As a former Division I men’s head and assistant basketball coach and coach mentor, I receive emails daily asking for advice on how to enter the college coaching profession.
Many of the questions revolve around getting your foot into the door and how that can happen without knowing a lot of people in the basketball world. Here are the top five questions I receive and answers:
Here are five common questions by aspiring college coaches;
1. How to become a graduate assistant coach at programs all over the country.
The key is to get to know as many assistant and head coaches at all levels, especially Div. II and III. Each year they have at least one opening on average for a new graduate assistant. Learn about these through word of mouth.
2. Top 3 things you can do now to get your foot in the door.
Make a 100% decision to put everything you have to get your foot in the door. Learn a unique skill, like video editing. Network, network, network
3. How to build a strong Coaching Network
First you must hire or befriend a mentor, someone who has already accomplished what you desire. You can build a huge network by learning from this mentor and that is the key to getting college jobs.
4. Five things you need to learn that will help you get a job this spring.
Make a commitment to do everything it takes to accomplish your goal, make financial sacrifices, contact as many coaches as possible in the next three months, learn to accept rejection, make sure your effort matches your desire.
5. How to get Tom Crean, Coach K, Sean Miller to return your notes and emails!
The key is to begin a handwriting campaign to 100 coaches at all levels and positions in the NBA and NCAA basketball. This will help you deal with rejection but also begin to build relationships.
Ask yourself this question before contacting me however; How bad do you want it? If you truly desire this career, set your sets high, set goals, and be willing to do anything it will take to accomplish your goal.