Sean Colson Finds Coaching Success at King

King Wins Public League Championship

The true value of an athlete is not only measured on/off the court during his playing days, but also by what they do after retirement. When an athlete gives back to the game that they have dedicated their entire life to, the true nature of sport is revealed.
Sean Colson took this theory to heart and has seen great success because of it. He made the choice to give back to the game that had done so much for him.
Colson came out of Philadelphia and played in the Public League. He won a Public League Championship playing for Franklin Learning Center. He played college ball at Rhode Island and then got recruited to play at UNC-Charlotte.
Colson played 12 years of professional basketball, most of which was overseas. He did have a short stint in the NBA with the Atlanta Hawks and the Houston Rockets.
After his playing days, Colson came back to the states and began training players. He trained many players, including Amile Jefferson who played at Duke.
When Colson’s ability to develop players was noticed, Martin Luther King High School (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) contacted him about a head coaching position.
“I wasn’t really interested at first,” Colson said. “I was ready to head straight to college coaching.”
After meeting with the school, Colson decided that it would take a couple years to get to the college level. Therefore, he decided to help develop the school in the meantime.  Colson was new to coaching, but training players made it feel like he had been doing it for much longer.”
“Even though I had never coached before I felt like I had because of training players,” Colson said. “Also, I was the leader on several of my teams.”
Colson enjoys the challenge of prepping kids for the next stage of life and helping them develop every facet of their game.
“Maturity can sometimes be the biggest challenge,” he said. “My passion is watching a young kid develop and other kids seeing him develop.”
Colson has been very adamant about giving these kids all the tools they need to succeed. Conditioning is a major component of this regiment.
“I give pro workouts,” he said. “A young player getting pro workouts is at an advantage and it gets them ready for that next level.”
Colson makes himself available to all his players, but makes sure that they appreciate and respect the work he does.
“I kind of demand respect,” Colson said.
Working with inner city kids can sometimes be a challenge though. Colson has seen this challenge first hand in his coaching experience. 
“The thing about kids in the inner city is that they always want to be tough,” Colson said. “But they’re not always tough minded.”
Colson believes that being tough minded is sometimes more important than being physically tough.
“Being tough-minded is the ability to handle adversity and being able to get through things,” Colson said. “Let nothing and nobody stop you from reaching your goals.”
Colson has seen a lot of success with this team in the short time that he has been with the school. In his first season with the team, 2012-2013, the team went 24-5 and lost to the state champions in the state playoffs. This season, they are currently 23-4 and on Sunday night beat Constitution high school to win the Public League championship. This is the first ever championship for the school.
“This was never a really big basketball school,” Colson said. “I’m just glad to see these kids succeeding.”
Colson has several players that have Division 1 talent. These are players that have centered themselves around Colson’s teachings and coaching abilities and have now seen great success because of it. These players include sophomore guard Jabri McCall, junior point guard Sammy Foreman, senior power forward Jahmir Taylor and senior wing guard Gregory Bennett. McCall earned MVP with a 13 point performance in the championship game.
I had the chance to talk to a couple of Colson’s players, Sammy Foreman and Jabri McCall, about their experiences of playing for a coach of his caliber.
“I’ve gained a lot of maturity,” Foreman said. “Also, he’s helped me with ball handling, shooting and being a leader.”
Foreman knows that these are skills that will lead him to the next level.
“All these skills are going to help me a lot in college,” he said.
McCall had many of the same thoughts regarding his playing experience.
“I’m becoming a better leader,” McCall said. “My basketball I.Q. has gone up a lot.”
This school has seen a lot of success since Colson took it over. He saw a program that needed some help and guidance and took hold of the opportunity. Sure, he wants to coach the college game. In the meantime, he is taking full advantage of the opportunity that he has right now.
It’s a true pleasure to see a former player giving back and taking an interest in the game’s future.