Florida A&M University's Robert McCullum : The International Journey of a Basketball Teacher Preparing Young Men for Life Beyond the Hardwood


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This week Coach Hawk is joined by Robert McCullum, the Head Men's Basketball Coach at Florida A&M University
Coach Hawk and Coach McCullum speak on an array of topics including leadership, mentorship, difficulties facing Black Americans, preparing for head coaching opportunities, basketball leading to passport stamps, and the profound chance coaches have to provide invaluable new and eye-opening experiences to their players.
'Coach Mac' shares some details of his early life, growing up in Birmingham, Alabama, talking at length about the impact his high school coach had on him as a teen and on his life's trajectory.
Robert and Hawk collaborate to explain how they met and eventually became co-workers at Western Michigan University in the year 2000.
Coach McCullum stresses the importance of building relationships and peels back the curtain on his long-time relationship with basketball and activism legend, George Raveling. (including a monumental story related to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s, 'I Have A Dream' speech)
Several times during this episode, a spotlight is placed on the hardships African Americans face as they attempt to rise up in the coaching ranks and life in general. Robert also does a thorough job of explaining his desire to lead an HBCU program and his specific goal of becoming the Men's Basketball Coach at the legendary school, Florida A&M.
Throughout their conversation, Coach Mac emphasizes the stress he puts on academic excellence and prioritizing college graduation among the players in his program.
Among many other topics, Coach McCullum also shares some of what he learned coaching under Lon Kruger at Kansas State, University of Florida(Final Four), and the University of Illinois.
The "tip-off question" asks which of the changes implemented during this Covid-19 altered season will remain in the long-term?
This week's 'buzzer-beater' honors a sliver of the many legendary humans who have achieved greatness after graduating from Historically Black Colleges and Universities.

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