Shaka Smart Year Two

Interesting look at how Shaka Smart helped transform Marquette in year 2 without bringing in any major new players. https://www.foxsports.com/stories/college-basketball/shaka-smart-and-marquette-the-perfect-fit-at-the-perfect-time

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Mike Brey

I saw Mike Brey speaking to a group of coaches once at the Final Four, and one of them asked him about his team rules. Brey laughed and said “We have a sign in the locker room at Notre Dame. It says ‘Take care of your schoolwork and the basketball, and we’ll get along just […]

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Georgia Football’s Four Values

Kirby Smart just won his second straight national championship at Georgia. Here are the 4 program values that sustain his culture. Resilience Composure Toughness Connection The 4 values come down to: Great strategies for any teams. Credit: @TheDaily_Coach

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Coaching and Family

I’ve never been a big fan of teams that use the word “family,” even though just about everyone does it. First of all, we aren’t that close. I’ve had players ay “these are my brothers right here.” Really? You just met 3 of them a month ago. You became brothers because you are good at […]

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“Our System Is Our Players”

Ed Cooley on his system at Providence and he how and his staff adjust to his players: “You’ve got to adjust with your personnel. There are so many coaches who are just based on system. Our system is our players. We as coaches have to adjust to them.”  

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Big Games

Every game counts the same in the standings, but some games are bigger than others. Whether it’s a rivalry game, a game to decide the league title, or a do-or-die post-season game, you can feel the difference when preparing for a big game. Let’s face it, UConn at Providence is different than when Depaul comes […]

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Confrontation and Solitude

Leadership is not always comfortable. In fact, it rarely is for the majority of the group. Leadership is not great chemistry and everyone enjoying each other’s company. When things are going well and everyone is happy, impactful leadership generally isn’t necessary. Great leadership involves confronting bad behavior, and often leaves those in charge out on […]

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