Clinic Notes



Brian Curtis – Paradigm Sports

Spoke about the realities of getting coaching positions and his experience with Parker Search firm. Without getting into a lot of the statistics, here are a few of the highlights from his presentation.

Titles are devalued. Alabama football has 9 assistant or associate head coaches.

Traits of successful interviews/candidates for head coaching positions

1. likeability
2. experience as head coach
3. interpersonal skills – connecting with the AD, president, etc.
a. he says he knows with first 2 or 3 minutes if it is going to work
4. school or conference affiliation
5. strong media and public speaking skills
6. likeability
7. respected network of vouchers (Pumps, Nike, other AD’s)
8. NBA experience not necessary a factor
9. education and demonstration of a commitment to academics
10. aura of a head coach
11. knows how to appeal to an audience
12. likeable

In an interview:
Do not give opinions; you never know who has a different opinion
Stay neutral
Do not over promise
No x’s and o’s
Leave them with golden nuggets they will remember
These are their mental signatures of you
Examples and stories leave marks
Bring human element in, wife & kids
Emotional stories

Assistant coaches, get an agent only if you need help marketing yourself

Resume – 2 pages acceptable
no objective or skill section
education and job history
5-6 specific bullets of each job: finance, recruiting, marketing, position coached, players, fundraising, scouting reports
other relevant experiences

Have plans for first 100 days, first 30 days
Academic program
It could be a grand slam or strikeout
If you do well in interview, then they don’t like it then it hurts you
May keep in case, you feel interview didn’t go well then give at the end



Frank Martin

Listen and learn to other coaches to teach your own vision better

If you ask your players to listen, you have got to truly listen to them

His subbing for mistakes philosophy is that while some will take you out and turn the fans on you, he prefers to yell and scream at you so that he looks like the jerk and takes the heat

Does not necessarily believe in suspending kids

Citing his high school coaching experience, nothing ticks parent or high school coaches off more than when college coaches do not back up their kids. Kids will make mistakes, it is part of the growing process

Worries most about what he cannot control: 10pm to 6am

Does not have a team curfew just because, may pick his spots

Does not believe you can cage the young men. What happens when you open the cage door?

He surrounds himself with loyalty and honesty on his staff. He wants disagreements. No yes men on his staff. Whether everyone agrees with him or not, when the meetings are over they all support and are unified.

Assistants must sell their head coach. If you don’t or can’t do it, you got to move on.

Kids have not changed, adults have changed. Kids will surprise you when you demand from them

Tells his players, if you are lucky you get the chance to be who you are 35 times in 365 days. Don’t throw any of them away

Coaching is not a job. Teaching 270 kids middle school math is a job. Says that as he has moved up the latter from teacher to college assistant to head coach his jobs get easier and they pay more money.

He draws from his high school teaching. Taught him to have answers. When kids asked him why they needed math he said “learning math teaches you logic. It prepares you mind to use logic to solve problems. Those problem solving skills help you everyday.”

When the media referred to him repeatedly as the former high school coach, he took it as compliment. Says ultimate compliment is to be called a teacher.

Easiest to coach are the bad players. Because they have never gotten by on talent, they depend on the whole to succeed. The marginal player knows they need every advantage and needs coaching to win.

If you get the good players, you get them to play together. That is your job.

From Huggins, he wants “everyday m-f’ers”

Does not like a lot of team meetings, prefers to have 1 on 1 deals or have the position coach address a player 1 on 1

Have to hold everyone accountable, be consistent with it

Believes in not over blowing situations but teaching moments
Michael Beasley slept in the first film session. Stopped the film, turned on the lights. Had him stand up for the rest of film session because he said its harder to sleep standing up.

Its easier to have more structure and deviate then to have less structure and improvise
If you are improvising, they know you are cheating them

Earn vs giving
When a kid is given 15 pairs of shoes, he has no regard for leaving a pair at the park. When he has to work a week to get a pair, it has value to him. Earning things puts a value on it.

No freshmen speak to the media. They have never won a game, been to a practice, achieved anything so how can they speak for the program or team.

Martin loves pressure defense and putting pressure on teams in every way
He cannot stand being backed into a corner so that’s what he tries to do

Pressure defense
Creates depth
Keeps everyone on the team engaged and motivated for practice

If a player is in shape he runs back every time, goes to glass every time, and does everything

If you are in better shape, you can go longer with shorter rest.

Ask players to play until they are exhausted. If they do he trusts them.

When trusted, he lets his players sub themselves out and sub themselves back in. He just tells him who to sub in for.

Cannot stand selfish players or people. His demands for offensive rebounding and pressure defense don’t allow time for guys to worry about another player’s bad shot or looking him off.

Transition Offense
Run every single time
Never runs any transition defense drills in his career. They always go to the offensive glass. Been first 2 years in a row. Aggressiveness on offensive glass has kept teams from running on them.

He decides who gets pissed at whom on his team

Last 2 seasons, his teams have lead in offensive rebounds and free throw attempts

Believes it is easier to slow down his team offensively than to speed them up so he always plays fast

Get a treadmill by the court each practice. Does not punish the whole anymore for 1 guy dogging it. Gets the dog out and puts him on a controlled sprint on the treadmill. If you run him on the court, he’ll probably continue to be a dog at his pace. Plus 11 other guys may be doing the drill right, don’t screw up your own practice.


Foundation is half court man to man
Spend 75% of practice time on defense

Plays a gap defense

1. ball pressure – responsible for high passes
2. help defenders should never get beat
3. helpers are up the line, in line
4. pass receivers should catch and immediately be turning away from the rim
5. the elbows are the “kill area”, wants to keep ball away from there at all costs
6. wants to force short passes. On offense throwing short passes gets you beat
7. puts a line splitting the court into halves.
a. Calls it the ‘dumbass line”
i. For bigs, on offense run on it.
ii. On defense be on it
8. when offense is trying to get open, they want contact. Practice defense not letting the offense touch you.
9. teaches with a lot of 3 on 3 drills. Ball is always checked and picked up at half court line
10. RULE: ball never crosses half court line unguarded
11. teaches whole – part – whole
12. very little pre-set shell drills
a. starts with 4 on baseline, 4 beyond arc closeout drill with 3 running to their help spots
b. begin with shooter beneath rim, coming off screens
c. will do 4 on 4 then add big after wing entry pass
d. 6 on 4 screening: coach with ball between circles. Guards on block, bigs in slots, 2 coaches with pads stationary at elbows. 4 defenders on live players. Coaches with pads look to beat up the defenders, bigs look to screen and get guards open.

Discipline Issues
Does not run guys in the morning. Believes that takes away from him or his coaches time. He does it at 10pm on a Thursday or Friday. Take the players time, he did the crime.

