From the Bench

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 »

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 »


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