From the Bench

Building toughness in all walks of life

With another season in the books, many of us have taken a deep breath and started to take stock, rebuild or retool for what’s next. What now? Coa... more »

Six leadership commitments of great coaches

I once read an article that examined the six leadership commitments of five-time NBA champion head coach Gregg Popovich. Because he has been so succes... more »

Learning and mastering new skills

As a coach in any sport, one of the many responsibilities you have is with player development. This more often than not requires your athletes to lear... more »

Gene Keady’s 5 tips to make your program stronger

As a seven-time Big Ten Coach of the Year, Gene Keady had more than his share of success at Purdue University. Keady, a former president of the Nat... more »

Give your team something to rally behind

Prior to each season, coaches typically call a team meeting to get their players fired up for the upcoming year. You can shout words of encouragement ... more »

Creating a summer open-gym regimen that gets results

Offseason open-gym workouts — in which specific skill areas are focused on — have proven critical in preparing our teams for the following season.... more »

Player surveys take your program forward

As the season draws to a close, a coaching staff’s first job is to assess how it wants to improve the program before next year. But you can’t do t... more »

Building genuine relationships with athletes

Genuine relationship building takes time, and coaches today have to make a conscious decision to forge these relationships with their players. The ... more »

Setting expectations on and off the court

The accomplishments of your players on the basketball court only represent half the battle. Part of a coach’s job is to help players develop charact... more »

How varsity coaches can help their junior high counterparts

Great Expectations is a novel written by Charles Dickens. Expectations — great or otherwise — are what every high school varsity basketball coach ... more »


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