Former Indiana University guard Matt Roth tried a non-basketball job for a while. It felt like work.
So he went back to the gym, first as co-owner of Hoosier Elite Basketball and now as an assistant boys basketball coach at Blackhawk Christian High School.
“I've always been passionate about the game,” Roth said. “Now I've put myself in a position where instead of playing the game, I'm sharing my knowledge and my experiences and this is the kind of situation I was looking for, where I can share more than the game. I can share life experiences at a Christian school with a good setting and kids who want to grow personally, not just as athletes. I'm excited about it.”
Roth will join new Blackhawk Christian coach Marc Davidson this winter, although the pair began working informally together last week. Davidson takes over at Blackhawk after a successful run at Lakewood Park Christian.
"A friend of mine told me Matt might be interested in helping out, so I gave him a call and we got together," Davidson said. "I think he's going to be a great fit for us at Blackhawk."
Roth began helping out with the program informally last week, and has already been getting into the mix in his future role of developing the program's wing players, Davidson said.
Roth was a strong three-point shooter for the Hoosiers in 2011-12, when he hit 42 of 77 (.545) from long distance.
Roth worked as a volunteer assistant coach at Lighthouse Christian Academy in Bloomington last winter. He began working as a personal basketball trainer and skill development coach with Hoosier Elite Basketball, joining with friend and co-owner Tyler Morningstar of Fort Wayne.
“I applied for several head coaching jobs,” Roth said. “There was no harm in doing that, but I knew I needed a few years as an assistant coach or the JV level before that was possible. I had become involved with some people in the community and built some relationships and I was fortunate somebody recommended me (to Davidson).”
The coaches hit it off right away, Roth said.
“We have a lot in common, on and off the court,” Roth said. “I'm very pleased and blessed to have this situation come up. I'm really looking forward to it.”
Roth said he believes in the old adage that if you find a career that suits your passion, you'll never work a day in your life.
“I was doing another job and it wasn't my passion – basketball was,” Roth said. “I had to find a way to make that a possibility. Now I don't feel like I'm working. I get to go to the gym and coach kids one-on-one and at the end of the day feel like I barely worked. I'm active, I'm not sitting at a desk all day. That's not my personality. I'm fortunate to find a good coaching position through the winter and then training players heavily in the summer.”