CBW 022- Ole Miss’ Matt Insell & Coaching Tips from UConn’s Jim Calhoun

In this episode by basketball coaches for basketball coaches…

(originally recorded on 7/3/13)

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I. Will you accept the D.O.S.E. Challenge: Scheduling Change Through Sports Community D.O.S.E. Challenge Membership CardService & Engagement? Click here for more information on using the power of sports to impact your local community.

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II. An interview with Coach Matt Insell, Head Women’s Basketball Coach at Ole Miss- a NCAA DI member of the Southeastern Conference (SEC). Ole Miss Head Women's Basketball Coach Matt Insell

  • For a link to Matt’s bio from the official Ole Miss website please click here.

Among the things we discuss are…

  •  How the Ole Miss job played out & his coaching background with the Tennessee Men, coaching AAU, working at Louisiana Tech, moving on to Kentucky, and finally to Ole Miss.
  • Learning how to help young females further their career off the court from Kentucky Head Women’s Basketball Coach Matthew Mitchell.
  • How apparent adversity of not getting the Western Kentucky job turned to the opportunity at Ole Miss.
  • How the interview process worked at Ole Miss & how he prepared (shout out to Tulane Head Men’s Basketball Coach Ed Conroy).
  • His leadership style.
  • Their goals- be the fastest team in the country both offensively and defensively.
  • Preseason ideas: 4 parts of a basketball player- mind, body, heart, and spirit
  • In season ideas: Practice planning- 2 hour max practice, 1st 45 minutes on defense.
  • Post season meeting ideas: tells players: “Give me five goals.”
  • His thoughts on balancing his personal life to prevent burnout.
  • “If you ever get to the point you don’t think you can learn the game you need to retire.”
  • Recruiting tiebreakers: “Do they have that dog in them?”
  • Recruiting tips for players.
  • Thoughts on the skill development vs. games debate at the youth level

III. Basketball Coaching Tip of the Week: Rebounding Tips from former UConn Head Men’s Former UConn Head Men's Basketball Coach Jim CalhounBasketball Coach Jim Calhoun

“Defensive Rebounding Tips

  1. Attitude.
  2. Contact- first step.
  3. Box- either reverse or front pivot.
  4. Control- buttocks, legs, elbows.
  5. Read- release, find ball, quickness to it.
  6. Rebound- strong, two hands.
  7. Outlet…

Offensive Rebounding Tips

  1. Attitude- go after very ball.
  2. Active- don’t allow yourself to stay boxed out.
  3. Spin, hook, elbow, step away- step back.
  4. Tip ball to your other hand.”

Source: Coach & Athletic Director, April, 2004

Until next time, Coach ’em up!

Hal Wilson

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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