Former Professional Athletes Coaching Youth & High School Sports

Many professional and accomplished athletes call Colorado home after their sports career ends. Why not settle down and grow roots in Colorado? Colorado has 300 days of sun annually, a vibrant food scene, year round outdoor activities, and the Denver Broncos, Colorado Rapids, Denver Nuggets, Colorado Avalanche, Denver Outlaws, and Colorado Mammoth….

Once their playing career has ended, coaching is a natural career transition for some of these athletes; coaching keeps them involved in the game they love, provides a moderate income and a way to continue to build their brand and resume.

Former athletes generally start coaching youth athletes in club and high school sports. It provides an education on coaching, communication, and administration – it is also a quick way to find out if they want to coach and deal with all of the daily non-coaching tasks (scheduling, parents, administration, licensing, parents, time away from family, and again parents).

Prior to researching this article, we assumed the number of former professional athletes coaching high school and club would be evenly split. Although the list below is a sample and not comprehensive, the majority of former athletes coach youth/high school soccer and lacrosse.

Former professional basketball players, coach, but many use their brand and resources to start a youth basketball club. Football and baseball are different; it was difficult to identify former professional baseball and football athletes coaching club and high school. Reason, based entirely on conjecture: (1) One season sports (2) dominated by the “dad” coach (3) Less club structure (4) Less need to earn an income post playing career (5) Location:Colorado.

Here are a few former professional athletes we have identified in Colorado. These coaches are finding success at the coaching level – teaching the mental, technical, and tactical parts of their sport. You may see these coaches on the pitch, field, court, diamond…..

 SOCCER

Tiffeny Milbrett

Currently: Director of Coaching Colorado Storm

Career: US Women’s National Team (Gold Medal 1996), New York Power (Entire Career)

Terry Cook

Currently: Director of Coaching Denver Kickers

Career: Manchester United, Manchester City (Entire Career)

Meghan Schnur

Currently: Colorado Rush

Career: US Women’s National Team, MagicJack, Sky BlueFC (Entire Career)

Marcelo Balboa

Currently: Colorado Rapids

Career: Leon, Colorado Rapids (Entire career)…..

Yury Kulikov

Currently: Private Training

Career: Professional soccer in Europe

LACROSSE

John Grant Jr.

Currently: Head Coach Valor High School Lacrosse

Career: MLS Rochester, Mammoth… (Entire Career)

Sean McCarthy

Currently: Head Coach Denver East Lacrosse

Career: Denver Outlaws

Matt Bocklet

Currently: Head Coach Cherry Creek Lacrosse

Career: Denver Outlaws (still playing)

 

 

BASKETBALL

Keith Van Horn

Currently: Executive Director Colorado Premier Basketball

Career: New Jersey Nets, 76ers…. (Entire Career)

Earl Boykins

Currently: Head Coach Douglas County HS Basketball + Boykins Basketball Academy

Career: Los Angeles Clippers, Denver Nuggets (Entire Career)

Ervin Johnson

Currently: Coach EJ Hoops Basketball Club

Career: Seattle, Denver, Milwaukee & Minnesota (Entire Career)

Chauncey Billups

Currently: President Billups Elite Basketball Club

Career: Boston Celtics, Denver Nuggets, Detroit Pistons…. (Entire Career)

FOOTBALL

Ed McCafferey

Currently: Head Coach Valor High School Football

Career: New York Giants, Denver Broncos…. (Entire Career)

BASEBALL

Clint Barmes

Currently: Coach Berthoud High School Baseball

Career: Colorado Rockies, Houston Astros…. (Entire Career)

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Joshua is married with three active children. He has experienced the good, the bad, and the politics of youth sports as a coach (12 years youth basketball coach) and a parent. All three kids have played soccer (Competitive, Development Academy, ECNL, High School) and basketball (Competitive & High School). Joshua is a co-founder at StriveFar, a marketplace connecting athletes with coaches for individual and small group training. Joshua has taught as an adjunct professor at the University of Denver since 2008. Joshua holds an undergraduate degree in Communication from the University of Colorado and an MBA in IT from the University of Denver.

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