Basketball Coach Resume Templates & Examples

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As a basketball coach, you know that the most important part of your job search is crafting the perfect resume. That’s why we created this guide to help you do just that. It’s full of data, tips, and best practices to help you craft the best possible basketball coach resume. Let’s dive in.

Methodology

The goal of this guide is to give you real data what the “must haves” of basketball coach resumes are.

To do that, we compiled and analyzed data from basketball coach resumes and 43 basketball coach job listings to get the data used for this our basketball coach resume guide. 

In addition to basketball coach-specific resume data, we built a database of nearly 1 million resumes and job listings, and we use a propriety machine learning model to understand the anatomy of the best resumes in general.

Quick note: using the data below can help you build a competitive resume, but it’s always important to be creative, unique, and personal to stand out.

If you want more info on our methodology, you can check it out here.

Basketball coach resume objective data + basketball coach objective examples

Pop quiz: do basketball coach’s really need to use an objective? 

In general, whether or not you need an objective or professional summary can depend a lot on your personal career level (check out our article on resume objectives), but this is what our analysis found for basketball coach’s specifically:

  • 33% of basketball coach’s included an objective section
  • 26% of basketball coach’s included a professional summary
  • 48% of basketball coach’s included neither an objective nor a summary

Basketball coach objective examples

A highly creative basketball coach , and a resourceful individual looking for a responsible position to gain practical experience.

A highly motivated basketball coach who aims to make use of their interpersonal skills to achieve goals of a company that focuses on customer satisfaction and customer experience.

To obtain a position as a basketball coach, utilizing my extensive knowledge of the game and ability to effectively communicate with and motivate players to achieve success on and off the court.

Seeking a basketball coaching role that allows me to utilize my leadership skills and passion for the game to develop and mentor young athletes and help them reach their full potential.

Looking to leverage my experience as a basketball coach and proven track record of success to lead a team to victory and build a winning culture within the organization.


Skills for basketball coach resumes

These are the skills that occurred most frequently in in basketball coach resumes, which means they tend to be core competencies or highly desired skills. 

Of course, you should only list skills that you actually have, and you should prioritze skills most relevant to the job you're applying for. But these are good core skills to include on your resume.

To get more detail on building a powerful skills section, take a peek at our article on resume skills.

*Note: to find skills our machine learning model basically looks for common words, so take these with a grain of salt and use your best judgment. 

Most common basketball coach resume skills

Most common hard skills for basketball coach resumes: time management, listening, creating game plans, coordination, and negotiation.


Most common soft skills for basketball coach resumes: communication skills, customer-service skills, interpersonal skills, listening skills, and patience


Other good basketball coach resume skills

  • Game strategies
  • Basketball analytics
  • Player conditioning
  • Leadership
  • Team development
  • Coaching
  • Program coordination
  • Safety conscious
  • Inventory & equipment
  • Communication
  • Teaching
  • Discipline management
  • Game rule expertise
  • Training exercises
  • Safety and first aid
  • Problem solving

Basketball coach skills section examples

Note: these examples are formatted the same here just because it’s simple, but we have more detailed formatting advice (and examples) in our guide to resume formatting.

Basketball coach skills example 1

Game strategies | listening | player conditioning | leadership | coordination | negotiation | team development

Basketball coach skills example 2

Basketball analytics | communication skills | coaching | customer-service skills | program coordination | interpersonal skills | safety conscious

Basketball coach skills example 3

Training exercises | inventory & equipment | patience | listening skills | teaching | customer-service skills | discipline management

Work experience for basketball coach resumes

Your work experience section is almost always the most important part of your resume. Because it’s difficult to pull trends from this kind of section, this section is mostly just examples. 

For some advanced strategies for writing about work experience on a resume, refer to our article on building a strong work experience resume section. We also have a guide on writing a resume with no experience if you’re just starting your career.

For now, it’s good to remember that the most important experience for any basketball coach resume is the most relevant experience.

A couple examples for you:

Basketball coach work experience examples

WORK EXPERIENCE

Sr. Associate Basketball Coach

Sanguine Services, 2021-2022

Responsibilities

  • Monitor financial markets and the performance of individual securities
  • Contact prospective clients to present information and explain available services
  • Manage the finances of the facility, such as patient fees and billing
  • Oversee the maintenance and repair of machinery, equipment, and electrical and mechanical systems
  • Address complaints regarding food quality or service

WORK EXPERIENCE

Associate Basketball Coach

Cogent Data, 2017-2022

Responsibilities

  • Repair or replace malfunctioning components, parts, and other mechanical or electrical equipment
  • Bathe animals, trim nails, clip hair, and attend to other grooming needs
  • Strengthen players basketball skills through drills and exercises
  • Teach children valuable lessons about being supportive teammates and athletes using real life examples
  • Coach games daily and lead teams weekly; served as a mentor and discussed thoughts-of-the-day with players

WORK EXPERIENCE

Basketball Coach Intern

Wonka Industries, 2013-2012

Responsibilities

  • Organized and coordinated the men’s and women’s club teams so that they could compete professionally
  • Developed plays and an innovative approach using scrimmages and drills in order to facilitate strategy and develop a player ability
  • Facilitated the development of teamwork and leadership skills for the players to use in their athletic pursuits, academic journeys, professional careers, and personal lives
  • Responsible for assessing the women’s basketball team
  • Recruiting student athletes

Education for basketball coach resumes

For most positions, work experience is more important than education, although it can be important for new grads or for fields in which specific classes are industry-standard. 

