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Below is information for our current and prospective traveling and in-house coaches. For information about coach development, drill ideas, and plays, visit our Coaches Corner here.

Traveling Coach Application (Head coach only)

Most coaches in our program are volunteers.  Adults interested in head coaching should express their interest during sign ups, or by contacting the Board at

Interviews of head coach candidates are conducted by select members of the Board with members removed who have any conflicts. The interviews are held in August. After the interviews, the coaching candidates are ranked. During tryouts, the independent evaluators will put the players into skill level pools. Coaches are selected based on the pool in which their child has been assigned. If more than one coach has a child in a given pool, the coach with the highest rating in the interviews will be designated the head coach for that pool level.

If you are interested in a head coach position for Eagan Basketball, please fill out the application below and send to

Please note: We select teams first, placing players on A, B, C teams based on talent level at tryouts. Then, we look at who applied to be a head coach for each team and then the highest ranked head coach is selected. We do not place players on A,B,C teams based on who has applied to be a head coach. This means, a child will not be "penalized" as a bubble A/B player or B/C player and forced on the lower team if their parent coach applicant is the only parent to have applied to be a head coach for a certain level. This also means, some teams may not have a parent coach applicant. In this scenario, parents will need to volunteer to coach if a paid coach cannot be secured for that team.

As a volunteer run organization, we need multiple parents to volunteer to coach.  

Traveling & In-House Coach Requirements

Once you have been selected as a coach for a team, there are some things that you will need to do prior to having contact with the kids. EAA runs our background and training/certification requirements, which may change year-to-year. In general, EAA requires that coaches have the following:

  • Background Check - Required every calendar year
  • Concussion Training
  • Abuse prevention training

Coaching Guidelines

The following is a list of guidelines that all coaches are expected to follow.  Eagan has developed a reputation for producing teams that are competitive and have a high level of class.  We would ask that you work to continue this reputation throughout the season.

  1. The best way to produce a quality team is with a positive attitude, positive talk, and positive feedback to players.  Please avoid negative criticism of players, parents and officials.  Constructive criticism is always necessary for players to improve while negative feedback makes for negative players.  Coaches are expected to follow the EAA Coach Code of Conduct.
  2. Players need and enjoy discipline in themselves and their teammates.  Do not allow them to criticize each other, coaches, or officials.  Do not allow profanity, arguments, or negative behaviors to happen.  Expect your Eagan players to be the best disciplined team. Demand that they dress, walk, and talk with class both on and off the court.  The most important thing a player will learn is how to be a good person.  This lesson is far more important than wins or losses.
  3. A successful coach is one that is a responsible teacher, leader, and organizer.  Please take the time to plan your team’s strategy as well as how you approach each interaction with your players.
  4. A successful coach is one that focuses more on teaching than on winning.  They also teach sportsmanship, self-control, self-discipline, game preparation, strategy, and respect for self and others.  While winning is a goal, these other lessons are more important.
  5. A successful coach is a good communicator to both players and parents.  The expectation is that coaches inform parents about the team’s happenings.  A good idea is to have a non-coaching parent assigned as a “Team Parent” to help communicate information to other parents.
  6. A successful coach is a good role model.  Expect that you, your players, and parents follow the sportsmanship guidelines.
  7. A successful coach cares for equipment.  Each coach is responsible for caring for and returning equipment as soon as possible after the season.
  8. A successful coach makes each player feel special regardless of their role in the program.  Please try to make each athlete feel as if their role is important to the team.  Let them know their role and how it fits into the overall team picture.