It’s safe to say in every occupation, you need to work hard to get to the top. In the coaching business no one gets a head coaching position without first spending time as an assistant coach. Some work as an assistant for a very long time.
Final Four week is upon us in Indianapolis and besides Michigan State, Butler, Duke, and West Virginia battling each other for the 2010 NCAA championship, college coaches are moving from job to job. Some are getting fired while others get hired.
A head coach who does well becomes the hot name. The assistant coach working for the team that does well in the tournament gets a look from a school with an opening.
But how do these coaches get there? How do they become “hot”?
Realize one thing, it’s not easy.
Tom Izzo is the men’s head basketball coach at Michigan State University. Izzo’s been the head coach for 15 years. Prior to that he was an assistant coach for 12 years in East Lansing.
After starting at the high school level where he spent one season, Izzo coached at his alma mater Northern Michigan; A D-2 school.
A two month cup of coffee at Tulsa came first for Izzo before he returned to Michigan to work for Jud Heathcote at MSU.
It’s safe to say, Izzo has paid his dues. Hard work, accountability, loyalty…three traits Izzo has displayed to get where he is.
John Stansberry of College Insider.com with a good story on Izzo.
Jim Calhoun is two for three in Final Fours and the same can be said for Billy Donovan. But neither of those coaches has consistently navigated their teams to the sport’s final weekend the way that Izzo has. In an era with no Wooden, the last thing Izzo should have to do is defend his postseason record because it stacks up with anyone’s.
“No one can do everything, Everyone can do something”