Benedictine looks to complete perfect season

The Division III Men’s Basketball Championship will tip off this weekend in Salem, VA.  The participants include the 2011 champs, St. Thomas, the 2013 champs (and requisite NESCAC team) Amherst along with Christopher Newport and Benedictine who combined for exactly one loss this season. We crunched some numbers from the participants over the last five …

Know Your Stats Vol. 2

Effective Field Goal Percentage is often confused with True Shooting Percentage.  While true shooting percentage brings free throws into the mix in order to more accurately gauge how points are scored, effective field goal percentage focuses on shot attempts from the field and accounts for the fact that three pointers are worth more.  The formula …

Our ‘Why’

I recently read a great book by Simon Sinek called ‘Start Withy Why’. The core message was around motivating your team by having everyone understand WHY you do what you do, whether it’s a basketball team, in business or even a family. I witnessed this firsthand when I was coaching high school basketball, the girls …

Know Your Stats Vol. 1

True Shooting Percentage True shooting percentage shows you how well a player is shooting when you factor in three pointers and free throws.  It is calculated as follows: Points/(2*(FGA + 0.44*FTA)) The 0.44 lowers the value of the free throw attempt because the shot is uncontested and only worth one point.  The adjustment also provides …

Team Input

One thing I learned from working with University of Vermont coach Lori Gear McBride actually took place at halftime of every game. Coach McBride had the team go in the locker room and one person was in charge of writing on the board positives and negatives from the first half, supplied by the whole team, …

Creating Goals For A New Season

With the start of practice upon us, I thought it would be a good time to discuss goals. There are a number of different approaches to achieving great things, but I’m going to focus on just a few. Let’s start with the great John Wooden who said “Failing to prepare is preparing to fail.” Whatever …

The Story of StatGeek

When I’m talking about StatGeek, I often get asked about where the idea for the company came from. After answering it a few hundred times, I figured out that this was something just about everyone was interested in, so here is a brief history behind the origin of StatGeek. I began coaching at the Division …

Building Trust With Your Team

Don’t we casually ask for trust all the time, simply saying ‘trust me’ in reply to an odd look from someone? If it’s your spouse or a family member, sometimes that’s enough, but why?   My daughter is almost two months old. It’s our first child. So, when I’ve got a child-rearing theory, what is …