April 5-6, 2020 | Atlanta, Georgia

The Collegiate Coaching Consortium – a collaboration between AthleticDirectorU and the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) – was founded with a simple goal: to better the game of collegiate basketball. In order to spark both material and sustainable change, that process of improvement must start long before any whistle is ever blown. Thus, the consortium seeks to assist coaches, athletic directors and universities in identifying and channeling all their available capabilities and resources towards building successful and ethical programs. This is accomplished through a distinctive, hands-on professional development regime designed to elevate the decision-making and leadership skillets of both first time head coaches and the athletic administrators hiring them.

Hosted yearly during the NABC Convention at the site of the NCAA Men’s Final Four, the invitation-only Collegiate Coaching Consortium builds upon the Villa 7 Consortium to bring together a cohort of rising basketball coaches and Division I athletic directors to partake in a rigorous multi-day academy that teaches each how to identify, analyze and influence critical organizational processes as a means of building better teams and athletic programs. Each cohort – coaches and ADs – will participate in individually-focused curriculum designed to sharpen the competencies and capabilities that are critical for ensuring success within their respective roles.

For Coaches, This Includes:

  • Positioning oneself for their first head coaching opportunity
  • Identifying a personal Unique Value Proposition
  • Determining institutional and personal fit
  • Developing job interviewing skills
  • Creating a foundation for long-term success within the first few months of your tenure
  • Delegating authority and empowering your staff
  • Maintaining a strong and productive relationship with your athletics director and staff

For ADs, This Includes:

  • Understanding the pressures and challenges facing new head coaches
  • Recognizing the challenges that are unique to your athletics program
  • Identifying coaching candidates who are best suited to lead within such environments
  • Creating a stronger Employee Value Proposition (EVP) that helps attract better candidates
  • Designing an effective orientation program and onboarding process
  • Building a better retention strategy that reduces coach turnover
  • Helping your coaches reach greater levels of productivity and performance

These lessons will be taught by successful coaches and administrators, alongside top subject matter experts, professors, and accomplished executives from a wide range of industries and vocations. Additionally, beyond their individual programming, participating coaches and athletic directors will interact in one-on-one and group settings, giving each the opportunity to put into practice the learnings of their consortium.

Schedule

Select Sessions

Determining Candidate and Institutional Fit

What makes a successful coach hire? It starts with determining the challenges unique to your athletics program and then identifying coaching candidates who are best suited to lead within such environments. In this interactive group session, athletic directors and coaches will help interview three candidates with unique backgrounds and decide whether or not they can be successful at their institution.

 

What They Don’t Tell You About Getting the Job

Busting the myths about getting your first head job, from agents to your head coach; from resumes to the “first 100 days” portfolios. Save yourself time and energy by learning what not to do in pursuing your dream job.

 

Creating The Department Culture Your President Expects

From student-athlete welfare to compliance; community outreach to championships, understand the dynamics at play and priorities from Presidents and Chancellors and how you can best position yourself and your department.

 

Navigating The Search Process

How do you best position yourself to land your first job as a Division I head coach while also ensuring alignment with your long-term professional and personal goals?

 

A Path Towards Long Term Success

How do you build and sustain program success while also making decisions that will maximize your career opportunities on and off the court? A panel of veteran coaches share their unique journeys and provide invaluable advice to attending coaches.

 

What I Wish I Knew

What can new head coaches do to ensure they get their tenures off to a successful start? From the first 90 days, to hiring a staff, to developing critical relationships within the university community, a crop of rookie coaches will share their own successes and mistakes when taking the reins of a program for the first time.

 

Hiring Best Practices

A panel of experienced athletic directors with a history of successful head coaching hires will discuss their best practices, unique strategies and do’s and don’ts for running a head coach search.

 

Building and Sustaining A Culture of Excellence

The question is simple – how do you build and sustain an organization that will stand the test of time? In this intimate session, the Consortium is joined by a group of elite coaches and front office executives that have elevated their teams to the highest echelons of collegiate and professional sports.

2020 Coach Cohort

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Frequently Asked Questions

1. What administrators are eligible to attend the Consortium?

The consortium is open to all current Division I athletic directors on a first-come, first serve basis. To insure maximum benefit and attentiveness for all attendees, the Consortium anticipates approximately 25 spots every year to be available for participating athletics directors.

2. What coaches are eligible to attend the Consortium?

The consortium is invitation only for coaches. All current Division I men’s basketball assistants are eligible, and a limited number of invitations for head coaches at non-Division I institutions will be extended. Coaches must be members of the NABC to be considered. In future years, the Consortium will require coaches interested in participating to complete several pre-qualifying PDS courses and clinics through the NABC to be eligible. The consortium estimates approximately 25 coaches to be invited yearly.

3. How do coaches receive an invite to the Consortium?

The Consortium’s board of directors will work to identify and invite qualified participants who are likely to become head coaches on the Division I level within the next 2-3 years. Additionally, the Consortium has committed to ensuring that at least one-third of all coaches participating identify as ethnic minorities.

4. Does my university’s apparel affiliation affect my eligibility to participate?

No, a university’s affiliation with any apparel or footwear brand has no bearing on an administrator or coach’s eligibility to participate in the Consortium.

5. What happens if I don’t receive an invitation?

The Consortium aims to create as many opportunities for coaches to participate as possible, and thus plans to invite a largely new set of participants every year.

6. Is there a cost to attend?

Outside travel and lodging, there are no direct costs associated with attending the Consortium for participating administrators and coaches thanks to the generous support of our partners.

7. If I’m not invited to participate this year, can I still benefit from the Consortium?

Yes. Select Consortium speakers will also present during Professional Development Series clinics at the NABC Convention. PDS Clinics are accessible to all NABC Convention registrants.