Where Champions Play: Connor Sports and the 2015 Rising Coaches Elite Conference

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Connor Sports is committed to supporting the next generation of sports leaders who are working to build champions on and off the court. Through our #WhereChampionsPlay initiative we not only focus on partnering with leading safety and performance experts to make our hardwood courts and rubber tracks better, we also work to build better community citizens. Our partnership with Rising Coaches Elite is an example of our dedication to building a community of champions. 

Rising Coaches Elite is a grass roots movement founded in the spring of 2010. The organization aims to facilitate the learning, growth and networking opportunities within the basketball coaching profession by providing a platform via the Rising Coaches’ Annual Conference, Final Four Social and social networks. It is the organization’s hope and vision that Rising Coaches Elite will serve as a valuable stepping-stone for young coaches in college basketball.

The willingness of Rising Coaches to empower the members of the basketball community resonates with Connor Sports. As a company, we promote the ability of communities to help and encourage individuals to reach their personal and professional goals. Rising Coaches is doing just this. They’re providing young coaches with resources in an effort to build a basketball community filled with employees who know what it takes to be champions on the court and in the community.

Michael Fly, an assistant basketball coach at Florida Gulf Coast, knows the resources provided by Rising Coaches are crucial to entry-level basketball employees and believes the organization is key to building strong individuals and communities, “Rising Coaches is such a valuable resource for young guys wanting to get into the [basketball] business. It gives them a place to belong and share ideas. When you're a manager, GA, video guy, or director of operations the road to coaching seems so far away and sometimes impossible to navigate. Rising Coaches allows you to know that there are guys all over the country going through the same growing pains and paying the same dues as you are.”

The hard work of Rising Coaches Elite founders Adam Gordon, Andy Farrell and Trey Meyer has paid off as the ranks of the Rising Coaches Elite Conference attendees have continued to advance in their careers. The conference has given young coaches the knowledge and skills needed to grow, with more than 80 attendees having received promotions within college basketball since the program began. To strengthen the numbers, 14 attendees have been hired by an NBA team and 143 have been promoted within their organizations or have been hired on by a professional or collegiate basketball team.

The success of the Rising Coaches Conference attendees demonstrates that individuals have benefited from the mentoring and knowledge received from speakers at the Rising Coaches Conferences. As attendees start to succeed and grow, so do the ties within the coaching community. Rising Coaches has created a community of basketball professionals who are willing to help each other navigate the maze of collegiate and professional basketball careers.

“Guys get frustrated when things [their career advancement] don’t go exactly the way they’re suppose to. They listen to people in positions they desire and realize the people in those positions have had similar paths. Sharing stories turns into a motivational and encouraging thing for a lot of guys who are trying to make it as a coach” said Chris Hollender of Rising Coaches Elite.

Everyday Rising Coaches Elite is trying to build relationships within the basketball community that will empower younger generations of potential coaches to succeed and become champions on and off the court.


Learn more about Rising Coaches here

Follow rising coaches on Twitter @RisingCoachesElite 

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