Back from yet another A Step Up Assistant Coaching Symposium and refreshed for another year. There are no words to describe the appreciation I have for Felicia and Johnny Allen for their amazing commitment to not just our sport but for the position of assistant coaching. There is no clinic around that dedicates itself entirely to helping assistants through speakers, group teaching and networking opportunities. If you are an assistant coach and haven't joined us at one of the Step Up symposiums, you are missing an incredible growth opportunity. Hopefully I'll see you there next year! Here are just a few pears of wisdom I grabbed from pages of notes that I scribbled down:
Tips for improving Zone Offense
1. Recruit shooters
2. Get ball up quickly
3. Ball and player movement
4. Attack the short corner
5. Dribble penetration
6. Screen the zone
7. Practice - not enough time spent vs. zone
Evolution = Improvement
Push the ball up the floor in transition. "Attack before the concrete gets hard."
"Treat everyone you meet like they're going to die at midnight."
What's important is quality of relationships with people across the board.
Good to show success in challenging situations.
Be a great story teller
Worry only about things you can control
Biggest mistake in an interview -- ramble -- be precise
Periodically stay in touch with administrators (huge)
Desire to be more than just a recruiter
Associate Head Coach
Mississippi State University
Always have an answer -- be prepared
Make decisions you know the head coach would make
Meet weekly on Monday mornings to go over Skill Development
Use NBA/WNBA comparisons for motivation and technique
"There's a difference between those who play basketball and basketball players."
Motivation is a big part of our role as a coach with skill development
"Doesn't matter how fast you are if you don't have good footwork."
Best drills are the ones you create as you season evolves.
Must have a job so you can coach/mentor
Key to communicating with recruits -- tell stories, ask questions
University of Tennessee
Relationships -- Develop, Cultivate, Maintain
Don't just call coaches when you need a player
Operate with integrity
CEO - Worth Financial Advisory Group
Coaching is about service
Taxes -- not about what you pay, about what you keep
C. Vivian Stringer
"It's not about what we have but more about what we do with what we have."
Goal: authentic relationships
Prepare for the now