We had the good fortune of connecting with Jermal McCoy and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Jermal, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
The thought process I had when starting my non-profit was how can I help someone else who was going through what I just went through. I had to take a moment and map out the way I personally had to evolve in my transition from playing a sport professionally to beginning a new career. When you are an athlete, training to be successful in a sport begins as a young child. Your entire life is at that time is surrounded by becoming the best in the sport and sometimes we are blessed enough to achieve the pinnacle of the sport. The problem with becoming successful is that all of our energy is focused on one goal. The LAB focuses on what happens after the goal has been achieved and it’s time to move away from the sport. We focus on these four core principles to assist in a successful transition counseling, community service, careers, and connections.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
As a former professional athlete, I was able to transition into the education profession because I felt the need to share the knowledge I obtained with other potential professional athletes. I served as a head basketball coach for a public and private school for a total of 15 years. My focus was completely on developing a total student-athlete during my coaching tenure. Since ending my coaching career, I transitioned into the administration side of education and served as an assistant principal for the largest virtual school in the state. It was not an easy transition from the brick and mortar world to the virtual world, but after about 3 months I was able to make a significant impact on the education of my students. I voluntarily assisted several private institutions with transitioning to virtual education during the pandemic last school year as an option for educating their students. The ability to change comes easy for some and not so easy for most. The LAB focuses on helping others to change and adapt to a new environment, career, or just finding themselves again. The principles of athletics can be applied to whatever you want to be successful in.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I want to dedicate this shoutout to all of our board members! These ladies and gentlemen have been giving their time and energy to helping others that are in need. We have been at this for well over a year and to see the heart of these amazing people is nothing short of amazing! Thank you