So it’s not a big section, but it’s still important, and often, basketball coach job postings list a minimum education requirement. 

Check out our blueprint for education on resumes for our full playbook on education sections.

Data from our sample of 933 basketball coach resumes

  • 9% basketball coach resumes listed an associate’s degree
  • 59% basketball coach resumes listed a bachelor’s degree
  • 27% basketball coach resumes included a masters degree
  • 1% basketball coach resumes mentioned a doctoral degree

Basketball coach resume education examples

EDUCATION

Bachelor of Science

Southern Illinois University Carbondale, 2021

Awards & Honors

  • Phi Beta Kappa
  • Valedictorian
  • Class Rank Recognition

EDUCATION

Associate of Arts

York College, 2017

Certifications for basketball coach resumes

Certifications aren’t a strict requirement for every job, but there are almost always certifications you can get to boost your chances of success. 

If you want to see how to build these sections, we have a guide about certifications on resumes.

We did a little research and found certifications can help basketball coach’s specifically, according to CareerOneStop.

Basketball coach certification examples

CERTIFICATIONS

USDF Certified Instructor/Trainer: First Level

United States Dressage Federation, 2021

USDF Certified Instructor/Trainer; Second Level

United States Dressage Federation, 2017

CERTIFICATIONS

USDF Certified Instructor/Trainer: First Level, USDF Certified Instructor/Trainer; Second Level, USDF Certified Instructor/Trainer; Third-Fourth Level

Basketball coach resume action verbs

Using our database of nearly 1,000,000 publicly available resumes, we compiled an index of action verbs and cross-referenced it with our sample of 933 basketball coach resumes and job postings to uncover which action verbs are most commonly used by basketball coach’s and basketball coach employers.

The most common action verbs on basketball coach resumes are: program, process, assist, prepare, and manage.

The most common action verbs on basketball coach job postings are: lead, plan, review, handle, and field.

Other action verbs for basketball coach resumes: 

  • Perform
  • Develop
  • Design
  • Test
  • Direct
  • Create
  • Monitor
  • Track
  • Organize
  • Resolve

Full basketball coach resume example

Lastly, we wanted to give you a couple full basketball coach resume examples.. 

Please note: you can write a better resume than this. This is just a quick illustration to show you how these pieces might fit together. 

If you’d like to see “perfect” resumes, we have a showcase of resume examples.


Basketball coach resume example

Mr. Wesley White Jr.
Basketball Coach

641 Jennifer Lane, Raleigh, NC


Seeking a basketball coaching role that allows me to utilize my leadership skills and passion for the game to develop and mentor young athletes and help them reach their full potential.


WORK EXPERIENCE

Sr. Associate Basketball Coach

Sanguine Services, 2021-2022

Responsibilities

  • Led Team Building Sessions focusing on self management and individual development
  • Implemented and coordinated practice plans
  • In charge of all defenses and defensive adjustments
  • Assisted on all game day activities and game plans

Associate Basketball Coach

Cogent Data, 2017-2022

Responsibilities

  • Responsible for player development and individual workout
  • Responsible for organizing, coordinating, and preparing teachers agenda and curriculum for students
  • Responsible for maintaining the teacher’s students and classroom in a respectable manner
  • Teach fundamentals, playing rules, strategies and playing tactics

Basketball Coach Intern

Wonka Industries, 2013-2016

Responsibilities

  • Condition athletes appropriately for activities requiring endurance, strength and agility
  • Preside over team activities including all scheduled team practices and games
  • Teach sportsmanship, cooperation, work ethic and responsibility to one’s team
  • Manage equipment

CERTIFICATIONS

Sports Conditioning Specialty Certification

American Council on Exercise, 2021

USDF Certified Instructor/Trainer: First Level

United States Dressage Federation, 2017


SKILLS

Game strategies | team development | patience | interpersonal skills | communication skills | time management | inventory & equipment


EDUCATION

Bachelor of Science

Southern Illinois University Carbondale, 2021

Associate of Arts

York College, 2017

What experts say about basketball coach resumes

Before we wrap it up, we want to leave you with some advice from other experts we admire.

“Make sure all the key information comes across at the top end of the document.” – Biggest Mistakes Coaches Make On Their Resumes!!!


“You can add testimonials; that might be players you’ve developed, who can kind of draw on your qualities as a coach and how you help, mentor them and develop them and take them take them to the next level of their game.” – Biggest Mistakes Coaches Make On Their Resumes!!!


“Include easy to understand language without highly technical jargon or company specific acronyms.” – 10 Secrets to Killer Resumes From 18 Trusted Resume Experts

Want help with your basketball coach resume?

Thank you for taking the time to read our guide on writing a basketball coach resume. Hopefully, after reading this article, writing your own basketball coach resume will feel less daunting. We’ve given you all the building blocks, now it’s just up to you to make it your own. If you need help actually building your resume, just let us know!

Methodology

In addition to our own expertise as professional resume consultants, for every resume guide we write, we curate dozens of recent job postings and resumes to make sure all our recommendations align with current trends for each specific industry and career path. Learn more about our methodology here. 

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Michelle Reed | Sr. Resume Advisor

Michelle Reed | Sr. Resume Advisor

Michelle has worked in recruiting & HR for 10 years and has taught resume writing at the University of North Carolina Greensboro. She has helped build teams at two large startups (Wyzant and, currently, Brilliant) in the last decade, which means she views hundreds of resumes per day. Michelle guides our overall resume value system, ensuring our recommendations are high-quality and effective in the current job market.

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