We are very appreciative of the efforts of the NABC Ministry Team. Each year coaches write me expressing their deep appreciation that the NABC cares about the well-being of coaches including their spiritual growth. At a time where there is so much pressure for coaches to win at any cost, it is so very important to have one’s character and decisions rooted in faith that God will bless the work of our hands and grant us favor with all who cross our path.
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08:30AM - 11:00AM
Hemisfair Ballroom

The Gathering: Coaches’ Wives Coming Together.

Doors open at 8:30am for a complimentary breakfast buffet, followed by the program at 9:00am.  We are WON! Join us for the 11th year of The Gathering, a dynamic, encouraging, and thought-provoking program presented by coaches’ wives for coaches’ wives! Experience the power of oneness and the unique sisterhood ...
12:30pm - 1:30pm
Hemisfair Ballroom

Character Coach Forum

Coaches discuss the how-to’s and benefits of a character coach in their program. Featuring head coaches and assistant coaches who have experienced the wins of having a character coach involved with their teams.
4:00PM - 5:00PM
Hemisfair Ballroom

AIA Coaches’ Forum – Leaving a Legacy

Looking for encouragement in building a life that matters? Wanting your significance to outweigh your success? This forum will be full of four things: sound principles, needed table-sharing and friend-making, touching snapshots from current coaches, and profound film clips from the guy who actually invented the jumpshot. ESPN’s Adrian ...
4:00PM - 4:45PM
HBGCC Room 221 A

PDS: The Home Court Advantage – Finances

The Key to Financial Success. Russ Crosson is Executive Vice President and Chief Mission Officer of Ronald Blue Trust and Executive Vice Chairman of the board of directors for Thrivent Trust Company, the parent company of Ronald Blue Trust. Russ was hired in 1980 as the second employee of ...
08:30AM - 10:30AM
West Ballroom

22nd Legends of the Hardwood Breakfast

Celebrating character and integrity in sport.  Featuring:  The presentation of the Coach Wooden “Keys to Life” Award to University of Tennessee Head Coach, Rick Barnes (University of Tennessee, Head Men’s Basketball Coach, 2015-present, previously at University of Texas, Clemson University, Providence College) Co-Hosts: ESPN’s own Adrian Branch and Jimmy Dykes Up-close and ...
09:00AM - 09:45AM
HBGCC Room 221 D

PDS: The Championship Father

“The Championship Father” The goal of this PDS is to support coaches, providing tools and methods, in how to be a “Championship” father/father-figure to their children and players. Four research-based tenets will be presented to support the goal of being an engaged and involved dad/coach.  
12:00PM - 1:15PM
Hemisfair Ballroom

FCA Luncheon

The FCA coaches luncheon is an inspiring program featuring an informative interview with San Antonio Spurs Director of Basketball Strategy, Phil Cullen. Wrapping up the program and delivering an encouraging message directly to basketball coaches will be Pastor Donnell Jones, who serves as the character coach with the University ...
09:00AM - 09:45AM
216 A

Bible Study – Knowing God!

Do you know God?  How do you know Him?  We will be discussing the difference between knowing God and just knowing about Him. Philippians 3:7-11  
10:00AM - 11:00AM
Hemisfair Ballroom

Worship Service

Worship will be provided by Gateway Worship.
11:30AM - 1:00PM
303 A-C

Marriage Luncheon

This Nations of Coaches hosted event features a complimentary luncheon and an engaging discussion with a panel of dynamic coach-and-wife couples sharing thoughts on balancing marriage, family, and basketball.  Reserve your seats at http://www.nationsofcoaches.com/celebrate-marriage-luncheon-2018/
2:00PM - 3:30PM
The Menger Hotel, Room Minuet

Movie Showing: The Shack

You are invited to watch this spectacular movie on Easter Sunday! LIMITED SEATING. You must RSVP to hold your seat. Send RSVP to ebony@nabc.com.

All events located at the HENRY B GONZALEZ CONVENTION CENTER unless otherwise stated.


Meet the Conference Speakers
keynote Donnell Jones Senior Pastor, Grace Covenant Church DC
keynote Phil Cullen Director of Basketball Strategy, San Antonio Spurs
keynote Carey Casey President, National Center for Fathering (NCF)
keynote Russ Crosson Executive Vice Chairman, Executive Vice President, Chief Mission Officer Atlanta, GA
keynote Adrian Branch College Basketball Analyst, ESPN NBA Player 1986 – 1990
keynote Dale Clayton Vice President, Coaches Ministry for Nations of Coaches


Our Conference Partners

Athletes In Action

Since 1966, Athletes in Action has been a global pioneer, innovator, and servant leader in sports ministry. AIA exists to change lives by building spiritual movements everywhere through the platform of sport: on the field, in the locker room, and under<br /> stadium lights. It is our desire to see a Christ follower on every basketball team in the world.

The Fellowship of Christian Athletes

The Fellowship of Christian Athletes is touching millions of lives…one heart at a time. Since 1954, the Fellowship of Christian Athletes has been challenging coaches and athletes on the professional, college, high school, junior high and youth levels to use he powerful medium of athletics to impact the world for Jesus Christ. FCA focuses on serving local communities by equipping, empowering and encouraging people to make a difference for Christ.

The National Center for Fathering

The National Center for Fathering believes that every child needs a dad they can count on. Our goal is to change the future for America’s children by calling fathers and father figures to be championship fathers: engaged and involved dads who meet the needs of their children – and unfathered children – through loving, coaching and modeling. NCF is committed to inspire and equip men to be the championship fathers their children need.

Nations of Coaches

The mission of Nations of Coaches is to see coaches and all whom they influence impacted for the glory of God. It is our passion to help lead coaches into greater success in their sport and in their walk with God. We desire to disciple coaches to become master coaches by equipping them to understand, model and teach God’s game plan.


Henry B Gonzalez Convention Center

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