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"A synergy has to form between owner, whoever his President is, whoever the GM is and whoever the Coach is. There has to be a synergy where there is a trust. There are no walls. There is no territory. Everything is discussed. Everything is fair game. Criticism is welcome, and when you have that, then you have a hell of an organization. That free flow through all those people is what really makes it work. And that includes everything from draft to X's and O's. Nothing should be left to one area or the culture doesn't form."

  • PLAYER DEVELOPMENT EXPLAINED

    Coaches primary responsibility is to develop people and players in that order. Discipline, dedication and sacrifice define the initiative that lead to winning. "Team before me", maximum and consistent effort, and focus will build the chemistry for success.

  • THINGS THE COACH CAN'T TEACH

    Although responsible for character development, the coach is not responsible for how determined a player is to succeed. He is not responsible for a players love for the game nor the unteachable aspect of having a nose for the ball. These all are player driven.

  • THINGS THE COACH MUST TEACH!

    Respect for self and others, sportsmanship, life skills, commitment, and identity are qualities that a coach creates with a positive environment. This creates unity and purpose. This defines winning people and winning teams.

  • FEEDER SYSTEM

    The most successful people and systems replenish...they never rebuild. They adjust to trends and incorporate their system accordingly. They don't reinvent the wheel, they redefine it with consistent duplication. Same style, same type players...hence known as the feeder system.

  • IDENTITY CRISIS

    Coaches must identify the style of play. Are you a pressing team, running team, high scoring team, executing team, half court power team..What are you? You must define this first and build your system around this format. Your players always buy into what they believe in. They always believe in systems that put them in position to be successful.

  • SPORTSMANSHIP

    The lost art in all of sports. This is a character definition. Games are played that there might always be winners and losers but its your character that makes you a winner, not a score and its how you handle disappointment that makes you a loser. There are many so called winners that win games and still lose and there are many who lose games and still win. Coaches must teach winning isn't a score, its an attitude.

  • SYNERGY

    All leaders in any capacity must be on the same page at any level to experience success. Differences form stronger bonds. Better assistants make more successful leaders. Chemistry is learning to work together....synergy is a desire to work with someone who knows more or has a different opinion that it might help to build a system for the ages....a dynasty at any level.

  • INTANGIBLES

    These are the attributes that a player has that makes them effective. Not a good shooter but excellent defender. Doesn't need the ball to be effective. Hustles, leads by example. Coach on the floor. Locker room presence

  • DISCIPLINE

    This is self and team discipline. Small mistakes lead to habitual practices. A strict system must be kept that all players adhere to all team rules. This will create team respect and collective unity. Sitting a player creates focus...cater to individuals and not a team, you lose the trust of your team and support from your staff.

  • ACCOUNTABILITY

    Ask one thing....whatever a player does, ask them to own it. Hold them totally responsible for their approach, decisions and social environments that ultimately affect their approach to the team and the locker room atmosphere. Sitting players is always a great way to maintain team control.

  • 50/50

    The 50/50 loose ball theory. This an underestimated value point to game preparation. This is hustle, energy, will and heart. Just winning this category alone gives you a higher chance of winning.

  • COACHABILITY

    Leaders are great teachers but leaders are also great learners. Can you teach as well as be taught? Players must learn the lost piece of success and that is to respect your coaches as your leaders. Coaches must earn that respect by holding the players accountable by enforcing discipline upon every infraction. Your team is only well coached when they are well prepared and that is just not for a game but for life.

  • LEADERSHIP

    Can you lead without saying a word? Some styles are fiery. Some are closed door meetings. Some require just one on one conversations. Whatever the approach, good leadership always has the best interest of the team at heart. Feedback from players gives you better insight as a coach. Outings, games away from the game create trust in you as a coach and team chemistry. Prepare your team to succeed and let them know it...

  • FINISH

    Give your team a finish line....a goal. Require full focus and concentration during film, practice or any other teaching moment. Allow each player to sign a commitment to finish and post it on their lockers...Most want to win....prepare your team to finish what they start and they will win more than they will lose.

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