I. An interview with Clemson University Men’s Basketball Head Coach Brad Brownell. Clemson is a NCAA DI school in the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC).
Click here for a link to Coach Brownell’s bio from the Clemson University website.
Among the things we discuss in the interview are…
- What he learned from other coaches along the way like his father, Royce Waltman, Jim Crews, & Jerry Wainwright.
- Dealing with the different expectations of his three DI jobs.
- Using football to his advantage.
- Building toughness, unity, and skill development in the preseason. Giving individual attention in the preseason.
- Using “pre-practice” during the season, stretching, then keep tempo high through short drills.
- Preparing for opponents during the season.
- How he handles the offseason- c. 10 days off then individual meetings focusing on plan to improve in one or two areas.
- Recruiting tips for players and his perspective as a college coach (Coachability!) & insights into recruiting at the different locations he’s been.
- Balancing his personal life and the job- making time for his kids and with his wife.
- How he keeps learning and growing as a coach.
- Tips for young coaches wanting to get into college coaching (be ready to sleep on a couch!)
II. Today’s Tip: The Offensive Big Picture!
Can you describe your offense? More importantly- can your players? Here are some key situations your players need to be prepared for…
- Post iso (can be for a post or a perimeter player)
- Drive iso (can be for a post or a perimeter player)
- Need a 3
- Vs. extreme ball pressure and/or denying
- Vs. traps
- Delay game (what shots are allowed?)
- Vs. junk defenses (triangle and 2, box & 1, et.c)
- Vs. odd front zones (1-2-2, 3-2, 1-3-1)
- Vs. even front zones (2-3, 2-1-2)
- ALWAYS LOOK FOR PLAYS OR ACTIONS THAT WORK VS. MAN OR ZONE TO SHORTEN TEACHING TIME!!
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Until next time, Coach ’em up!
About the author: After coaching and working with basketball teams at the college, high school, and youth level in a variety of roles for 18 years, I have returned to finish my Ph.D. in Kinesiology & Sport Studies. This www.CoachingBasketballWisely.com website is a way to share the coaching tips, strategies, and techniques gathered in a career in coaching. See more info on me here.
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