Hi, my name is Pat Haggerty. I have a strong passion for both basketball and business. In addition, I have over 12 years experience in the business world and over 6 years of basketball coaching experience. I am currently an Assistant Basketball Coach at Archbishop Wood High School in Warminster, PA. Archbishop Wood is my Alma Mater and where I played high school basketball back in the day.
I always loved basketball for the sport that it is, but it really became attractive to me about 6 years ago when I started coaching. I realized that head basketball coaches are basically CEO’s of their program or team. They are more than just men and women that can design a play on a board. Ever since then, I’ve been studying basketball coaches from a deeper angle, such as their philosophies, routines, cultures, motivation skills, professionalism, and much more. I then started taking their ideas and adopting them in my business career as a manager.
About the Blog.
I recently started looking at basketball coaches, their assistants, and the entire dynamic of the basketball game today. I couldn’t believe how much basketball and business is intertwined. They are both extremely cutthroat, with a lot of competition. Both require excellent leaders, and a great supporting cast to help build or grow the team. In both basketball and business, there is recruiting, developing, establishing culture, working through changes, overcoming adversity, success, failures, and most importantly…treating people the right way. I wanted to create a blog that a business leader could look at the ways basketball programs or teams are successful and implement it back in their offices.
On the flip side, I also want basketball coaches to look at successful company CEO’s and business leaders and be able to take those ideas back to the basketball court. For example, college basketball is the best example of how to develop, grow and promote. Every year, assistants get their opportunity to become a head coach and the first person they thank is their mentor or head coach. It is a humbling experience and that is carried onto the next assistant, and so on. Businesses can learn a lot about succession planning from coaching basketball.
Another lesson businesses can take from basketball is the example of a new coach getting their first opportunity to lead a team in a new state with new staff and new players. It is a totally new environment that can be a tall order to manage. Strong, reputable businesses often go through new acquisitions and this can teach them ways to attack new situations, build relationships, approach administration, and build a new culture without burning it down first. These examples are helpful to both parties…I love it!
Coaching basketball and and adopting business ideas has helped me polish my skills as a coach and as a leader in business. I’ve had personal growth and team success by running our team like a basketball program. My goal with CoachHaggerty.com is to share real life situations on the court or in the office, and show you how it can be helpful in your lives.
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