Practices hard every time. Backed off 1 time in his career (before butler game, felt needed to save legs) and regrets it.


July 20-21, 2010
Las Vegas

Quick Notes

Kevin Eastman


Don’t post up, post across
Own the midline
Theres rarely bad second shots
Be a niche guy
Rim running takes no skill just will
Fist fight to get open, foot fight to score
Leverage game, lower shoulders wins
Perpendicular post (15 foot, heals to baseline)
As the level of play goes up, the floor shrinks (guys are quicker, longer)
Post moves: Your feet get you advantage, the ball separates
“Butt into thy, no deny”
“When in doubt, spread out”
“sprint to spacing”
“pause for poise”
take away a deny arm (make defender turn his shoulders, get wide into their arm)
post – see cutter all the way to rim, Celtics score on delayed cutter passes

OWN-RENT-HOMELESS post position

Steve Nash said he didn’t have ”enough solutions” in his game
Figured out what gave him problems in every scenario & found a counter
Offensively, post should keep eye on his defender, not the ball
Log your defender mentally, whats he doing, what can you do
Is he ¾ hard on post ups? Move your post higher next time
Does he relax on passes out of post? False post him then bury for repost
Go over must-screen situations
Pick n rolls: arrive without your defender
“never let them foul your shooting hand”

Garnett post: draw contact, step top leg behind defenders bottom leg, use upper body to get wide knocking defender off balance over your top leg

Brendan Suhr

Allow players to draw up plays in practice and direct the team

Fran Fraschilla

Use charts for progression for each area of the game to implement in practice
Evaluate your drills with your staff, what can you do to better teach the part
No shot fakes, just rip and go moves
If passer throws to your inside shoulder hes telling you that you are open, if he throws to your outside shoulder, you need to make a play

Kevin Eastman

Don’t stop at hard, get over it
“1 more” culture

championship nature over human nature
possessions derived from…
there are no voluntary champions
expect – inspect

Coachmanship – leaders define reality
Chase the dream, not the competition

You’ll never outperform your belief system

Scrimmage but after game point, use a validation free throw to seal win. If miss lose 3 points. Chart clutch free throw makers.


Force hang time passes

Take out the trash – don’t let things linger or it will stink it up for everyone



The Pump Brothers put on their annual Collegiate Business Conference last week. Friday, August 8th was the clinic that had a lineup that included Oscar Robertson & Jerry West, Isiah Thomas & Chuck Daly, Pat Summit, an Athletic Directors panel, a panel on coaches representation that included Mick Cronin and Jim Christian, Media relations segment with Jim Harrick, Denny Crum and some media folks including Jeff Goodman, Mike DeCourcy, and Gary Parrish, and an impromptu post agenda clinic with Lawrence Frank who broke down the pick n roll aspects of what he does offensively with the Nets.

The clinic had many high points and took a look at the profession from different angles. It was part entertaining, part program building, dealing with modern topics of media, agents, search firms, and it had taste of x's and o's from the highest level. Maybe the best aspect of the program was that it put hundreds of coaches together in one spot to develop relationships. In addition to meeting several folks that were extremely impressive, it was uplifting to be around coaches truly dedicated to their craft. Seeing head coaches like Jamie Dixon grinding out notes from Lawrence Frank's impromptu session while the reception is going on at the pool was very impressive.

Conference Notes

Keynote Address by Oscar Robertson & Jerry West with Roy Firestone

Oscar Robertson
used a tennis ball wrapped with rubber bands until he got a basketball of his own
back then there was nothing to do so kids played sports
Auerbach won partially because he had veterans on the bench who wouldn't kill you in the game

Jerry West
suggested reading: "1960 Olympics: The Olympics that Changed the World"
more nationalism then than now
absolutely highlight of life was winning the gold medal

OR: '60 team hadn't been corrupted by NBA, weren't expected to win
millionaires now think they are beyond playing for the USA

JW: $1 per diem in '60
substance over style players
looks at players characteristics:
1. how smart you are
2. how you play with others
3. do you compete for your teammates


played the Celtics 23 times one season
at height of his career he wanted to quit because he hated losing to the Celtics so bad
never touched a weight

OR: never lifted, bailed hay growing up

JW: Kareem Abdul Jabber never complained about money, playing time, or practice

OR: basketball was a way of life and an oppurtunity now it is all commercialized

JW: basketball was "my life"
he never shot in a gym until the 7th grade

JW: the branding or logo you wear has nothing to do with whether you can play

Roy Firestone hates press conferences where kids pick between a few hats, says its disrespectful to the college process

JW: school opened new horizons for him as a person
the aau and recruiting at such a young age kills the dream for kids
now you have to coach families, hangers on, and all the baggage
at one point the Lakers had to play 5 games in 5 days in different cities

Chuck Daly & Isiah Thomas: The Player Coach Relationship

Chuck Daly: last 10 years never raised voice
stressed getting past mad

Isiah Thomas: if coaches let me slide and not rough up relationship then I wouldn't been who I am or been the player i was

CD: "Midnight Rule" - no matter what happens in the game that night, get over it by midnight

IT: Dennis Rodman changed because he didn't get paid and Detroit broke his heart

CD: Rodman was doing things that really impacted the game but wasn't making any money and Detroit didn't want to pay him so he created a character as a means to get paid

IT: money changes perception of you by the people around you, then you start eliminating those people. Then you adjust or believe the perception people have of you.

Isiah played hurt because he didn't want to let his teammates down

IT: Losing is distasteful

CD: to win it all, you have to hate (hate other teams abilities, success, etc.)
never took timeout with dream team so he could get back to eat quicker

IT: everybodys friends with a loser
more in it to hurt others than help
post game interviews were never about the game
media wants to be paid and be a star - negativity sells

Pat Summitt

you win in life with people

your program is family

3 P's - she makes her players aware of
1. Parents - they love u, support u, but not coach u because they live through u
2. Peers - your friends tell u what u want to hear
3. Press - write about the best scorer

Hire an assistant coach that will make your players accountable

Hire the best strength & conditioning coach and let them do their job

Take care of people around u - she got a limousine and had a night on the town for everyone in the office after landing candace parker's recruiting class

Hire a good recruiting coordinator
Tennessee is aware of 9 and 10 year olds already

sign great people to your program, after 30 years she says people don't change

no job is too big or too small

work camps, she is there start to finish

discipline and rules are uncompromised regardless of who it is

No Miss - Up Front Rule: students can't miss class and must sit in first 3 rows
she says if missing 1 or 2 classes is ok then missing 1 or 2 games is ok

Tennessee Women's Philosophy:
2. Board Play
3. Take care of the ball
4. Shot Selection

Shot selection: record everything in practice, managers put up shot percentage after each practice. numbers are hard to argue

