Director of Operations
Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis Basketball
Hometown: Greensburg, Indiana
Education: Anderson University
What do the first two hours of your day look like?
The first thing I do each day when I get to the office is check my email. Next, I turn my focus to my To-Do List with everything I plan to accomplish. I go down the line and knock off everything that I MUST get done that specific day. Usually something else pops up that needs to be taken care of right then and there, so I will take care of that and then get back to my list.
Name one go-to resource (or two or three) that helps you with your duties.
A big part of my job is organization. I use Excel/Google Docs almost every single day for tasks or projects I am working on. Also, JumpForward is website/software the program uses that I spend time on frequently.
Name one new thing you want to accomplish within the next year.
Win a Horizon League Championship and go to the NCAA Tournament.
Best career or work advice you ever received.
Working hard has been instilled in me from day 1 from my parents preaching this to me as early as I can remember. Therefore, hard work is all I know, so I think it is important to be focused and work extremely hard at whatever you do. The best advice I have received ties into what I mentioned above. You must be willing to do things others won’t do, in order to get results they wont get. I think this is super important and I always think about this and use this in my career and in life. Always thinking how I can get ahead of the next guy.
First event, person, or job that sparked your interest in this field of work.
I actually never wanted to be a coach until one summer while I was in college, I needed a summer job. I decided to help my one of my mentors, Craig Houk, coach AAU basketball. This experience helped me realize my strong passion for coaching and helping positively impact kids lives. The following year I founded my own AAU program, which I coached for several years. Then my first coaching job came at Cathedral High School in Indianapolis under another mentor of mine, Coach Andy Fagan, who has had a major impact on me and my career.