Phase 1 Overview
Phase 1 of the NABC Mentor Circle is targeted at young assistant coaches and other support staff personnel. Through these mentor-mentee relationships, the program strives to achieve the following goals:
- Promote the growth of young coaches.
- Increase the pool of qualified candidates.
- Help both the mentor and mentee develop professionally and personally.
- Offer less-experienced coaches an opportunity to learn from seasoned coaches.
- Foster relationships among coaches across different generations and demographics.
- Support the integrity of the coaching profession.
Mentors are passionate about helping develop the next generation of coaches. Mentors must be willing to commit to making time to build relationships with their mentee(s); to be open and honest with personal experiences; and to be intentional in offering encouragement and tangible feedback. Mentors preferably have accumulated at least eight (8) years of continuous NABC membership. Mentors will be expected to schedule, at minimum, one phone call or video chat per month with their mentee(s), with additional text/messenger platform communication.
Mentees have the humility to acknowledge their need for help and are eager to learn from experienced peers. Mentees must be willing to commit to making time to build a relationship with their mentor; to be open and honest with personal experiences; and to be willing to receive tangible feedback. Phase 1 mentees must be in assistant coach, director of operations, video coordinator or other support positions and preferably have accumulated no more than three (3) years of NABC membership. Mentees will be expected to participate in, at minimum, one phone call or video chat per month with their mentor, with additional text/messenger platform communication.
Phase 2 Overview
The future Phase 2 of the NABC Mentor Circle program will be structured to target more defined groups. With support from the NABC Committee on Racial Reconciliation, Phase 2 will include services for BIPOC coaches as they navigate unique challenges and barriers in the industry. Phase 2 will also offer mentoring opportunities for first-year head coaches as they learn to manage responsibilities such as:
- Hiring and overseeing a staff
- Building a budget
- Managing expectations
- Relationship with the athletic director
- Media obligations and social media
- Alumni engagement
2020-21 Phase 1 Program Timeline
The 2021-22 season will serve as a pilot year for Phase 1 of the NABC Mentor Circle. Participants are encouraged to follow this general timeline:
- July – Aug. 2021 | Mentee applications submitted; NABC reviews and assigns pairings.
- Aug. 2021 | Mentors and mentees take part in virtual orientation session with NABC.
- Sept. 2021 | Mentors and mentees make initial contact (via phone call or video chat).
- Sept. 2021 – May 2022 | Mentors and mentees participate in, at minimum, one scheduled phone call or video chat per month. Mentors and mentees also engage in regular text/messenger platform communication.
- April 2022 | Mentors and mentees gather for networking/social event at NABC Convention in New Orleans.