From the Bench

12 rules for new coaches

As a former athletic director and coaching educator, I have seen many young coaches enter and leave the coaching ranks. I thought a few simple rules m... more »

Developing young post players

Even though post play has been somewhat diminished with the dribble-drive offense and the high screen and roll offensive sets, it's still a skill that... more »

Progressions to build your full-court mane defense

Having good practices is a key element for a team to have a successful season. The goal of the coaching staff should be to make the practices tough so... more »

Going his own way

John Hutchcraft isn't much for scheming and play calling. If a player has the ball and they're open, shoot it — it's that simple. Some coaches mi... more »

Transfer epidemic has no easy cure

Few things are more frustrating in the game of basketball right now than the transfer epidemic that has plagued the high school and college levels. It... more »

Graphics honor past, present athletes at Northwestern Oklahoma

Northwestern Oklahoma State University last year made a number of improvements to its weight room and football facilities, and now other teams want in... more »

Hurricane watch

Miami was the only team to beat Duke last season and miss the NCAA Tournament, a fact that still haunts coach Jim Larrañaga. His Hurricanes manhandle... more »

There’s no harm in dreaming big

Very few of you have ever had the luxury of coaching a future NBA star. The odds are overwhelmingly stacked against young athletes, and regardless of ... more »

The Case for Cuts

One of the most difficult times for any coach is tryouts. Some schools have programs where the numbers dictate the need for making cuts. No coach enjo... more »

Finding the Right Fit

Coaches dedicate countless hours conducting repetitive drills designed to improve their team performance, but most don't give a second thought to the ... more »


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