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How to become an AIS/NBA coach

Doing my research project on how to be a successful Australian coach
Two questions
1) how do you become an AIS coach?
2) how do you become an NBA coach?
What experience do you need? Where the best place to go to get this experience? How would you start down this track?
Any information would be helpful

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Years ago

Be in the ''boys club'' with the higher ups in BA. How else do most of these fellas get gigs. Also, learn how to become a good drinking buddy.

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Years ago

A lot of NBA Head Coaches have had decent playing Careers.

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Years ago

Shmoozing and hard work, just like most other things on this earth.

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Years ago

Any information would be helpful
I think that line is currently being tested...

I'd pick a project with some material available rather than anything based around local basketball.

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Years ago

Coaching is probably best parallelled with learning a trade. You need to find yourself the best coach who will take you on, and work as an assistant coach under them until you are no longer learning. Then you find a better coach who will take you on. Repeat. That may be interespersed or done in parrallel with coaching teams at a lower level. (Its not unusual for a state level assistant coach to also be coaching high level junior teams for example.)

Whilst doing that you would probably be well served to get a degree in Psychology or Management to gain/have-the-paper-work-for leadership and managerial skills.

Its not particularly difficult to become a coach at a club junior level (volunteer at your local stadium and someone will take you on). Distinguish yourself (normally through work ethic, passion, commitment) and you can work your way through being a team manager and/or assistant coach at a more senior level. Then its a succession of creating and taking opportunities at progressively more senior positions.

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Years ago

If you wanna become an NBA coach from Australia.... Buy NBA2K13. Probably your only chance

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Years ago

Not a very wise career move...

Only a handful of paid jobs in the country, and they don't pay very well at all when you take into consideration the scarcity of actual job slots.

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Years ago

I'd suggest you try to contact Marty Clark, Ian Stacker, Guy Molloy, Gordie McLeod, Brett Brown - people who have been coaches at the various levels.

If you aren't sure how to contact them, then ask BA for their contact details.

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Years ago

How many Aussies are coaching in the US at the moment?

John Rillie is an assistant at Boise State (the only one I know of)...

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Years ago

Ex AIS scholarship holder and Perth Wildcat, Adam Caporn is Assistant Coach at St. Mary's. Returned there actually - played NCAA with the Gaels too. Just 30 years of age.

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You tend to get to be a coach at the AIS by being there as a scholarship coach or assistant coach in the year that either the head coach or an assistant coach pills the pin.

Marty was an assistant who replaced the Head coach Frank Arsego , who resigned over not being re-apointed the OZ junior Mens' head coach .

Phil Brown was the assistant and came in as a head coach when adrian hurley moved out of the head coach role into ( I think) the AIS CEO/GM role.

one of the scholarship coaches came in and replaced Phil's assistant coach, Mike McHugh, when at least one prominent AIS female basketball scholarship holder demanded Mike be sacked over personality clashes.

Mike went on to NZ and coached the tall ferns at the olympics

Phil's assistant then resigned when Kinsman was appointed over the top of them into the HC role, and I think the scholarship coach of that year then came into the assistant role under Dean.

EX state development and NTIC coaches tend to get a good run into the AIS, Stacker, Clarke, McHugh, and Kinsman being examples.

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