Beyond The Whistle
About This Show
Beyond The Whistle provides tips and advice about the business of sports and how sports professionals can advance in their careers. Hosted by Odell McCants of McCants Sports, the show includes interviews with coaches, sports administrators and front office executives sharing their journeys to success.
Most Recent Episode
BTW 008: Rising Coaches Elite 2017
Rising Coaches Elite 2017 I recently had the opportunity to speak at the 8th Annual Rising Coaches Elite 2017 Conference. Rising Coaches Elite is an annual conference that provides professional development for basketball coaches, primarily just starting in their careers. Most of the attendees are graduate assistants, directors of basketball operations and team managers. Attendees came from a wide range of programs. I was also pleased to meet and get to know a few high school coaches who attended as well. The conference was held at Marian University. Marian is an NAIA school with a beautiful campus about 3-4 miles outside of downtown Indianapolis, Indiana. This speaking opportunity was a direct result of social media. I have been following Rising Coaches Elite on Twitter for a while and often share their content. And they have done the same with me. From that, I connected with Adam and the result was receiving the honor of being invited to speak at this year’s conference. It was an honor to be part of a great group of speakers. And it was a great group of speakers. They included Tennessee Tech Head Coach Steve Payne, Danny Mills, college scout for the Philadelphia 76ers, Duke Women's Associate Head Coach Hernando Planells (what a motivating speaker he is), and several others. You can find the full speaker list with links below. As you see, attendees were provided with information, tips and advice on career development from a cross section of levels of basketball and levels of coaching. I know that I took away a great deal of knowledge myself from every speaker. My presentation was the Five Stages of the Business of Coaching. I presented how the stages of a coaching career match those of a business lifecycle. They are: 1. Incubation 2. Start-up 3. Emerging 4. Enterprise 5. Legacy I’m going to speak in more detail on each stage, with examples of coaches, the challenges of each stage and the strategies and resources you need to succeed at each stage and bridge yourself to the next, on future episodes. It’s something I’m really looking forward to sharing with you. So be on the lookout! For now, I want to thank Adam, Brandon and the Rising Coaches Elite team for the opportunity to participate and learn myself. For those who attended the conference, I commend you on mak