Coaching Without Ego

One of the common mistakes I think a lot of coaches make is letting their ego get involved in the way they coach. So often when you watch the way coaches react with so much emotion on the sideline, it looks like they are taking it personally. When a player screws up the execution on […]

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Fran Dunphy

Descriptive look inside Fran Dunphy’s coaching approach from many of his former players. One of the great guys in our business. https://www.philly.com/college-sports/fran-dunphy-temple-owls-penn-quakers-basketball-stephen-danley-dionte-christmas-vince-curran-20190307.html?__vfz=medium%3Dsharebar

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“Greatness”

From Navy Captain David Marquet, author of “Turn Your Ship Around.” Love this approach to leadership – one of the best I’ve heard. Worth the 10 minutes. I’ve posted before but love listening to it every now and again to refresh my thoughts on leadership approach. “We are trained to take control and attract followers… […]

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Buck Showalter

We were lucky enough to have former major league manager Buck Showalter visit with us at IMG Academy last week and spend some time with our coaches. Below are my notes from his talk. “I grew up in a small town on the Panhandle. I’m grateful for it, because I had to interact, face to […]

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Role Definition

I’m not sure we look at role definition the right way. It seems like almost everyone in the game of basketball – most players and coaches – talk about defining roles as a major key to team success. When you hear analysts talk about great teams, you often hear how they love that “everyone knows […]

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Blow The Whistle Less

Creating a flow in practice is important, and one of the toughest ways to actually do it is to blow the whistle less. It’s natural for coaches to want to coach – to correct mistakes as they happen. But I’ve found the more I blow the whistle, the less flow there is to practice. It […]

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SOB “Winner” From Brad Stevens

The opposite side of the floor is a great place to go when you need a quick shot from a SOB set.

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Winning Again

The hardest thing to do in sports is to sustain elite success. What is winning again all about? Perspective The best teams and the best athletes have a great perspective on success. Their specific attitude towards winning is very process-based. They understand that winning is hard, and they don’t let winning change their approach. That […]

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When The Answer Seems Obvious

When the answer seems obvious, start asking questions. That’s one thing I learned as a head coach. A lot of times the first answer is an emotional one. It’s the immediate response that comes up in an intense environment. When the answer seems obvious to you, ask yourself why. A kid doesn’t know the play? […]

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The Day I Missed Practice

One year when I was the head coach at Rhode Island College, my father had to have open heart surgery. I had gone to visit him in the hospital before the surgery, and we had a game at Eastern Connecticut on the day he had surgery. After the game I went to New York to […]

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