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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 …

Back to School Checklist

As both high schools and colleges start to convene for the 2013-2014 season, it’s time for coaches to start going through their own back to school checklist. I’m going beyond simple supplies here. Most coaches know where they are getting any new gear from and how many basketballs are needed, but before things start to …

Preparing for Next Season

Every year, each and every team experiences some level of turnover in personnel whether it is from players graduating or leaving a team in some other manner. As coaches, we have to figure out how are we going to replace what those players brought to the table whether you are coming off a season where …

Making Your Team Better

The NBA draft took place in late June and free agency quickly began afterward. College coaches from across the country are embarking on a month long journey searching for players to fill available roster spots. If you’ve coached long enough, you usually have a pretty good idea of what you need to make your team …

Looking Deeper Inside Miami’s Championship

As basketball fans everywhere know, the Miami Heat won their 2nd straight NBA Championship last week. Sure having LeBron James, Dawayne Wade and Chris Bosh should make you the better team in most games you play, but that wasn’t the case two years ago when the Dallas Mavericks took down the Heat in six games. …