From the Bench

Advice for first-time head basketball coaches

Taking the reins of a program can be an exciting step for first-time head coaches. It’s finally time to place their mark on a team and see where it ... more »

A proven system for evaluating team performance and chemistry

I coached high school basketball for 18 years, and I always believed one of the biggest challenges was acquiring information to make good decisions. A... more »

Fundraisers that produce big returns with small investments

Time is a precious commodity. It’s something everyone could use more of each day, and coaches are no exception. Coaches spend several hours each day... more »

Learning to lose with dignity

A universal truth in the world of coaching is that nobody like to lose. But how coaches handle losing says a lot about their program, their culture an... more »

What it means to be a coach

What does it mean to be a coach? How about a good coach for that matter? Coaching is different than any other teaching job. You often have time to ... more »

Offseason is a time for professional development

If there’s one thing successful basketball coaches have in common, it’s their relentless pursuit of information. They’re at the clinics, they’... more »

Eating right during the offseason

A decrease in activity level due to an injury or the offseason can cause an athlete to become concerned about weight gain or muscle loss. I receive... more »

How to put on a summer basketball camp

When I became a head varsity coach, I strongly believed it was essential to organize and run a youth summer basketball camp at the high school. Prior ... more »

How Central Missouri shocked the Goliath of DII women’s basketball

March 12, 2016, was the last time Ashland University had lost a game heading into this year’s NCAA Division II women’s national championship. Its ... more »

Strength: Principles to training for explosive power

There are many parallels between life and training. One of the most fundamental principles in training for athletic performance is the concept of “... more »


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