By Mike Lehman, TTU Athletics Details
COOKEVILLE, Tenn. – Right after serving the Tennessee Tech men’s basketball crew as its director of functions for the earlier two seasons, Blake Gray has been promoted and will now consider above as an assistant mentor for the Golden Eagles, as introduced by head coach John Pelphrey.
“Blake embodies every little thing we want our software to stand for,” Pelphrey shared, “course, character, and competitiveness. He genuinely embraces our ‘Code’ and ‘Leaders 1st Mentality’. He has develop into a trustworthy advisor for us all around the many years. Blake is a terrific illustration for our young men of what really hard do the job and managing persons with respect glance like on a daily basis. There is no doubt he will be a star in his new position as an assistant mentor.”
Grey shared what the option means to him as he measures into his initially position as an assistant mentor.
“It can be a blessing,” Grey expressed. “In get to get your initially opportunity to do everything, you want a person to believe in you. We are quite privileged to have a leader like Mentor Pel that intensely invests in the men and women in our software. Mentor has established a tradition that develops everybody – from our pupil-athletes to our workers to our administrators – 1 that allows every single man or woman to understand, increase, and get improved so they will be ready when their prospect will come.”
Gray joined the Golden Eagle staff as the director of basketball operations in April 2019, adhering to the selecting of Pelphrey before in the month. In that time, the plan has undergone a facelift, producing a rock-reliable society in which the emphasis on growing as a college student and as a male has taken just as a great deal, if not a lot more, precedent than increasing as a basketball player.
“It has been an amazing two years working with our workers,” Grey mentioned. “All people involved has been genuinely useful for my advancement both of those professionally and personally. I find out anything new from them each and every working day simply by expending time so substantially time collectively. We operate really difficult at producing relationships with every single other. We do the job properly as a group, we enhance each other, and genuinely delight in getting close to each and every other.”
With the workers about to embark on its initially, correct offseason with every person jointly – the staff was even now remaining assembled through the summer of 2019 and 2020’s offseason was wiped out completely amongst the twister that ravaged Middle Tennessee and Putnam County and the COVID-19 pandemic – Grey will get on his first occupation assistant coaching function just after expending the earlier two seasons on the operations side of issues.
“I’m most enthusiastic to have that option to get on the practice floor and aid our fellas find out and get far better,” Gray stated. “That’s the place so much do the job is put in and I am wanting forward to functioning with them each individual working day.”
Prior to his arrival in Cookeville, Gray served on personnel at the College of Alabama for 4 seasons, which includes the ultimate three with Pelphrey (the Crimson Tide’s associate head mentor from 2016-19). His position as director of participant progress spanned his closing two seasons in Tuscaloosa.
Throughout people two seasons, he was responsible for the checking and coordination of the pupil-athletes’ entire schedules, the two on and off the court docket. Gray also assisted the coaching personnel in-sport preparing, video clip evaluation, and player growth edits, though aiding in the formulation of recreation designs and scouting stories, among other responsibilities.
Right before using more than as the director of player progress, he spent two seasons as a graduate supervisor for the Alabama application, the place he performed a part in film breakdown, opponent scouting, overseeing supervisors, recruiting mail outs and other duties as assigned by the coaching staff.
Grey was no stranger to the Crimson Tide program, serving for four years as a pupil manager, including his last two seasons as one of the team’s head managers. In that function, Gray aided coordinate schedules for practice situations and unique workout routines. He was also in demand of scheduling, apply established up, and anything at all else assigned by the coaching team.
During the summer time of 2013, Gray embarked on an internship at Nike Headquarters where by he labored principally with the Jordan Model World wide advertising and marketing crew.
The Huntsville, Ala., native acquired both his undergraduate and master’s degrees from Alabama, obtaining his bachelor’s in accounting in 2014 and his master’s in athletics administration in 2015. Grey done a next master’s degree in advertising and marketing analytics, graduating in Might of 2017.
Photograph by Jim Dillon