What They’re Saying about A STEP UP – Chicago 2011
What was the best feature of the Symposium?
· Presenters, Personal Interaction, Giving the “Free Agents” and opportunity to sell themselves, Food, Energy and Positivity!
· The Speakers!
· Crisis Management Topic. This was a topic that’s not usually discussed at coaching clinics.
· On the Head Coaches Panel I heard this phrase that has had an incredible impact on me . . . ” LOYALTY above all except HONOR.”
· The intimate feeling of the symposium. It was big enough to have multiple networking opportunities but small enough to really feel vital in each session.
· Having 1st hand knowledge from current NCAA Champions, the discussions at roundtables with other assts opinions, experiences and suggestions.
· The openness of the Symposium as a forum was remarkable. It was easy to meet people at the event and learn from their experiences, both speakers and participants.
· The ability to network with others in the same position.
· Not only the speakers, but the quality of the interaction with colleagues was the highlight. The topics were great, but the conversations around the topics were OUTSTANDING!
· I think one of the best features was the fellowshipping on Sunday. To take time out to be thank God for all that we are and have. And second, the networking and posting of jobs needed and jobs available.
· I would recommend this event to EVERY Assistant Coach/DOBO in the country.
· The Hotel was a nice and I loved that made me feel classy when I was staying there.
· The Directors of Ops. had their own sessions!!
Some takes away from various Symposium Sessions:
· Developing game changers is more about psychology than anything else
· Demonstrate more patience in developing confidence
· Players are different and learn different
· Nurture the players individually
· Tips about leaders/motivation
· Head coach should give vision and team goals. Position coach should offer small goals for players.
· Different ways to set up official visits; question and answers
· Getting people on campus does not mean the job is done
· How to make the best of our your “Selling points” on your campus
· Make unofficial visits official! Practice what you preach
· More ways to make visits more smooth
· When changing the culture, prepare the kids that are returning
· Value of scripting my head coach more
· The 12 Keys to having a successful program
· I need to invest in myself, but my 1st priority needs to be helping my head coach succeed
· It gave me a better understanding of how to learn about myself, assist my head coach, and benefit my program and maximize my potential of coaching
· Pay attention to the details
· Character in this game and profession is important
· Don’t forget the brand. Don’t let anyone tell you . . . you can’t
· You are useful but not necessary, and be willing to reinvent in myself
· The importance of developing your anchors and who you are and sticking by your standards and not letting results affect decision making
· That you never stay the same you get better or you get worse.
· Enjoy the Journey! Never stop learning. Make sure the journey is worth it.
· “ Find new ways to say the same thing”
· You can get fired and still make it.
· Be a problem solver.
· Getting the maximum for the minimum (T.J. Maxx).
· Difference between “crisis” and “problem”
· Camp is a year-round job
· Focus on different ways to draw people into your program
· How to be completely prepared
· Using your head coach’s personality to put them in best marketing situation
· How to better present myself in the office and relate to my co-workers
By Liberty University Women’s Head Basketball Coach, Carey Green
Presented By Texas A&M Women’s Associate Head Basketball Coach, Kelly Bond
2011 Assistant Coaches Professional Development Symposium
A great starter alone is simply not enough if a team wants to go to the highest level. A great team without a bench eventually collapses.
Anyone who minimizes the contribution of the bench is self-centered, underestimates what it takes for a team to be a true success and doesn’t understand great teams have great depth. Every human being has equal value, and every player adds value to the team in some way.
I. Today’s Bench – Tomorrow’s Starters
Most successful people go through an apprenticeship or a period of seasoning.
II. The Bench makes the starters better
The contribution of the bench determines the success of the team
The whole of the team is greater than the sum of its parts
III. The Bench is the Majority
The majority can’t be neglected and hope to be successful
IV. A Strong Bench gives More Options
V. The Bench usually Performs in Critical Times
Build a strong bench today for the crisis tomorrow
You don’t need the bench when things are going well; you need it when things aren’t going well.
The Key to making the most of the bench is to continually improve the team by commitment.
The stronger the commitment to improve the bench the greater the drive to achieve success.
