Listed below are several of my favorite coaching resources that I’ve been using over the last several months. I did a similar post this past December and last June. Click the links below for those posts.
-I’m not a big gimmick guy when training players, but one training tool I tried out this spring and have really liked has been the POWERHANDZ weighted anti-grip gloves. The gloves are a great tool to improve players’ ball-handling ability. A pair of gloves sell for $70 and I highly recommend buying a pair for your program (LINK). While it’s probably overpriced at $250, the Elite Defender Pad produced by Black Ops Sports is a great concept and probably something you’re capable of jerry-rigging on your own. The EAT pads are great, but quite expensive. For a cheaper solution, try the pool noodles they sell at any Walmart.
-Founded by Ben Falk, former VP of Basketball Strategy with the Philadelphia 76ers, just a few months ago, Cleaning the Glass has quickly become one of my favorite sites. Falk offers terrific analysis of all aspects of the NBA. The website is CleaningTheGlass.com and you can follow Falk on Twitter HERE.
-Two YouTube recommendations: Mike Shaughnessy is based out of New Jersey and posts short skill development videos that will be of use to you in the summer months. Shaughnessy is more advanced, but I love Mike Zeillmann’s channel for the high school coaches that are reading this. Great stuff on getting your players to play in straight lines.
-Ted Hotaling (head coach at D2 New Haven in Connecticut) has started a really good newsletter that he sends out every Friday. Hotaling links to good articles and podcasts and always offers a book recommendation. To sign up for the newsletter, email Ted at firstname.lastname@example.org.
-Books I’ve read/am reading/planning to read: Team of Teams by General Stanley McChrystal (LINK), The Cubs Way by Tom Verducci (LINK), Extreme Ownership by Jocko Willink (LINK), The Wright Brothers by David McCullough (LINK), The Question Behind the Question by John G. Miller (LINK), and Tools of Titans by Tim Ferriss (LINK).
-A couple of things I’ve seen lately that I liked: Best of Enemies, ESPN’s latest “30 for 30” on the Lakers/Celtics rivalry in the 80’s was awesome. The Warren Buffett documentary on HBO is definitely worthwhile. Disgraced, the Showtime documentary on the 2003 Baylor basketball scandal, was eye-opening.
-Some new podcasts I’ve been listening to:
How I Built This (interview show about innovators and entrepreneurs and the stories behind the companies they built. Start with this one about 5-Hour Energy founder Manoj Bhargava)
Breakaway (hosted by Sports Illustrated’s Rob Mahoney, Breakaway is a podcast miniseries that explores the NBA from the inside out. The episode with Golden State’s Ron Adams is terrific)
The Sidelines with Evan Daniels (Scout.com’s lead recruiting analyst has done a nice job getting an impressive list of college coaches. Start with Daniels’ interview with Marquette head coach Steve Wojciechowski)
-Some individual podcasts I liked: Bill Belichick’s appearance on “Suiting Up” had a thousand takeaways for coaches (LINK) Two podcasts from Woj: Jeff Van Gundy and Tom Crean talking about the differences between the NBA and college game was fantastic (LINK). I picked up a ton of stuff from Erik Spoelstra’s appearance in the wake of the Heat’s second-half surge (LINK). In January, Alan Stein shared 34 “Knight-isms” from legendary Indiana coach Bob Knight (LINK). I linked to it last month in my post about new Colts GM Chris Ballard, but Peter King’s April 5th episode with Ballard and Atlanta Falcons head coach Dan Quinn was excellent (LINK).. Last podcast I’ll recommend will be the USA Football episode with Navy’s Ken Niumatalolo (LINK).