Finish With Hustle

We talk a lot as coaches about finishing plays, but you can also tell your guys how you wan them to finish plays.  You can’t count on everything happening exactly how you expect it to in a game, and you have to be able to react instinctively.  We talk to our players about “finishing with hustle.” […]

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Bruce Arians

So much great stuff in here about Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians.  Easy guy to root for. “Everybody needs a guy that believes in him, and Bruce was that guy for me. He made me believe I could do anything.” “If you’re being asked to do a drill and your coach can’t tell you why […]

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2 on 2 Rebounding

The best toughness drill we do.  You have to be willing to let your guys get after it a bit.  A huge part of the toughness we are trying to develop. I got this drill from Jeff Van Gundy.  He said it was the only rebounding drill he did when he was with the Knicks. […]

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Skip Chappelle Scrimmage

Pete Warner from the Bangor Daily News on our Skip Chappelle Scrimmage.  If the word “intense” is in the headline then we are off to a decent start. http://bangordailynews.com/2014/10/25/sports/umaine-mens-basketball-team-intense-during-chappelle-scrimmage/

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Derek Fisher

So much great stuff in this Derek Fisher interview.  Take the 15 minutes to read it when you have the chance. Q: What would you tell your team about what it was like winning a championship for the first time? A: That none of what we ask them to do, and none of what they’re […]

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Fan Jam

We held the first annual Fan Jam this week at UMaine and got over 80 kids into the Cross Center. http://www.goblackbears.com/sports/m-baskbl/2014-15/videos/20141023-2a6ry943

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Bangor Daily News Article

Pete Warner from the Bangor Daily News stopped by this week to talk some hoops. http://bangordailynews.com/2014/10/23/sports/coaches-pick-maine-mens-basketball-eighth-in-america-east-preseason-poll/

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6 Traits of Effective Organizations

6 traits of effective organizations – from Brad Martin, former University of Memphis president and retired chairman and CEO of Saks.  This was passed along to us by our Athletic Director Karlton Creech. Some really good stuff in here – “obsessive concentration” on the customer.  As coaches, who are our customers?  I also really like […]

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Black Bears Fan Jam

We kicked off our season with a Fan Jam event for our fans at the Cross Insurance Center. http://wabi.tv/2014/10/22/umaine-basketball-teams-host-fan-jam/

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Slow Down

Every year for 10 years now as a head coach I’ve made sure to tell myself we were going to move slow with regards to practice.  One of the toughest challenges as a coach is to be patient – you know what it is supposed to look like, you know what it looked like at the […]

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