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March 25, 2018 - Kansas City, MO, U.S. - KANSAS Kansas City, MO - MARCH 25: Mississippi State Lady Bulldogs center Teaira McCowan (15) and the entire starting lineup walk down the court together in celebration late in the fourth quarter of a quarterfinal game in the NCAA Division l Women's Championship between the UCLA Bruins and Mississippi State Lady Bulldogs on March 25, 2018 at Sprint Center in Kansas City, MO.  Mississippi State won 89-73 to advance to the Final Four. (Photo by Scott Winters/Icon Sportswire) (Credit Image: © Scott Winters/Icon SMI via ZUMA Press)

Coach’s Role in Building Confidence: Part 3 – Words of Teammates

Coach’s Role in Building Confidence: Part 3 – Words of Teammates

Developing confidence in athletes is a key part of coaching, as is the way teammates communicate with each other. *Final post in this series. Check out Part 1 – Preparation and Success; and Part 2 – Coach’s Words and Actions. This is the final post in a short mini-series on confidence and our role as coaches in

Miami Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra speaks at the 2018 Coaching U Live clinic in Las Vegas, NV. Image courtesy of Coaching U.

FastTrade: The New Way to Network for Basketball Coaches

Build relationships and expand your coaching circle with FastDraw’s FastTrade feature as a networking tool.  No matter what industry you work in, networking is crucial to success. The coaching business is no different. Relationships matter and those who have have a solid network are in better shape to succeed than those who don’t. But we’ve

March 22, 2017 - Florida, U.S. - LOREN ELLIOTT | Times .Kevin Knox jokes with Tampa Catholic teammate Ben Tlee in the locker room before an assembly honoring Knox as the Florida Dairy Farmers' ''Mr. Basketball,'' an award given to the stateÕs top player regardless of classification, at Tampa Catholic High School in Tampa, Fla., on Wednesday, March 22, 2017. (Credit Image: © Loren Elliott/Tampa Bay Times via ZUMA Wire)

The Locker Room: Creating a Culture of Success

Enforcing a standard of behavior and respect of the locker room is yet another area where coaches can create a culture of success. Recently I started a short series for “team sport” coaches on some of the important elements of team sport success. However, I focused on areas that many might not usually think of as the most important things. So much of

February 28, 2018 - Albuquerque, NEW MEXICO, U.S. - 022818.Manzano High School Boys Basketball Head  Coach Dominick Romero,,cq>  at practice   .  Photographed on Wednesday February  28,  2018. .Adolphe Pierre-Louis/JOURNAL (Credit Image: © Adolphe Pierre-Louis/Albuquerque Journal via ZUMA Wire)

Nail Your Next Interview: Create a Coaching Portfolio

As the game of basketball has changed, so has the way to get a coaching job. Creating a coaching portfolio is a must when interviewing for a position. With the 2017-2018 basketball season coming to a close, many athletic departments will begin coaching searches to fill vacancies. In the constantly evolving business of basketball, the interview process

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National Championship Preview: Villanova vs Michigan – 3 Keys To Watch For

The 2018 National Championship game between Villanova and Michigan will be decided by three key areas, as Doug Brotherton explains. It is the best Monday of the year! Tonight is the NCAA Men’s Basketball National Championship, featuring the Villanova Wildcats and the Michigan Wolverines. Villanova is the clear favorite, with an average margin of victory

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Planting Seeds as Coaches and Teachers

Scott Rosberg explains how the metaphor of planting seeds and harvesting crops relates to coaching and teaching our youth. He has also added a short video touching on some of the key points in the post. Enjoy! “Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap, but by the seeds that you plant.” Robert Louis Stevenson

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Rebound Forward: Coaching and Life Lessons from Randy Brown

In his new book, coach Randy Brown shares the personal story on how he overcome adversity to win off the court. Dear Coaching Friends, A lifetime goal of mine was to write a book. Today, I’ happy to say I’ve accomplished this goal and it feels awesome! For those who don’t know me, I spent 20 years

November 15, 2017 - November 15, 2017 - Kyle Weems / Besiktas Istanbul nach Sieg über Telekom Baskets Bonn , Basketball Champions League Foto: Jörn Wolter *** Kyle Weems Besiktas Istanbul to victory over Telekom Baskets Bonn basketball Champions League photo Jörn Wolter MR:N (Credit Image: © Imago via ZUMA Press)

Failure IS an Option!

Most people attempt to avoid failure. In the realm of athletics, however, failing can be the key to finding success. The 1995 movie Apollo 13 is about the ill-fated NASA mission that saw an explosion aboard the Apollo 13 spacecraft which caused the mission’s goal of landing on the moon to be aborted. As the NASA

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Better Coaches Mindset: Hedgehog Concept

This is Part 1 of a Better Coaches Mindset Series from Coach Doug Brotherton and our partners at HoopGrind Basketball. It was originally published here. Three years ago, I listened to the audio version of the book, “Good to Great,“ by Jim Collins. One of the concepts that has stuck with me is the Hedgehog Concept. This

November 15, 2017 - Jinan, Jinan, China - Jinan, CHINA-15th November 2017:(EDITORIAL USE ONLY. CHINA OUT) ..Members of the Shenzhen Team including American professional basketball player Jared Sullinger do warm-up exercise before the match during CBA (Chinese Basketball Association) 2017/18 in Jinan, east China's Shandong Province, November 15th, 2017. (Credit Image: © SIPA Asia via ZUMA Wire)

Pregame Visualization Techniques to Improve Performance

Visualization in sports and athletic performance has become more common over the last several decades. Teams and players have been using it to help clear their minds, think positively, review the game and improve performance. Athletes such as Carli Lloyd and Lindsey Vonn, actor Will Smith and even Oprah Winfrey have been known to use

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