Not what you teach, its what you EMPHASIZE

Watch practice film: you can see so much more. who is putting out, who knows what they should know, who is hiding, body language

Personality Profiles
Many kids have Attention Deficit Conflict - as a coach you want to know who has attention to details
Bill Rogers - told me I cannot yell Chamique Holdsclaw and he was right
"Predictive Index"

1 on 1 meetings three times a year
in these meetings I find out what you can bring to the team
Expectations/vision of how team should be is communicated

Only 1 time shot over 50% in a championship game

Defense and rebounding wins

Summitt uses the term "invested" over and over

She's only missed 2 days of camp
Promote program and give back

54 people were at her first game, now 15,000 per game

Media Guide - cover always the team, coaches on the back

On court huddles - designate speaker
Organize bench - where everyone sits
Leadership by peers - have athletes fill out in interviews info on teammates
Support other programs at school - her and Bruce Pearl classic example

Recruit together with the women's program
She had Pearl's team all over to her house with her team and Pearl's recruits

Scouting - have players scout
every staff members watch film on every team


The Athletic Director Round Table

Dave Blank (Elon) - hired Dr. Tom Davis at Drake
Said Coach Davis was a great communicator especially when he needed something
When asking for something, don't say "Here's what I need", rather say "Here's what i could use to get it done"

Chris Del Conte (Rice) - for his Rice hire, they put together candidates from 10 schools with similar academic component and admissions
wanted the right fit

Ken Kavanagh (Bradley) - Leave quick messages for an AD if interested
Who knows the AD? Thats who should call

Blank - Don't underestimate your network
positive changes (when coach leaves for better job) are more surprising and an AD probably has fewer preconceived notions of who he wants

Eugene Doris (Fairfield) - the initial shortlist is unlikely to have the candidate that is chosen
AD's are generally not stuck on ideas

Kavanagh - who you surround yourself with is important in a search
ask yourself "can i retire there?", often you stay longer than you think
also ask "will i get fired there?"

Doris - don't be a yearly mover
are u responsible for success for a program? hard to say if u move quickly
learn how to interview


Communicating With the Media

Gary Parrish (CbsSports) - make any story a one day story

Jim Harrick & Denny Crum - gameplan any crisis with the SID, its what the SID does

Mike DeCourcy (Sportingnews) - scout the media when you change cities or jobs
call media to get to know them, call other media to get the low down on media in an area
know that lies will always come out

Reporter dropped an F bomb after she thought the mic was cut
was on youtube in 10 minutes, today has 150,000 views

Jeff Goodman (Foxsports) - news is instant, what you say off the record is safe
personal relationships matter and may be the difference on a slant or running with a story or not
some stories have to go no matter what

Parrish - everyone talks, gets texts from meetings
could be managers, trainers, etc.
develop assistant coaches speaking skills as well as players speaking

Roy Williams - doesn't let freshman talk to the media until after first game


Lawrence Frank wrapped up the conference with some screen and roll offensive sets and concepts.

Number one above all else is getting players to "buy in": Heads and Hearts

Punch is their term for wanting the ball inside

He said if the D goes under a screen, blame the screener

Spring into screens

On a side pick n roll, wants screener to run throug the elbow

Wants screen to be set on lower part of the body

On a high screen (flat angle, spread, traditional) run through the nail

4 S's for screen n roll action

1. starting point (where you start with the ball)
-side 2 feet inside arc, 3 feet below free throw line

2. set up - get low with the dribble, always look to beat defender without screen going away from screen

3. separation

4. score - go at bigs outside hip, think lay up
Bibby was asking why they never ran plays for him when they ran 25 side screen and rolls

"organized attack" - Cavs do with LeBron to force a double on him and let 4 play 3

"get" - screen

"sprint up" - corner player gets running headstart going away from slot penetration

"2nd penetration" - off a sprint up

3 T's
1. Trust the Stuff
2. Trust Eachother
3. Trust Yourself

A bad shot = "I don't trust my teammates"

NBA shoots 36% on contested shots, 47% on uncontested shots

Broadway doesn't rehearse then change at the show. Don't do things you don't do at practice. Don't get out of character.

Doesn't like going against switches because guys do wrong stuff to exploit (for example he gets a small v. big and the guard shoots a 17 footer)

Vs. switch with a guard vs. big
back up and go full steam at the big
screen 5 on a 4 when small vs. big, make bigs switch on perimeter which is unfamiliar

offense is constant counter punching

a half dive off a screen is hard to guard off side screen, especially a step inside elbow


Las Vegas 2008

On Monday, July 21st I attended the Villa 6 Consortium at the Palms in Las Vegas. For four years VCU and Nike have been putting on the Villa 7 Consortium. Villa 7 is an invite-only consortium that provides a training ground and a networking oppurtunity for coaches and athletic directors. Villa 7 has produced 35 Division 1 head coaches in since its inception in 2004.

Some buzzwords from the event: loyalty, truth, reputation, preparedness, ask, listen, eyes, evaluate, versatility, work capacity, "your brand"

The consortium made me think of a quote that Rod Marinelli of the Detroit Lions once said (i paraphrase since I heard it, wrote it down, but couldn't find it anywhere on the internet), "I don't like the guys who look for light at the end of the tunnel, I like guys who keep on digging."

Here was the agenda:
12:00 – Welcome12:15 – The Journey featuring Florida associate head coach Larry Shyatt
1:15 – Secrets of Success featuring assistants Joe Dooley (Kansas),Russell Springmann (Texas) and Shaka Smart (Florida)
2:15 – Break
2:30 – From the Athletic Director’s Chair featuring Vic Cegles (Long Beach State), Keith Gill (American), Norwood Teague (VCU)
3:30 – The Anatomy of an Assistant featuring Dave Telep ( and Jeff Goodman (
4:45 – What I’m Looking for in an Assistant Coach featuring American's Jeff Jones and Drake’s Mark Phelps.
5:45 - Closing

Larry Shyatt started the event with some phenomenal insights into his career. He distributed a hand out of "friendly advice". It was a collection of questions to ask yourself, an outline of program aspect to keep notes on, and notes on balance, respect, reputation and character.

Some notes from Larry Shyatt's speech:

Maintain a level of balance - look back/forward when you are 50 0r 60 and have no regrets

He said some guys excel at coaching low character guys

Some think doing right on the court and off the court is separate

He suggested watching or reading the Last Lecture by Randy Pausch at Carnegie Melon.
Here's the link: Randy Pausch Last Lecture

Some quotes he pulled from it: "It's not about how you chase your dream, it's how you live your life. Your dreams will come to you."

