30 years coaching experience/Worked Camps/Clinics on 5 Continents

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Indiana HS Basketball

James Dean played high school basketball in Indiana.

Monday, September 28, 2015

When You Have Success...

Do you horde the attention or do you give it to the one who gave you the ability?

Sr. Running Back, Noah Jones (SCHS)

Friday, September 25, 2015

Assistant Coach

Head Coach

Assistant Coach

There is very little difference in the look of an assistant coach vs. that of a head coach, but if you look a little closer, you will see.

The head coach has the strain of the program, the assistant coaches basketball and doesn't have that strain.

The head coach deals with so many minute issues many of which are small but proposed by someone who thinks they are large.

The assistant coach listens to the head coach, if they have never been a head coach they think what they would do differently. If they have been a head coach before, they may do it, but they also are glad they don't deal with that anymore.

The HC never does not think of the causes stress, gray hair and losing of your hair.

The experienced assistant may have to be brought back into focus when it comes to the program because they have other issues they are dealing with.

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Set them up to Succeed

If you have not done so, then you cannot expect them to succeed. You must show them as coaches exactly what you want done and explain it to them.

Then, you must make sure they understand. You cannot assume anything, ever as a coach.

Friday, September 18, 2015

If You're Reading This...

If you're reading this that means you have a computer, electricity, or some type of device that is quite expensive for 90% of the world.

If you're reading this, you probably have a nice place to live and ample food and water.

If you're reading this, you've probably read many books or at least are highly motivated.

If you're reading this...

Oh, I could go on and on about how blessed you are, but...but what are you doing about it?

Are you accepting and taking these "gifts" (and that's what they are if you really sit and think about it) and living your life in a selfish manner? Even if you've worked diligently for your success, someone has been there to help or to give you a chance.

How truly fulfilling is it? I can promise that at some point it will not fill that "hole" you have that you're trying to fill.

Give back.

Don't only give back when you are paid to do so, volunteer. Go above and beyond. Give when it isn't easy or convenient for you.

Or don't...and one day, one day, you will wish you had.

Monday, September 14, 2015

Do You Forgive...or Not?

The above picture is me with Former Baylor men's basketball coach Dave Bliss. Coach Bliss fell from grace when the entire program fell apart under his watch. A player was murdered, Bliss illegally paid for players to play and he tried to cover it up. It's as bad as it gets.

But during his fall, he became a new person.

Do we forgive or not? Is it genuine, or not?

That's between him and God, but listening to him speak at the Athletes in Action event in March, he seemed genuine.

And after reading his book Fall to Grace, I believe him. I guess time will tell.

Bliss Back Into Coaching

Nothing More Peaceful Than....

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Oh How I Miss World Travels

Below are some pics that I was going through the other day on where I have been. I really miss seeing different cultures and getting to know people from around the world. If you have never left the comfort of your own country, you are missing out on a lot.

Iceland with my Serb friend and Icelandic players

Macedonia, Junior Camp with Macedonians, Serbs, Hungarians and Greeks

Indonesia, AIA basketball camp

Serbia with Serbs, Macedonians and my Lithuanian friend

Iceland with my Italian, Spanish, Serb, and Macedonian coaching counterparts

Indonesia Coaching Clinic

Macedonia at Plaoschnik

Serbia with the Godfather of Serb basketball

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Three Rules for a Discussion or Debate

1. Reflect on your beliefs.
2. Don't cherry pick.
3. Don't compare apples to oranges.

1. Reflect on your beliefs. Why do you believe the way you do? Have you looked at the argument from both sides? Have you tried to understand why the other side believes the way they do? Why then don't they come up with the same conclusion as you? Be ready to answer their critiques of your side, know what they are and have logical, reasonable answers ready for them. Also, be able to concede a fair point so you are seen more credible.

2, Don't cherry pick. It is very easy to pick out one or two issues that you think will help you "win" a discussion, but don't cherry pick. It makes you look uneducated and you lose credibility. If you do use those issue, don't use the same old party lines, be able to support without using what everyone else uses.

3. Don't compare apples to oranges. If you do this, it is a quick way to turn off the other side from listening. Use correct analogies, especially those that are used by the other side in defending a point they have that is similar to the one being discussed.

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Your Job as a Coach

1. Inspire and lead.


That's it. Sure there are many details that can be debated, but you are required to inspire and lead.

If you do those things, everything else will work out, maybe not always the way you think they should, but it will work out.