program building

December 20, 2021

10 Traits of Successful Athletic Programs — Part II

As we travel our country to speak, we get the opportunity to observe a lot of different high school and college programs. We have also learned that the two main places we get invited are those schools that are very successful and those that are strug...

September 21, 2021

What Is Your Program All About?

As a young coach, I was always looking for advice and tips to have a successful program. I would read books, watch videos, and pick the brains of veteran coaches at every opportunity.  The best advice on program building was very simple – “yo...

January 22, 2018

Building tenacity in players and teams

As we approach tournament time, the most important time of the year, it’s time to put your money where your mouth is. This is by far my favorite time of the year. A time where teams literally separate themselves from the pack. I want to share some...

December 5, 2017

How to turn around a failing program

Losing happens. Sometimes, losing happens too often and for too long, whether it’s over the course of a season or several years. Overcoming a losing season or a losing program can be a tremendous challenge for some coaches. If you have been charged...

November 23, 2017

A Commitment to Excellence

Minnesota high school dedicated to athletes on and off the playing surfaces The words “commitment to excellence” have hung above Kurt Habeck’s office door since Eastview High School (Minnesota) opened 21 years ago. It was a testament to hi...

September 12, 2017

Tubby Smith offers three keys to program building

Memphis men's basketball coach Tubby Smith last weekend offered his keys to program building at a USA Basketball Coach Academy. Smith has coached high school and college basketball during his 45-year career, and during the 1997-98 season he led the ...

November 6, 2013

Eight sure-fire strategies for building a thriving program

Transforming a declining or problematic program into a rising program is definitely a challenge. There will be many weeks when it feels like you are taking two steps forward and sometimes just as many backward as the negative gravity of the situation...