April 7-8, 2019 | Minneapolis, Minnesota

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.

Select Sessions

Friday, April 5
Minneapolis Convention Center

Consortium PDS Clinic I (Open To All Convention Attendees)
Identifying the Characteristics of a Head Coach
Kyle Bowlsby, Hayden Garrett, Kevin Goll, Grant Higgison

What makes a successful head coach on the Division I level? From professional development, personal branding, relationship building and everything in between, a panel of search firm consultants discuss what rising coaches must do on and off the court to position themselves for long term career prosperity.

Consortium PDS Clinic II (Open To All Convention Attendees)
Becoming A Head Coach Candidate
Bob Walsh and Tim Hall

What can you do to separate yourself as a candidate for your first head coaching job? What do athletic directors look for when trying to differentiate between candidates? Learn how to get the attention of decision makers while avoiding self-sabotage and mistakes that sink others.

Consortium PDS Clinic III (Open To All Convention Attendees)
Getting the Offer: Division I Head Coach Mock Interview
Katy Young with Armon Gates, Steve DeMeo, Scott Garson

How do you separate yourself from other candidates once you’ve finally landed an interview for your dream job? Learn the techniques necessary to ace a Division I head coaching interview and leaving a lasting impression on the search committee.


Sunday, April 7
Hilton Minneapolis

Group Session I
Determining Candidate and Institutional Fit
Daniel Parker with Greg Gottlieb, Roger Powell, Josh Schertz

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.

Coach Breakout I
What They Don’t Tell You About Getting the Job
Brian Curtis

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.

AD Breakout II
Creating The Department Culture Your President Expects
Glenn Sugyiama with Eric Kaler, Nayef Samhat, Ron Machtley

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.

Group Session II
Networking Lunch Presented By FastModel

Coach Breakout II
Navigating The Search Process
Evan Daniels with Greg Santore, Eddie Fogler, Chad Chatlos

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?

AD Breakout II
Leading Through Perpetual Crisis
Brian Curtis

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?

Coach Breakout III
A Path Towards Long Term Success
Mike Brey, Jon Coffman, Andy Enfield, Jim Les

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.

AD Breakout III
Adapt or Perish
Greg Burton and Brenden Dwyer

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.

Key Note Session I
The Talent Equation
Ryan Hawk with Mark French, Lara Juras, Jacqueline Williams-Roll

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.

Athletic Director, Coach and Speaker’s Dinner


Monday, April 8
Hilton Minneapolis

Coach Breakout IV
What I Wish I Knew
Jeff Goodman with Penny Collins, Tavaras Hardy, Justin Hutson, Mike Morrell

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.

AD Breakout IV
Hiring Best Practices
Sean Frazier with Bubba Cunningham, Jeremy Foley, Ed McLaughlin

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.

Group Session III
Athletic Director – Coach Match-Making 
Matchmaker, matchmaker make me a match. Participating athletic directors, coaches and search firms will be paired one-on-one to learn more about one another.

Keynote Session II
Building and Sustaining A Culture of Excellence
Ryan Hawk with John Calipari and Michael Lombardi

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.

2019 Coach Cohort

Kevin App – Williams College

Patrick Beilein–  Le Moyne

Alvin Brooks – Baylor

Kyle Cieplicki – Vermont

TJ Cleveland – Arkansas

Tarvish Felton – Fresno State

Donny Guerinoni – Harvard

Jason Hart – Southern California

Carlin Hartman – Oklahoma

Chris Hollender – Missouri

Adam Jacobsen – Hawaii

Terry Johnson – Ohio State

Joel Justus – Kentucky

Dwayne Killings – Marquette

Joe Krabbenhoft – Wisconsin

Wes Long – Middle Tennessee

Jai Lucas – Texas

Brett MacConnell – Princeton

Matt McKillop – Davidson

Brock Morris – Daytona State

Bryan Mullins – Loyola (Chicago)

Kyle Neptune – Villanova

Greg Paulus – George Washington

Michael Peck – Texas San Antonio

Daniyal Robinson – Iowa State

Mike Rohn – Colorado

Darren Savino – Cincinnati

Kellen Sampson – Houston

Michael Schwartz – Tennessee

Brent Scott – Virginia Commonwealth

Duane Simpkins – George Mason

Saddi Washington – Michigan

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.