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    Question How to become a college head coach.

    A lot of you might not know this, but I'm only 14 years old, and when I'm older, I would like to become a college head coach for basketball. What do you recommend I do to become one? Any help would be greatly appreciated.
    (BTW, the reason I've been on CF so much is because I've been sick since Christmas.)



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    Re: How to become a college head coach.

    Take the advice of this kid, and go all out. Nothing to lose :

    ESPN - Connecticut boy applied for Mountaineers coaching job - College Football


    But in all honestly, I can't help you with this.



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    Re: How to become a college head coach.

    1.You find the next Michael Beasly and ride his coatails

    2.Go to a LOT of camps. When I went to the ISU camp every summer, I ended up getting to know Tim Floyd on a personal level as well as I got to be close with his grad assistant coaches. I still talk to one of them once in awhile. Point being, you NEVER know who you'll meet and what position they'll have someday.
    3. Try to become a manager of sports teams (if you don't play them) in highschool and/or college.


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    Re: How to become a college head coach.

    I'd try getting in touch with actual coaches - Bob Knight used to have a manager type program, and a lot of coaches came from under him that way, including Lawrence Frank who used to coach the Nets.




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    Re: How to become a college head coach.

    Quote Originally Posted by mjones34 View Post
    1.You find the next Michael Beasly and ride his coatails

    2.Go to a LOT of camps. When I went to the ISU camp every summer, I ended up getting to know Tim Floyd on a personal level as well as I got to be close with his grad assistant coaches. I still talk to one of them once in awhile. Point being, you NEVER know who you'll meet and what position they'll have someday.
    3. Try to become a manager of sports teams (if you don't play them) in highschool and/or college.
    I play pretty much every sport, but I was football manager when I tore my meniscus. I have emailed all the ISU coaches, and Coach Rutter and Coach Smith responded. I have also tried emailing coaches at other schools, but so far I haven't got a reply back.



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    Re: How to become a college head coach.

    If you aren't able to be a player, definately find out how to be a manager and take on ANY responsibility they will give you, ask questions and most of all, let them know your goal is to be a coach. Most coaches know coaches, who know coaches, who know coaches... Then you look to get a grad assistant or a volunteer assistant/camp director for a couple of years, from there you just work up the ladder...



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    Re: How to become a college head coach.

    Since you are already on CF, you'll be set with connections, as there are many college head coaches on here, who are all too happy to tell you how a real basketball/football program should be run.



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    Re: How to become a college head coach.

    is your dad a basketball coach??

    Seemed to work for Keno Davis and hopefully Billy Fennelly in the future.


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    Re: How to become a college head coach.

    Quote Originally Posted by BryceC View Post
    including Lawrence Frank who used to coach the Nets.
    Still does, doesn't he??

    He looks like he's 14.


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    Re: How to become a college head coach.

    Quote Originally Posted by psycln11 View Post
    is your dad a basketball coach??

    Seemed to work for Keno Davis and hopefully Billy Fennelly in the future.
    Actually he's a veterinarian, but I do help coach/ref/umpire with the youth league here in town.



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    Re: How to become a college head coach.

    if u can volunteer even with younger kids and work ur way up that way too, at age 14, ur in good shape if u are determined enough, also, it prob wouldnt hurt to go to the library and look up some books


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    Re: How to become a college head coach.

    Quote Originally Posted by cmoore_23 View Post
    if u can volunteer even with younger kids and work ur way up that way too, at age 14, ur in good shape if u are determined enough, also, it prob wouldnt hurt to go to the library and look up some books
    Yeah, I've bough several on how to run offenses, defenses. I also play quite a bit of basketball.



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    Re: How to become a college head coach.

    Start coaching youth leagues - usually they have volunteer positions. Or if you know a Dad that does it that you can get on board with, do it.
    Read a lot of theory books by coaches that are out there, but don't limit it to a certain sports. Psychology of sport and athletes is a big deal.
    In HS, focus a lot of your english classes on sports writing, so you can be involved in your hopes as much as possible.
    At ISU there is a coaching minor I believe, and then do sports management with some combination of philosophy and psychology classes. There are several that focus on handling athletes of all ages.
    Then in college, make sure you're doing all you can to be a team manager for which ever sport you're wanting to get into, being around the team as much as possible. Keep pushing, make friends with the coaches.
    Next you'll want to get a GA job with a team; always good to keep the contacts of coaches you've worked with, because they could be anywhere, so you could have lots of options.

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    Re: How to become a college head coach.

    Check out Illinois State University's programs. They have a Kinesiology and Sports department that does coach development. I taught there for a year, and one of my students got a job straight out of college working for the Chicago Bears organization. They typically put people into community college, high school and mid-major sports departments as sports therapists and assistants. From then on, it's networking.


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    Re: How to become a college head coach.

    Quote Originally Posted by isuarch80 View Post
    Start coaching youth leagues - usually they have volunteer positions. Or if you know a Dad that does it that you can get on board with, do it.
    Read a lot of theory books by coaches that are out there, but don't limit it to a certain sports. Psychology of sport and athletes is a big deal.
    In HS, focus a lot of your english classes on sports writing, so you can be involved in your hopes as much as possible.
    At ISU there is a coaching minor I believe, and then do sports management with some combination of philosophy and psychology classes. There are several that focus on handling athletes of all ages.
    Then in college, make sure you're doing all you can to be a team manager for which ever sport you're wanting to get into, being around the team as much as possible. Keep pushing, make friends with the coaches.
    Next you'll want to get a GA job with a team; always good to keep the contacts of coaches you've worked with, because they could be anywhere, so you could have lots of options.

    BEST OF LUCK!
    Yeah, right now, I'm looking at West Virginia, since they're the only school with a Coaching Education Major. I have a 4.0, so I don't think I'll have a problem getting in anywhere. Hopefully other schools follow WV's lead and add that major, because I really don't want to pay out of state tuition.



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