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The Wisdom of Bill Parcells

Bill Parcells coached in the NFL for 19 seasons, winning 2 Super Bowls along the way. He was the head coach for four different teams finishing each tenure with a winning record. Parcells was known for many things but my favorite quote was ‘You are what your record says you are!’ We can all relate …

Making Adjustments

Coming down the stretch of the season, you’re seeing conference opponents possibly for a second time.  You might see them for a third time in your conference tournament.  No matter the results of those initial match-ups, you need to start making adjustments for the rematches. Some adjustments may be easy, especially if a key player …

Conference vs Non-Conference Stats

While everyone is well into conference play at this point in the season, the majority of games for most teams are still non-conference games.  So, let’s talk about what you can and can’t take away from those games as compared to conference games. At every level, you can schedule your way to a winning season …

Practice What You Preach

I remember my first year coaching at the high school level.  I was a JV girls coach and my tallest player was maybe 5’7″.  I knew our only chance was to play pressure defense and play fast.  We spent a lot of practice time on transition offense and taking care of the ball because I …

Fixing Your Fault Lines

A new book about the Houston Astros 2017 World Series run, Astroball, was recently released.  The author, Ben Reiter, had written an article for Sports Illustrated in 2014 that had accurately predicted they would be champions in 2017.  One of the chapters focuses on the signing of Carlos Beltran before the season and the idea …

Measuring Value

On the eve of the NBA draft, let’s talk about value. Value is essentially what are you getting compared to what is it costing you. A bottle of water at a hotel may be $3.25 – we should all drink more water, but that’s not much value for that price. But if you’ve been walking …

The Weakest Link

This is not a plea to revive the game show The Weakest Link from 2001.  Rather, I recently read a book called The Numbers Game which discusses analytics in the world of soccer.  One of the chapters is how success in soccer is not tied as much to the strongest players on your team, but rather the …

The Importance of Being Assertive

Last week, I got the chance to visit TCU and attend their coaching clinic.  Head women’s basketball coach, Raegan Pebley, spent about an hour teaching her ’21’ defense.  If you’re not familiar with it, it puts a great deal of pressure on the point guard and the wings.  Obviously, you love to create turnovers on …

How To Be Cinderella

As the postseason is underway, whether it’s your conference tournament or the national tournament, here’s a few tips on becoming the belle of the ball. Have realistic expectations – Good team are good at things so when you’re the underdog, you have to expect they’re going to do good things.  You have to try to …

Three Tips for your Conference Tourney

It’s Conference Tournament time!! Here’s three tips to hopefully get you to a conference title. Double-check those travel plans! – I’ll never forget a panicked phone call from our head coach one season when we were all planning for a noon departure to the airport, telling us the flight is actually at 10 am.  Oh …