Welcome to the 33rd edition of the Coach’s Corner Round Table on the Hoop Heads Podcast. Each episode of the Coach’s Corner Round Table will feature our All-Star lineup of guests answering a single basketball question. A new Coach’s Corner Round Table will drop around the 15th of each month.
August’s Round Table question is: How do you help players improve their mental toughness?
Our Coaching Lineup this month:
- Erik Buehler – Chatfield (CO) High School
- Joe Harris – Lake Chelan (WA) High School
- Nick LoGalbo – Lane Tech (IL) High School
- Harri Mannonen – Coach & Author from Finland
- Monty Patel – Jacksonville (AR) High School
- William Payne – College Coach Turned Athletic Director
- Don Showalter – USA Basketball
- John Shulman – University of Alabama-Huntsville
- Todd Wolfson -St. Francis (CA) High School
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TRANSCRIPT FOR ROUND TABLE 33 – IF YOU COULD BE THE BEST IN THE WORLD AT SOME ASPECT OF COACHING, WHAT WOULD IT BE & WHY? – EPISODE 530
[00:00:00] Narrator: [00:00:00] The Hoop Heads Podcast is brought to you by Head Start Basketball.
Mike Klinzing: [00:00:21] Hello, and welcome to the 33rd edition of the Coach’s Corner Round Table on the Hoop Heads Podcast. Each episode of the Coach’s Corner Round Table, will feature our [00:03:00] all-star lineup of guests answering a single basketball question, a new Coach’s Corner Round Table will drop around the 15th of each month.
September’s round table question is, If you could be the best in the world at some aspect of coaching, what would it be and why?
Our coaching lineup this month includes
· Erik Buehler – Chatfield (CO) High School
· Joe Harris – Lake Chelan (WA) High School
· Nick LoGalbo – Lane Tech (IL) High School
· Harri Mannonen – Coach & Author from Finland
· Monty Patel – Jacksonville (AR) High School
· William Payne – College Coach Turned Athletic Director
· Don Showalter – USA Basketball
· John Shulman – University of Alabama-Huntsville
· Todd Wolfson -St. Francis (CA) High School
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Let’s hear from our coaches on if they could be the best in the world at some aspect of coaching, what would it be and why?
Mike Klinzing: [00:03:39] Erik Buehler, Chatfield Senior High School, Littleton, Colorado.
Erik Buehler: [00:03:46] Hey, what’s going on Hoop Heads? This is Eric Buehler, a head coach at Chatfield senior high. And this month we were asked if we could be the best at something with it had to do with coaching in the world.
What would that be? And had a lot of [00:04:00] fun thinking about it made me think about my strengths and my weaknesses. And I could narrow it down, just the one thing. So I’m going to give two answers. I hope that’s not cheating, but number one would be relationships. And I know that might be a little cliche and that’s kind of a buzzword right now, but in all honesty, that is what I would want the most.
You read about John Thompson and Dean Smith, and these guys that build these relationships that lasts longer than four years. They last the lifetime of the player in the lifetime of a code. I just would love to have that relationship with any players I get to coach. And then my second thing that I would really want to be the best at in the world is finding my opponents weaknesses, or at least tendencies that we can exploit.
Our staff and myself do a pretty good job of that already. But it’d be pretty fun just to be able to look at film on anybody and everybody, and kind of find those things out and then in teach your team how to explore it. They should have it on neon again, guys. And [00:05:00] I’ll talk to you next time, but
Mike Klinzing: [00:05:04] Joe Harris, Lake Chelan High School, Lake Chelan, Washington.
Joe Harris: [00:05:10] Hello, Hoop Heads This is Joe Harris at Lake Chelan high school with tonight’s round table question. Tonight’s question is a really difficult one to answer. It asks us if you could be the best in the world at some aspect of coaching, what would it be and why basketball is a game of so many moving pieces.
And that’s really what intrigues me the many ups and downs you face as a coach in a program. And the learning that goes with each. Is what really challenges to stay with it. If I could be the best at anything in coaching, it would be. To improve my knowledge of team building and program development and creating a positive program culture.
Cause I really believe this is what encompasses all the other aspects of the game from skill development office, even defensive systems and fundamentals. I really love the challenge of trying to get [00:06:00] everyone within your program on the same page, with the same vision for success. And really what does that look like?
I hope this gives you some perspective and thanks again for having.
Mike Klinzing: [00:06:12] Nick LoGalbo, Lane Tech High School, Chicago.
