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March 21, 2019 - Hartford, CT, USA - Villanova head coach Jay Wright looks on during action against St. Mary's in the first round of the NCAA Tournament at XL Center in Hartford, Conn., on Thursday, March 21, 2019. Villanova advanced, 61-57. (Credit Image: © Brad Horrigan/Hartford Courant/TNS via ZUMA Wire)

Tips For Lean Coaching

Tips For Lean Coaching

Lean Coaching: Three tips for trimming away the excess that may exist in your coaching style In some recent reading on non-basketball subjects, I ran across the descriptive term lean. The term lean was used as a complimentary descriptor for an author’s writing style. To have a lean writing style means the author is not

team-first culture, basketball, coaching

Team-First Culture Begins with Coaches Modeling Behavior

Coaches can’t expect players to exhibit team-first attitudes and behavior if they don’t demonstrate it themselves. As coaches, we are constantly preaching to our teams about the importance of each member of the team having a “team-first” attitude. Our focus is generally on the fact that, while they need to develop their skills to become

March 8, 2019: Virginia Tech Hokies coach Buzz Williams call a play during NCAA basketball action between the Miami (Fl) Hurricanes and the Virginia Tech Hokies at Cassell Coliseum Blacksburg, VA. Virginia Tech defeats Miami (Fl) 84 -70. Jonathan Huff/CSM(Credit Image: © Jonathan Huff/CSM via ZUMA Wire)

Basketball Strategy: There’s No “Right” Way to Play or Coach

It’s all about preference – teams with various styles of play are succeeding in today’s game, as evidenced by recent champions. During the 2019 men’s NCAA Tournament, basketball coaches and fans across the world saw a collection of some of the best games in recent memory. Specifically, the Sweet Sixteen and Eight Eight featured teams with

March 8, 2019 - St. Louis, Missouri, U.S - Duke head coach DARIAN DEVRIES takes to his team during a media time out in the quarter final round of the Arch Madness, Missouri Valley Conference Men's Tournament  held at The Enterprise Center in St. Louis, MO (Photo credit Richard Ulreich / ZUMA Press) (Credit Image: © Richard Ulreich/ZUMA Wire)

Coaching Tip: Be Consistent in Your Leadership and Messaging

No matter the talent level, wins or losses, it’s important for coaches to maintain a standard of leadership at all times. I was out of town on a college visit trip with my son last month. While we were there, he was telling me about how one of the top high school basketball teams in

Las Vegas Aces center A'ja Wilson (22) being guarded by Los Angeles Sparks forward Nneka Ogwumike (30) during the Las Vegas Aces vs Los Angeles Sparks game at Staples Center in Los Angeles, Ca on July 1, 2018. (Photo by Jevone Moore)(Credit Image: © Jevone Moore/CSM via ZUMA Wire)

Las Vegas Aces XsOs: Part 3 – Pinch Post Actions

An inside look at the XsOs of one of the WNBA’s most exciting teams, the Las Vegas Aces, to kick off the season which begins on May 24. Full Series: Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 4 The meat and potatoes of the Las Vegas Aces offensive attack lies in its Pinch Post Series. With the

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Las Vegas Aces XsOs: Part 2 – Baseline Double Cross

An inside look at the XsOs of one of the WNBA’s most exciting teams, the Las Vegas Aces, to kick off the season which begins on May 24. Full Series: Part 1 | Part 3 | Part 4 The Las Vegas Aces run two base offenses that have numerous options to get great looks at

Texas Tech's Norense Odiase, left, and Virginia's Mamadi Diakite battle for a rebound during the first half in the championship of the Final Four NCAA college basketball tournament, Monday, April 8, 2019, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

Crash the Glass: Making a Case for Offensive Rebounding

There is no doubt that offensive rebounding can aid your overall efficiency as an offense. It creates extra opportunities for an offense and can produce high quality looks versus a scrambling defense. For teams that do not shoot the ball particularly well it would seem that offensive rebounding should take on an even more important role. They would seem to need those extra opportunities in order to maintain the kind of offensive efficiency that is necessary to win games.

NGC Event Slides

NextGen Coaches: Key Takeaways and Videos from the Inaugural Event

NextGen Coaches was created by FastModel Sports and CoachingU to do just that: develop the next generation of elite basketball coaches.  The 2019 Final Four in Minneapolis saw two leaders and long-time partners in the basketball coaching industry, CoachingU and FastModel Sports, team up to present the first ever NextGen Coaches event. An audience of

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