Coaches and Spouses Events Happening in Phoenix, Arizona

April 4–7, 2024

The Gathering

Thursday, April 4

6:00 PM Reception |  Complimentary Dinner and Games
7:00–8:30 PM MT  |  Program: “Finding Joy in the Journey”
Phoenix Convention Center West Building – Room 301

The Gathering is a welcoming place for coaches’ wives to connect with women who share their common experience, and to be encouraged, inspired and challenged by hope found in Jesus Christ.  The 2024 program will be filled with food, games, laughter, inspiring stories and engaging discussion around each table. We will hear from coaches’ wives, Julie McKay, Liberty University and Christabell Hamilton, Louisiana State University, as they share and reflect on their personal experience in this sporting lifestyle. We will also have author, speaker, and mental health expert, Dr. Charryse Johnson, provide relevant insight and practical tips on “Finding Joy in the Journey”.

For detailed information and to register for The Gathering, visit The Gathering Webpage.

NXT UP Coaches Panel

Friday, April 5

9:00–10:00 AM MT  |  Program Theme: Equipping the Next Generations of Christ-Centered Coaches
Phoenix Convention Center West Building – Room 301

The NXT Up Coaches Panel will feature Christ-centered leaders within college basketball. The goal is to encourage, equip, and challenge listeners as they desire to grow as followers of Christ and as coaches. Uncommon Sports Group is the host of this event and is committed to building a community of Christians working in college and professional sports.

The Coaches Edge

Friday, April 5

10:30 AM–12:00 PM MT  |  Program Theme: “Coaching in the World of NIL and the Portal”
Phoenix Convention Center West Building – Room 301

The Coaches Edge is a free event featuring active interviews and panel discussions with seasoned coaches as well as powerful coaches table talk sessions. Coaches will receive key input into practical tools, insights and resources they can use to develop their team culture and their personal faith.

2024 speakers include: Jerome Tang (Kansas State University), Ritchie McKay (Liberty University), Pat Estepp (Cedarville University), and Greg Tonagel (Indiana Wesleyan University).

Register online for the Coaches Edge. Registration is recommended, but not required. Walk-ins are welcome.

 Coach John Wooden “Keys to Life” Breakfast

Saturday, April 6

7:30 AM Breakfast Starts  |  8:00–9:30 AM MT Program
Phoenix Convention Center West Building – Room 301

The Coach Wooden “Keys to Life” Breakfast features the presentation of the Coach Wooden “Keys to Life” Award honoring character, leadership, and integrity on and off the court. The 2024 “Keys to Life” Award recipient is Lionel Hollins.

Go to KeystoLife.us for more information. Limited Seats Available. 

If you would like to request a seat, or if you are interested in underwriting seats for coaches, CLICK HERE .

Questions? Contact jason.stankus@athletesinaction.org or text (865) 441-1175.


Worship Service

Sunday, April 7

8:00 AM Coffee Available  |  8:30–9:30 AM MT Worship Service
Phoenix Convention Center West Building, Room 301

The Worship Service is an opportunity for coaches and guests to feel encouraged, uplifted, and inspired in their faith. The dynamic preaching and music will help you stay focused on what matters most, and the fellowship with like-minded coaching families will provide you with support and strength. It will leave you refreshed and ready to take on whatever comes your way.

Our 2024 speaker is Pastor Brett Fuller, Co-Chaplain of the Washington Commanders, author, bishop of Grace Covenant Churches of Washington D.C. Metropolitan area. The worship service is non-denominational.

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