From the Bench

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 »

8 strategies for developing as an assistant coach

To be a successful athlete, a player seeks the guidance of a good coach. Likewise, for a coach to find success, they need the support of an experience... more »

Strong feeder systems bring long-term success

The job of a varsity high school basketball coach can best be compared to an iceberg. The most visible part of a coach’s job is leading the team ... more »

Kobe Bryant shares thoughts on coaching, learning

Five-time NBA champion Kobe Bryant was the headline speaker Tuesday at The Aspen Institute's 2018 Project Play Summit. During his conversation with K... more »

Teaching proper shooting fundamentals

Footwork, finishing develop a player’s scoring abilities  In order to teach young players the proper fundamentals of shooting the basketball, we ... more »

5 ways to combat the preseason grind

From August to November, our basketball team is in the preseason grind. If we’re all honest with ourselves, by the time October rolls around we’re... more »

How Ryan Odom and UMBC upset No. 1 Virginia

No. 1 seeds carry a 135-1 record in the opening round of the NCAA men’s basketball tournament. Their single loss came earlier this year, when the Un... more »

How your program can take up a cause this season

The best coaches understand that the influence of their program extends far beyond the basketball court. And, they do something about it. Some coache... more »

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 »


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