Kyle Smith – Nerdball

Kyle Smith and I went to college together at Hamilton College in Clinton, NY. My first on-the-floor assistant coaching job at the D1 level was at San Diego, where I was an assistant with Kyle for one year under Brad Holland. That year in San Diego Kyle and I used to order pizza after practice […]

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Enjoy Every Swing

Jay Busbee is a golf writer for Yahoo.Com who won the media lottery this year and got a chance to play Augusta on Monday. You can read the entire column here. I loved the last 3 paragraphs. Places like Augusta will be around for a long, long time. But we might not be. We’ve all […]

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Observe The Response

Where does the strength of leadership come from? When most of us think about great leaders, they usually have great influencers in their lives. People that made a big impact on them – coaches, teachers, parents, mentors. It’s an interesting question to think about. If you could ask the best leaders you know where the […]

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Learn To Teach

I figured out in high school I wanted to be a basketball coach. When I went to college, I learned that the best thing to do in the summer was a to work basketball camps. So like a lot of young coaches I started to work the camp circuit after my sophomore year. My brother […]

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Great Team Defense

“Defense wins championships.” A lot of people like to say that when a great (or two great) defensive teams are in the title game. I don’t believe in that. I’m a defensive guy, but I don’t believe in it. Great teams win championships. There are a lot of ways to do it. Great offense can […]

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Privilege

Kyle Korver penned a great piece in The Player’s Tribune on Privilege. But in many ways the more dangerous form of racism isn’t that loud and stupid kind. It isn’t the kind that announces itself when it walks into the arena. It’s the quiet and subtle kind. The kind that almost hides itself in plain […]

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Replay Stinks

One of the many reasons why replay stinks. This is the play right before the ball got knocked out of bounds and Virginia was given the ball after a replay review. This is a pretty clear foul on Kyle Guy that wasn’t called. Officials have forever used their judgement on foul calls like this, but […]

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Don’t Hold A Grudge

When one of your players screws up – really screws up – it pisses you off as a coach. It’s not just the fact that it hurts your program. You have to suspend him, it hurts the team, might cost you games and the bad publicity doesn’t help anyone. But it also bothers you. How […]

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Think About Your Teammates

Sacrifice is a big part of a championship culture. Getting your kids to buy in to what is best for the team, rather than there own personal goals, is not an easy task. It’s something you have to define and emphasize throughout the year, and even if you do it’s still hard to navigate. If […]

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