He also says, "Tell the Truth"..."All the Time"

He encouraged to "suck up your pride to move in the direction you want"

Learn with a new basketball Family

Shyatt had 22 interviews before he became a head coach

As a Head Coach he tried to manage everything
As an Assistant Coach he wanted more responsibility, wanted to be used more

Do your best, surround yourself with truth
Don't try to stop listening (improving)

Be Ambitious, ask questions...he said Billy Donovan is the best question asked whether it be in a meeting or to a cab driver

Find a mentor - lean on someone outside the program as a head coach

Enjoy the job

Impact winning: recruit, get along with people, make the environment more positive with you in it

Know the different between loyalty and TFL
TFL: Total F*cking Loyalty

Next Up was the Secrets of Success Panel with Rob Lanier (Florida), Joe Dooley (Kansas), and Russ Springmann (Texas)

Rob Lanier
There are 3 ways to be on the radar for a job before your reputation
1. where you are from
2. where you went to school
3. previous place of employment

These 3 blocks build your reputation. Its the people you work with and around that create your reputation
Win over your inner circle

Russ Springmann
Don't Focus on 1 part of what we do, be able to do it all
Focus on the job you have
#1 always: how can you help our players

Joe Dooley
Watch a pre-draft workout
Take 1 hour a day to do basketball stuff
Use entire staff to recruit (for example, every post recruit will talk with Danny Manning)
Change what you can, leave the other stuff alone

Rob Lanier
Coaching sometimes is preparedness - you need to learn on the job
Whats your body of experience

Russ Springmann - There are always eyes on you - perceptions lead to oppurtunity

Joe Dooley - Bill Self discusses the team and personal goals with his staff

Rob Lanier - the stakes are higher for administrators, they are not just relying on a head coaches phone call

Russ Springmann - have a relationship with you AD and associate AD's

Joe Dooley - mend fences
Says that an Assistant promoted to Head Coach at same school is tough because you are viewed as "the replacement"

Athletic Directors Panel with Vic Cegles (Long Beach), Keith Gill (American), and Norwood Teague (VCU)

Be proactive with relationships on campus

Leave an impression on everyone in the athletic department

AD is watching all the time, occassionally wear a tie to work

AD's see through the big name calls

AD has to sell you to the president, media, university, and fans

See your "total package as a brand'

Ask yourself "Do I fit there?"

Short Team Prep: "win phone call, win the interview, win the AD, win the seach committee"

Presentation: 1 to 2 page handout, bullet your philosophy
AD's see hundreds of presentations/packets and cant go through them

Vic Cegles: experience as a head coach overrides most factors
Recruiting is key. Each school does it differently.
It would be hard for a D2 or D3 to move up

Norwood Teague: Headhunters are here to stay
Some are hired for the security/background checks/ media buffer

Vic Cegles: headhunters get the names from AD's
headhunters allow the ability to say 'no' to the media about discussions with a candidate

Keith Gill doesn't think search firms are as prevalent at lower levels

AD's always ask if staff is lined up and who they have in mind

Interview evaluates thoughtfulness and preparation characteristics

At mid major an agent is not worth it and potentially harmful

A big selling point is fund raising at the mid major level

Anatomy of a Great Assistant with Dave Telep ( and Jeff Goodman (foxsports)

Dave Telep: reputation and relationships is the business
be prepared
be creative
know your craft
know where you fit

Jeff Goodman: staffs must work together

Dave Telep: you are always being evaluated
before recommend a kid ask yourself "would you put your job on line for this kid?"

Goodman stressed versatility as an assistant, don't pigeon hole yourself as an X & O guy or a recruiter

Dave Telep: i watch everyone, may be at a different level program overnight
told a story of Darrin Horns thorough preparation as an assistant at Marquette
said Herb Sendek scrapped everything at NC State and did it his way
Sendek recruited academic, character, multi-position kids
Know what you want and what is a fit
a recruiting tip: show a kid how much money (and time) it cost to recruit him, visually spell it out


What I'm Looking For in an Assistant with Jeff Jones (American) and Mark Phelps (Drake)

Jeff Jones: Loyalty means doing the job

Mark Phelps: work ethic, "work capacity" - it is a gift to be able to sit and grind for 4 to 5 hours
character is paramount
loyalty is what are you doing on a consistant basis, especially when no one is looking
i am looking for a positive guy

JJ: needs evolve, core stays the same

MP: planned for 3 years to be head coach, wrote down names of guys he admired as assistants
1st impressions is sometimes all you got

JJ: listen to assistants, media, looks for guys who are evaluating on the road and not just hanging out
won't hire who i don't know
be patient, don't be the guy looking at the next job
let your head coach you are looking or thinking about a job
enjoy exchanging ides
write letters, follow up

MP: be diplomatic, urgency good, panic is bad
enjoy people and influencing young people or your in wrong profession
don't let yourself be labeled
dictate your own future
be thorough and complete
have balance
learn to write very good letters, they make points without a rebuttal or cut off


BR – Practice personal integrity so it becomes a movement, not a cause
His dad told him: “If you get paid $3/day, give him $4 worth of work. Then you become more valuable than him and you can look him straight in the eye and tell him to go to hell.”
Find out what you do and figure out how to mesh it into the program.
McHale VS Nique – They told McHale to front him. The game started and Nique kept catching in the post. Call timeout and asked him why he wasn’t fronting. He said, “I am a shot-blocker. If I front, I can’t block shots.”
Love, trust, confidence, mostly hard work
Wooden – his only promise was: if you do well socially and academically, we will allow you to tryout
Scouted my team first
**Red Auerbach had ability to listen. Always asked for input into the system so the players would become part owners.
Rattles off Wooden’s “Pyramid of Success” and quotes Wooden
Kareem had all the records, Shaq had all the money and Wilt had 20K girls
Not how big you are, it’s how big you play
Nash is the same player as Bill Russell…..make teammates better
Wooden: It is the things you learn after you know it all that really count
Red was really strict
9:00 practice – if you came at 8:45 you were late. I cam at 9:05. Made a rule that if someone was late, nothing would be said to the player. It was just an automatic $10/minute fine
I hate practice
2ND YR in NBA – played first 10 mins, sit 2 mins, and play the rest of the game
If playing 46 mins/game, how smart is it to wear him out in practice
One day a player said: “I am tired of watching Bill sit and drink tea while I work.” Red said: “ok, I will trade you!”
When Red starting getting old and ill, Russell would call to check on him. “I would ask him how he felt. If he said he was feeling ok, I would say ‘bye’. I wanted to know how he was. I didn’t want him to have to take care of me by telling me he was ok.”
There was never a clique, it was always the whole squad.
Referenced the movie the “North Dallas 40”
Wooden never walked out and asked: “what do you want to do today? It was his job to lead us.”
I got in a lot of fights
I had an agenda
Get an education. Take it and learn
Find out how good a player I could become
All that gave me an immense quality of life. I worked hard so I could be content
Today, I admire intelligence (on court?)….(today’s guys) have athletic ability but they play in isolation
Playoffs = predictability
We were never worried about what we did wrong. Figure out what worked.
Preparation was always positive.
If you go into Wooden’s house, you will see picture of Abe Lincoln and Mother Theresa.
A game not played for others is not a game
Magic and Russell would walk out and say, “How can I make my teammate the star!”
Wooden always upbeat and positive
Question to Walton – “How would Wooden deal with today’s egos?”
Answer: “He wouldn’t select Iverson, Artest, etc….he would select Duncan, David Robinson…”
Wooden never stopped learning


