This weeks #ThursdayThoughts was submitted by Coach Jamy Belcher. Jamy is a Certified John Maxwell Executive Coach and Professional Speaker. He is a Former college basketball coach and state champion Athletic Director.
What does it take to become a College Basketball Coach? Many individuals aspire to coach collegiate basketball at some point in their career. How do you break into the coaching? Coaching at the college level is difficult to do at any level, regardless of Division. It is a very competitive industry.
N.C. What advice do you give for individuals who aspire to be a College Basketball Coach?
J.B: Put your ego on the shelf and be willing to work in a good program for a good coach at a reduced salary. Learn all that you can from people that are where you want to end up. Volunteer as much as possible. Not just when it comes to finances but responsibilities as well. Be willing to do things that are outside your comfort zone. This will help you develop a more well-rounded coaching skill set. It will also impress the head coach or top assistant, leading to you being known as some that they can rely on.
I couldn’t have said it better myself. Ego can be an issue for many people. Once you let your “ego on the shelf” you open yourself up to new opportunities. You WILL get an opportunity if you are willing to take a reduced salary to break into coaching. Dedicate yourself to the program. Commit to make those around you better. The money will eventually come.
N.C. What are two things you learned running an athletic program as an athletic director in which you have applied to your current role?
J.B.: Understanding that there are multiple perspectives on various topics. This helps you see the world better and know how to connect with others. If we don’t learn to see various points of view then we minimize our chances to find solutions to problems.
It is better to be wise than be right. Sometimes we can be the smartest person in the room and even get our way but really lose. We should always be striving for win-win situations. Too often, we’d rather get our own way or prove how smart we are instead of finding the right solution that benefits the most people.
I am very thankful Jamy gave me a few minutes of his time. He is a very busy and well connected individual, judging from his Twitter following. I suggest you give him a follow @CoachBechler.