If you can sustain growth and improvement in the midst of success and repeat the process while continually building your bench, then you can create a legacy team.
Kobe Bryant says that Mike Procopio, our Symposium on court skills development instructor, was his eyes and ears during the 2010 NBA Championship win over the Boston Celtics.
Mike Procopio of Attack Athletics is simply one of the best at developing basketball players/winners! Noted as Kobe Bryant’s Eyes and Ears, Mike Procopio is renowned for his work serving as Bryant’s Strategic Game Management Coach in the 2009 and 2010 playoffs. He also served as an assistant coach for the Maine Red Claws of the NBA Development League.
In addition to Kobe Bryant, Mike has worked with players such as Dwayne Wade, Kevin Durant, Devin Harris, Paul Pierce, Rajon Rondo, Tracy McGrady, Gilbert Arenas, Mike Finley, and over 150 other NBA players.
On Friday, April 29th from 2pm – 4pm, Mike and several other ATTACK ATHLETICS consultants will conduct an hour and half on court skills work out with several NBA pre-draft participants. Following, there will be a 30 minute Q&A Session. This will all take place at the ATTACK ATHLETICS Facility located at 2641 West Harrison Street, Chicago, IL 60612-3420.
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Felicia Hall Allen and Associates congratulates ALL Coaches on their great seasons, and perseverance through 2011 March Madness!
We also want to extend a special congrats to 2011 Assistant Coaches Symposium speakers, Texas A&M’s Kelly Bond and Notre Dame’s Carol Owens on their Final Four berths!
“I knew that I wanted to use this opportunity to get better as an assistant coach no matter what the cost.”
Last spring, when I heard about the 1st annual Assistant Coaches Symposium, I thought to myself, “Wow, I don’t think that this has ever been done before.” At that moment, I instantly knew I wanted to be a part of this event in any capacity.
It sparked my interest even more after seeing the coaches represented on the panel. I knew that I wanted to use this opportunity to get better as an assistant coach no matter what the cost. I was stunned by the quality of topics that were covered for the weekend. It was very well organized and all the speakers were outstanding.
I can’t tell you enough how important it is for all assistant coaches to find a way to attend this event in Chicago.
Along with hearing important topics, you will have tremendous opportunities to network and as my head coach Brenda Frese says, “Develop Relationships”. Networking is one of the most important components in being a successful coach. I am always looking for new ideas and ways to improve myself and become a better coach and person.
I am so blessed each and every day to be able do something I absolutely love. This weekend promises to be a great weekend with many chances to share a ton of information and wisdom.
I am humbled and honored that Felicia thought enough of me to speak on the panel this year. I will do my very best to share what I have learned from other coaches before me.
As assistant coaches, we always talk about getting together and sharing recruiting tips and strategies concerning X’s and O’s. Well, here’s our vehicle.
Don’t be in the gym this July while everyone is talking about this career changing event and you have missed out!!
I will see you in Chicago April 29th!! Come get better!!
“I remember flying back to Tallahassee and I ran into several coaches in the
Atlanta airport that had just been to the Symposium. They were so excited and said so many cool things about what they had learned. The program was unique, equipping, and immediately applicable. I told myself I was not going to miss it next year. I am thrilled to be a part of this great weekend. “
Hope to see you guys in Chicago, April 29 – May 1, 2011.
Coach Cori Close
Coach Cori Close is the Associate Head Coach at Florida State University. Follow Coach Close on Twitter: www.twitter.com/coachclosefsu.
“I am strongly encouraging any and all Divisions II and III Assistant Coaches who want to make college coaching a profession to take advantage of this opportunity.”
I am so excited to be a part of the Assistant Coaches Professional Development Symposium this year. Although I have been in college coaching for over 20 years, I am always looking to steal/borrow ideas from the top coaches in the nation. I am strongly encouraging any and all Divisions II and III Assistant Coaches who want to make college coaching a profession to take advantage of this opportunity. There are few places where you will get this many Top Assistant Coaches together in one place to share ideas.
This Symposium will help you take your coaching career to the next level and hopefully achieve the National Championship.