Down 17 fairly late in game. Called timeout and said that Kenyon Martin had to touch the ball on every possession. If anyone shoots before Kenyon touches it, he won’t play again….start rallying, getting stops, scoring. Cut the lead way down. Trim the lead to 2 points. Get a steal with time running out and pass it down the court to Dermar Johnson. Johnson stops at the free throw line and holds the ball. Everyone is screaming for him to lay it up. Then Huggins realizes that Johnson must think that they are ahead. Finally, he goes ahead and makes the layup to tie the game and send it to overtime. They go ahead and win in OT… Huggins and Johnson walk down the tunnel to do media, Huggins asks Johnson why he waited so long before he shot the layup. Johnson said, “I couldn’t remember if Kenyon had touched the ball yet, and I want to play!!”

Man-to-Man Defense
Cut the floor in half.....guard the box….keep the ball there….(as ball goes to wing, the box shrinks….ball to corner, it shrinks more)
Look at what you do!!!!!
Game has changed
People shoot 3’s off direct passes. Step-in 3’s…..easiest way to score is off direct passes. Example: shooting drills – we throw perfect, direct passes
Passes that hurt us are direct passes, not lobs, bounce passes, wrap-arounds
Now, help & recover is “in-line” instead of ball level
Old days, defense off-the-ball was flat triangle
???Lots of people teach to see “ball & man”. They teach to point with the “pistols”…..that is great if the ball and your man never move!
???We don’t want the ball in the center of the court, but we deny wings!!
Defend direct passes and 2nd shots
???4 on 4 shell….we help across the lane with our weakside big and expect our 6’ guards to help back and box out a 6’10” guy who already has inside position!
Get to the ball!

“4 on 4 +1”
- The 1 is in the post – can’t throw straight to him
“4 on 4 +1 at the top” (for penetration)


Assign a notebook and pen as a big deal
Give nothing Xeroxed to the players
Make them write it down
Check their notebooks
Even scouting reports – you understand when you write something down

Teaching has become a profession where we don’t use consequences
Rarely have I prevented kids from playing
I punish the team
Ran them to death to get rid of them
Running bothers them
Make the others run while the culprit watches
Get kids to pay attention, play hard, play to win
Respect vs like
If you think about whether people like you or not, you will make a lot of bad decisions and you cant coach
Run 51 miles if you miss shoot around
A sprint down and back
Remind kids you are there to help them. They must know this. Have former players come back and reminisce on how tough it was.

Bring in others to talk to players
Music school guy

Define them for players
Mike K at Army
I got to guard and not the throw ball away
I thought I should have played more
Keep practice stats. Logic
Define. Understand. Accept. Fulfill.
Toughness is a role in itself.

Let players decide everything you don’t care about
Cool Runnings – movie to watch

Talk with kids at least once a week for 5-10 mins
Familiarity can to lead to lack of discipline, keep some distance
Hes not your buddy or pal when you play for him. When you leave he is a really good friend.

Evaluate Players
Its not the structure of the press, it’s the quickness of the players that get things done.
Their press will be our offense.
We all try to do to much with out teams.
All the tricky stuff on Sunday was thrown out by Wednesday.
Evaluate team and play the best way

Emphasis in a practice
Blockout, screening, helping
In season – point of emphasis for game
Walk through
Morning before class
Afternoon before meal

Observation comes from concentration
Recognition comes from observation
Action comes from recognition
Recognition comes from action
Recognize, anticipate, make play

Sweat with players, can never be too prepared

Think of ways to raise money yourself
Campus relationships
Disparity of thinking at every level of athletics
Speak in other classes
Run players if the players miss classes

Newell- you are not a social worker
Don’t enable the deviants. It retards the rest of the teams progress.


Backcut / Dive Defensive Drill
Beat & Belt

Screen Defense – all 3x back and forth
Jam Drill – Back and forth up top
Up and under vs. non rolling threat
Up and over – trap
Up and over recover vs. popper

MSU trail everything
Outside/ inside – follow outside buttcheek, then inside buttcheek
On Pin Downs Trailer steps out then in to get around back of screener
Big Shows to prevent hard curl
Vs. Double
Big steps up, back big zones – stop slip and space
“step up, zone under”
Back guy has first cutter
Back man/zone man talks
Step up man gets back to man

Low man wins
Chicken Wing ‘Em – break there sternum, leg step between there legs
Make em quit trying – your job easier
5 on 5 war – pts only on defensive rebounds, -1 for offensive score
Wedge ‘em low like a wedge
Don’t go back on your heels
Players should grab ball at rim
When MSU committed to rebounding went up to 17 off. Boards
4 to boards guards get 3.5 boards, 3 then 2.5 orebs

Post Defense
¾ - Chicken wing (elbow behind) (post def. grab shirt and but forearm in ribs)
If post spins on shot, hit with chicken wing (don’t extend arm)
Constantly force him down

Move on the pass, not on the catch
Try to beat ball to the catcher
Weakside – 2 feet in paint

4 to boards advantages
Mental edge in rebounding
Rebounding – not cutout
Hit, find, get
Aggressively go get – always above rim, net, or head
Offensive rebounding – avoid contact, read rebound (not path of least resistance)
2 step – jab and go opposite

3 on 3 continuity
Elbow and block always covered
Recover to help always
Never let cut in front
Jump and pressure ball
Yell “joe elbow” instead of help



Look back at previous years practice plans
Reach out to people
Asst to head didn’t change much – don’t want them to think you’re phony
Learn to delegate

We are known for defense and rebounding
We are good offensively, but people think Pitt and think Def & Reb

1. Keep it simple
2. Patience
3. Inside touch
4. Crash

Lots of plays but we rep it!!
3 out/2 in
Bigs X the paint except on skip – skip & follow
If big at high post is denied, he becomes screener
Big look in and then opposite – shot, partner, opposite
On the 3 guards’ movement, cut to a slightly different spot
Get attempt to have a chance to rebound…always have 3 to off boards
Vs. 1-3-1, spaced but active on the glass
Sets to start vs. zone…lots of ballscreens to get penetration
Sets and man plays vs. matchup
Begin zone off work 1st day of practice
Closed practices, but open & welcome for coaches to attend


