This article was written by Coach Randy Brown. He is a former D1 Assistant Coach at Iowas State and Arizona. His 18 years in college basketball highlights a successful 23-year career. Mentored by Basketball Hall of Fame coach Lute Olson at Arizona.
He has passion for the game of basketball and works as a basketball consultant and mentor for coaches.
Randy’s coaching resume includes positions at Arizona, Iowa State, Marquette, Drake, and Miami of Ohio, 5 Conference Championships and 5 NCAA appearances. His efforts have helped develop 12 NBA players including Steve Kerr, Sean Elliott, and Jaamal Tinsley. To contact Randy, email him at [email protected]
6 Keys to Increased Winning
During my career, I have hosted several coaching clinics. Although most coaches want to learn about offenses and defensive systems, my clinic presentations deal with coaching philosophy and though proving topics. In this article I presents six important issues that dictate the level of success for all basketball coaches.
1. Your TOP 3
This is a philosophical exercise to help establish your TOP 3 values as a coach. This is the ANCHOR of your coaching success and consistency. These three items are the foundation of your program and are your non-negotiables. Everything your coaching represents comes directly from the emphasis you put on your TOP 3.
The TOP 3 is your road map as a coach and guarantees that your coaching will be focused daily on the items you feel leads most to winning.
2. A Plan for self-improvement – Addressing weaknesses and increasing knowledge of the game.
Many coaches attend one or more clinics during the year to increase their coaching knowledge and strategy.
Self improvement as a coach does not come from clinics but rather from focused work and research on your weaknesses and new learning. It comes from being open to the advice, feedback and critique of others. Elements of this include; coaching round tables, research on areas of weakness and working with a mentor.
3. Finding and working with a Mentor.
Having a coaching mentor will help improve your coaching more than anything else you can do. A mentor can help you look at yourself in an entirely different way and help you identify areas to focus on to improve. Mentors are not a threat to your coaching but an ally that is available to you at any time.
Working with a coach mentor can help expedite your improvement due to learning about the mistakes and victories your mentor has previously experienced.
4. Organize your System.
Organization of materials, notes, video tapes, statistics and X & O’s are a move toward to efficiency. Your coaching notes, coaching tools, practice plans are useless unless they can be accessed through organization. The more you simplify and organize they more valuable your system of coaching will become.
5. Vision Exam – How players and assistant coaches see you and the game
A great coaching attribute is looking at the game as your players and assistant coaches do. Tunnel vision is a common downfall of many coaches. Not until you begin to see how your limited vision of the game can hurt your coaching, will you see that you can change. Concepts include “what it takes to get in the game
6. Tools and resources for enhanced coaching
Taking advantage of technology can not only make coaching easier but more effective. Practice planning, drills, video editing and program planning can all be simplified with available coaching tools and resources. Feature includes: Yearly practice and drill collection and yearly notebook.