Head Coach, University of the Pacific Men’s Basketball
Retired Professional Basketball Player, NBA
Damon Stoudamire has spent his life proving people wrong. At 5 foot, 10 inches, the point guard was told he was too short to play professional basketball – but then was the seventh overall draft pick by the Toronto Raptors in 1995 and named NBA Rookie of the Year in 1996. Damon went on to play for the Portland Trail Blazers during one of the team’s most successful periods. In his career, Damon averaged 13.4 points and 6.1 assists per game.
Growing up in Portland, Damon was raised by his single mother with the help of loving uncles who encouraged his hoop dreams and helped him to become a sought-after star player in high school. Once he left for university, he was one of the most revered players in Arizona history – a three-time first team All-Pac 10 pick and as a senior, he was Pac-10 Player of the Year and a consensus first-team All-American. When he graduated, he ranked first in threes made, second in points and fourth in assists. Damon continued to set records in the NBA, holding the record for the most triple doubles with the Toronto Raptors, which stood until 2014 when it was broken by Kyle Lowry. For his stellar career and contributions to basketball, Damon is in the Oregon Sports Hall of Fame. After retiring from the NBA, Damon made the successful – but not typical – transition from player to coach. He began the move by serving as an assistant coach at the University of Memphis, then moved on to Arizona, Rice and the NBA’s Memphis Grizzlies. In 2016, Damon was offered a major career opportunity to take on the role of head coach for the University of Pacific Men’s Basketball team where he continues in that position today.
Damon is the father of two teenage boys – both play basketball. He makes appearances at summer basketball camps for the youth and is a mentor and role model to his players and other young athletes. His passion is fitness and he spends his spare time sharing his unique exercise regiments on Instagram and developing his line of nutrient supplements.
Over the course of his career as an NBA player and as head coach of the University of the Pacific men’s basketball team, Damon has proven his track record as a remarkable leader. In his talk, he shares the role of authenticity in leadership and how you can embrace this style of leadership.
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Through memorable stories on and off the basketball court, Damon shares crucial insights on collaboration and cooperation that enable shared success.