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“This idea is just so needed and, if executed properly, it will be a tremendous stepping stone for rising coaches and future support staff members,” Farrell said. “We’re going to have the speakers talk about recruiting, their first days on the job, scouting, relationships, interviewing, job searching, everything.”
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It all served as a reminder that there are some good coaches willing to carve time out of their days to give back and speak to those trying to travel the same path they’ve already traveled, and some hungry young guys willing to push aside the glitz and glamour of Vegas to sit in a conference room, ask questions and take notes.
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Tips of all varieties were offered. USC associate head coach Bob Cantu’s recruiting recommendation was to “try to stand at the baseline so the kid sees you and sit across from his bench to see interactions with coaches and refs when he is not in the game.” When Clemson coach Brad Brownell and St. John’s coach Steve Lavin spoke, one of the talking points was, “Make sure the woman you marry understands coaching and the demands of your profession.”
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This is something for the support guys looking to break in as assistant coaches – for the director of basketball operations, the video guys and even the graduate assistants.
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Rising Coaches Elite is providing a wonderful and necessary service for those in the college basketball community. They’re helping a lot of people build a strong background in this world.
“It’s been overwhelming how many coaches wanted to speak [at the event],” noted Farrell, with thenconference coinciding with many of the nation’s coaches in town for the final open evaluation period of the summer.
Networking has become the foundation of the college basketball business. Ask any college basketball coach, and they will tell you how the coaching profession relates to a fraternity. Whether at an AAU event, coaches clinic, or games during the school season, coaches never stop interacting with each other. Support staff members (those on staff who aren’t allowed to recruit) find networking even more important in hopes to establish a relationship that may lead to a bigger job in the future.
“The feedback they gave me was that going to this conference made them better coaches and made them realize some of the values they needed to take the next step forward,” Farrell said. “It prepared them for the interview to move forward and it’s preparing them to take that next step from assistant to head coach.”