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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Team Basketball and NBA Titles

Some interesting stuff in this article from Neil Paine on fivethirtyeight.com, with a bit of an ode to the Red Holzmann Knicks and team basketball.  (http://fivethirtyeight.com/datalab/in-a-star-dominated-sport-theres-still-a-place-for-unselfish-basketball/). He makes the point that the 2014 Spurs were similar in approach, sharing the basketball on their way to an NBA title.  We certainly spent enough time in the […]

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“Culture Will Beat Scheme Every Day”

Chip Kelly on culture.  A great approach. http://www.philly.com/philly/sports/eagles/20141017_Chip_Kelly_and_the_culture_of_success.html

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Meritocracy

One situation you face as a coach is how to deal with players who are unhappy about their playing time.  The truth is I want everyone who isn’t playing to be unhappy about their playing time.  That’s actually a good thing.  If you don’t want to play more, you probably aren’t much of a competitor.  The […]

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Thad Matta

Thad Matta http://www.cleveland.com/osu/index.ssf/2014/07/his_past_an_inside_look_with_o.html

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Maine Courtside Pass

I was mic’d up for a recent practice. http://goblackbears.com/sports/m-baskbl/2014-15/videos/20141016-ho477vmw

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Walk-Ons

The Bangor Daily news takes a look at a couple of local walk-ons who made our team this year. http://bangordailynews.com/2014/10/15/sports/old-town-standout-earns-spot-on-umaine-mens-basketball-team/

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Great Competitors

Of all human powers operating on the affairs of mankind, none is greater than that of competition. – Henry Clay Who are the best competitors in sports? The two guys I always think about are Michael Jordan and Tom Brady.  They are the two guys that I have watched the most that just seem to […]

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