The All-Star Leader Podcast
About This Show
The All-Star Leader Podcast is an interview based show where former athletic director, attorney and career development professional Daniel Hare interviews leaders from sports, business, politics, ministry, academics and the media, looking for the best in leadership skills, traits and tips listeners can use to become a better leader. We tie it all together with our shared passion for sports!
Most Recent Episode
Episode 027 - Next Level Sports Founder and Sports Agent Will Reece
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Will talks about coaching hundreds of basketball games before graduating high school, transitioning from coaching to the world of sports agents, and how empathy is the key to networking and building relationships. Bio: Will Reece is the co-founder of Next Level Sports, a sports agency representing mostly Division I basketball coaches. He also founded the Collegiate Athletics Leadership Symposium (CALS) in 2011, an invitation only networking and learning opportunity for athletics administrators. Will is an Oklahoma guy who began his career coaching basketball before transitioning into entrepreneurship. Interview: Will first off tell us a bit about your first career as a coach and just how you got into the sports world to begin with. Always dreamed of being a professional athlete, then once that wasn’t going to happen, transitioned to coaching Coached his first basketball team at 14; AAU 12 year old team As a high school sophomore, helped coach the freshmen, and as an upperclassman coached the JV team Coached summer league games By the time he graduated high school, had coached hundreds of games Coached through college as a high school assistant Never thought he would do anything else (Daniel follow up on getting those opportunities) – Had a friend/mentor/high school coach at Tulsa Memorial High school, Robert Sprague; took him under his wing. (Daniel follow up on who is the best player he ever coached) – Played against Renzi Stone’s Jenks team in the high school state championship. Brandon Lloyd was their best player, who went on to play at UCLA. Why did you decide to make a transition to entrepreneurship and the world of sports agency? After college was a graduate assistant for Bob Hoffman at Oklahoma Baptist Was an AD/Coach, then was the head coach at Tulsa Metro Always interested in the philosophy of why you do things, and how you communicate those to potential employers Led to the creation of a book that he would take on job interviews with plans, strategy, philosophy A few friends started asking him to put together similar books for other coaches, and his first business was born 2005-06 went to be an operations gu