To anyone who aspires to be a skills coach or wants advice...
(Insert Name Here): Thank you for reaching out. I feel very blessed that my job allows me to stay around the game I love and there is nothing more satisfying than helping players achieve their dreams, which is essentially what my job allows me to do. Not going to lie, a lot of people see the perks of my job and think I'm extremely "lucky" but it has taken a TON of hard work and I've made countless sacrifices along the way. Below, I have listed the best advice that I can think of to help you out:
Believe in yourself: A lot of people are going to call you crazy or tell you to get a "real" job, but if you dream of becoming a skills coach, make it happen.
Relentlessly study the game: The only way to separate yourself in this industry is by knowing more about the game than anyone else and being able to use that knowledge to help players improve. If you can get players better, you'll always have a job.
Hustle: There are millions of players that want to improve, but they are not going to come to you, you are going to have to go out and find them. Hustle to get them in the gym with you, then impress them enough that they want to come back and stick with you throughout their entire career.
Seek advice and mentorship: Check your ego at the door and don't be afraid to ask for advice or mentorship from those who you respect and admire. I've had a ton of people help me along the way and if I was "too cool" to ask them for advice, I wouldn't be in the position that I am in today.
Make it about the players: If you truly care about your players and do anything and everything to make them as successful as possible, you'll earn their trust and you'll have a client for life.
There are a million more things I could tell you, but those are the keys. Study the game, hustle your ass off and be a great person and great things will happen for you.
I do have a coaches/trainers mentorship program called the Pure Sweat All-Access that is great for aspiring skills coaches. You can read more about it below or check it out at puresweatallaccess.com.
Perks of the Pure Sweat All-Access include:
-An annual subscription to the Pure Sweat training app
-NBA film edits that cover every aspect of the game
-Admission to every Pure Sweat event, including all of my coaches clinics and academies
-Ability to attend my NBA & Pre-Draft workouts
-Receive all of Pure Sweat’s current & future drill books
-Weekly drill & skill PDFs
-Monthly instructional videos exclusive to this group
-Monthly video consulting from me
Thanks and let me know if I can ever assist you in any way.