MEN'S COLLEGE BASKETBALL: CLC assistant coach living a dream
Scott Savor never could have dreamt the things that have happened to him. He know’s he’s extremely blessed.
If you attend a Central Lakes College men’s basketball game, you would learn of the positive coaching style of the Raiders’ 6-foot-6 assistant coach.
What you wouldn’t learn about though is Savor’s eventful past.
“I’m blessed to provide motivation and life skills to players,” the 34-year-old Savor said of his business, Secrets in Sports, which helps athletes of all levels develop motivation, leadership and life skills.
Savor’s company, established in 2011, has garnered the attention of prestigious professionals in basketball, from Nike to the NBA.
As a result, many of Savor’s professional clientele choose to remain anonymous in order to protect their privacy.
“When I met with an NBA player last month, he turned off his phone for three hours while we talked. No pro athlete does that,” said Savor. “I’m grateful to earn the trust of people that don’t trust many.”
His experiences don’t end there.
After playing four years of varsity basketball at Crosby-Ironton High School in the mid-1990s, the power forward went on to play for CLC. His sophomore year was current Raiders head coach Jim Russell’s first season at the helm.
“He’s a great coach, I love how he simplifies his system,” Savor said of Russell. “It was a great launching pad.”
Following his tenure at CLC, Savor played two years at Moorhead State under two different coaches.
“I’ve been fortunate to experience every coaching philosophy known to man,” he said.
“I believe in positive peer pressure, and it’s all about positive, passionate, educational experiences,” Savor added.
Once he earned his degree in exercise science, Savor got a job as a strength coach for the Minnesota Vikings.
“I was so blessed to be able to work with people like Randy Moss and Chris Carter,” he said.
But, wait, there’s more.
Savor then got a job as the head strength coach at the University of Detroit.
“I was so grateful, because I was so young,” he said.
While working in Detroit, Savor became acquainted with members of Michigan’s highly touted “Fab Five” basketball recruiting class that included current ESPN analyst Jalen Rose. Savor played with them and other NBA players in the Nike Pro-Am League during the summer.
Following his time in Detroit, Savor attended the University of Tennessee to obtain a master’s degree in sports psychology. There he stumbled upon another notable sports figure — legendary Volunteers women’s coach Pat Summit.
While at Tennessee, Savor worked with the women’s basketball team, which won two Southeastern Conference championships during his tenure and met some amazing professionals.
Savor was aware of the rarity of those jobs, but felt something was missing. Separation bothered him, as he was distant from his family in Minnesota.
“I wanted a more balanced life, not a blended life. So, I took a $30,000 pay cut to move closer to family. I traded money for time. It was the best decision I have ever made,” said Savor.
How does somebody obtain the blessings Savor has?
“I started reading books on all subjects, and learned so much,” Savor said of the education that he collected before and during his ventures. Savor claims he was reading up to three books, cover to cover. each day and claims this as his biggest blessing.
Savor is quick to thank his family, including his sister Krista, an All-American volleyball player at CLC in 1999.
“Krista is a big supporter of me and my business; she provides me good perspective and a sounding board to bounce ideas off of,” he said.
The duties of being a volunteer assistant coach for freshmen and sophomores can be difficult, but Savor expresses positive feedback for the current Raiders team.
“They’re very coachable, and I have confidence in them,” he said.
His opinion on adversity is simple.
“There is no difference in being injured, being ill, or lacking a skill,” he said. “They are all limitations that can be overcome.”
The quote that may sum up Savor’s philosophy is short and to the point: “Those who are grateful will get their goals.”
Note: Savor’s website is www.SecretsInSports.com.