Catching Up with Lindsay Scarlatelli: Assistant to the Head Coach at Michigan State

Lindsay has been an incredible supporter of The Coaching Assist and we appreciate all she has done for us! She is beginning her first year as the Assistant to the Head Coach for Suzy Merchant at Michigan State. Lindsay was a Graduate Assistant for the Spartans from 2010-2012 and has since served in several coaching and operations positions at various places including Miami (Ohio) University, Oakland University and UIC (University of Illinois Chicago). She has also spent time as a Site Director and Evaluator for USJN and Blue Star Basketball. You can view Lindsay’s first interview with us here and catch up with her below. Best of luck to Lindsay and the Spartan’s this year!

Q: You strongly believed in professional development when we last talked. Do you have new favorite professional development conferences, books, resources you would be willing to share with us?

A: Conferences: “What Drives Winning” and “A Step Up” are two that I have really enjoyed going to in recent years. “Coaching U” is also really good, just unfortunately hasn’t worked in my schedule the last few years since the dates have changed. I’d recommend any of those three to anyone. They each offer something different and do not lack on outstanding content. In regards to books, a few of my personal favorites are “Leaders Eat Last” by Simon Sinek, “Legacy” by James Kerr, “In A Pit With A Lion On A Snowy Day” by Mark Batterson, “Mindset” by Carol Dweck. Any Jon Gordon book. I recently purchased “The Cubs Way” by Tom Verducci and “The Inner Game of Tennis” by W. Timothy Gallwe.

Q: One of your mantras when we first interviewed you was to “find ways to do more”. How have you continued this mantra, especially in your new role at MSU?

A. My role at MSU is new for me in my career path and that is because of my “find ways to do more” at my previous stop. A large part of my role at Michigan State is related to recruiting and creative content. If not for recognizing an area that was lacking when I was at Miami (graphics, video content, recruiting materials) and sharpening my skills in Photoshop and video editing, I would not have the opportunity that I do right now at MSU to do these things on a much larger scale. There are other things I do within my role at MSU, but those items directly relate to how “finding ways to do more” has led to many of my current job responsibilities. I am also a morning person. Most days my alarm is going off between 4am and 4:30am. I’ll get in a workout but also use that “uninterrupted time” for “me time.” That could be reading, catching up or getting ahead on various items, watching YouTube tutorials of things I want to learn to do within Adobe Creative Cloud (because I still have a LOT to learn and get better at), etc. Before 7:30am/8am is usually my most productive chunk of the day because it is the least interrupted time of the day for me.

Q: What is the most important thing you have learned since we first interviewed you that you want to share with other young coaches/support staff members?

A: I have learned so much; it is tough to pin down the most important thing. Honestly, what I can say I VALUE the most based off of my experiences at several different Universities is the people. You spend so much time with your staff – I cannot stress the importance of finding a place with good people (as much as you can control). In general, not just the workplace, I believe that it is the people that ultimately shape your experiences and thus the memory of that experience. Surround yourself with good people and do your best to be a good person to others.


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