Birmingham, AL - Rising Coaches is proud to announce the addition of world-renowned player development coach & consultant Mike Procopio to its staff and Rising Coaches Consulting.

Once a month, Procopio will provide master classes to Rising Coaches Members focused on skill and player development over live Zooms. The first class will take place Sunday October 17th, at 7pm EST. for all Rising Coaches members. Procopio will also be joining Rising Coaches Consulting, serving as a mentor to coaches looking for career guidance. 

Rising Coaches, a nationally-recognized membership-based community for basketball coaches and personnel. Members range from the youth basketball and high school ranks to collegiate and professional basketball. Over the last 12 years, Rising Coaches has built a community for coaches who connect, build sincere relationships and develop skill sets needed to excel in the basketball profession on a number of different levels. 

“We are excited about adding Mike to our team,” said Adam Gordon, CEO of Rising Coaches. “Our goal is to help coaches advance in their careers through communication and shared experiences that lead to critical thinking. We designed the program so each of the coaches in the program are empowered to come up with their own solutions as well.”

I think the Mentorship Program that Rising Coaches has is invaluable to the professional development of your men/women that are trying to get better in their field. There is nothing better than seeking help from experienced professionals that can share their knowledge with you. I look forward to helping as many coaches that are trying to work in the profession as I can,” said Procopio.

About Mike Procopio:

A 26-year-veteran of the sport, Procopio is the Director of the Hoop Consultants a global basketball consulting company servicing players, coaches & scouts from all levels. 

A Suffolk University alum, Procopio spent four years as a scout in the Boston Celtics organization breakdown film, doing research, and overseeing projects to compile information on players entering the draft. Following his stint with the Celtics, Procopio joined Attack Athletics working for Tim Grover, who served as Michael Jordan’s trainer throughout his career. At Attack Athletics, Procopio designed on the court workouts for current and future NBA players. 

For four years, Procopio served as Kobe Bryant’s strategic game management coach. Providing Kobe with detailed scouting reports and video breakdowns on the opponent as well as critiquing his game and sending him post game reports.

In 2013, Procopio was hired by the Dallas Mavericks as the Director of Player Development. His primary job was to help players in their first three years of their career become serviceable NBA players. Overseeing development for players on and off the court, the Mavericks development programming became the standard in the NBA in which teams sought to replicate.

The list of players, coaches and scouts developed by Procopio is long and impressive!

About Rising Coaches Consulting:

Rising Coaches Consulting provides mentorship and career guidance for coaches at all levels, from youth basketball to the NBA. Its mentor roster boasts a combined 160-plus years of coaching and 35 coach of the year honors.

Over the last 12 years, Rising Coaches has built a community for coaches who connect, build sincere relationships and develop skill sets needed to excel in the basketball profession on a number of different levels.

Why We Help

Rising Coaches Consulting helps each individual improve as a coach and as a leader in the industry. With personal and professional growth set as goals, advancing in the coaching profession is also a priority. In addition to working on and off the court, we also hope they embrace the opportunity to become active and inclusive members of their community.

How It Works

After an initial conversation, Rising Coaches Consulting pairs each coach with a coaching mentor who has years of practical knowledge in the industry and can help navigate almost every aspect of the coaching profession.

Who Our Mentors Are

Our coaching mentors are well-versed in the wide range of issues that coaches often face. They use that knowledge and experience to develop a program based on a coach’s own culture and brand. Rising Coaches Consulting also helps its coaches maximize their time and energy to become more efficient and happier in their current job.

“Coaches often need someone to help them navigate through all kinds of situations, and we are here to help them during those times,” added Matt Gordon, Director of Rising Coaches Consulting.

Access to the Whole Mentor Team

Each person will have access to all of the program’s mentors through a monthly virtual meeting and online discussion groups. These groups will give everyone access to a variety of mentors from various backgrounds to provide additional insight.

“This program will also build and strengthen our clients’ network and relationships, which are critical in order to move up in the coaching world,” added Matt Gordon. “They will have a chance to meet all of the program’s mentors, as well as the opportunity to connect with every mentor in monthly group calls.”

What Coaches Are Saying

“Rising Coaches Consulting has helped me further realize the importance of differentiating yourself and finding the next steps to continue to grow within the game!”

  • Ian Keiderling

“The insight I have been able to gain with my mentor in just a short amount of time is incredible!"

  • Enrico Kufuor

“The mentors really care about our success as a coach and a person, and I cannot wait to see where it takes me.”

  • Tyler Slick

“The information I have received thus far has been invaluable!”

  • Hannah Whitaker 

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