For Divisions II and III Head Coaches more and more Division I Athletic Directors are turning to us to fill their Head Coaching vacancies and I believe the information shared by some of the top assistants at this Symposium will shed some light on what you can expect at the next level.
I am sure you will leave this year’s symposium with a tank full of ideas. Hope to see you all in Chicago (April 29 – May 1, 2011). Go ahead and register today (www.feliciahallallen.com).
Coach Bobbi Morse is an Assistant Coach for the 2010 Division III NCAA Champions and 2011 Division III Final Four participant, Washington University in St. Louis. Click HERE for more information on the Lady Bears.
“So many people told me after they attended last year’s symposium that they learned things that made them better coaches immediately.”
I am both excited & honored to be a speaker at this year’s Assistant Coaches Professional Development Symposium! I missed out on the opportunity to attend last year’s symposium, and as I traveled all across the country in July recruiting all I heard my peers talking about was how great the symposium was, how well the information was presented, and that this was truly an event that EVERY Assistant Coach should attend. So I made up my mind back in July 2010 that I would be in Chicago at this year’s symposium no matter what.
I, like all coaches have a burning desire to continue to grow & learn how to be a better coach. The phrase that Felicia uses “invest in yourself” couldn’t be
more appropriate for the symposium. I’m looking forward to enhancing my career as an Assistant Coach and invite EVERY Assistant coach out there to come and do the same. There is so much to being a great
Assistant Coach – and there is no greater form available to us to learn this information from our peers, Head Coaches & Administrators as well. So many people told me after they attended last year’s symposium that they learned things that made them better coaches immediately, walked away with a better understanding of their role, gained further insight as to how to better serve their Head Coach and their players, and were able to network with other coaches and discuss ideas about the things that have and have not worked for you during your career.
Please join Felicia, myself, and the other wonderful panel of speakers at this year’s 2nd Annual Assistant Coaches Professional Development Symposium April 29, 2011- May 1, 2011 in Chicago, IL. It is a great time during the off-season to fine-tune your skills as an Assistant Coach, and prepare you to become a Head Coach!
REGISTER online Today for an empowering two and half day professional development experience at www.feliciahallallen.com
You don’t want to miss this!
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Coach Kevin Morrison is an Assistant Coach at University of California at Berkeley.
“As an Assistant Coach you are always looking for different ways and ideas to improve yourself and your team!”
I was very honored to be asked to speak at the Symposium this year. I was surprised when Felicia asked me, in part because Gonzaga is located in a smaller community – Spokane, WA, – and also because Gonzaga is a mid-major conference whose history is not quite as storied as some of these other programs. That being said, we are a program on the rise that has aspirations to compete at the highest level.
As an assistant coach you are always looking for different ways and ideas to improve yourself and your team! I’m reminded of something Kelly Graves, my head coach here at Gonzaga, tells me all the time; “you are not going to come up with something that has never been done before , go talk to other coaches, watch film; what are these other teams doing that we could do?” The opportunity to go back and learn and bounce ideas from these great coaches is invaluable.
It will be my first trip to Chicago for the Assistant Coaches Symposium and I’m very humbled and excited to be involved in this great event.
Jodie Kaczor Berry
Assistant Women’s Basketball Coach
Coach Jodie Kaczor Berry is an Assistant Coach at Gonzaga University. Follow Coach Berry on Twitter: www.twitter.com/jodkaczor.
“If you will change, everything for you will change.”
The Jim Rohn quote is what I first thought about, when Felicia talked about the Symposium. The Assistant Coaches Symposium gives us the opportunity to change and grow. I’ve always been taught to constantly look for more ways to become valuable to your program. The opportunity to learn from other coaches experiences is a great forum to learn and grow.
Last year I had the opportunity and privilege to attend the first ever Assistant Coaches Symposium, run by Felicia Hall Allen, held in Atlanta! I remember sitting in the crowd thinking, “This is perfect…a great idea to get young coaches prepared to become better Assistant Coaches and others prepared for their future as Head Coaches.”
