5 Tips on Developing a Coaching Resume

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Name of blog BasketballWiki.Net
Blog author BW-Ryan
Blog post date 2014/03/21
Blog URL http://www.basketballwiki.net
Post Topic Coaching Discussion
Developing a Coaching Resume/How to Get in the Door Coaching

A question was asked in reference to an article on Top 10 Traits of a College Assistant Coach on our sub-reddit /r/BasketballWiki ( http://www.reddit.com/r/BasketballWiki )how people would go about becoming an assistant at the college level. I'll discuss some of the experiences I have had and how I have seen college assistants work their way up, some quicker than others. There are obvious ways of becoming a college assistant basketball coach that aren't available to most. Many coaches at any level who have assistants will want to bring in people that are familiar with their program identity which usually means former players or people they have worked with in the past.

Finding a coaching position as an outsider is often about who and what you know in terms of the connections you have and what you are able to bring to help develop a team. If you don't have an extensive coaching resume, here are some ways I have seen current college assistant coaches develop their resume:

1)Coach at a Lower Level

There has been several occasions where high school coaches have moved up to take college positions. High school Varsity positions require previous coaching experience but often becoming a sub-varsity coach requires only light experience or a history of being a strong basketball player with quality references that can attest to your character.

As coaches leave to move up to higher tier jobs slots become available. An 8th grade coaching job could lead into a high school job or a volunteer varsity assistant could be asked to fill a vacated Junior Varsity coaching position. You lose nothing by applying and interviewing for positions, getting your foot in the door somewhere is important. I know several college coaches that moved up to that level by being high school assistants and either moving up with the coach they worked under or made a connection through that coach.

2) Work at Summer Camps or with Spring/Fall AAU Programs
There's no better place to get involved with networking inside the Basketball community than to work at summer basketball camps where you will meet and work alongside dozens of coaches throughout your area. Work as a coach if you have the experience or some camps will hire basketball players as counselors. Getting your foot in the door at a camp can be a great first step to building a basketball resume. This also applies to AAU type programs which are always looking for help from people with basketball experience. Reach out and make contact with teams and organizations looking for help, you never know what kind of contacts and references you may make.

3) Get involved with the community
Make contact and get involved with the college or community you are from. Does the community have local recreational basketball programs? Does the college offer camps during the summer? Do they run clinics during different times of year? I've seen a person go from being a director of a youth program directly to getting a slot as an assistant as a local college. The more well known you become in the basketball community in the area as a contributor the more your name will hold weight in terms of someone that can contribute to a basketball program. Making connections in your city will only help you the branch out and get more opportunities.

4) Volunteer

If you're still in school, one of the best ways to get into coaching is to volunteer to help the program at your school. If you're a player that's great but if you don't have an opportunity to play at the level you're at offer to be a manager, film practices or games, keep stats, or anything else the coach may need. It's a great opportunity to get a foot in the door into the coaching staff and possibly seek a coaching position after graduation.

If you're out of school, offer to help anywhere you can. Coaching experience at any level in any sport can lead to connections. I know one coach who got started at the high school level because he was a volunteer varsity football assistant. He met the school's basketball coach as their players were in the school weight room at the same time. The coach liked how he did with weight room instruction and asked him if he was interested in assisting with the basketball staff. A couple years later he was offered the JV position, and currently he's an assistant at a Division II college school in the area. Make connections anywhere you can!

5) Get Educated
Throughout the off-season things like clinics and certifications are offered that are either required, recommended, or can add to your basketball resume.

-Get CPR/AED/First Aid/Concussion recognition certifications.
-Attend Spring/Fall basketball coaches clinics.
-Weight room/physical training clinics or certifications are great things to have on a resume.
-Take classes offered locally on coaching/education
-Finish a Bachelor's degree if you haven't already - Most NCAA schools require this for coaching positions.
-Make connections and resume building experiences with some of the ideas mentioned above.


Many people start at different levels of basketball. The important thing is getting out there and establishing relationships while learning new things that you can incorporate into your own style of coaching. Don't be afraid to go for positions that you may feel you are a long shot for and make yourself available to help programs in need.