Great Possession

The New Reality

College basketball coaches are used to having power and control. But things are changing rather quickly. Players are now able to transfer one time without having to sit out a year. And soon to be enacted legislation will allow players to make money while in college off of their name, image and likeness. Every player […]

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Erik Spoelstra – Sacrifice

The Low Maintenance Player

“Never underestimate the value of a low maintenance player.” – John Beilein When people ask me about the elite success we sustained at Rhode Island College (Hey! Look, you can read a book about it here!), I always say the same thing: We had elite talent willing to buy in to a championship culture. No […]

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Playing For Each Other

The best teams play for one another. They don’t play for the coach or for awards. They want to win, of course, but that’s not what ultimately drives them. They don’t want to let their teammates down. How do we create a team that plays for one another? “Count on You” We used this phrase […]

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Culture Is A Consequence of Actions

From Ben Horowitz’s book, “What You Do Is Who You Are.” Culture is weird like that. Because it’s a consequence of actions rather than beliefs, it almost never ends up exactly how you intend it. This is why it’s not a “set it and forget it” endeavor. You must constantly examine and reshape your culture […]

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Standards and Rules

A lot of leaders like to say they “don’t have a lot of rules.” The thought being having strict rules about specific behaviors will have the players walking on eggshells and paint them into a corner when someone breaks a rule. And not every situation is the same. Is being two minutes late for practice […]

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Emotional Intelligence and Competitive Excellence

Inevitably at the beginning of practice every year when I was at RIC and at Maine, things would get pretty intense. We took pride in how hard we competed, and everyone was fired up at the beginning of the year not just to compete but to prove they belonged and earn playing time. The intensity […]

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Big Men As Coaches

From the Wall Street Journal in 2014. Some interesting stuff to think about as to why big men have trouble getting head coaching jobs. I thought about it as I watched Patrick Ewing lead Georgetown to a Big East title. https://www.wsj.com/articles/why-big-men-usually-cant-coach-basketball-1402007079

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Handling Success

At the start of my second year as a head coach, at Division III Rhode Island College, we beat Iona College in an exhibition game. That win was huge for our program and for my confidence as a coach, but it also caught me off guard. I learned a lesson on intentionally handling success. This […]

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