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November’s Round Table question is: If you could have any coach, past or present, from any level, as your lead assistant coach, who would it be and why?
Our Coaching Lineup this month:
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- Erik Buehler – Chatfield (CO) High School
- Garret Hickey – Norwalk (CT) High School
- Jeff Huber – Westlake (OH) High School
- Liz Kay – Wahconah (MA) High School
- Peter Lonergan – Basketball Australia
- Matt Monroe – St. Ignatius (IL) College Prep
- Matthew Raidbard – Author of Lead Like a Pro
- Don Showalter – USA Basketball
- Joe Stasyszyn – Unleashed Potential
- Lee Swanson – Bunker Hill (NC) High School
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TRANSCRIPT FOR IF YOU COULD HAVE ANY COACH, PAST OR PRESENT, FROM ANY LEVEL, AS YOUR ASSISTANT COACH, WHO WOULD IT BE & WHY? – EPISODE 555
[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 35th 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.
November’s round table Question is, If you could have any coach past or present from any level, as your lead assistant coach, who would it be and why?
Our Coaching Lineup this month includes:
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Let’s hear from our coaches about who they’d want sitting next to them on the bench as their lead assistant.
Eric Buehler Chatfield Senior High School, Littleton, Colorado.
[00:04:16] Erik Buehler: What’s going on Hoop Heads? This is Eric Buehler at Chatfield senior high. And this month we were asked if we could pick any coach, a pastor present to help us on our bench, who would we pay? This is a tough one. I’m probably gonna show my age a little bit with my ultimate selection.
I’m a big Dean Smith person. I think he did a lot of things before his time when he started at Carolina and throughout his career at Carolina, but ultimately I would have to pay. Brad Stevens. I just love his demeanor. I think he’d be a great assistant. I think he could also drop a play if need be.
He could develop a kid if need be. And ultimately at the end of the day at the high school level, that’s what we need the most[00:05:00] as good assistance that can step in and pick up wherever, wherever I’m slacking during the middle of the game or in a practice. That’s my selection. Probably a close second.
I love what Monty Williams is doing with the sons, but at the end of the day, I’d pick Brad Stevens to be my assistant. Thanks for having me again, guys. And we’ll talk to you again.
[00:05:24] Mike Klinzing: Garrett Hickey, Norwalk High School, Norwalk, Connecticut,
[00:05:30] Garrett Hickey: Who I would have as my lead assistant. If I could have any coach, I would probably have to say it would be. Texts winter. Just because he was probably one of the best assistant coaches of all time. He’s the inventor of one of the more successful offenses in the the history of the game.
He’s a hall of fame coach. He coached at the college level for 30 years. Then he was an assistant coach in the [00:06:00] NBA for years more after that. And I think that he would definitely be my top choice.
[00:06:08] Mike Klinzing: Jeff Huber Westlake High School, Westlake Ohio.
[00:06:15] Jeff Huber: Hi, this is Jeff Huber head boys’ basketball coach at Westlake high school in Westlake, Ohio. And this month question, ask if you could have any coach past or present from any level as your lead assistant coach, who would it be? You know, as I’ve thought about this question, and I thought about real coaches, it was hard for me to come up with a great answer.
I consider myself really blessed to coach with one of my best friends and my dad as well. And, and I respect both their level of basketball knowledge and also some of my greatest satisfaction comes from coaching with those guys. So it’d be hard for me to bump them. Living, but it started to go a slightly different direction.
And I’m going to say that I would replace them with Ted lasso and Roy Kent and Ted last of course, because of his ability to. Keep things [00:07:00] positive and always see the good in any situation and always see the person in every situation. I think sometimes as coaches, we can start to see players sometimes as you know, X’s and O’s, and forget about them as, as people.
And I think having Ted there would be a great reminder of that and a great reminder to see the bigger picture. And then of course, on the flip side I said, Roy, Roy can speak to. Roy, can we be there for a little comic relief and also to say out loud, sometimes the things that are running through all of our heads.
So if I had to choose someone to replace my current staff, or I guess someone’s though, that would be the direction I would go. Thanks.
Mike Klinzing: Liz Kay from Wahconah High School in Dalton Massachusetts
Liz Kay: Hey, Hoop Heads! Liz Kay from Wahconah Regional high school in Dalton, Massachusetts. And I’m thrilled to answer this month’s question on a, if I could pick one assistant coach past or present to be on my staff, I guess I should first say that part of the reason why I would pick, who I would pick is, is because I think the role of an assistant coach is essential.
Certainly in what we do, I think the most important piece is. That you have to be, be where your feet are. As Alan Stein would say, but basically, you know, do the job the best that you can, where you are. I understand that a lot of assistant coaches have aspirations of being head coaches. And I think it’s the job of the head coach to make sure that they’re preparing them to do so.
But I think being an assistant coach, you got to do the best job you can, where you are. And I’m very fortunate. Obviously. I think it would be a cop out to say that. Pick the assistant coaches that I have now, because they’re phenomenal. And, and sort of on a lesser known level there’s a woman by the name of Laura Habecker, who’s been popped around at various collegiate level teams has served as a high school athletic director, but has been a tremendous mentor to me over the years.
