Paul Fortier is an assistant men's basketball coach at the University of Washington and he is in his 8th year of the program (12-13). His role with the team is Director of Player Personnel and also Player Development. Paul is also an ex player for the Huskies so he understands things from a players point of view. Coach Fortier has proven himself as a great Player Development coach working with players in their program like Spencer Hawes and Quincy Pondexter who are now in the NBA. Here are the basketball coaching clinic notes from when he spoke at the Rising Coaches Conference in 2010.
- A lot of people don’t know how hard you’re going to have to work
- To advance, you have to be willing to relocate
- Work for a coach who you believe in
- It’s crucial to work for a good person
- Never make promises you can’t 100% keep
- Situations change a lot and often
- People will check up on you and notice you when you don’t know it
- Seek out opportunities to better yourself
- If things don’t work out, stay focused and stay the course
- Take initiative and do more
- Don’t be scared to push the envelop
- Don’t just be a “Yes” guy.
- Make sure you are always on point and complete your tasks
- Do your job to the best possible way
- Who is the “button guy” for recruiting?
- Who will ultimately help the kid make his decision