Hello Coaches,

I am a high school senior and a aspiring college basketball coach, I played three years of varsity basketball in high school but choose to not play my senior year so I could instead be a student assistant coach and learn all I can from my high school coach while I was still there. I will be in college next year and I was wondering if I should be a team manager at whatever college I go to? Would being a team manager help me get a graduate assistant job? Will it be easier to get into the program if I go to a smaller school?


Any advice you have for me as I enter college is greatly appreciated, Thanks!

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Hey Kyle,

I think of a lot of coaches got their start going the team manager route.  I know the Detroit Pistons new coach started that way.  He was a Manager for Bob Knight. 


I started college this past fall, and I was a student assistant for my high school's basketball team my senior year. It was probably the funnest thing I did in high school. I don't think I'm aspiring to be a college coach like you are, but I can definitely say that I love the sport, and I love learning as much as I can about how it is played and coached. I was thinking about being a student assistant in college, but I decided against it. Now I sort of wish I had at least tried it out. I think that no matter where you go to school, you should definitely contact the basketball offices there and give it a shot.

Just saw this article on ESPN.com.  Turns out Murray State's Coach Prohm was a team manager at Alabama back in the day.


Your should decide to go to a college that is gonna help get to where you want to at the college coaching level. If you would prefer to be a student manager for possibly a D1 program, you will meet other people associated at the D1 level (other student managers, coaches, etc.). You could be one of many student managers, and your Head Coach might not even know your name. If you would rather be an actual Student Assistant Coach, I would recommend going to a smaller school. I coach at an NAIA school, where I am in my second season as a Student Assistant Coach. I get to do many things that are similar to what an assistant coach does (recruit, scout, coach on the floor, etc.) that student managers do not get to do. The NAIA does not have restricting rules like the NCAA does, which is while I can do the things I do. I know guys that are student managers/assistants at D2 and D3 schools, and they get to be more involved than the student managers I know at the D1 level. I still know D1 and D2 coaches because I constantly network year round. Networking is going to be the key for you to getting a job as a college coach in the future.


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