Your Composure Gives Them Confidence

I always want my team playing with confidence. To get there, I want them to know that I believe in them. Confidence is a challenging attribute to coach, because the nature of coaching is that you are correcting mistakes and trying to eliminate the wrong behavior. It’s easy to lose sight of coaching them to […]

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The Guy I Hate Playing Against

Expects success – because he knows he’s put in the work Never gets caught up in the emotion of the game Is constantly encouraging his teammates Isn’t afraid to get on is teammates when necessary Doesn’t have enough emotional energy to engage the refs Never lets the crowd get him off his game Can handle […]

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Are They Responding To Your Voice Or Your Standards?

As a head coach I learned I had to be careful about my voice becoming too dominant in practice. When you first become a head coach you are trying to establish standards and a culture, and you want to be strong delivering the message. You want to be clear and loud, so there is no […]

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Give The Players A Voice

Good stuff from a recent Athletic article about Eric Musselman at Arkansas, and how he learned from Chuck Daly to give the players a voice: He adds this is a risky strategy, as that third game against UCLA showed. The team will have to live with the possibility that Hagans gets hot early and forces […]

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Will Weaver And Sydney Kings

Really enjoyed this look inside the approach of Will Weaver, an American coach in his first year running the show for the Sydney Kings. https://nbl.com.au/news/how-will-weaver-has-brought-the-sydney-kings-to-the-brink-of-nbl-history

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Let Them Coach Each Other

In my fourth year at Rhode Island College (2008-09) we had established the program at a pretty high level. We had been to the Elite 8 in 2007 and went back to the second round of the tournament in 2008, winning the Little East Championship in both years. We had beaten two division I teams […]

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Change Their Rhythm

We were down 3 to Creighton in the 2nd half this week with about 15 minutes to play. They were in a pretty good flow on offense, getting the shots they wanted and we had been fortunate they missed some shots they normally make. Creighton is the best 3-point shooting team in the league, and […]

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Ken Pom On The Intentional Violation

https://theathletic.com/1597865/2020/02/11/kenpom-the-rule-loophole-that-is-the-best-way-to-foul-up-three/

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The Program On Toughness

I’m reading the book “The Program: Lessons from elite military units for creating and sustaining high performance leaders and teams.” I’m really intrigued by their definition of toughness. I love the idea that toughness is binary – you either are tough or you are not. It is an on/off switch, not a dial. The Program […]

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Habits

Pete Strickland was the head coach at Coastal Carolina for a number of years, and before that an assistant coach at a bunch of different places including NC State, GW, Old Dominion, and Dayton. He’s currently the head coach of the Irish National team. I got to know Pete a little bit when he was […]

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