Luck and landing a college coaching job

Seventeen years after I first was hired as an assistant college basketball coach, I was hired as a part-time head coach at the junior college level. I would like to think that I have earned the opportunity with my work and persistence, but the actual process of landing the job was good fortune and luck. Because many people ask how to get such and such job, here is my story (following my story of how I was hired to coach in Europe). Read more

Club coaching clinic

Today, we have one hour to train the coaches of the youth teams in our club, most of whom have never coached previously. The four primary messages are: Read more

Questioning as a Teaching Approach

Here is a short video from a recent clinic in Amherst, MA talking about using questioning as a teaching approach.


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Youth Leagues: Director of Coaching Development

Last month, I suggested one way that a youth organization could raise the funds to pay someone to nurture, develop, assist and train volunteer coaches. I speak to organizations on a regular basis, and most acknowledge a need to offer coaches more assistance, but then they rattle off the excuses as to why they cannot improve the coaching in their organization. Read more

Coaching is just Running Plays, Right?

On socalhoops.com, I saw this post from a Southern California coaching association:

SCIBCA Fall Coaches Symposium
9:45-10:00am Presentation from Officials Association on New Rules
10:00-10:15am CIF Power Point explaining Playoff Divisional Structure
10:20-10:45am Break Out Session #1: Man Offense, Set Plays, Out of Bounds
10:50-11:15am Break Out Session #2: Zone Offense, Set Plays, Out of Bounds
11:20-11:45am Break Out Session #3: Press, Press Break, Special Situations
11:45-12:30pm Coaches’ Social & Lunch

This reminds me of an old post by John Harmatuk, a high school coach in Houston. Coach Tuk said that he told another coach that he did not run any set plays. The other coach turned to Coach Tuk and asked, “What do you do in practice if you’re not practicing your plays?”

  • What Is A Playmaker?

    Who decided that a point guard has to be small? More importantly, what is a point guard? We expect a point guard to be a leader and have a high basketball I.Q. Why don’t we expect or challenge all players to develop this game awareness? Why rely on only one player? Read more →
  • The PBDL Concept

    English soccer academies wait until players are 11 to play full 11v11 soccer; in Italy, youth basketball players participate in skill-oriented clinics at 6-years-old, but start competitive games at 12. In the United States, kids play 5v5 full court games and compete for national championships when they are 8-years-old.

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  • Starting A PBDL

    The PBDL emphasizes learning and development. Presently, players and parents have numerous recreation options - leagues based on fun and equal participation, typically for beginners - and numerous competitive opportunities - teams focused on strategy, game preparation and winning. There are few true development leagues - until now.

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