|Will Hardy '10 at the Spurs'
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MIAMI, FL -- Will Hardy '10 (Richmond, VA/St. Christopher's School) joined the front office of the San Antonio Spurs the summer after graduating from Williams.
A key role player for the Ephs for four years, Hardy put his experience as a player who needed to be ready for any situation to good use in the highly competitive NBA, where he was involved with all aspects of basketball operations with the Spurs. Hardy's title was Basketball Operations Intern.
In the NBA there are two sides of the business – Business Operations (sales and marketing) and Basketball Operations (team support, player development, and whatever else it takes to prepare the team to compete).
After his first year in San Antonio Hardy became the team's assistant video coordinator.
"Game day responsibilities include working on film, assisting with player development workouts on the court and assisting with shootarounds on the morning of a game," said Hardy in an email from Miami prior to game six of the NBA Finals.
"When we go down to the arena for the game I help on the court with the pre-game workouts to get the guys ready to go," stated Hardy. Hardy sits behind the Spurs' bench in the first half of each game and then his duties change after the halftime break. "I'm live logging the game on video in the back during the second half."
A typical in-season day revolves around film and practice. "We're either watching film of our own games and doing breakdowns on them or we are watching video of upcoming opponents trying to help the coaches put together scouting reports," Hardy noted.
"We also assist with player development workouts before and after practice and help the coaches during practice," said Hardy. With two years of experience watching every Spurs game and practice and every opponent Hardy is quickly learning not only the Spurs' tendencies, but also those of all of the teams in the NBA.
When asked what was the most important thing he learned playing under Eph head coach Mike Maker, Hardy was quick to reiterate a frequent "Makerism," "Know who you are and you will do great," Hardy echoed. "For me, that is the simplest way to be successful. Know your strengths and weaknesses, as well as your role, and act accordingly. That self-awareness, coupled with humility and a diligent work ethic will give you a CHANCE."
"I'm very fortunate to be in the position that I am at this point in my career and coach Maker is still someone that I have a close relationship with," said Hardy.