From the Bench

How to turn around a failing program

Losing happens. Sometimes, losing happens too often and for too long, whether it’s over the course of a season or several years. Overcoming a losing... more »

13 tips to sharpen your daily practice plan

A major part of coaching is the ability to prepare your players and your team. That process takes place on the practice floor. The limited time you... more »

Teaching your players to get tough

The most important virtue for any basketball player is talent. But what’s talent without the competitive spirit, or toughness, that consistently mot... more »

Refining your communication skills

Skilled coaches always look for ways to improve themselves. This can be done in many ways, including developing better communication skills. Here are... more »

Good coaches ask great questions

The idea for this article comes from the book, “Good Leaders Ask Great Questions” by John Maxwell. It’s a wonderful book and I would strongly ad... more »

Structuring a well-organized plan for practices

After more than 40 years of coaching high school basketball, it has become apparent to me the importance of having an organized practice plan. How a c... more »

Tubby Smith offers three keys to program building

Memphis men's basketball coach Tubby Smith last weekend offered his keys to program building at a USA Basketball Coach Academy. Smith has coached h... more »

Support for high school shot clock going strong

This summer, my home state of Wisconsin became the latest to implement a shot clock for high school basketball. The change, which won’t take effect ... more »

Five tips to create a positive practice environment

As leaders, we must strive to create a positive environment that allows our players to thrive. I take a lot of pride in the fact that my players enjoy... more »

‘You… and Your Program:’ Five valuable lessons for athletes

As coaches, we often fail to define what we actually mean with the terminology in our programs. I’m no different. During many years of coaching, ... more »


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