Linked below is a great article on the approach Buzz Williams takes with his Virginia Tech basketball program. While the piece is framed around the way Buzz uses analytics, it actually touches on a different things within the Hokie program including scouting, how they view matchups, what they chart in practice, how they reward who plays well in practice, recruiting, and the role technology plays in their day-to-day operations.
Bringing quantitative value to things like effort, communication and teamwork has allowed the Hokies’ coaching staff to objectively reward its players for those extra efforts. It has also helped to establish the tough and hard-working character for which Williams’ teams have always been known.
“At the end of each week, for practice, we have something called a belt winner,” Johnson said. “That comes from analytic numbers from the touches, from the dives on the floor, how much talking and how many times you put your hands on your knees, which shows signs of weakness, so we count that and that’s a negative analytic that we take into account.”
Buzz Williams on coaching pic.twitter.com/evX8qgnP08
— Zak Boisvert (@ZakBoisvert) July 21, 2015
Buzz Williams' 4 pieces of career advice he gives to young assistants (from Dave Odom's F4 seminar this morning) pic.twitter.com/gWbGBpwB8t
— Zak Boisvert (@ZakBoisvert) April 3, 2015