To celebrate Black History Month, we are talking with the Head Coach of the Stockton Kings, Ty Ellis.
How would you describe your role with the Stockton Kings?
My role is to create an environment on growth and professionalism. As the Head Coach, it’s not only my job to teach/coach, I also embrace the role of being their “Head” Coach. It’s imperative that the players develop mentally and physically.
Who have been your biggest role models?
My grandparents and parents, for sure.
Now, my wife and son! In the basketball world, Bill Duffy, Shareef Abdur-Raheem, Monty Williams, and Mike Wilks.
In what ways do you celebrate your African American heritage?
I celebrate my heritage daily, not just one month out of the year. I make sure I represent my name and culture by being a good husband, role model for my son, and giving back as much as possible.
What advice would you give to fellow African Americans who are striving to succeed in the sports and entertainment industry?
Always protect your name, that’s the only thing you own. Be patient, discipline, professional at all times. It’s ok to be ambitious or hungry, but you must always stay humble.
What do you enjoy most about what you do?
The responsibility to help others reach their ceiling. I enjoy figuring out the “chess” moves that’s required for each individual person.
Why is it important to continue to encourage diversity in the workplace?
The world is diverse, very simple. Opportunities should be given to the most qualified regardless of race or gender.