This is the first in a series of Q&A’s with DI support staffers. Hopefully this can be helpful for young guys trying to climb the coaching ladder.
Our first Q&A is with Davidson College Director of Basketball Operations Abe Woldeslassie:
What is your title? How long have you been in your current position?
Director of Basketball Operations at Davidson College. This is my 3rd season at Davidson.
Where did you attend college?
Macalester College in Saint Paul, Minnesota.
Why did you choose Davidson?
Davidson is one of the best liberal arts schools in the country. It was important for me to choose a school that prepares its student-athletes for life after basketball. The opportunity to work with Coach McKillop was a no-brainer. He has built a special program here and I wanted to learn from him. Davidson was coming off back to back NCAA tournament appearances and decided to join the Atlantic 10 Conference. Also I spent 22 winters in Minnesota and the thought of a Carolina winter sounded pretty nice.
What are some of your responsibilities in your current role?
I serve as our film coordinator and handle all video needs for our team. I work with our staff to make sure that our team’s logistical needs are met. International recruiting is a big part of our program and constant communication with international coaches and scouts is critical. I connect with parents, alums, and fans of the program and keep them informed on the latest Davidson Basketball news. Supporting our student-athletes and making sure they are taken care of is of utmost importance.
The director of operations position requires you to wear many different hats. I try to be a utility guy and fill in whatever position is needed.
Where have you coached previously?
I was previously the director of operations at Dartmouth College. Prior to that, I was an assistant coach at Bowdoin College.
Any advice for young coaches looking to enter college athletics?
College athletics is a competitive industry, so be open to a variety of coaching positions at all levels. There are many different roads to take on your coaching journey. Reach out to other coaches and learn about the path they have taken. Work hard, help others, and stay positive. Find the areas of opportunity in your program and fill them. Most importantly, enjoy the ride. This is a rewarding profession and the impact a coach can make on a life is a powerful one.