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If I want to be a coach, should I start at the youth level?

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Would it be better to volunteer for collegiate or professional teams and try and work my way in low positions ie Nick Uren for the Warriors? #basketball #coaching #professional-sports

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Hello Derek - I've run a non-profit youth basketball club for over 13 years. I believe the youth level is a great way to start into coaching to improve your skills and help you decide if it can be your passion. As a coach you are a leader, mentor and role model. If you find it is not your passion then take a different career route. Volunteering is a great way to break into an organization an show your value. My top coach that I trust with our 2 travel teams started with me many years ago as a volunteer. He showed he was willing to make a personal investment of his time to become a better coach and that went a long way with impressing me. Good luck and enjoy the ride!