Cornell Mann is an assistant men’s basketball coach at Iowa State University and is in his second year there. Before that, he was at Dayton University for 3 years, where he helped the Flyers to achieve 3 straight post-season bids. Coach Mann is an experienced division 1 assistant coach and has been around the game for a long time. These are the basketball coaching clinic notes that were taken from when he spoke at the 2010 Rising Coaches Conference.
Basketball Coaching Clinic Notes
I do the best I can to be real at all times.
Support staff jobs are important; always remember that!
- Work hard at everything you do.
Meeting new people is essential.
- Hand-write letters to people all the time.
DO A GREAT JOB AT THE JOB YOU ARE AT.
The people you work with are the people you need to impress.
- Never let an opportunity pass you by.
- Wear slacks to the office on an off-day.
- Know your co-worker’s contacts.
- Your coaches are your promoters… Earn their respect!
Best way to advance: show passion and attack each assignment/task with passion.
- Have an attention to detail and consistent with terminology.
- Have a niche!
- Re-create your position on your staff.
- Ask your coaches for projects and be creative.
- Create projects for your staff.
- Continue to be impressive to everyone.
Learn how, not who.
- Learn how to do things from people, but don’t be them- be yourself and be real.
- Be you and learn how you can be successful.
Hold true to your core values.
- Don’t ever compare yourself to the success of others.