Major Whitlock

Long Beach, California, United States

A former law enforcement officer, Major O. Whitlock, Jr. has been actively involved as an educator/coach in Southern California for more than 25 years. Major primarily worked at several community colleges as both a health and physical education instructor along with intercollegiate basketball coaching duties; however, his experience includes intermediate and high school teaching assignments in addition to coaching at the secondary educational levels. At this point in his career Major has a strong desire to continue his professional development as a professional scout and/or entry level coach for the National Basketball Association (NBA), NBA G League, National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), or International professional associations. Major prepared academically for this opportunity by completing his Master of Arts degree in Education, with an emphasis in Physical Education, at Azusa Pacific University; additionally, he has the goal of being accepted into Concordia University, Chicago’s doctoral program to complete an Ed.D. in Leadership: Sports Management / Administration. With Major’s educational background – combined with his unique professional work experiences – he has acquired the necessary skills to thoroughly handle the rigors of a full-time assignment working within any professional or collegiate scouting organization.

Even with strong academic and professional backgrounds, Major believes today’s environment demands an effective scouting professional demonstrate community involvement and interaction in many diverse areas. He has participated or been involved with several boards including the Oxnard Police Officers Association (OPOA) Medical Trust Fund – Secretary; Oxnard Police Activities League (PAL); the Corona / Norco National Junior Basketball (NJB) – President; the West Covina Police Officers Association – President; and the HBCU Campus Tours – Chaperone. Additionally, Major has volunteered and mentored many youths from disadvantaged backgrounds weekly at the Boys & Girls Club of America, to strive for academic excellence and excel athletically, while specifically teaching them how participation can evolve into careers within the health, physical education, and sports related fields. Moreover, he has developed and implemented a mentorship program – Follow the Leader – to take advantage of several federal grants provided to assist youth through the My Brother’s Keeper National Initiative. Participation on these boards and his volunteer activities have allowed Major the opportunity to interact with various communities developing his management and organizational skills while providing valuable educational and sports related services to diverse and normally underserved communities.

Major has an extensive background specifically with basketball related activities, including coaching, recruiting, player development, and program organization. As a head basketball coach his responsibilities included supervision and management of all aspects of the high school basketball program. Directed student-athlete academic matriculation, player development, scheduling, teaching physical education classes, supervising assistant coaches, mentoring and developing student-athletes and lower level coaches, fundraising and budgeting for all three competitive levels. Additionally, at several California Community Colleges, Major’s responsibilities included conducting staff meetings, scouting, organizing and running practices, community relations, fundraising, recruiting highly skilled student-athletes, directed player development, scheduling, budgeting, planning team travel, monitoring student-athlete academic progress, teaching required courses, game management. Major has also assisted the women’s intercollegiate basketball teams with coaching and scouting at a couple of his coaching assignments.

Major’s academic responsibilities included teaching a variety of physical education, health, and fitness classes (health, weightlifting, and basketball activity courses); working with students from diverse cultural, socioeconomic, academic, and ethnic backgrounds; continued professional development within the field of physical education; performing all teaching-related duties, including preparing class syllabus, classroom instruction, and issuing grades; and timely compliance with all administrative and clerical duties associated with the all instructor positions. Major was also instrumental in the development and implementation of team academic monitoring programs and overseeing team tutoring.

Finally, Major has demonstrated commitment to his continued professional development through consistent involvement with several professional associations and academic committees in health, physical education, and/or athletics. Those associations and committees included Sports Management Worldwide (SMWW); the California Community College Athletic Association (CCCAA) – Member; National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) – Member; and the California Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance (CAHPERD).
Major would be an asset to be hired as a professional scout within any organization and would positively contribute to any organization through his unique experiences. Major’s goal is to learn, practice, and develop the necessary skills to insure that successful personnel are introduced and developed within a winning organization through his scouting abilities.