec should be from a teacher in an academic subject, but i really want to have my debate coach (which is also a class at my school)/ vice principal of 3 years write one of my recs. Will admissions officers penalize me for not following directions</p>

<p>Yes. When they say they want two academic teachers, that's what they mean. They may not consider your application "complete" without them, and may not review it at all.</p>

<p>You can have your coach write a supplemental recommendation.</p>