Composure Helps You Connect

If you want to coach a composed team, the players need to play for a composed coach. The most important thing you can do as a coach is connect with your players. Regardless of what system you play, what your team approach is or what type of kids you have, the only way to consistently […]

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The Injured Free Throw Shooter

In my second year at RIC we had a big game early in the season at Tufts who was ranked in the Top 10 in the national polls. We were still trying to establish ourselves as a player on the national level. We played at Tufts in their tip-off tournament. We had the lead late […]

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Playing With 4 Fouls

Watching a lot of hoops during holiday week, and it’s interesting to hear the conversation about players in foul trouble. Jay Bilas on Duke-Gonzaga talked about a player with 4 fouls coming back into the game and said “he should be smart enough to play without fouling.” Someone asked me last night at another game […]

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Mentally Tough

“Mental toughness is the ability focus on the next most important thing.” – Jack Clark, Head Coach, Cal Rugby Ask your players – or any group of players – if they think they are mentally tough. I’m sure most of them will raise their hands. Of course I’m tough. C’mon, man. Even if they don’t […]

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Complain or Appreciate

I have been a college head coach for a total of 13 years. Nine at Rhode Island College, and four at the University of Maine. Both jobs are considered “tough” jobs. State schools that don’t have a lot of money, so you don’t have a lot of bells and whistles. They are both “more with […]

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Jack Clark, the Rugby coach at Cal, is the best I’ve ever heard regarding culture and team-building. This is a short clip where he talks about the core value of toughness. “Mental toughness is a decision.”

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Execution In Practice

If you really want to work on your execution in practice, don’t give your offense any advantages. I’ve seen a lot of practices where the head coach huddles with the offense before each set to work on half-court execution. He calls the play in the huddle and tells the offense what reads to look for […]

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