How to get a coaching job in Europe, Part 2

Last summer, I wrote about the random and lucky manner in which I was hired to coach in Europe this past season. My goal when I was hired was to gain promotion for my club, which would enable me to coach with the same club in the top division, or to use the job to make it easier to find the next job. When I discussed the job with a prominent European coach, he said to take anything to get over to Europe, as the next job would be easier to find from there.  Continue reading

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The Way to Teach the Game

When we structure practices or training sessions, these are the skills that should be taught and emphasized.

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Triple threat and ball movement

Since the NBA Western Conference Semifinals, I have written several articles about the needlessness of the triple threat position based on the San Antonio Spurs ball movement (here, herehere, and here). Continue reading

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The San Antonio Spurs, Ball Movement, and Triple Threat

Our expectations and desires are incongruent with the way in which we teach the game of basketball. Judging by television, twitter, and conversations with coaches, we want everyone to play like this: Continue reading

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Academia and Athletics

Earlier this month, I had two on-campus interviews for jobs in the academic world. Last year, I had an interview to be the head strength and conditioning coach at a Division I university. The hiring processes were dramatically different.  Continue reading

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The mid-range jump shot will be saved by analytics

In 2001, I coached an u9 boys’ basketball team. When we thought about our system, and the shots that we wanted to take, we essentially eliminated mid-range shots. At nine-years-old, any outside shot was an inefficient shot. We set up a system designed to attack the basket (Blitz Basketball). However, if we were going to shoot outside shots, we wanted the shooter to catch with his feet set and to be behind the three-point line.  Continue reading

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Principle of specificity versus random and variable practice

Originally published in Hard2Guard Player Development Newsletter 6.3. To subscribe, enter your email address to the right.

As we performed our usual shooting drill at the beginning of practice, I yelled at one player to curl into his shot, as the drill is designed. The player likes to do his own thing, and he was flaring to the three-point line rather than curling towards the elbow. After I yelled at him, I thought about it for a minute. I am not enamored with the drill, but we have 14 players and two baskets, and it allows everyone to get shots without standing in line. However, we shoot a lot of mid-range jump shots, even though I emphasize shooting 3s or getting to the rim in our offense. Should our practice shots reflect our game shots? Continue reading

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Advice for an aspiring college coach

Earlier this season, the Director of Basketball Operations at a well-known Division 1 university emailed and asked about coaching in Europe. As I wrote last summer, I am asked frequently about landing a job in Europe. Many young coaches, it seems, have the same thought that I had when I was a young coach: coaching in Europe would be a great experience and would move my coaching career forward. In my experience, it has been a great learning experience, but it has not always been a great experience, nor has it furthered my coaching career.

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NCAA Rule Changes: Adopt FIBA’s Rules

According to Pat Forde, the NCAA Men’s Basketball Rules Committee is examining ways to improve the game, specifically to increase scoring and speed up the game. There is no need to reinvent the wheel: adopt FIBA rules. Continue reading

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The problems of a young head coach

Tyler Summit, the son of legendary coach Pat Summit, is now the 23-year-old head coach of Louisiana Tech University, and everyone seems to have an opinion. I don’t. I have never met the guy. However, I have been a young head coach.  Continue reading

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