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Damon Stoudamire, Pacific Tigers Head Coach

Coach Brendan Suhr is joined by the Head Coach of the Pacific Tigers Damon Stoudamire. After finishing up a stellar playing career in the NBA, Stoudamire began his coaching career at Rice University before being hired by the Memphis Grizzlies as an Assistant Coach. He then transitioned back to the college level as an assistant coach at both Memphis and Arizona before being named the Head Coach at Pacific on March 16, 2016. He now enters his fourth season as the Pacific head men’s basketball coach. Last season, Stoudamire coached the Tigers to their best conference finish since rejoining the West Coast Conference in 2012-13.

After finishing up a stellar playing career in the NBA, Stoudamire began his coaching career at Rice University before being hired by the Memphis Grizzlies as an Assistant Coach. He then transition back to the college level as an assistant coach at both Memphis and Arizona before being named the Head Coach at Pacific.

In this episode, Coach Stoudamire shares what led to him pursuing a second career in coaching, some of his favorite memories as a player in the NBA, lessons learned as an assistant coach at both the college and professional level and why he is so passionate about developing players.

All that and more on Episode 161 of the Coaching U Podcast with Coach Brendan Suhr!

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Todd Simon, Southern Utah Thunderbirds Head Coach

Coach Brendan Suhr is joined by the Head Coach of the Southern Utah Thunderbirds Todd Simon. Coach Simon is in his fourth year at the helm of the Southern Utah University men’s basketball team after being named the head coach on March 24, 2016. Simon’s third season with the program was one for the record books, and one of the most successful the program has experienced in recent memory. The Thunderbirds qualified for postseason play for the first time since 2001, and won the first postseason game in the program’s Division I history in the First Round of the CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament. The T-Birds defeated the Drake Bulldogs, who were Co-Regular Season Champions of the Missouri Valley Conference. The 2018-19 season provided several milestones. SUU finished .500 for the first time since the 2006-07 season with a mark of 17-17. The T-Birds won nine Big Sky Conference games, which was the most the program had earned since joining the league. They also secured back-to-back winning non-conference records.

Prior to Southern Utah, Simon was named interim head coach of the UNLV men’s basketball program in January 2016 and immediately led them to three consecutive victories. During Simon’s 17 games as interim head coach, the Runnin’ Rebels ranked as the number one team in the nation in adjusted tempo, scoring more than 100 points in four games. UNLV finished with a 9-8 record, despite playing with as few as five scholarship players. While he was associate head coach with UNLV he also played a critical role in assembling UNLV’s roster, which Rivals.com ranked its 2014 recruiting class No. 5 in the nation, while the 2015 class was ranked No. 11.

Prior to his tenure as a Runnin’ Rebel, Simon served Findlay Prep for seven years in both head and assistant coaching roles.  As head coach at Findlay Prep in 2012-2013, he led the team to a 35-1 record, including eight wins over top-25 ranked teams. The 35 victories are the most wins in school history. During Simon’s tenure at Findlay Prep, they accumulated an overall record of 192-9.

During his career Simon has helped develop and coach several players that have become top NBA draft picks, including Anthony Bennett, who was selected as the top overall pick in 2013, Rashad Vaughn, who was picked No. 17 in 2015, and Avery Bradley. Other NBA player’s Simon has coached in his career include Christian Wood, Jorge Gutierrez, Cory Joseph, DeAndre Liggins, Nick Johnson and Tristan Thompson.

In this episode, Coach Simon discusses how he has went about building his program and culture at Southern Utah; what he learned as an interim head coach that prepared him for this opportunity; the art of coaching elite players; how he arrived at his current style of play; the importance of player development at any level of coaching; how he prepares his team for success in “buy games” this time of year and what it was like to take his team on the road to Nebraska a few weeks back and secure a win vs a well-coached Big 10 opponent.  

All that and more on Episode 160 of the Coaching U Podcast with Coach Brendan Suhr!

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Katy Young Staudt, Ventura Partners

Coach Brendan Suhr is joined by Katy Young Staudt of Ventura Partners. Over the past decade and a half, Katy has established herself as one of the most trusted and influential search consultants in the sports and entertainment worlds. Prior to Ventura Partners, her search experience included time with two well-known firms, Witt/Kieffer and Eastman & Beaudine. She has conducted numerous searches for Division I head coaches and directors of athletics and has worked closely with clients across professional sports properties including MLB, NBA, NHL, PGA TOUR, USTA, and more.

She was named a “Rising Star” in the Sports Industry by Partnership Activation Magazine and “30 under 30” in Sports by Sports Launch Magazine. Katy regularly speaks at the LEAD1 Athletic Directors Institute, NACDA, Women Leaders in College Sports, Learfield Minority Academy, the Coaches “Think Tank”, the Collegiate Coaching Consortium, and Athletic Director University, among many others.

In this episode, Katy discusses her career as a Search Consultant and the role of a search firm during a hiring process. She takes you inside the process of conducting a successful search, the qualities she looks for in potential coaching candidates, questions and situations all coaches should prepare for before participating in interviews for coaching positions as well as general advice and tips she would offer coaches as they look to advance within the profession.

All that and more on Episode 159 of the Coaching U Podcast with Coach Brendan Suhr!

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David Vanterpool, Minnesota Timberwolves Associate Head Coach

Coach Brendan Suhr is joined by the Associate Head Coach of the Minnesota Timberwolves David Vanterpool. Before joining the Timberwolves this offseason, Vanterpool had spent the previous seven seasons as an assistant coach with the Portland Trail Blazers as he played an integral role in Portland’s success while earning a strong reputation for his basketball IQ, ability to connect with players and build lifelong relationships.

In this episode, Coach Vanterpool discusses how he has developed a passion for coaching; the coaches he played for that influenced him to pursue a career in coaching after playing; his experience working with and learning from Terry Stotts the last 7 seasons; why he decided to join the Timberwolves coaching staff and Ryan Saunders; thoughts on some of the great players he has coached including Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum as well as his goals for his career and how they correlate to his “WHY” for coaching. 

All that and more on Episode 158 of the Coaching U Podcast with Coach Brendan Suhr!

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Micah Shrewsberry, Purdue Boilermakers Assoc. Head Coach

Coach Brendan Suhr is joined by Micah Shrewsberry, Associate Head Coach of the Purdue Boilermakers. Shrewsberry has learned from the best coaches in America, spending the last six seasons as an assistant coach with the Boston Celtics under head coach Brad Stevens. He helped the Celtics to the playoffs in each of the last five seasons, including trips to the Eastern Conference finals in 2017 and 2018. Under Shrewsberry, the Celtics’ offense was one of the best in the NBA this past season, ranking sixth in the league in 3-pointers made and seventh in 3-point percentage. 

Shrewsberry returns to Purdue where he was an assistant coach during the 2011-12 and 2012-13 seasons before departing to Boston. He helped the Boilermakers to the second round of the 2012 NCAA Tournament. Prior to his time at Purdue, he spent four seasons at Butler under Stevens, first as the coordinator of basketball operations, then as an assistant coach for the last three seasons. He helped the Bulldogs to the 2010 and 2011 national championship games before starting his two-year stint with the Boilermakers.

In this episode, Coach Shrewsberry discusses his experiences working with two of the best coaches in the game: Brad Stevens and Matt Painter; why he decided to leave the Celtics to return to Purdue; what he found to be the biggest differences between coaching in the college and professional ranks and how his experience coaching in the NBA will allow him to better serve the players he coaches at the collegiate level moving forward.

All that and more on Episode 157 of the Coaching U Podcast with Coach Brendan Suhr!

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