Joseph Flegler is a volunteer assistant coach for the Savannah State males’s basketball crew, however his abilities go far past the hardwood.
A former standout participant for the Tigers and 2010 graduate with a level in legal justice with a minor in mass communications, Flegler has a background that features every part from studying tips on how to play the viola at age 7 to incomes a number of internships at among the most coveted companies in his native Washington, D.C.
Flegler held internships on the Division of Veteran Affairs and the Federal Emergency Administration Company. Now he’s helping his alma mater because the Tigers program transitions this season from NCAA Division I to DII, and his numerous background has ready him for the adjustments forward.
“My mother all the time preached variety,” Flegler stated. “I performed basketball, however I didn’t need that to outline me. My mother did an incredible job of introducing me to various things early and serving to me perceive basketball isn’t the top all be all.”
Flegler’s path to changing into a school basketball coach wasn’t like most. The place many potential coaches are combating tooth and nail to safe a place, Flegler’s work ethic caught the eye of a former coach and the remaining is historical past.
“I had no intentions of teaching school basketball,” stated Flegler, who was an assistant at Thomas College in Thomasville, Georgia from 2012-14 earlier than becoming a member of the SSU employees. “I used to be lucky. My first boss at Thomas College (Stephen Cox) got here into Savannah State after I was leaving out. I needed to end a category that summer season (so) I simply helped out with camps and I didn’t ask for any cash.
“I felt obligated due to what this system did for me. Truthfully, I feel the influence I had with the children throughout the camp, I labored laborious and I used to be an amazing man, I feel that had loads to do with it. From there, all the roles I obtained have been as a result of I labored laborious and I studied my craft and I take it extraordinarily critical.”
Nonetheless, he’s a basketball coach at coronary heart. Horace Broadnax, SSU’s head coach since 2005, stated Flegler has grow to be a useful asset with regards to recruiting. His information of the campus, tips on how to be a profitable student-athlete and all issues associated to Tiger pleasure turn out to be useful when he’s attempting to promote a recruit or make connections with present gamers.
“He understands the college,” Broadnax stated. “He understands the method, going to class, registering for sophistication, the completely different life and the residing preparations on campus. He is usually a great useful resource for the opposite gamers. He constructed relationships on this campus, so it’s straightforward for him to navigate and negotiate sure issues that we typically have obstacles with. He felt at dwelling and he’s positively an alumnus of this system, so he has invested curiosity.”
Flegler performed level guard for Broadnax’s first three groups in 2005-08, averaging 9.6 factors, 1.11 steals, 2.three assists and 1.eight rebounds over 91 video games. The season earlier than their arrival, when Flegler was a star junior school participant in Maryland, SSU went Zero-28. As an SSU senior, Flegler was chosen the crew’s most dear participant.
He performed for a wide range of skilled minor league basketball groups in the USA, Canada and Peru.
Off the court docket, Flegler continues so as to add extra abilities to his resume. He famous his curiosity in funds and this yr grew to become a monetary advisor for Northwestern Mutual.
“I do know one of many issues I needed to do was change sure issues in my life, and I knew to be able to try this, I needed to acquire sure data in sure areas,” Flegler stated. “That’s how I grew to become extra conscious of the monetary elements of issues.”
For Flegler, working for Northwestern Mutual was a straightforward resolution. He heard the corporate is understood for its pleasant work atmosphere, and after experiencing it for himself, he was satisfied it was the appropriate group to assist him proceed down his path of success.
“I’m intentional in each side of my life,” Flegler stated. “I prefer to align myself with folks that may add worth. I did some analysis and every part that I’ve heard or noticed was superb. It’s an amazing firm they usually do every part to help you.”