It’s not every day that you have the opportunity to meet a true basketball coaching legend. I had that very privilege recently when I shared a meal and time with the tremendous basketball coach and human being, Don Meyer. Coach Meyer is the all-time winningest coach in NCAA men’s basketball history and recently retired as head coach at Northern State University. More impressive than his coaching accomplishments has been the storied journey he’s gone through in battling cancer and a horrific car accident.
From Rookie of the Year to two-time MVP, Dave Burnett was a fixture on the University of Waterloo men’s basketball team for five seasons. Now, he’s taking his skills and experience to the streets of Nairobi, Kenya, where he’ll volunteer at a basketball program in one of the city’s most troubled neighborhoods.
As a basketball teacher-coach who has spent a great amount of time on court these past few weeks training basketball players to prepare for their season, I’ve come to realize that I do have a few regrets from my years of training. I share them so you can re-consider what you’re doing these next few weeks as you prepare for try-outs and the first basketball games of the season.
Season after season, teams called “great” get four or five or even 10 victories a year by only a few points over teams called “mediocre” or “bad.” Think about that. A few points, a couple of plays, a missed rebound, a loose ball, a low percentage shot someplace instead of one more pass and a higher percentage shot. How do some some people win consistently (by a few points) while others lose consistently (often only by a few points, too)?
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Here are some thoughts from Boston Celtics assistant basketball coach, Kevin Eastman, about the role and responsibilities of assistant basketball coaches. There are some ideas that hold true for all levels of basketball coaches, basketball players, and parents as well.
Indiana senior Whitney Lindsay was one of 32 female participants, joining 11 other point guards who played in the 2010 NCAA Women’s Basketball Tournament, at the Point Guard College’s “College Athlete” Session from Aug. 9-13, 2010, at Emmanuel College in Boston.
Here’s the third instalment of my series of random coaching nuggets that contain some more notes that I’ve collected from great basketball coaches and speakers over the last few years.
Camaraderie is the spirit of good fellowship. It’s the mutual trust and friendship that emerges among people who spend a lot of time together. Championship teams have it. Winning coaches understand its importance.