Coaching Players Differently

In one of my last years as the head coach at Rhode Island College we had an interesting balance on our team. We had a group of veteran players who were solid program kids who were used to winning and had continued to carry and live our championship culture. We also had a bunch of […]

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Belichick On The Draft

“I would say I’ve never gone into a draft saying, like, well, we got to draft somebody or other at this position or this group of positions or whatever,” Belichick said… “I think you try to acquire good football players and we’ll figure out how to use them.”

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Fran Fraschilla – 3 Levels of Pick and Roll

Level I – Create an advantage at the screen Level II – Find a solution after you use/refuse the screen Level III – Punish the help by making the right play “Lie with your eyes, lie with the ball, lie with our body.” Two offensive objectives in a pick and roll: Get in the paint […]

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UCLA Recruits Crave the Truth

Good stuff in here about how Mick Cronin is brutally honest in the recruiting process, and how the players love it. I’ve always said there are two types of players – those who crave the truth, and those who you are going to struggle to win with. It’s hard to be any good if you […]

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What Are You Willing To Do?

A strong message from Mike Tomlin

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Recruiting Is An Art, Not A Science

Nick Manson transferred to Rhode Island College from Endicott. He wasn’t recruited to play basketball. He walked into my office in the fall and said he wanted to walk on. He seemed like a good kid who played hard, and a couple of his high school teammates had played for me as well. We had […]

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Create Safety and Listen

An excerpt from my book, Entitled to Nothing, on the importance of creating safety within your program so your players are comfortable speaking up. This meeting in January of ’07 was a key moment in our eventual run to the Elite 8. That January provided another great lesson in leadership for me, a reminder of […]

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Interview With Kevin McNamara

Do The Players Call You Coach?

I’m 49 years old but I still cringe when I hear someone call me “Mr. Walsh.” I always introduce myself as Bob, to players, families, any new acquaintances. I have a lot of friends with kids in their teens who call me “Mr. Walsh” and I’m not comfortable with it. Probably because I don’t want […]

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Traits of Great Leaders

Five traits I’ve found common to the best leaders I have ever coached. Curiosity The best leaders have a natural curiosity about the needs of those around them. They have the ability to focus on their own responsibilities, yet remain interested in what is going on with their teammates. It’s not necessarily that they just […]

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