Lack of trust can be a self fulfilling prophecy
Trust yourself, assistants, players, staff

What do we do to get better
Blame no one
Expect nothing
Do something

WHO is the important question? As in who is not doing it?
Hold specific players accountable for specific tasks

Journey not a destination
Lock into the journey
Get better today, daily improvement
1. Work ethic
a. Give us the same deal everyday
b. Our job as coaches is to get this
2. Demand the best from each other
a. Make the best player be the hardest worker
b. Players will not defy the best player
3. Be Prepared
4. Will be a smart team
a. Don’t forget who you are or get lost in game planning
i. Nets forgot they were a running team vs. Detroit in ‘04
5. Well Conditioned Team
6. Play As a team
a. Help a teammate first
b. All give love to each other
c. Cross on a fast break to help a teammate, hard curls to help screener get one
7. Push you to become a better team
a. Be yourself
b. Be a straight shooter, direct and honest
c. Be confrontational enough to hold players accountable
d. Are we committed
8. Be on time
a. Respect your peers
9. Young Players 30 minutes early
a. Select some veterans
b. Sprint to center circle, talk it up
i. Get into a conversation
10. Trim the fat
a. 10-15 minutes of 3 man weave
b. Practice what you do in a game
c. We need you to practice and practice hard. “Trust Me”
11. Habits
a. Practice good habits
i. Cut hard, Screen, Great shots
b. We go hard at short intervals of game speed

We don’t have shoot arounds (we call it practice)
Must have focus in shoot around
We will read you
Ask a lot of questions in this

Preparation and Execution

Game Night Procedures
How much time do you need to get ready?
31 minutes to get ready
Then I Need your eyes and ears
11 minutes for coach speak
Time outs
Players sit on the bench

Talk to teammates the right way
Bench Players
Shorter window to produce
Bench measured by wins not stats

Coaches complain about players, Players complain about coaches

Early in game
A lot of movement
Establish Inside game
Hot the guard picks (roll, post defense, double pick away, cut to post up, dribble hand off)
Hot hand – stay with it

Kenyon Martin Rule – if you throw up your arms you come out (don’t show them up)
Get on refs during deadballs
Media doesn’t want vanilla (doesn’t sell)
Never criticize anyone in organization
Ban “off the record” stuff
Create a brotherhood – “play with each other, for each other)

Do not tolerate questions and excuses
Let the players know early they will be moved if they can not comply

Have individual meetings to never leave anything unaddressed
Address players strengths and weaknesses
Find out what they think
Do You:
1. Buy In
2. Are you accountable

Chain of Command – get on you more if you’re a leader

Internal Leadership
Theme or motto for the week – something that reflects where we are as a team
Ask them what they think should be the theme
Let Players Take Ownership
Don’t want opponent to think he got up on you
Players measure themselves vs. opponent

Throw players curveballs once in a while
No practice if we hold opponent to 72 pts
Saving Private Ryan – guy he let go shot Tom Hanks
Patton – Always advance

Preparation and Execution
Touch guys everyday
Meeting without a meeting
You can be hard on guys if they know you care
8-12 meaningful touches per day
Learn from your players everyday
They work harder if it is their idea
Use the media to give love to guys who don’t play a lot

Quick Hitter vs. Zone

Dribble hands offs are harder to guard than pick and rolls
Lay some wood on the defense
Receive hand off and hold and read defense for ½ second

If you are not a shooter, then dribble hand off

Box Score Accuses
The Tape Indicts

The Tapes Don’t Lie


We’re a product of where and who we coached with
Coaching the same basically at every level

Do it in detail then pare it down
Write everything down and update it
Show them what it is supposed to look like – use past tapes, dvds

Backs against the wall
Riley scripted everything he said
Never off the cuff
Socratic testing of team on the wall

Sit them in a stance, don’t criticize, just move on, retention of knowledge

From Riley:
End of the year appraisal for the staff
One and a half hours
Riley to Van Gundy: “Do you want me to be honest with you?”
Things he said:
You dress poorly, will never be a head coach that way
You can be a head coach in this league. I just wanted to be an assistant for
a while.
He gave you confidence to be a head coach.
1. Are you competent? They will trust.
2. Are you reliable?
3. Are you trustworthy
4. Are you sincere
Coaching Confidence
De-Motivators: fear, doubt, worry
Build up each others confidence
If you are a glass half empty or totally empty like me, then you need a positive influence around

Greatest players in the NBA are most fragile
Constant confrontation with facts, misleading facts, etc. by Riley
Who can you coach?
Soft, stupid, selfish
Can’t coach anyone with two S’s
Can’t dumb down until it is just dumb

Hold marathon film sessions to develop concentration and tolerance
“Hold you hostage” – go over everything (becomes a motivator)
Curry favor of the media as well as coaches ally
See it. Talk it. Execute it.


Two times when guards always screen:

1. Flare when
1. ball comes toward you
2. ball goes away from you
2. Split – after post feed

Halfcourt Offense – try to create a 6 on 5 game
2 3on3 games going on at the same time
Backpick and repick on the
we never set an elbow to elbow screen unless a slow big is guarding our 4

4 out 1 in

Flare Screens – toughest to defend when ball coming toward or going away from you

Game shots, game spots, game speed

Switching picks – talk it, touch it, switch it
Use only two key words: 1. switch 2. stay

Post Feeds
The most effective post feed is the in-out-reposition – practice it!
Never pass to the middle third of posts body
Always pass away from the defense to maintain the posts advantage
The best way to defend the post is to keep it out of the post

Defending the deadball out of bounds
Keep back of head and crack of butt pointing at basket
Keep a low stance and trace the ball

Most Important Block Out in the Game
Block out the man who shoots off a dribble drive after getting a hand up to his drive

Offense is spacing, spacing is offense

2 Keys vs. switching defense
1. be decisive
2. be aggressive

Receiving a screen
The closer the screener is to you, the deeper you must take your defender to set him up

Mantra of How to Play the Game in All Situations
1. Who am I
2. Who are my teammates
3. Who is guarding me
4. Who is guarding my teammates

Helpside defense
1. Nobody cuts below you to the rim
2. Nobody crosses your face without a bump

Big Man Screens
1. Nonshooters always roll
2. Always screen in if on the outside

Post Reads
1. Wings
a. Always fill both corners when a big turns to the baseline
2. Opposite Post
a. To the mid-lane or high post on baseline turn
b. Cut below if post turns toward lane

Post Play
1. All about contact
a. Make and maintain contact
2. Never overrun the paint when making a cut
a. Stop at the basket and hold your territory

When your man cuts to the lane and clears out to the weakside you must yell clear

Defending a cutter to the post
Never let your man cut in front of you
Take the cutter on and move into a denial stance

3 Reasons to Dribble (rules)
1. Make the dribble take you somewhere
2. Acquire balance
3. Break the 5 second count

Pass to corner for only two reasons
1. feed the post
2. shot

5 Keys to Defense
1. Stance
2. Vision
3. Hand up on shot
4. Blockout
5. Traveling on air of the ball

Never attack a backdribble defensively. Get lower because the offensive player is preparing to reattack

Rebounding vs. a mismatch
You have a rebounding responsibility: make sure you man does not get the rebound even if you don’t get it.

