April 7-8, 2019 | Minneapolis, Minnesota

The Collegiate Coaching Consortium – a collaboration between AthleticDirectorU, the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC), and the VCU Center For Sport Leadership – 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.

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.


The Talent Equation

How do the world’s top performing organizations evaluate, recruit and develop human capital? The consortium is joined by a panel of leading senior executives from the Fortune 500, professional sports and disruptive start-ups, to discuss their secrets in identifying and cultivating elite talent within their own organizations.


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 a selection of coaches and front office executives that have helped elevate their teams to the highest echelons of collegiate and professional sports.


Adapt or Perish

In the rapidly evolving world of college athletics, administers must be willing to adapt their leadership approaches at an equally rapid pace or face extinction. In this workshop, leading subject matter experts will reveal how using a growth mindset can help organizations combat complacency and become more agile.


 Navigating Through Perpetual Crisis

There is no time in which our leadership will be challenged more than during a crisis. Our ability to make rapid decisions when everything is on the line will define our legacy far more than anything else we do during our careers. How then do we lead through what seems to be constant calamity without losing our heads (and our jobs)? College athletics leading expert in crisis communication and management will take participants through a serious of rigorous and thought-provoking exercises that will have them prepared for whatever unforeseen challenge may come next.


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.


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.


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.

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.