Nick LoGalbo: [00:06:19] This is Nick LoGalbo from Lane Tech High School in Chicago. This month’s round table question. If you could be the best in the world with some aspect of coaching, what would it be and why? And for me why we all coach obviously think it’s about relationships. So I just can’t get past that. I think.
Strive. And I think I do my day to day now. I just want to be the bus in the world that impacting lives and, and building and building authentic relationships. I think that’s why we all coach. And I think obviously if that’s something that is in your wheel house and it’s a strong suit for you, I think you’re going to have some success in coaching, right?
I mean, the end of the day I says is, and things like that are obviously crucial, but if you [00:07:00] can’t, you know, manage relationships and different personalities and get people to buy. For the good of the team in the unit. I think you’re going to have kind of a hard time. So that would be my thought, love to be the best in the world at that, but just like all of us we’re all works in progress.
So thanks for the question guys. And again, the 40, what everyone else has to say
Mike Klinzing: [00:07:23] Harri Mannonen, coach and author from Finland.
Harri Mannonen: [00:07:30] Oh, ho if you could be the best in the world at some aspect of coaching, what would it be and why? That’s the question. And to me, that’s a trick question. That’s because in basketball you can precisely assess the performance of any individual as isolated from the context. These are blessed to players and coaches as well.
Their performances are inseparable intervals. [00:08:00] Costing is always context dependent, say are an outstanding in vehicles, you know, outstanding in, in building an offensive system. And then you decide to move your coaching talent and your offensive system from the NBA to Finland, to coach and the 12 year old girls, there’s probably going to be a longtime local youth who was put in an office if system that’s more outstanding.
For those players in that culture, then the offensive offensive system you have imported from the NBA. So in a way, it makes no sense for a coach to try to be the best of the world at any aspect of coaching. Rather, the goal is to do your absolute best as a coach of your particular team in its particular context.
But of course, even though coaching skills do not fully transfer from one context to another, they do transfer it to a certain [00:09:00] degree. To me, the most ambitious goal as a coach is to maximize the level of transference of my abilities. That is to be able to do a bar, the essence of the game and the randomness of it.
In other words, to be able to see how the essence of the game is realized in a certain context and then the behavioral to adapt my coaching to that certain context. And in board of you in board, useful elements from different context and in that way, going through success of that particular team in that particular country.
Like James, Joe, James, Joseph, the other from Ireland, I have discovered that I can do anything with language are want, and that gone down, gone to some, sums it up. You [00:10:00] know, if you replace language with basketball, coaching,
Mike Klinzing: [00:10:06] Monty Patel, Jacksonville High School, Jacksonville, Arkansas.
Monty Patel: [00:10:13] I got to choose anything to be the best at, in coaching.
I think it’d be practice planning. I found myself struggling at times to get everything I want in, in a day or in a week. And I always feel like I’m so behind when I have had to make a practice plan, I believe if I knew how to manage my practice plans the best and allow myself time to get. The drills and that I need the teaching end that I need to build up to the offense and defensive schemes.
I want, I’ve found it to be a struggle at times, just balancing the school day. Since we have to teach in Arkansas to get my practice [00:11:00] plan done. And it’d be efficient practice plan every day. But sometimes we miss stuff, which I understand that. But a lot of times I feel like we get into season and then I’m like, why haven’t I went over this versus being able to look at a, a practice plan or a sheet or something that helps me gauge, Hey, this is how much I’ve worked on shooting.
This is how much I worked on ball screen coverage. This is how much I’ve worked on personnel. So there was one thing I think it’d be that. And I think that’s one of the most important skills to have because you go to a college program. You see a lot of great coaches have a very in-depth practice plan that they can stick with and that they don’t allow themselves to get bogged down too, and then adjust where they need to adjust.
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Mike Klinzing: [00:12:30] William Payne college basketball coach turned athletic director.
William Payne: [00:12:37] Hey fellows, this is coach Payne. Checking in. I know it’s been a while since I’ve been able to respond to the round table question and wanted to make sure I got it in this month. First of all things, great questions, phenomenal question.
And for me and my philosophy, if I were to be able to be the best in the world at one aspect. It will be the connection with my players. There would not be a skill set. It would not [00:13:00] be anything directly with player development specifically more than it would be the connection with my players. I believe without that connection, nothing else can take place.
And since I’m innately a small college basketball, And love the connections that those levels affords you with your players. Then I would like to have that be the thing I’m best at, in the world than anything else I hope you guys are doing great. And I hope this helps a little bit.
