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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Deal In The Truth

Just about every player you talk to in the recruiting process will tell you the same thing. They want to play for someone who is going to be upfront and honest with them. The parents always say the same thing – even if you tell them something they might not want to hear, they appreciate […]

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Coaching Feel

Sometimes you have to go against the grain a little bit as a coach, and maybe throw the book out the window. You have your core of what you believe in and you want to be consistent with those principles, but you also have to be flexible. A large part of coaching is the feel […]

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Mike Tomlin – Your Word Means Less

Interesting stuff from Mike Tomlin – how do you adapt to coaching in a world where your word means less?

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Belichick Mic’d Up

https://twitter.com/NFL/status/1060334467514957824

Great four minutes of Bill Belichick mic’d up on the sideline for a Patriots Monday night win over the Packers. The thing that strikes me the most is his composure. They show footage of him on the sidelines when he’s team is scoring touchdowns and when they are giving up touchdowns, and you would never […]

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The Timeout

Nick Nurse is getting a lot of criticism for the timeout he called late in the 4th quarter last night when his team was playing great, and, well, that’s life in the big leagues. He explained that NBA rule limiting the number of timeouts you can call in the final 3 minutes meant he would […]

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The Composure of the Raptors

To me, the toughest team to beat is the one that shows great composure. The loud, emotional, energetic team that was constantly talking never worries me as much, because I feel over 40 minutes that type of emotional investment is hard to maintain. With all of the ups and downs that happen in a game, […]

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Leadership – Make A Case

“You don’t lead by pointing and telling people some place to go. You lead by going to that place and making a case.” – Ken Kesey

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Leaders are visionaries with a poorly developed sense of fear and no concept of the odds against them.

Robert Jarvik