Having an Assistant Coaches Symposium is a great event for coaches with all different years of experience and from all different levels. I’ve watched the women’s game grow tremendously over the past 15 years, and this symposium will just further catapult the game we are all very passionate about. We can all think of a time when we searched for answers whether that be about a rebounding drill, how to make your match-up zone work more efficient, or developing strong teamwork and leaders with team building activities. Well here is the place to share what has worked for you and what hasn’t and take some new ideas back with you.
The 2nd Annual Symposium will be held in Chicago (April 29 – May 1, 2011) and I encourage all who are serious about becoming a better coach to attend. A STEP UP offers YOU a chance to gain valuable insight from the game’s BEST on all kinds of topics from recruiting, teaching, scouting, player communication, social media technology, and much more!
I am both excited and humbled about the opportunity to present at the symposium and look forward to seeing you in Chicago!
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Thank you for your interest in the UPLIFT Registration Scholarship. The time to apply has expired, but there is still enough time to register for the 2011 Assistant Coaches Symposium.
Looking forward to seeing you in Chicago!
UPLIFT Registration Scholarships to be Awarded to Ethnic Minority Coaches
A STEP UP Program Overview
A STEP UP is an Athletic Symposium To Elevate Professionals & Uplift Performance for women’s basketball coaches and director of basketball operations personnel. This Professional Development Symposium will be held April 29 – May 1, 2011 in Chicago, IL. A STEP UP is administered by Felicia Hall Allen and Associates and supported by the NCAA.
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A STEP UP Mission
To help assistant coaches gain knowledge, discover coaching insights, develop strategies and techniques to help them reach their full coaching potential.
UPLIFT Registration Scholarships for Ethnic Minority Coaches
Due in part to the support of the NCAA’s Committee on Women’s Athletics and The Minorities Opportunities and Interest Committee, Felicia Hall Allen and Associates will provide registration scholarships. Scholarships valued at $150 will be awarded to ethnic minority coaches who are chosen from a pool of candidates that meet the eligibility requirements and submit a scholarship application by February 15, 2011.
NOTE: All participants awarded the UPLIFT Registration Scholarship will be responsible for their own travel arrangements, hotel costs and expenses to and from Chicago, IL.
UPLIFT Registration Scholarship Eligibility Requirements:
- All applicants must have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university.
- Must be currently employed part-time, full time or seeking employment as an assistant coach or director of basketball operations.
- Applicant must be an ethnic minority.
- All applicants must be available to attend the Symposium in its entirety (April 29 – May 1, 2011).
UPLIFT Registration Scholarship Selection Process:
All completed applications must be received via email at email@example.com or mail (13000 York Road, F-237, Charlotte, NC 28278) by Tuesday, February 15, 2011.
Applications should include:
- A current resume with three references.
- One typed letter of recommendation from your head coach or athletic director.
- Typed personal statement (no more than one page) outlining why you would like to attend A STEP UP-Chicago and how you believe it will benefit your professional development.
NOTE: All information submitted during the application process will become the property of Felicia Hall Allen and Associates and will not be returned.
The O’Hare Intercontinental Hotel has been selected as the host hotel for A STEP UP – Chicago 2011. The host hotel has a discounted room block for Symposium participants at a rate of $119 per night. Visit www.feliciahallallen.com to make your hotel reservations. Enter promotional code (ASU).
UPLIFT Registration Scholarship – Notification
All candidates selected to receive the UPLIFT Registration Scholarship will be notified by March 1, 2011.
The Assistant Coaches Symposium is such a valuable resource to educate, encourage, and enhance our profession. There are so many facets to being an assistant coach and each is extremely important to the success of your head coach, your overall program, and most important the well-being and development of your student-athletes.
Character and integrity are critical to any of life’s endeavors but particularly important to the continued growth and development of the sport of women’s basketball.
Many people have come before us and poured their heart and soul into our profession and its growth. For years, student-athletes have been the benefactors of wonderful teachers, counselors and mentors otherwise known as coaches. It is most important that we honor and respect those who have come before us and that we make our best effort to move the sport of women’s basketball to even higher levels.