Receiving a flare
Dive – defender goes over or under early
Take it – defender goes with your body over the screen
Pop – defender goes under screen so you start to run off

When ball goes in the post, we must fill the funnel lines
Get in the passing lanes and vision of post player
Transition – 1st 3 Steps are most important on offense and defense!
This where you beat guys down the floor
The only time you can lose view of the ball on defense

Defense is played in multiples of 2’s and 3’s

9 seconds left on shot clock we call “balls”—1 thru 4 switch everything

All picks on ball must be called out
1. pick
2. left or right
3. red or hard show or squeeze

Defending Mismatches
1. Big on small – gap on perimeter
2. Small on big
a. Pressure on perimeter
b. Wrap up in post

5 on perimeter
Pass and pick for a small
Especially when 5’s defender sags off

Ball Handler on a pick on ball
Must set up the angle of attack
Must have a change of pace
Must come off screen should to shoulder, hip to hip

Give your eyes to every pass

3 Times of the Game to Be Selfish
1. Coming off the pick on the ball
2. Get the ball in the post
3. Get an offensive rebound

Anytime you receive a skip pass versus a man defense you are thinking shot or drive vs. closeout
Be decisive
Never use a shot fake against a closeout

Guards never pick up a dribble and only dribble with a purpose

Never Spin Dribble in the backcourt vs. a press
Use a pullback dribble to keep vision

Press Offense
First priority is don’t get sped up
Look to score
Know if it is a dead ball or if the inbounder can run the baseline
Inbounder must know the 5 second count
Always look to bypass with wings
There is no 5 second count in backcourt, 10 is a long time if you take your time
Every catch should be with butt to sideline looking up the floor

Priority Looks
Up the sideline
“Pull” call by wings
Wings should down sidelines
PG’s defender is between him and ball
5 dives to a near corner
4 looks to throw over to PG

Conversion Defense
Force on one side of the floor
Keep hands down and wide until into attack area then get hands up

Post Play
Play small to smaller throughout the entirety of the move
Get head around and eyes up early to shot
Find or feel the pressure and count the pressure
Play small to big in the post
Get toes to the ball when you post up
Bar your arms at right angles when you post up
Forearms parallel to the floor

Play within the plane of your body with the ball on offense
Short fakes, bent arms

3-2 zone
1. High Hands
2. Ball Pressure
3. Block Out
4. Keep ball out of post
5. No dribble penetration
Ball goes into corner “superman” (top of key fronts post)

Post Defense
White is our full front
Butt front with bigs, face front with guards
Full front
1. mismatches
2. when post player is below first hash
3. vs. in, out, repost


Teach people how to score and they will listen on defense

Erratic play results from not screening, cutting, passing, spacing well

Casual Cutting – read, react, counter, explode

The slower and less athletic, the more screens you must set

Teach players to create separation from the defense

Quality of offense – move well without the ball as a unit on the pass and the cut
Finish your cut if you don’t receive a pass
Drags defender with you
Cause confrontation for the defense
Go at their body.
Winners roll to basket. Losers step back.
The better the shooter the easier for the screener to a get a paint cut.

Space & Respace – Robert Horry. Great teams respace after the ball moves.

Execution Culture – try to win every possession. Win the possession.

What is your culture?
What do you believe in?

There are no lay ups in big games.

Culture About Rebounding – teach getting inside position
Finish the offensive rebound. Space and respace after the offensive board. Expect the rebound.

Cutting is underrated
Little Things make an offense – roll hard and complete with head under the basket
Paint catches deep in the paint, body to body. 20 points scored because of deep catches.
Hands and feet are your career.
Teach to bar arm using forearm
Slow down in the post on face catches. Catch and step. Pass on the numbers. Passer sets the screen 90% of time in split game.
Cutter should walk man down
Screen under the bar arm, jump stop into a screen
Partnership of Screening – play the game horizontally
“peek” to see what you man is doing vs. screen
Slip to basket. Often open other side.
You must have quick release at 2 guard. Shot preparation is key.
Vs. Switches
Cut to be free vs. cut to be guarded
Raise hands above head and yell I am open

Everyone cant learn the same way
Cant teach everyone the same way
You be the heavy every day

Inner peace with your superstar

Everyone goes small in game 6&7 of NBA
What is your best team to win a game now?
4 man setting split screen
Your Voice is Your Choice
Correct with clarity without taking it personal. Non-demonstrative. Praise loudly.

Spend too much time doing it the wrong way.
Lambast a player and lose for a month.
Be strong but be different.
Correct it and out of there. Praise – prompt – leave


Necessity is the mother of invention

Right Guy Right Shot

Post Play
Have to score before you catch
Angles..seal, seal, seal
Two feet in the paint of don’t shoot
You can’t ever run a good offense versus good defense
Give defense a chance to break down
Offense should be simple
Defense should be complicated

Basketball is meant to be fun
Hire someone you can have fun with and is different from you
Don’t hire a buddy
Travel – jet lag, hydration
Program Design
Practice Design
Reducing Injuries

Pillar Strength
Muscle System
Bony Skeleton
Muscular Stability – strong glutes so knee is not outside or inside of foot on push step
Core – stomach. Lower back add scapula, hips, trunk
Jump rope and footwork drills before practice

Hubie Brown

1. 4 things players must do:
a. Be on time. (Give ‘em 5 minutes.)
b. Must play hard. (Give ‘em 2 minutes to grow up.)
c. Know your job.
d. Do your players know when to pass/shoot?

2. San Antonio Spurs...are good because THEY PLAY...and nobody talks/jaws!

Coach Paul Hewitt, Georgia Tech University

Topic: Man to Man Offense

The more ball reversals the more stress you put on the defense. This causes more closeouts.
Get yourself or someone else open with your screen.
Catch the ball and rebound the ball with two hands always!!
Drive to score on the baseline, not to explore.
Be sure to read screens (pop, fade, curl) and make sure to set your man up and wait for the screen.

