“I am doing what I’m passionate about,” said twenty-three year old Dylan Crane (’16) who became the athletic director and basketball coach for Fresta Valley Christian School in Virginia after graduation. “My goal is to be the best coach I can possibly be.”
Crane’s love of basketball started when he was four years old, shooting hoops with his dad. In high school, he continued to play, earning 4 MVPs and other accolades.
In college, he would serve as captain of the Eagles basketball team and be part of the NCCAA All-Southeast Region team. As the years progressed, Crane realized that basketball was a part of who he was, and he wanted that to play a major role in his future. “There is something about the game that just keeps me going—the hype on game days, the sounds of the floor, the hard work to get better, and the life lessons the game teaches.”
As a graduate of the business management major at PCC, Crane learned certain skills that have helped him in his endeavors. While still a student, Dylan took the principles he was learning in class and founded 24/7 Basketball to privately train athletes, old and young to improve their skills. “I love building an identity and program,” he said. “PCC’s program taught me several things about starting 24/7 Basketball Training. Not only did the program teach me how to start a business, but it taught me how to build relationships, how to market my company, and how to build a thriving business model for the entire life of the business.”
As someone fully aware of being part of a team, the principle of building relationships especially resonated with Crane. “The number one character trait anyone in business should have is the ability to build relationships and communicate effectively,” he said. “Whether I’m coaching, training, running a camp, or teaching, relationships and communication play a major role.”
As Crane invests in his students, he plans to maintain 24/7 Basketball Training, using it as a way to broaden his influence. He knows working both positions will be hard, but at the moment, he looks forward to starting each day at 5:30 a.m. and not finishing until late at night. Most people wouldn’t opt for such a busy schedule, but Crane wants to help as many people as possible, and he sees the potential of a much bigger picture. “Sports are a challenge,” he said. “They make you better and teach you many valuable lessons so I embrace it and get better.”