During the SEC Tournament I ran into Joe Ciampi and had the honor of chatting with him a few minutes. I've known Joe for a long time and have always respected his ability to teach the game of basketball -- especially on the defensive end. Very few if any could teach the match-up zone as well as Joe. Here are just a few notes I took from him when he came to speak to our staff at LSU shortly after he retired:
Players don’t understand how hard they’re playing…you have to place demands on them.
Realize that as a coach, you are a teacher.
My experience at West Point made me a better coach, a better teacher…taught me how to demand more of individuals and of myself.
Every drill should have 2/3 of the following:
-Have a winner and a loser
-Make it time related
-Make it goal related
-Make it peer related
Before every game I will write three defensive things on the blackboard:
#1 Ball Pressure
-we want the shot pressured, the dribble pressured, and the pass pressured
#2 Take Away The Inside
-take away the inside with our arms first
-take away the dribble with our body
-rebound the blocks (especially the weakside block)