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What is My Purpose? (Episode 22)

What is My Purpose? I find a lot of people are wondering “What is My Purpose?” Why am I here? What am I doing? A lot of those people are "grown up already." Sometimes I'm one of those people. I have to remind myself of exactly what I'm supposed to be doing. It helps me and so I hope it can help you. I believe it is to live. You’ve been given life. So live it. And Live it relentlessly. Maybe even live it recklessly? You were giving life to make your life better and to make the lives of others...


Positive Matters ft. Shawn Postiglione (Episode 21)

Positive Matters In the heat of competition, or just in every day life being positive matters. Coach Shawn Postiglione of Bridgewater University talks about how and why positivity is such an important part of his life and the culture of his program. Why is it important for you to be positive? How does your culture impact how you recruit? How do you remain positive with officials? What are some things that might be unique for you that you have to really focus on this journey? How do you...


Winning a National Championship ft. Jennifer King (Episode 20)

Winning a National Championship Winning a national championship is the goal of every college basketball player. Coach Jennifer King led Johnson & Wales to its first national championship in any sport. She shares her perspectives on what it took to reach the pinnacle of success this season. Was winning a national championship something you talked about with the team? What was the best decision you made this season? What was the worst decision you made this season? What was the hardest part...


Conflict & Competition (Episode 19)

Conflict & Competition Conflict and competition can be either good or bad. It’s about your perspective. You’ve probably heard, if you can’t take the heat then get out of the kitchen. Everyone loves being in the kitchen. It smells good. The stuff that comes out of there tastes good but sometimes it gets hot. Honestly, if you want good food, you’re probably going to have to have some heat. How do you get two pieces of metal to bond together? Heat is the only thing that can really weld two...


One Junior College Perspective ft. Ryan Davis (Episode 18)

One Junior College Perspective Junior colleges are a big part of the collegiate athletic business. In many cases, junior colleges have a bad reputation. In some cases this is well-deserved, but not in every case. Coach Ryan Davis of Sheridan College in Wyoming is the head coach of the women's program at this D1 NJCAA program. He has experience in men's and women's basketball at D1, D2, and the junior college levels. He shares his thoughts on recruiting, both in bringing athletes into his...


Faith & Fear (Episode 17)

Faith & Fear Faith is in a constant battle with fear. both of them are monster’s that we can choose to starve or feed. Neither of them will ever go away completely. Inevitably we feed each of them every day. There are decisions that we make based out of fear. There are the decisions that we make that are based in faith. Do we lead our teams fearlessly? Do we take chances? Do we allow them to take chances? Are we afraid of being rejected? Are we afraid of failure? Are we afraid someone won’t...


Fundamental Skills and Athleticism (Episode 16)

Fundamental Skills and Athleticism WIthout any scientific research to really back this up, I would wager two different points regarding fundamental skills and athleticism. Most people refer to fundamental skills as passing, dribbling and shooting and maybe screening and defense Most people refer to athleticism how high you can jump, how fast you can run or change direction. What really makes a basketball player skilled? What really makes a basketball player athletic? The fundamental skills...


Making Adjustments (Episode 15)

Making Adjustments Coaches are judged fairly or not by their ability to make adjustments during games. Sometimes we think we shouldn't adjust. Sometimes we might not be able to. Sometimes we make an adjustment and it works. Sometimes we try to make a change and it doesn't work. When do you adjust? What adjustments can you make? What happens when playing hard isn't enough? Does your team believe in the adjustments that you make?


A High School Perspective ft. Marcus Dilligard (Episode 14)

A High School Perspective Dealing with parent expectations in high school Man or zone? How do you try to score against zone defense? What is missing in today's high school game?


Hoops College’s Mission, Vision, Purpose (Episode 13)

Hoops College Mission Vision & Purpose Mission Using basketball, we educate to develop and expose greatness. Vision Participants will discover who they are and learn strategies for growth. Purpose Provide holistic learning platform Challenge craft mastery from basic building blocks Build global community of networks


Communicate With Your Team During Games (Episode 12)

Communicate With Your Team During Games Coaches often use timeouts as opportunities to communicate with their teams, but there are many other opportunities and ways to communicate without calling a timeout. There are at least 50 dead balls in every game. Are you taking full advantage of these dead ball opportunities to communicate with your team? What other opportunities or strategies can you use to help foster communication without calling timeout? Can you make a substitution instead of...


Why Should You Call Timeout? (Episode 11)

Why Should You Call A Timeout? Every timeout is precious. We have a limited number of timeouts so we must choose to use them wisely. Set our defense Set our offense Make a substitution Rest, because you don’t want to make a substitution Celebrate success Point out Slippage Change momentum Prevent a turnover Ice a FT shooter Talk to official Just remember that when you take a timeout, the opposing coach has the opportunity to do these other things as well. Maybe you don't care what the other...


Team Building in the Off Season ft. Jimmy Garrity (Episode 10)

Team Building Tell us about what you do in the off season to build team chemistry. Where did this come from? How did it start? What’s the biggest key to implementing things? How much time does it take? How is your staff involved? Do you do anything specific during the season to reinforce what players learned in the off season?


Gaining Buy-In ft. Gayle Coats Fulks (Episode 9)

Gaining Buy-In Coach Gayle Coats Fulks of Davidson College talks about gaining buy-in from her new team at a program that had not seen a lot of recent success. Is it important to you that your team “buys-in”? Is it important to your players they they “buy-in”? What does buy-in look like to you or to your players? Are there different levels of what it looks like? When did your team feel like they were bought in? When did you feel like your team bought in this season? Why did they choose to...


Changing My Team’s Identity ft. Brenda Mock Kirkpatrick, (Episode 8)

Changing My Team's Identity What was your team’s identity? Why was it that way? What did you want your identity to be? What strategies have you used to "get there"? If you’ve "arrived", when did that happen? How long did it take? What’s next? Maintain or evolve to something else?


What Do My Players Think I Think Is Important? (Episode 7)

What Do My Players Think I Think Is Important? Do you know what is important for you and your team? Have you ever felt like you and your players weren’t on the same page? It seems like your team just doesn’t think what you say or do matters. You're probably right, but then you have to decide what to do. You could just kick everyone off and start over next year, but let's examine ourselves first to see what we can do better. The truth is that everything you say and do matters to them. The...


Changing My Least Favorite Part of Practice (Episode 6)

Changing My Least Favorite Part of Practice Here are 8 reasons why you might dread a certain part of practice. In this episode we discuss some strategies to help you address these situations. Players think it is pointless It’s at the end It’s at the beginning Intensity always seems to go down It’s too hard for players Players don’t understand it You’re not comfortable with it It's hard to keep everyone engaged


My Favorite Part of Practice ft. Rhet Wierzba (Episode 5)

My Favorite Part of Practice What is your favorite part of practice & why? Where does your passion come from? How do you make practice unique? If you could only use one word, what would you say is most important quality of a practice? What is one attribute that stands out that separates a good practice from one that is not?


Implementing the Read & React with Your Personnel ft. Mike Bona (Episode 4)

Implementing the Read & React with Your Personnel How are we most likely to score? How do I get my shooters shots? What can I do to make my players most consistent game to game? How do I implement running sets and running the Read & React?


Which Read & React Layer Should I Teach First? (Episode 3)

Which Read & React Layer Should I Teach First? Are any layers more important than the other? Does one layer require more emphasis? Is one layer more important to scoring? Does my alignment affect what I teach first?