Invest In Hiring The Right Fit

When values and vision are aligned from top to bottom of an organization performance and production accelerates, and success is usually the result.

However this is easier said than done. Every year coaches are fired due to lack of performance that often stems from "bad fit." Rising Coaches will take a holistic approach to find you the absolute best candidates for your organization, regardless of resources or title of the job.

Our network and understanding of the industry are second to none. No one is better equipped to help you find the right fit for your organization than Rising Coaches.


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Athletic Directors

Leading Your Department

Find someone with the experience and skill set to lead your department with it's strategic planning, vision, fundraising and culture.

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Head Coaches

Running a Program

You need a leader who aligns with your vision and values. They must be a CEO, a recruiter, a mentor and a teacher.



Communication & Diligence

Find someone with relationships in sports, and the work ethic & people skills to help lead your business


Our Team

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Adam Gordon

CEO of Rising Coaches

Gordon spent 17 years coaching men's college basketball at the SEC, ACC, OVC, Big Sky, NJCAA and NCAA DII levels. He has led searches for athletic directors, corporate positions and head coaches in men's and women's basketball and soccer

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Jeremy Capo

Senior Consultant

Jeremy Capo, winner of the 2018 NACDA Under Armour Athletic Director of the Year award, has over 16 years of experience working in athletic administration including stops as the director of athletics at Iowa Western Community College and New Mexico Junior College.

Darryl Jacobs

Darryl Jacobs

Sr. Executive Director of the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Alliance

Jacobs has over 20 years of experience as a college coach and athletic administrator. Jacobs leads the Rising Coaches DEI Alliance which is a joint effort between Rising Coaches and a dozen minority or social justice coaching organizations

Our Advantage

Since 2010, Rising Coaches has become one of the biggest brands in college athletics. The mission is simple: provide coaches with relationships, resources and opportunities. Because we have served thousands of coaches and programs through the years, we are uniquely positioned to have a better understanding of the talent pool in athletics and have access to more inside information to accurately project fit to an institution than anyone else in the industry.


In 2020, Rising Coaches created the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Alliance run by former college coach and athletic administrator Darryl Jacobs. The DEI Alliance is a combined effort between Rising Coaches and a dozen different minority, or social justice coaching organizations to help impact change for equality in our profession and our communities. Rising Coaches works closely with the DEI Alliance to ensure that all of our searches include candidates of various races, genders and backgrounds.

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Rising Coaches' ability to quickly understand the Milligan culture and desired profile for our head coaches is impressive. The timely candidate pool has been more than we could have created ourselves and the wisdom they have shared makes the money spent worth every nickel. For a small university like ours, Rising Coaches is a great partner.
Mark Fox - Director of Athletics
Milligan University
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Rising Coaches helped us locate some great candidates during our search at North Alabama. If it weren’t for Rising Coaches, we would have missed out on an opportunity to enhance our program.”
Tom Berryman
University of North Alabama
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Adam and his staff at Rising Coaches begin with understanding your mission and values. The candidate pool strongly reflected our defined values. This is a process that requires strong networking and tremendous time. The value in Adam's leadership is completely worth the investment.
Jose Larios - VP of Enrollment Management & Athletics
Montreat College
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Adam provided insights on candidates otherwise impossible through the traditional search process. The additional input enabled a more expansive screening of applicants and resulted in a coaching hire optimally aligned with our program and campus culture. I highly recommend Rising Coaches to any AD looking for an extra boost to the typical coaching search.
Matthew Tanney - Director of Athletics
Wabash College

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