A day following an off day, Virginia Tech has an “Early Bird.” Might watch video, walk through something or do individual work...during season if will be about opponent, us, short and teach...in off-season if will be about life — not basketball.
Everybody in our program is the head coach of something...they are in charge of something.
Coach Williams has a “Head Coach in Charge of Time.” He also has a “Head Coach in Charge of Calendar.” Team and Coach William’s calendar are updated daily.
“If you struggle getting up early, you’re probably not very good.”
Likes to start day with quiet time — reading books.
Circle of influence in recruiting...how many “spokes” are there to the wheel — what is your plan in building a relationship with each.
Coach Williams uses W-C-E-T
Monthly contact list — changes monthly
List changes about 10% each month
Consistency in relationships
Can never achieve greatness unless you can max your pettiness.
Writes 2 thank you notes daily.
Sends team a “Teaching Text” every Tuesday.
Utilized Greg Brown type note card
Short Clock — obsessed with short clock plays
Scouting Reports on their way out...don’t give written reports to their kids.
Left Brain...Right Brain...Wires Crossed
Ways to learn:
First coach Coach Williams worked for said “If I every catch you without pen & paper you’re fired.”
First thing you do with a new play? Teach it to your staff.
When teaching, you must understand that different players will pick it up differently based on how they are wired.
Goal: improve retention rate
“My best gift is I can help people.”
Huddle: Draw — Hear — Walk Thru guys are dead in front of me and last ones he talks to coming out of huddle.
Has football based mentality in preparation:
2 Days before playing routine
1 Day before playing routine
Coach Williams has few friends in basketball coaching. Lots of his friends are football coaches.
If your kids or coaches are asking “What are we doing in practice today?” you’re a poor coach.
“The best coaches are the exact same everyday.”
Coach Williams likes coaching kids with problems.
Beware of “imposters on your path” — like winning and losing. Be process oriented.
Has manager in charge of pulling clips from the newspaper on his opponents.
Coach Williams likes to do everything in 4’s (keys to the game, etc.)