Karen Aston: Providing Mentorship For Younger Coaches
Karen Aston (@CoachKarenA) has served as the head women's basketball coach of the Texas Longhorns women's basketball program since 2012. Before taking that position, she was head coach at the University of North Texas. In her career as an assistant coach, Aston served under three coaches in the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame, namely Baylor coach Kim Mulkey.
According to Aston, mentorship is a lifelong thing if you're interested in growing people, and that doesn't just mean coaches mentoring athletes, but also coaches mentoring coaches. In this video, Aston shares that former men's basketball coach at North Texas, Johnny Jones, had a deep impact on her not because of his coaching ability, but because of the kind of person he is. As Jones mentored Aston, it allowed them to form a bond and a relationship so that even when the two went five years without talking, the relationships they built was still strong enough for Aston to help with anything Jones asked even years later.
Coaches constantly have the ability to form bonds with other coaches as they help each other improve and get better. She urges veteran coaches to mentor young coaches and young coaches to seek out veteran mentors.