About Justin Stull

A third year medical student at Thomas Jefferson University, Justin Stull previously spent four years studying history and playing football at Princeton University. Between 2003 and 2005, he was named an all-league linebacker for the Princeton Tigers men’s varsity football team, and in 2004 and 2005 he served the team as captain. As a linebacker he received the 2002 Harland Pink Baker Award, given to an underclassman who, during the start of his collegiate career, makes a significant contribution to the team on the defensive end of the field. Justin Stull also received the 2005 Hank Towns Award in recognition of overall efforts made on behalf of Princeton football. Outside of his football activities at Princeton, Mr. Stull spent time as a member of the Cottage Club and penned his senior thesis, Mid-Century Foreign Policy in Vietnam and Cuba.

Justin Stull’s football career continued after his departure from Princeton. In the spring of 2006, he was signed as a free agent by the National Football League’s (NFL) Washington Redskins. On the advising of the Washington coaching staff, the team’s general manager signed Mr. Stull to play as a linebacker and special teams player. During his time as a rookie at the Redskins mini-camp, he was able to hone his abilities and develop a fine understanding of the professional game.

Traits of a Successful Youth Basketball Coach

Justin Stull, a doctor of medicine candidate at Thomas Jefferson University’s Sidney Kimmel Medical College, is an active member of his community. Combining his interest in sports with a desire to support those around him, Justin Stull has volunteered as a coach, including for the Edwards Warriors/Celtics 4th and 5th grade basketball team.

Teaching young basketball players requires several unique traits that help coaches succeed. Following are just a few examples of the traits successful youth basketball coaches possess.

- Strong communication skills. Interacting with parents and players is a key part of building a strong basketball team. The ability to communicate rules clearly and discipline play conduct with empathy helps coaches build mutual respect and promote positive player interactions.

- Teamwork. Being able to be a part of the team and teach players to be a part of the team keeps things running smoothly. Coaches teach their team about working together and supporting one another, regardless of whether a game is won or lost.

- Positivity. Without a positive attitude, coaches may have a difficult time getting their basketball team to enjoy the experience. Leading with confidence and positivity keeps practices and games fun for everyone.

- Continuing learning. Successful youth basketball coaches must regularly develop their own skills if they plan on teaching a team about the sport. Learning from other coaches or various resources keeps coaches up-to-date and helps them improve their team’s skills.