The moment you first realized that you might like to make coaching part of your career? I have wanted to coach basketball my entire life. When most kids dream about becoming a firefighter, a police officer, or a professional athlete, I dreamed about coaching my basketball team to winning a championship. I helped coach my younger brothers youth team growing up in baseball and basketball and I have been coaching ever since. I attended Spring Hill College on a basketball scholarship and planned on playing in college but after a early injury sidelined me my freshmen year I jumped right into to helping the team in another fashion as a student assistant coach. I learned so many things while I was in college working with the team. I would not be anywhere near where I am today without my time as a student assistant coach at Spring Hill. Thank you, Coach Thompson, for everything.
Outside of mentors, talk about one way you’ve learned some aspect of coaching. Sports and coaching are huge in my family. My mom played on the LPGA tour for 20 years, my grandfather played college basketball for hall of fame coach Hank Iba at Oklahoma State, my step dad is one of top golf instructors in the country, my dad, Bo Redman, is the head golf coach at Appalachian State, and my uncle was my coach in everything growing up. So I have learned so much just from watching my family in action. I love studying different coaches, players, and people to see the things do daily to achieve greatness.
If you could go back to your rookie coach self and give one piece of advice, what would it be? Be patient, as a young coach I always wanted to prove to everyone how much I knew. The older I have gotten the more I have learned to be patient and take things in. I have learned that sometimes silence is the best trait a coach can have.
Best career or work advice you ever received? The difference between facts and fiction. Head coaches want to know and need to know facts. They do not have time to listen to fiction. I think great assistant coaches know their head coach and they understand what and how to talk to their head coach. At the end of the day fiction will get you beat, but facts will help you win games.
Your dream lunch date. One coach. Any sport. Any level. Who is it? I love to have lunch with Coach Nick Saban from the University of Alabama. What he is able to accomplish year in and year out is amazing. His ability to build a team every year is amazing. With his roster constantly changing and his coaching staff rotating year in and year out he always puts an unbelievable product on the field. I would love to sit there and listen to him on how he runs and manages his program every day and how he always gets the most out of his teams/players.