From the Bench

Developing A Defensive Mindset Breeds Team Success

There are many types of defenses that will win — from Rick Pitino's relentless pressure, to Jim Boeheim's swarming 2-3 zone, to Bobby Knight's stifl... more »

Building Foundation Successful Program

Whether you are taking over a successful program or a team that has seen better days, it's important to consider how to build a strong foundation when... more »

High screens, aggressive defense help Gonzaga push games out of reach

Eight games into the 2012 West Coast Conference season, the Gonzaga Bulldogs had struggled in the first half of games before putting away opponents i... more »

Are You Policing Your Team’s Social Media?

"In da locker room, snuck to post my twitt. We're playing the Celtics, tie ball game at da half. Coach wants more toughness. I gotta step up." Thi... more »

A Smart Hire For VCU

Editor's Note: This article appeared in the September/October 2009 issue of Winning Hoops shortly after Smart's hire at VCU. Check out a video of Shak... more »

Successful strategy for crashing the offensive glass on free throws

Several years ago, our state association adopted a new rule stating that the offense can only have two players on the lane line, whereas the defending... more »

Fist Offensive Set Punches Up Offense Against Man-To-Man Defenses

"FIST" PROVIDES A different look that's effective against man defenses. This set confuses defenses by what it does not do. There is a 3-player stack t... more »

‘Up’ entry into high-low motion offers early scoring chances

Our team runs a three-out, two-in high-low motion offense as our base offense. Our most successful entry has been the "Up" entry. There are several fu... more »

Tough 32 1-2-2 Zone Defense Hard To Handle

THIS STIFLING 1-2-2 zone defense which we call the "32 can give even good zone offensive teams a hard time. The zone takes advantage of offensive team... more »

Critical Elements For Teaching

Many coaches stymie their players by giving them too much structure within an offense. Our program experienced a lot of success after we made the swit... more »


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