How conceited is it to interview myself? Well, we’re about to find out. Let me explain my motivation. I had tried to write two or three different posts, but didn’t like where any of them were going and I knew I had to publish something for Monday morning after last week…so I decided to interview myself.
What is the best piece (or pieces) of advice you would give to a young coach?
I think the most important thing for a young coach to understand is that you have to be confident in yourself. Although you still have an infinite amount to learn, it is always better to “know” than to “think”. When your head coach asks for your input, you better know what you want to say and you better be able to spit it out and back it up. Be confident in your knowledge and, more importantly, be confident in your morals and your ethics. You will be put in uncomfortable situations and you have to trust your heart to do what you believe is right.
What do you believe is the most important attribute for a young coach to possess?
One attribute that is always at the forefront of my mind is loyalty. I don’t know that it is necessarily the most important attribute, but it is the one that I think about most. Am I being loyal to the head coach first? The program? The student-athletes? To my family and myself? This makes decision making easier when you know where your loyalties lie.
What do you do to ensure that you continue to grow professionally?
I stopped being afraid of asking questions. I ask a lot of questions, and a lot of the time, people think my questions are ridiculous or that I should know the answer. Well, if I knew the answer, then I wouldn’t be asking, would I? (See what I did there?) I love going to conventions and conferences and learning from people who have been around longer, had more experience, and know more than me (which is mostly everyone). I figure if I can learn from their mistakes, then maybe I won’t have to make the same ones.
What is your favorite book? Or favorites, because I wouldn’t be able to pick just one.
You can click here to see a list of books that I recommend. It is incomplete, but a good starting point. I am always looking for something new to read so any recommendations are appreciated.
What motivated you to get in to coaching?
After I tore my ACL my sophomore year of college, Coach McCracken let me do a lot to remain part of the program. I helped with stats, watched film, and picked his brain constantly. After that experience, I knew coaching was what I wanted to do.
What are your primary responsibilities?
I run study tables three nights a week. I am also the head coach of our JV team (well, I was, but our season is over now). Now, our JV team assumes the role of our upcoming opponent in practice and it is my responsibility to prepare them to emulate our opponent as best we can. In the office, I spend a lot of my time watching film and helping our coaches with whatever they need.
What is the best part of your job?
My favorite part is watching film, but that is not where I get the most enjoyment. Over the last two years, I’ve really come to enjoy working with our student-athletes on and off the court, like when they tell me about how great they did on their test (or how poorly) and they are comfortable coming to me when they get frustrated or have a bad day or just want to procrastinate a little bit.
What is one part of your job that you could do without?
Mailings, especially at the beginning of the year when there are hundreds of them. It sounds ridiculous and simple and I know they have to get done and are important but man…tedious and time consuming.
I could answer the rest of my questions that I normally ask for an interview, but I’ll save those for another week when I’m out of ideas. Postseason play begins on Thursday for us in the semi-finals of our conference tournament. It’s basically like a whole new season, starting 0-0, so here we go.