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January 13, 2014

There’s no harm in dreaming big

Very few of you have ever had the luxury of coaching a future NBA star. The odds are overwhelmingly stacked against young athletes, and regardless of the jumpers they put up in practice or the hours they spend in the weight room, most are doomed well...


January 13, 2014

Blueprint for improvement

Every year around this time, I get a ton of questions about what both teams and individuals should be doing to maximize improvement during the offseason. By this time of the year, you should be deep into offseason training or getting ready to jump in...


January 13, 2014

Finding the Right Fit

Coaches dedicate countless hours conducting repetitive drills designed to improve their team performance, but most don't give a second thought to the shoes their players are wearing. That's a critical mistake that results in injuries, decreased perf...


January 13, 2014

Ohio University dresses up arena with graphics

Ohio University's Convocation Center was built more than 45 years ago, but few would ever suspect it. Over the last decade the venue has been upgraded with everything from video boards to "television quality lighting, creating an atmosphere unlike an...


January 13, 2014

Still Waiting for the Shot Clock Rule

Waiting for the shot clock rule in high school basketball reminds me of an old saying amongst us Chicago Cubs fans: there's always next year.Each spring, the National Federation of State High School Associations' Basketball Rules Committee meets. And...


January 13, 2014

Offense or defense: What gives teams the best chance to win?

"Offense sells tickets, defense wins championships." How many times have you seen that line on the back of a summer camp T-shirt? NBA world champion and TNT analyst Kenny Smith is the first person I heard say, "Good offense will always beat good def...


January 13, 2014

Building Your Brand

How important is brand awareness to your athletic department? Take a look at the response rate of your last fundraising initiative. Think of your brand as the first thing that comes to someone's mind when your organization is mentioned. A succinct a...


January 13, 2014

Winning starts off the court

Although winning is the world's ultimate quantifiable standard for the word winner, there is more to the story. This is one of my favorite topics to write about, as it's the difference maker for players and programs all over the world. Let's take a ...