Rising Coaches was created in 2010 in the Clemson basketball video room by Adam Gordon and Andy Farrell. The two decided to host a 3-day conference in Las Vegas for like-minded young coaches trying to advance and make a name for themselves in the coaching world. Several months later their dream became a reality as 32 young coaches sat on the edge of their seats in a banquet room at the New York, New York Hotel and Casino. They listened to Steve Lavin, Buzz Williams, Brad Brownell, and many more talk about their paths through coaching and advice they wish they had received when they were getting their start. The relationships formed over that weekend were genuine and word about Rising Coaches spread fast! Articles were written by CBS Sports, Fox Sports, ESPN.com generating a palpable buzz and word of mouth campaign.
Even though all members of Rising Coaches were largely focused on coaching, the organization continued to rapidly grow in numbers. Rising Coaches boasts over 27,000 Twitter followers and the podcast has over 13,000 downloads. With virtually no promotion the most recent Rising Coaches event at the 2019 Final Four garnered over 600 attendees, rendering the space standing room only.
Rising Coaches has become a trusted and beloved name in college basketball by impacting and assisting countless members in securing coaching positions.