This symposium gives all assistant coaches the opportunity to network and continue to learn and develop within our profession. Felicia Hall Allen has once again assembled an outstanding group of speakers for this year’s event. This is a great time for the most critical part of our profession, the assistant coaches, to come together and share ideas and learn from each other.
Serving as the assistant coaches’ representative to the WBCA Board of Directors for six years, I witnessed firsthand the power of 1,000 assistant coaches gathering each year at our national convention to chalk talk at roundtables or discuss current issues. As a former assistant coach of 22 years, I want to encourage you to value what you do to the highest degree and never underestimate the platform you have been given to make a difference in the lives of others. It is a special privilege to be a coach and we must never take it for granted.
I look forward to seeing you at this year’s symposium!
Coach Stephanie Glance is the Head Coach of the Illinois State University Redbirds.
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A few months ago I received an email advertising Felicia Hall Allen’s Assistant Coaching Symposium in Chicago (April 29 – May 1, 2011). After reading the information provided in the email I was overwhelmed by two and half thoughts. My first thought was one that brought frustration about the timing of the symposium. “How come no one had thought about doing something like this when I was growing up?” I had no direction, idea or clue about the coaching profession and what I needed to do to advance. I did what I could and went to many coaching clinics and learned lots of X’s and O’s. I’ve always wished there was a place where one can go and learn from others about their journey through this very competitive profession. To be honest I felt helpless as I kept spinning my wheels trying to re-invent the “wheel.”
My second thought after reading Felicia’s email was that I need to step outside my comfort zone, talk to coaches and let them know how lucky they are to have this symposium and the opportunity to learn from others. Coaches who want to make coaching a career need to attend. So . . . This is where I had the half thought . . . In a very un-characteristic move I called Felicia and in my own corky way I asked for her to consider putting me on the panel so I can share “my no chance to advance” experiences with younger coaches who aspire to advance in our profession. I want them to learn from my mistakes.
Being an assistant coach for twenty-six years I find myself spending time (like at the Final 4) with assistant coaches rather than head coaches. We always find our self talking about “how to take” the next step and what it takes to get an opportunity to be a head coach. Since I’ve become a head coach my door has always been open to coaches from all levels or countries that want to learn more about any aspect of coaching including upward mobility. Throughout the last seven years I’ve come to realize that there are many people in the West Coast who know a lot about basketball but very little about how to help themselves advance. If half of those coaches I’ve talked with attend the Symposium the West Coast will be well represented and those coaches will be well served. This is only the Symposium’s second year of existence. For me it came about a little over twenty six years too late. But for many young or old, head and assistant coaches who are looking to get to next level, it’s a gift and an opportunity that they simply cannot pass up. Not when their future depends on it . . .
See you in Chicago.
Register now at: www.feliciahallallen.com
Coach John Margaritis is the Head Coach University of California Riverside Lady Highlanders.
Last summer in Atlanta, I was honored to be selected to be a speaker at the first Assistant Coaching Symposium sponsored by Felicia Hall Allen and Associates. The concepts was an incredible one — create a weekend with speakers and presentations designed to help assistant coaches achieve maximum results in their jobs while create a blueprint for growth.
I’ve known Felicia for years both professionally and personally and when she first approached me with her idea for this clinic I was instantly excited because I knew she would leave no stone unturned in putting together a tremendous weekend — and she certainly delivered.
There were several key topics for the weekend including:
1. Positioning Yourself as a Valuable Part of the Program
2. Recruiting…Finding the Right Fit
3. The Art of a Good Practice Coach
4. Effective on the Bench Coaching
5. Think Like a Head Coach
6. Presenting a Scouting Report
Each topic had two to three presenters. I found this very important because it allowed the coaches at the clinic to see that there are more than one way to do their job.
I walked away with three prominent thoughts:
First, I wished I could have had access to this type of clinic when I was a young assistant coach.
Second, I was able to bring back so much information to share with our staff and improve our program.
Third, I was going to make sure I attend next summer whether I was a presenter or not.
I am both honored and excited to have been asked to again speak at the 2nd Annual Professional Development Symposium in Chicago, IL. The date is April 29 through May 1 and Felicia has put together another incredible group of speakers that can give you great insight into being better at your job.
