We sat down with R-Jay Barsh, the Head Coach of Southeastern University in Florida. For the past two years, Coach Barsh has worked with the PBC and our players. He has been a huge addition to the team helping lead workouts and being there for the guys. He is a brilliant inspiration and we wanted to get inside his mind.
See what he had to say.
Q: Can you tell us about your experience with the PBC team?
A: Phenomenal experience to work with an innovative leader like Jake Kelfer. The staff are all hungry and motivated to work hard so the synergy is good. It’s turned into a family as we keep in touch during the year encouraging each other on our personal journeys.
Q: Can you describe what an opportunity like the PBC represents to not only players, but also to NBA personnel and agents?
A: Other than the NBA combine there isn’t any other event that attracts NBA execs and decision makers like the PBC. Players get a chance to showcase abilities on a national stage. Perhaps the best part in my opinion is the interview process because players get to know front office personnel and with the wave of 2-way players this is a vital relationship to establish.
Q: You are currently the Men’s Basketball Head Coach at Southeastern University. What are some of your day-to-day responsibilities?
A: The main responsibilities are to manage my players day to day with practice class and game preparation. Also, tons of travel with recruiting and the tedious duties of balancing budgets and planning for future trips.
Q: What are a few traits that make a player successful at any level of basketball? A good coach?
A: 4 Traits
Q: How do you create a positive culture?
A: Create an environment that allows players and coaches to be themselves and embrace differences. Also, as the key leader it’s vital to show up every day with the juice aka the ENERGY!!!
Q: What is one piece of advice you would give to people who are trying to make it in this industry?
A: Find a mentor, embrace criticism and understand every route is unique. You can’t carbon copy someone else’s career. Make your own path and have joy doing it.
Q: What made you want to pursue a career in basketball?
A: Early career injury placed me on the sidelines in college and I fell in love with the development process of players on and off the court.
Q: If you could have dinner with three people, who would they be, and why?
A:1. Archbishop Veron Ashe: His writing and teachings have been influential in my development as a man of God
2. Malcolm X: He evolved as a man throughout his life, I’d like to hear more insight on his journey
3. David Goggins: He’s a beast and his passion is relentless. After dinner I’d offer him a job on my staff ha-ha
Q: How do you define success?
A: Reaching a personal goal without sacrificing your integrity.
Quick Trigger Questions
Role Model: Fred Crowell Founder NBC camps
Favorite Quote: “When you put GOD 1st things will happen in a matter of seconds.”
If you could work in any other sport, what would it be? College Football
Favorite sports memory: 2013-14 Final Four as a head coach
Favorite Movie: Malcolm X
Favorite Book: Outwitting the Devil by Napoleon Hill
Favorite Food: Movie theater popcorn
Favorite Musician: Fred Hammond
Favorite Sports Team Growing Up: Seattle SuperSonics
LinkedIn: R-Jay Barsh