Mike Klinzing: [00:13:27] Don Showalter USA basketball.
Don Showalter: [00:13:36] Hi, this is Don Showalter with USA basketball. And the question for this time is if you could be the best in the world at some aspect of coaching, what would it be and why? Well, I think you know, you take out the X’s and O’s because I think coaches, you know, can, can get good at any X’s and O’s that that they really want to, but I think building relationships [00:14:00] is, is probably the aspect that Really needs work and on a daily basis.
So you never really accomplish building great relationships. You just continue to work on a day by day and it continues to get better with the players. And I think then the players have a lot of trust in what you do. And so, so that goes forth in, in building a great team. Xcel, Y. Players have to have buy-in you have to have buy-in from the players.
And in order to do that, you have to build relationships visit with them, see them off the court has some great culture. I think, as that’s probably the most important thing,
Mike Klinzing: [00:14:41] John Shulman University of Alabama, Huntsville and the 720 sports group.
JohnShulman: [00:14:48] Yes, this is John Shulman Head Coach at the University of Alabama in Huntsville.
And this question. This episode is if you could do, if you could be the best in the world [00:15:00] at some aspect of coaching, what would it be and why? To me, that’s a simple one. W w when I first started, when I first started, I wanted to be I wanted to be an elite X and Olga. I did not want to be known as a recruiter.
I took offense to that. I didn’t want to be a recruiter. I thought that was rude for someone just to be a recruit. I wanted to be an accent. Okay. All right. And I worked really hard on becoming an unbelievable X and O guy I thought. And I thought it was really good, but I realized that there was always somebody better than me out there.
And so I kind of changed my philosophy X or nos, and I was a really good recruiter, but I didn’t want to be known as a great recruiter. And so looking back as I’m on the other end of my career, if you could be the best in the world in some aspect of coaching, what would it be and why? That’s very simple relationships in fact, could be the best in the world of one aspect of coaching.
It would be relationships. [00:16:00] And maintaining relationships something I’ve done a poor job of in coaching, but I think the most satisfying thing in coaching would be having amazing relationships and maintaining those relationships all the way through so that. You know, on a father’s day or a birthday or whatever, you get a big, when you’re hearing from guys, you coached 30 years ago, 28 years ago, 15 years ago, five years ago, and last year, and it’s hard and, and winning gets in the way of that and losing gets in a way of that.
And it really shouldn’t. But it’s hard and it’s hard to keep everything in its right place. But the relationship, hopefully young coaches are listing. Listen, I’ve been to two NCAA terminates as a head division one coach two NCAA tournaments as ahead, head division, two coach to NCAA Terminus [00:17:00] as a division one assistant coach.
Just be honest as awesome. That’s really cool. But none of that matters. The only thing that matters is the relationship and what you did. Can you try to help those kids and what kind of relationship at right now that you have with those kids? And if you’re still helping them, helping them try to find a job, helping lives, helping them with their families.
That’s what the most important thing in coaching is. So hopefully this helps and appreciate your time. Thanks
Mike Klinzing: [00:17:28] Todd Wolfson St. Francis High School, La Canada, California.
Todd Wolfson: [00:17:35] How are you doing this as Todd Wolfson head coach of St. Francis High School which is right outside Pasadena, California. And I’m going to answer the question.
If you could be the best at some aspect of coaching, what would it be and why? And I think the best aspect of coaching then I would like to, to master is making everything fun making every aspect of coaching. The young men that [00:18:00] I coach and the people that I coach fun, you know, and the ever-changing world of negativity and, and.
Gelling and things going on in the world that aren’t great all the time. I think we need to find a way to keep sports as a positive outlook, in a positive mindset for kids in a place where they can escape some of the bad things that are going on in the world. And. We tried as coaches to keep drills fun and entertaining and, and everything is fun as we can, but obviously you, as we know, there’s times when it’s serious and tough and it’s hard to keep guys loose.
And I think just mastering the skill of keeping, keeping these young men in a good mindset, positive mindset, happy, I think would be a fun thing to do all the time to have have a good culture and, and keep these kids happy while they’re playing with all the tough stuff that’s going on in the world today.
Mike Klinzing: [00:18:50] Thanks for checking out this month, Hoop Heads Podcast Round Table. We’ll be back next month with another question for our all-star lineup of coaches.
Narrator: [00:19:05] Thanks for listening to the Hoop Heads Podcast presented by Head Start Basketball.