Coach Leonard Hamilton, Florida State University

Topic: Defensive Philosophy

• Be very detailed.
• Break down and explain
• don’t take anything for granted
• Use terms and phrases that the players will know, relate to, and understand.
• “Shrink the Gap”
Shrink the gap between the ball handler and the next pass.
• Initial ball pressure is very important
Don’t let them see the post, high post, skip pass
Make them worried about you by putting heavy pressure on the ball
• Front post on all entries foul line and below.
• Denying the post entry is a 3 part process
• 1. Pressure on the ball
• 2. Front the post
• 3. Weak side help must be there
• “Connect the dots on defense”
Use defensive drills to develop skill and intensity

Coach Lute Olson, University of Arizona

Topic: Match up Zone Defense
• Mix up Defenses to confuse other team
• Look to change your defense if the opposition scores on you 2 times in a row.
• The goal of changing up defenses is to confuse the guards, and make them have to recognize what you are in.
• Defenses Arizona runs
• 20- Match-Up Zone
• 10- Man to Man
• 13- 1-3-1 Zone
• Start on man to man and work on it for at least 2 weeks before you get into teaching zones.
 Develop the defensive fundamentals

Mark Gottfried


1. 15 minutes = Individual attention time (i.e. defend ball screen, defend down screen)
Nov.-Dec. = work on part of game and how/what our system will do (offensively and/or defensively)
Jan.- end = use as post/perimeter breakdown

2. 5 minutes = Wing denial OR closeouts

3. 5 minutes = Offensive drill (i.e. back door with guard & forward, 3 on 0 cutting)

4. 5 minutes = “Flanker”

5. 5 minutes = Rebounding (i.e. Ante over w/:)
 Power lay in
 Pump fake, power lay in
 Pump fake, 1 bounce, power lay in
 POGO (mikan hop)
 2 hand follow in air

6. 15 minutes = Shell defense (position, help)

7. 5 minutes = 1 on 1 live
 Posts/Guards
 2 dribble limit

8. 5 minutes = 2 on 2 defense

9. 5 minutes = 3 on 3 defense

10. 5 minutes = 4 on 4 on 4

11. 10 minutes = 3 on 2 conditioner (continuous)
 Red vs. White

12. 10 minutes = Man offense (no defense)

13. 10 minutes = Zone offense (no defense)

14. 10 minutes = Shooting

15. 10 minutes = 5 on 5 ½ court vs. man

16. 10 minutes = 5 on 5 ½ court vs. zone

• Practice time =
 Early in season = 2 ½ hours maximum
 Late in season = 1 ½ hours maximum

Bobby Gonzalez

• You learn how to coach at the lower levels (JV, Varsity)
• “The best job is the one you’ve got.” (enjoy where you are, appreciate it)
• Important to understand your players, how to motivate,...
• Important to coach attitude every day
 use articles
 NBA footage/video

• Working on pressure defense
 1 on 1
 2 on 2
 3 on 3
 4 on 4
 5 on 5

 Points of emphasis/things we work on:
 ball pressure
* stance
* ball in front

 fake trap = “stunting”
 denial

• Our goal is to get a “5-10-5" = 5 second call (on the in-bounds), 10 second call (in the back court), 5 second call (in the half court)

• Deflection Chart
• = tip
 = hand on ball
S = steal
F = flick
B = block

• Our goals:
 20+ deflections by half
 40+ deflections for game

• Pressure Defense Goals
1. Wear people down (14 to 10 minute mark, game of runs)
2. Never out of game
3. Use more players
4. Forces fast play = quick/bad shots, turnovers

• Scouting Specific
1. Trap only PG
2. Make 4/5 bring it and make a play (“shut out”)
3. Trap dribbler
4. Trap 1st sideline pass

“Put your players in emergency situations often.” = forces quick thinking and communication (game-like)

Tubby Smith

 Early teams were shooting 44% against Kentucky - TOO HIGH!
 Defense FG% is key!

 As coaches - we “have to give back to the game”

 In 11 years as a head coach he has never finished below 2nd or 3rd in defense FG%

 Stance (1 hand high, 1 hand low (“dig” hand))
 Focal point = Belly (peripheral vision to see ball)
 Ball goes up = 2 hand pressure
 Ball goes down = 1 hand down, 1 up, & step back

Steve Fisher San Diego State

1. Be loyal, work hard, don’t complain!
2. Don’t be afraid to speak up! (i.e. I disagree with..., I think...)
3. Let people be/feel important!

Don Meyer Northern State University (SD)

Post Play

1. Point toes out slightly
2. How do you know if you have angles in post?
If pass is right at your face = no angles
Pass communicates to you = tells you where your open angle is
3. Get open, stay open, score simply!
4. “Doleac” = arms out, palms out, fingers up to ceiling, be able to see back of hands
5. Chin ball = fingers to ceiling
6. It’s a 2-handed, 2-footed game (power, balance)
7. Mikan series
8. “Get more of the defense.”
9. Catch the ball perpendicular to the line of the pass.

How To Get Teams UP For Game
1. Urgency
2. Purpose

5 Stages of Coaching
1. Survival - philosophy, how to...
2. Strive for success - get respect
3. Satisfaction
4. Significance - impact, legacy
5. Spent - nothing left in tank

Reasons To Take a Job
1. Like to live there
2. Be able to win
3. Must enjoy people you work with
4. Get appreciation/satisfaction from work you do
5. Program money (budget)
6. Good kids
7. Salary

“Money has yet to make a person rich.”
“Relationships make you rich.”
“Money is a lousy way to keep score.”

6 Ways To Get Fired
1. Alcohol/Drugs
2. Divorce
3. Merger
4. Incident
5. Taking a stand
6. Poor teacher

“I never let our players get satisfied.”
“I never let our coaches get satisfied.”
“I was never satisfied.”
“You can always do it better.”

3 Things That Stop You From Winning
1. Injuries
2. Illness
3. Ineligibility

3 Dreads of Coaching
1. Telling a kid to do or not do something we don’t do or do ourselves
2. Players in trouble
3. The end of it all

Skill coach vs. Drill coach
1. Make practices like games.
2. Make games like practices.

Our Practices
1. Skill development
2. Team competition
3. Team defense
4. Situation competition

“Be a practice player first.”

“Properly and quickly execute the fundamentals of the game for the welfare of the team.”

“We practice and play with the poise of a national championship team.”

“Even when we lose we win.”

“Don’t have to win the championship to be a champion.”

1. Stance
2. Position
3. Movement
4. Re-position

Defensive Reminders
1. Jump to ball
2. Travel on air time of ball
3. Go where help came from (i.e. X out)
4. Sprint in and out of “i” on help side

1. Shot off pass
2. Shot fake, shot

3 Rules for Coaches
1. Find out who you are
2. Find your unique gift/talent and develop it
3. Give your gift away

2nd Hand Compliments

Random Thoughts
1. Use short phrases in teaching
2. Echo yells
3. A quiet team is a scared team

4. Buddy System
- coach your position when on bench
- veteran & rookie NOT rookie & rookie
5. Attention to detail