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June 21, 2018

Offseason is a time for professional development

by Kevin Hoffman, Editorial Director

If there’s one thing successful basketball coaches have in common, it’s their relentless pursuit of information. They’re at the clinics, they’re reading the books and they’re networking to build a library of basketball strategies they can e...

May 23, 2018

Eating right during the offseason

by Laura Moretti, columnist

A decrease in activity level due to an injury or the offseason can cause an athlete to become concerned about weight gain or muscle loss. I receive numerous inquiries from athletes asking how much they should decrease their dietary intake to avoid t...

May 15, 2018

How to put on a summer basketball camp

by Don Kloth, contributing writer

When I became a head varsity coach, I strongly believed it was essential to organize and run a youth summer basketball camp at the high school. Prior to this time, there was not an organized youth basketball camp in the community. I was 40 years old...

May 12, 2018

How Central Missouri shocked the Goliath of DII women’s basketball

March 12, 2016, was the last time Ashland University had lost a game heading into this year’s NCAA Division II women’s national championship. Its 73 consecutive wins was the fourth-best streak of any division, and its 99 points per game was enoug...

May 9, 2018

Strength: Principles to training for explosive power

by Henry Barrera, columnist

There are many parallels between life and training. One of the most fundamental principles in training for athletic performance is the concept of “supercompensation.” This is the process of transformation when you’re training the right way. Th...

May 6, 2018

Use technology to take you forward as a basketball coach

The offseason is a time for evaluation and correction. Whether you run a program that just won a championship or one that struggled to win a single game, it’s the one thing all teams have in common before next fall. Where you differ is how you go ...

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April 27, 2018

Building toughness in all walks of life

by Dick Luther, contributing writer

With another season in the books, many of us have taken a deep breath and started to take stock, rebuild or retool for what’s next. What now? Coaching techniques with modern technology is amazing. The players are stronger, quicker and their abilit...

April 23, 2018

Six leadership commitments of great coaches

by Dawn Redd, contributing writer

I once read an article that examined the six leadership commitments of five-time NBA champion head coach Gregg Popovich. Because he has been so successful, I thought I'd share the tips and put my own spin on how these help coaches. 1. Understand what...

April 17, 2018

Learning and mastering new skills

by Dennis Mooibroek, BC Shooters, the Netherlands

As a coach in any sport, one of the many responsibilities you have is with player development. This more often than not requires your athletes to learn new things or, depending on the age group, even requires them to part with bad habits. As coaches,...

April 12, 2018

Gene Keady’s 5 tips to make your program stronger

by Winning Hoops

As a seven-time Big Ten Coach of the Year, Gene Keady had more than his share of success at Purdue University. Keady, a former president of the National Association of Basketball Coaches, is always more than willing to pass along time-tested coachin...