Sometimes You Just Get Beat

Serena Williams had a chance to tie the all-time record for majors in women’s tennis on Saturday but she got beat in the finals. She didn’t just get beat, she got beaten pretty handily, losing in straight sets in less than an hour. In reading about the match online it was amazing to me to […]

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Managing Instead of Coaching

My last season at RIC we really struggled to play at a high level consistently. We had lost some talent from the year prior including an All-American point guard who led us to 26 wins. But we had a lot of important players coming back and brought in some good players as well. We were […]

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Taking A Job

Three questions come to mind when coaches ask me for advice on whether they should take another job. Will you make an impact? Will you get better as a coach? Will you be surrounded by good people? I know there are a lot of factors to consider when it comes to moving to a new […]

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How Much Does Chemistry Matter?

Brad Stevens was pretty much considered the best young basketball coach in the world, and the Celtics were stocked with both young and proven talent. They were set to become a powerhouse in the East and compete with the Warriors for the NBA title. But then they didn’t. After underachieving a lot of the blame […]

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Mike Brey on Parents

Many coaches, like Brey, are setting clear boundaries with parents in order to preserve their sanity. They will not discuss playing time during the season, but they keep the lines of communication open through other coaches on staff. “Instead of complaining about it, I told our staff, We need to manage it,” Brey says. “It […]

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Identifying Competitors

When a kid walks into a gym he doesn’t know well and plays with guys he just met, and he doesn’t take any time to get comfortable on the court, it’s a good sign he’s a great competitor. So many players feel the game out especially in a new situation or when there are people […]

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Billy Lange’s Staff

https://www.inquirer.com/college-sports/st-joes/billy-lange-st-josephs-coaches-assistants-justin-scott-john-griffin-brenden-straughn-20190625.html?__vfz=medium%3Dsharebar Some interesting insight from new St. Joe’s coach Billy Lange on how he chose his staff.

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Hire Smart People

Four characteristics Bill Walsh looked for when hiring personnel (From his book “The Score Takes Care Of Itself”): Talent Character Functional Intelligence Eagerness to adopt his philosophy He defines functional intelligence as the ability to think on your feet and make decisions quickly and spontaneously. This struck me as a great way to look at […]

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Permission To Contact

In case you are wondering how the recruiting of low and mid-major players happens off of college rosters. I know some high major assistants who told me they have recruiting lists of potential transfers that they track throughout the year. There really isn’t a lot that can be done about it. https://www.standard.net/sports/poaching-problem-mid-major-college-basketball-teams-fight-slimy-recruiting/article_75743b06-dd99-596f-a298-4551f0d2b6ea.html

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