Certainly as a head coach, but I think would be phenomenal as an assistant coach because she, her ability to relate. To the kids, her building of culture, her ability to pull kids aside when other coaches are running things and to sort of provide the voice of reason while also being really honest and forthright with those around her are, are, are qualities that I really value.
In terms of, of knowing somebody on a higher level than that that’s sort of more well known, I suppose, that the easy example would be. Chris Daley from UConn. She’s been with Gino for, I don’t know how many years, probably probably three decades. And having watched several of their practices and games, Chris Daley behind the scenes, just as so much for Gino in that team, she pulls kids aside.
She’s constantly involved in drills and activities without being the main voice is incredibly happy where her feet are. And just as a phenomenal job of, of bringing kids together in this time, when I think that’s a difficult thing to do. So that’s my answer. I hope you guys are all well. And hope to talk more soon. Thanks.
[00:07:40] Mike Klinzing: Peter Lonergan, Director of High Performance Coach Development for Basketball Australia.
[00:07:47] Peter Lonergan: Hi, this is Peter Lonigan from Canberra Australia. If I could have any carriage Palestine. The my lead assistant, it would have to be the legendary Dean Smith. He was an innovator in our sport. [00:08:00] He not only changed the way we coached and played, but he changed coach player relationships.
He changed what meant to be a great teammate. And of course the legendary Carolina, why? So Dane Smith would be my lead.
[00:08:18] Mike Klinzing: Matt Monroe St. Ignatius College Prep in Chicago, Illinois.
[00:08:26] Matt Monroe: If I had to pick any coach, pastor present from any level of play to be the lead assistant on my staff, to be honest, it would be the coaches already on my staff at St. Ignatius college prep. Ari panic. Julius wrapped out Zick, George Baker, Jim Owens, RJ DLI, op Chapman, Larry Walker, and Chris Hayden.
They are tremendous coaches and even better people. They serve our players. They support me and they make our program a better place. There’s no doubt in my mind that we would not have been able to achieve the success we’ve had over the last few years without [00:09:00] those guys. If I had to pick a coach who is not currently at our school, It would be Steve Pappas, the coach at my high school, he passed away about 15 years ago at a young age.
And he was a tremendous leader. He was a true philosopher coach, someone that was always trying to make his teams better and also enrich the lives of every player, coach, and family in his program. I have no doubt that if he were still around today and on our staff, that he would have had a tremendous impact on everybody that was involved in our basketball program.
[00:09:35] Mike Klinzing: Matthew Raidbard author of Lead like a Pro.
[00:09:41] Matthew Raidbard: Hey, Hoop Heads listeners. This is coach Matt raid Bard. I appreciate you all listen to the round table this week. The lead, the coach that I’d want to be my lead assistant. When I was a head coach would be coached. I just think he is the best recruiter maybe of all time.
And recruiting was probably the thing as a [00:10:00] coach that I liked the least and probably was my weak point as well. I never considered myself to be the strongest recruiter. I was more of a coach who really enjoyed coaching on the. Really working with my players, workouts, things like that, breaking down film game planning strategy.
So I’d love to have coach Cal PI lead assistant to be able to recruit all those amazing players that, that I would then get to coach. And also, I just think he has a really uncanny ability to then be able to relate to and coach those players and really fit them into a system. And I’d love to have his guidance and be able to kind of pick his brain on how he’s able to do.
So that’s who I would have is my lead assistant coach Cal. And thanks everybody for listening to this week’s round table,
[00:10:46] Mike Klinzing: Don Showalter, USA basketball.
Don Showalter here with USA basketball. And the question I am answering from this month is if I could have any. [00:11:00] Coach pastor present as my lead assistant. Who would it be? Well, first of all, we had some really great assistance. First in high school. Chris Kurt and Kelly Bender were two of the best.
And then obviously with my USA basketball teams, we had some great assistant coaches Mike Jones and and Sean White and Scott Fitch. And he’d go to the list goes on and on Eric Flannery. So I would say that I would choose. Probably Mike Jones to be my lead assistant. You know, I got along very well thought about the same as as coaches do when it comes to tech technique and skill development.
So Mike and I would work well together. Obviously from way back, you know, coach John wooden coach K would always be good people to have as your assistant coaches too. But I think it’s really important that you have people that you think alike when it comes to your team and skill development and that kind of thing.[00:12:00]
So I think that it is responsive for a head coach to make sure that the assistant coach is on the same page all the time. Thank you.
Mike Klinzing: Joe Stasyszyn, Unleashed Potential, Carlisle, Pennsylvania
[00:12:19] Joe Stasyszyn: Joe Stasyszyn, Unleashed Potential. This month’s question is if you had to pick an assistant as your lead assistant coach from the past or the present, who would that person be and why?
