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Assistant Video Coordinator

Tim is the assistant video coordinator of basketball operations for the Portland Trailblazers.
Though he spends some time on the computer putting together video footage, he also works with the players in the practice facility.
The Blazers’ warm-up gear waits to be put into action.
One day, Tim hopes to be a coach in the NBA.
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Full Name: 
Tim Grass

Tim Grass spends his days catching basketball games. It's his job to pay attention to the details of every play. And when you get to work with Trailblazers like Brandon Roy and Steve Blake, the long hours are worth every minute.

What do you do?: 
I am the Assistant Video Coordinator for the Portland Trail Blazers. I work with our coaching and scouting staff on different jobs. I assist our coaches in pre-game preparation and daily practices with our team. I make videos on our opponents that the team reviews before each game, and during practice I fill in wherever the coaches need me. With our scouts, I help make what we call “edits” (video footage) on players that are free agents and in the NBA draft.
What's a typical day like?: 
My days are long. They start around 7 or 8 am and sometimes last until 10:30 pm, it depends on what games are on that night and what games need to be scouted for our coaches. Most of my work is done on the computer, taking video from a DVD and putting it into our computer system so we can put together our edits for the team. We have coaching meetings everyday before practice. I attend when I can but when players start to show up I leave the meeting and help the players. Practice starts at 10 am but players show up at 9 am to work out or shoot. When players get here, I help them with whatever they want to work on, like shooting and passing. Practice goes until about noon and then its lunch. After that I am free until about 4 pm so I try and get my work done, get a work out in for myself or run some errands.
What was your path to get where you are today?: 
I have always loved basketball and especially the NBA but I never thought that I might be able to get a job in that field. I found my passion for working in the NBA during my 4th year of college while getting a degree in graphic communication management with a minor in coaching. I wanted to find something that I would love to do for the rest of my life, so I did research on different coaches in the NBA to see where they started. I found that many started in the video room breaking down film for coaches. So that's what I tried to do. I went on to get my Master of Science degree in sport administration. While working on my master's I did volunteer work for the Milwaukee Bucks in the Team Services department. I also worked for the Dallas Mavericks during the summers of 2004 and 2005 at the Global Games. During those summers I also worked basketball camps at University of Wisconsin-Madison and Marquette University. In the summer of 2005 I got an internship with the Portland Trail Blazers in the video department. I interned for the Blazers for the 2005-2006 season. Then I got a job with the Houston Rockets for the 2006-2007 season as the Assistant Video Coordinator. In 2007 I applied for a for the Blazers' Video Coordinator position online and was offered a job.
What makes you excited to go to work every day?: 
I get to watch basketball for my job. I work with elite athletes every day. I have built relationships with different people in the NBA and around the world through basketball.
What's next on your career path?: 
I hope to one day become a coach in the NBA.
Interviewer/Acknowledgement: 
Sommer Martin