A STEP UP (Athletic Symposium To Elevate Professionals & Uplift Performance) is a labor of love for Felicia who has spend a life time of helping people.
This is not an X & O clinic — there are tons of them out there for us to all go get the drills and plays. But I know of nothing out there that is specifically designed for assistant coaches to help them better function in the variety of roles that we have in our programs.
Felicia, of course, wanted to add some “basketball” to the weekend and last year got us in to observe an Atlanta Dream practice where their coaches stayed after to talk hoops with us. And she has really stepped that part up this year as well. On Friday, April 29, 2011 as Mike Procopio of ATTACK ATHLETICS (Where the Pros Train) will do a two hour on court demonstration with NBA predraft prospects for Symposium participants. Mike has trained several NBA All-Stars including Kobe Bryant, Dwayne Wade, Kevin Durant, Rajon Rondo & Tracy McGrady.
For more information:
I will blog more in the months to come especially as topics are assigned but it is important to know that there are limited spots available. Last year in Atlanta the max out number was 200 and it filled up quickly.
BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND
2nd Annual Professional Development Symposium – Chicago, IL
April 29 – May 1, 2011
Welcome to the official blog of A STEP UP (Athletic Symposium To Elevate Professionals & Uplift Performance)!
After our success in Atlanta, we are so excited to offer this professional development opportunity again to every coach who dreams of being considered one of the best to coach the game.
Knowledge today, in all areas of the game, changes continuously as the athletic landscape changes . . . the players, the times, the talent and the expectations to win. To be competitive and remain relevant, Coaches must make continuous learning a part of their personal development plans.
Coaches, the person with the most responsibility for your professional development is you. It has been said you can’t change the past, but you can influence your future. With this is mind, we are asking you to invest in yourself.
This symposium was designed specifically for YOU!
The challenge issued to each of you, each year, is to make your old job (i.e., the same job) fulfilling, exciting and rewarding year after year. In order to have a Championship Program you have to think, teach, motivate and coach with a Championship Mindset. Our speakers presenting at A STEP UP – Chicago exemplify and operate with the mentality of a Champion. Our speakers have won Conference Championships, made Final Four Appearances and won NCAA National Championships. Our speakers offer career boosting skills that will make you more valuable to your head coach and the players on your team.
WHY SHOULD YOU ATTEND?
A STEP UP – Chicago was developed to help you manage your career by exposing you to information that will assist you with gaining greater insight about who you are, your strengths and areas that need improving. You may also confirm for yourself areas of the game where you are already performing at your best.
Guaranteed . . . this Symposium will cause you to ask yourself, “what new things should I be doing to be more effective, to be indispensable to my head coach, to develop the young ladies on our team, to be a better coach?”
WHO IS THIS SYMPOSIUM FOR?
This Symposium is for Assistant Coaches, who want to be the best at what they do. This is for Assistant Coaches who aspire to be at the top of their game, and be a valuable part of building championship programs.
NOTE: A STEP UP was designed with Assistant Coaches in mind, but Head Coaches, who want to develop great Assistants and build a staff that can support their vision, are welcome to attend.
Our speakers will be covering various topics including How to get things done with no excuses, and will share How to help your Head Coach close the deal once prospects are on campus. Insight will be provided to help you learn How to handle crisis situations and interruptions that could sabotage your productivity and the program. For more on synposium topics, visit www.feliciahallallen.com.
Though the Symposium is not an X/O’s skills clinic those who attend are in for a special treat on Friday, April 29, 2011 as Mike Procopio of ATTACK ATHLETICS (Where the Pros Train) will do a two hour on court demonstration with NBA predraft prospects for Symposium participants. Mike has trained several NBA All-Stars including Kobe Bryant, Dwayne Wade, Kevin Durant, Rajon Rondo & Tracy McGrady.
REGISTER online Today for an empowering two and half day professional development experience at www.feliciahallallen.com
You don’t want to miss this!
See you in Chicago in April!
Johnny and Felicia Allen
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