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October 26, 2018

Strong feeder systems bring long-term success

by Rick Elia, contributing writer

The job of a varsity high school basketball coach can best be compared to an iceberg. The most visible part of a coach’s job is leading the team during games. Much like an iceberg sticking above water, that’s what everyone sees. It’s the subje...

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October 16, 2018

Teaching proper shooting fundamentals

by Marty Gaughan, contributing writer

Footwork, finishing develop a player’s scoring abilities  In order to teach young players the proper fundamentals of shooting the basketball, we must create a foundation that we can build upon. It will be on this foundation that we begin to creat...

September 13, 2018

5 ways to combat the preseason grind

by Ashley Hutchcraft, contributing writer

From August to November, our basketball team is in the preseason grind. If we’re all honest with ourselves, by the time October rolls around we’re ready for games. One of the coaching challenges I face daily is keeping our team energetic and foc...

September 7, 2018

How Ryan Odom and UMBC upset No. 1 Virginia

No. 1 seeds carry a 135-1 record in the opening round of the NCAA men’s basketball tournament. Their single loss came earlier this year, when the University of Maryland Baltimore County shocked the top-seeded Virginia Cavaliers, a team that most pu...

September 4, 2018

How your program can take up a cause this season

The best coaches understand that the influence of their program extends far beyond the basketball court. And, they do something about it. Some coaches tend to doubt the difference their players can make, but the skeptics should take a moment to refle...

August 5, 2018

Advice for first-time head basketball coaches

by Winning Hoops

Taking the reins of a program can be an exciting step for first-time head coaches. It’s finally time to place their mark on a team and see where it leads them. But it also can be stressful for anyone who may have unanswered questions about program...

August 2, 2018

A proven system for evaluating team performance and chemistry

by Darren Barndt, contributing writer

I coached high school basketball for 18 years, and I always believed one of the biggest challenges was acquiring information to make good decisions. As any experienced leader knows, you need honest feedback from every stakeholder to make the decision...

July 30, 2018

Fundraisers that produce big returns with small investments

by Jay Johnson, contributing writer

Time is a precious commodity. It’s something everyone could use more of each day, and coaches are no exception. Coaches spend several hours each day doing various ancillary tasks associated with coaching a team. Those necessary evils beyond the tra...

July 20, 2018

Learning to lose with dignity

by Joshua Hils, contributing writer

A universal truth in the world of coaching is that nobody like to lose. But how coaches handle losing says a lot about their program, their culture and their core philosophy. You hear the clichés all the time, but it’s not rare to see upsets in s...

July 17, 2018

What it means to be a coach

by Les Cano, contributing writer

What does it mean to be a coach? How about a good coach for that matter? Coaching is different than any other teaching job. You often have time to build relationships with players that can be meaningful. Plus, you have to deal with hard losses that ...