From the Bench

Better blueprints for running a successful basketball program

One facet of coaching that must be addressed more often is the process of establishing a successful program. The product of all your hard work, of cou... more »

12 qualities of great basketball teams

Last season was very gratifying for me, as I was able to return to basketball as a scout. While my focus was to gather the necessary information for m... more »

Preparation strategies for the game’s final minutes

As a young coach, I had the pleasure of hearing Hall of Fame coach Hubie Brown speak at a clinic. During his talk, he stressed the importance of the g... more »

Decision training on your team pays huge dividends

"Come on, guys! Make better decisions!" How many times as fans, players, or even coaches have we heard or used this statement? Coaches demand that pl... more »

10 creative methods for ‘selling’ defense to your players

It may sound like a cliché, but our program strongly believes that we win championships with defense. We also believe that the foundation of any qual... more »

Charting summer progress builds better players

To get your players primed for next season, you’ve got to make sure that they’re working hard in both the offseason and summer. During that time, ... more »

A season in the stands

Observations after taking a year off from coaching basketball After 21 years as a basketball coach, I was afforded the opportunity to take a season o... more »

Motivating Moments: Can you force players to be committed?

Commitment is the soul of teams everywhere. Without it, it's impossible to find success, regardless of talent. And with it, teams that might lack the ... more »

Motivating Moments: Ray Allen’s top-level preparation

Benjamin Franklin once said, "By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail." You can bet that was never an issue with NBA Hall-of-Famer Ray Allen.... more »

Don Meyer’s 7 ways coaches lose games

Don Meyer is among college basketball’s winningest coaches, but he also knew a thing or two about losing. In 2010, Winning Hoops spoke with Meyer... more »


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