My choice as my lead assistant, if I had to pick one today would be Pete. The former coach head coach at Princeton university and also former assistant in the NBA or the reason there’s many reasons why I picked coach Corel. It goes back to when he used to come speak at camp with my former college coach, Roger building a ship was Berg university.
He and poach were very good friends and I got the. [00:13:00] Coach Corel back then. And the thing that I really liked about him as a person, other than being a coach is the fact that he was such a down to earth, genuine person. Very unassuming. He would come at great great success as a college coach. One of the best all time coaches in college basketball, but he would sit and talk basketball for hours.
He would actually show up in camp with a little bag and be like one of those little plastic grocery bags, where they with his sneakers and his shorts. And he was just, he was just a regular person and a very, very good person. So, first of all, that’s very important to me as an assistant coach to have someone who’s, who’s genuine, who’s knowledgeable and just a great, great person that obviously he’s one of the greatest coaches in college basketball history, but there are a lot of different reasons.
You know, a lot of conversations that we had, you know, we always talked about, you know, different things like knowing what to coach, you know, he always talked about. Being able to, you know, work on [00:14:00] things that you use a lot. And I think that’s something that, that is applicable today in the game of basketball.
You know, when you’re practicing, why work on things that you’re not going to do a lot, you should only work on things that you’re going to do a lot. And I think that goes very well. And today’s game as well as when he coached. Another thing that I really loved about coach curl is he loved to teach the basics.
This, this guy was the purest, he was a purist in a basketball sense where everything came down to the basics. If you watched the Princeton offense and just how his players could play, they all could dribble. They all could pass. They all could shoot. And I think that’s something today’s game that we’ve gotten away with.
Gotten away from. It’s something I’d like to teach, you know, as, as a player development coach today spent a lot of time at being great with the basics. That’s something coach Kareel was very, very good at just teaching his players how to play. And that goes along with his philosophy of teaching versus coaching.
He always believed that she had to be a teacher first and then a coach second. [00:15:00] And in other words, that there are a lot of great teachers that are getting. Who, who, when maybe with not as much talent like he did at Princeton, but he would, he would, when he had a saying that he always would the smart would take from the strong.
So he taught his players of these smart basketball IQ, taught his players how to play the game and. And, you know, at the end they would win games that they weren’t supposed to win. They talks about coaching. Whereas a lot of coaches are great recruiters, but they’re not great, great teachers. So, you know, and the best of both worlds, you can be a great teacher and a great recruiter.
Then you’re really going to have something there, but he was really big on teaching versus coaching. And there’s a distinct difference between. That’s another reason I really love coach Kareel would love to have him as my assistant today. And he talked about being tough, you know, toughness, you know, we’ll talk about the tough all the time.
Again, a basketball, the game of basketball will reward toughness. And that’s something that he was always about. He was very, very straightforward in his coaching. He loves his players and [00:16:00] would do anything for his players, but he was very tough. So he taught a lot of core toughness with his coaching style and that’s something that I would love to have in an assistant.
And also about just having courage and growing up with courage. You use that term a lot, being able to grow up with courage and, and learn how to, how to take challenges head on. So that was another thing that I would love to have him teach, help, teach my players today. And then the big thing was relationships between athletics and.
You’re always told stories about, you know, growing up and playing sport and how athletics really relate well to life experiences. And that’s something as a head coach that I always used to talk to my players about how athletics will help you later on in life. And the lessons you learned from athletics were big later on in life were great lessons for life.
Also, he was very big on that and you know, I, I think that I really believe in today and if I was a head coach today, And I know a lot of head coaches that feel this way. [00:17:00] There’s more to basketball than just talent. You have to look beyond talent. Sometimes you don’t even look at being a great teammate kids that are great teammates, kids who are coachable, kids who have good body language.
So he was very big on that. Also. It’s not just about talent. It’s about getting good people, good players coachable players, great teammates. So there are a lot of reasons why I just, I just really love coach krill and how he. How he coached the game of basketball and the type of person he was, or he is.
And that’s the reason why I picked coach Carril as a person. I would like to be my lead assistant. Thank you.
[00:17:38] Mike Klinzing: Lee Swanson Bunker Hill High School Claremont, North Carolina.
[00:17:44] Lee Swanson: If I could pick any coach to be my leader. So. Being on the high school level, I’ll probably have to choose Morgan Wootten to be easy, to be tempted, to take somebody like coach K I’ve always been a duke fan, a lot of my life or a Bob Knight or John wooden, but think rezone with [00:18:00] Morgan Wootten as he’s done at the high school level he was a history teacher and baseball coach at a small or.
And built the math and to them, you know, a preeminent high school program in the country. So I think that would be having somebody that’s done it on your level. Th that knows what it’s about. I think that would be the person that, that I would look to with a lot of wisdom and a military background.
So I think you’d be a great fit just to pick his brain what it’s like to work with high school students every single day, because I think there’s significant differences between that and college and MBA. So I think Morgan would, would be my.
[00:18:33] Mike Klinzing: Thanks for checking out this month’s Hoop Heads Podcast Round Table. We’ll be back next month with another question for our all-star lineup of coaches.
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