March 30, 2023 | Houston, Texas
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.
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.