I was recently able to take advantage of a gap in the summer basketball camp season to attend a coaching clinic called “Coaching U”. This annual basketball clinic is put on by long-time NBA coach, Brendan Suhr, and Boston Celtics assistant coach, Kevin Eastman. There were a lot of ‘golden nuggets’ to leave with for both basketball coaches and basketball players. Here’s one of those nuggets from Kevin Eastman that I think holds true.
No coach is immune from meddlesome parents. I don’t mean to imply that all players’ parents are problems, but every coach has had those problems and, if hearsay has any validity, I would guess that parental problems are becoming more rather than less prevalent these days.
This is a critical time for athletes and coaches to build some positive relationships. The people you meet this summer could very well be connected to the opportunity you are deeply seeking to get – both as a player and as a coach. The challenge is, in a technology-driven world, building relationships has become a lost art.
I recently spent the day at the Psychology of Coaching Teams Conference in Boston, MA. It’s an all day event for coaches of any sport and it features some great speakers with vast experiences. I am committed to a life of education that is fueled by my insatiable hunger for growth. I find myself growing on a daily basis, but it’s events like these that really fuel my fire.
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While all the basketball coaches were special and very talented at what they do, there was something different – something extraordinary – about the way Coach Krzyzewski at Duke ran his basketball practices. Here are some bullet points I took away from the practices he ran.