Ricky Weipz and Anetra Burton Join the Rising Coaches Team

May 8, 2023 - Rising Coaches, an organization dedicated to empowering and supporting basketball coaches at all levels, is excited to announce the the promotion of Ricky Weipz to the Director of Operations role and hiring of Anetra Burton as the new Director of Creative Content and Member Services.

Ricky started working for Rising Coaches as an intern in March 2021 and was hired as the Director of Digital Content during that summer. Since then, he has been responsible for most of the graphics and content posted across the Rising Coaches social media pages.

“I am forever thankful to Adam Gordon, Andy Farrell and Brandon Rosenthal for giving me the opportunity to be part of Rising Coaches a few years ago," Ricky said. "The Rising Coaches community is something very special and I look forward to helping it continue to grow and impact as many people as possible.”

Ricky just completed his fourth year as a student-manager at Arizona State University. The last three seasons he served as the head manager for the program. Weipz graduated from ASU in December 2022 with a degree in Sports Journalism and will stay with the Sun Devils as a Graduate Assistant for this upcoming year.

Brian Burton shared his thoughts on Ricky's promotion: “I absolutely love Ricky’s skill set, drive, and ability when it comes to this new role for him. Ricky has been a vital part of the behind the scenes for Rising Coaches for a while and has more than earned this promotion. He is a young man with a great versatility of skills combined with a strong work ethic that makes him a really valuable. He’s been a student manager at Arizona State and has just accepted a GA position there as well. I can definitely seeing him transiting to DOBO type of role when he finishes his masters.  He has all that you need to be a star in that role.”

Anetra is a familiar face from the All-Access Network family, where she was the Executive Producer and an integral team member in building the network into what it is today. She will utilize her expertise and creativity in her role with Rising Coaches to enhance the overall member experience.

Anetra has a BA in Business Administration from Friends Univ. and MA in Communication from Wichita State. She also has her eye on obtaining a Ph.D. soon.

Brian Burton, Rising Coaches President of Basketball Operations, expressed his excitement about the addition of Anetra: “When it comes to hiring people for different roles, trust always comes up at the top of the list. No one I knew I could trust more than my cousin Anetra to be special in this position. She’s proven how impactful & invaluable she is already with her work in a similar role working together with All-Access Network. She has been the driving force to that platform that now has over 40 million views in just 3 years. Her creativity, positive energy, and ability to connect with be huge for our members & the overall Rising Coaches community. She brings a sparkle and a joy with her along with a strong background in public relations, creative content, & production that will really help add so much to our team in this new created role for Rising Coaches.”

Additionally, Anetra’s talents also extend to the art of photography. She owns her own business, #AB Unlimited Photography, has over 35 years of experience in the field, and prides herself on thinking outside the box. She specializes in creative photography for sports and events.

Check out her website here: https://lnkd.in/gG46BvDJ 

Anetra says she is, "overjoyed to be a member of such an impactful and forward-thinking group like Rising Coaches."
About Rising Coaches:
Rising Coaches is dedicated to empowering, educating, and supporting basketball coaches at all levels. The organization was founded in 2010 and has since provided numerous opportunities for coaches to develop their skills and advance their careers.
Contact: Brian@risingcoaches.com
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