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This is the podcast where you will hear real basketball coaching conversations. Whether you are a new or experienced coach at any level of basketball these coaching conversations will give you practical ideas to stimulate your coaching and make what you do even better.

The Basketball Podcast Chris Oliver

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This is the podcast where you will hear real basketball coaching conversations. Whether you are a new or experienced coach at any level of basketball these coaching conversations will give you practical ideas to stimulate your coaching and make what you do even better.

    Episode 329: Matt Driscoll, Embracing Change and Dots on the Map

    Episode 329: Matt Driscoll, Embracing Change and Dots on the Map

    Guest: Matt Driscoll, North Florida Head Coach
    In this week's coaching conversation, North Florida head coach Matthew Driscoll joins the Basketball Podcast to share insights on embracing change and dots on the map.
    Coach Driscoll is the all-time winningest coach in ASUN history and has won over 250 games at North Florida. He is a three-time ASUN Coach of the Year (2014-15, 2015-16, 2019-20) and was the NABC District 3 Coach of the Year in 2014-15.
    Driscoll has led his Osprey teams to multiple ASUN regular season titles (2015, 2016, 2020), an ASUN tournament championship (2015), and two national postseason appearances (2015 NCAA, 2016 NIT). 
    Discroll boasts an impressive record, having mentored 13 of UNF's 18 1,000-point scorers (including transfers) while leading his teams to hold nearly every program record. His strategic approach resulted in a Top 20 final ranking in the CollegeInsider.com Mid-Major poll (2014-15) and twice led NCAA Div. 1 in 3-pointers made per game (2016, 2020). He's also known for guiding UNF to victories over powerhouse programs like Purdue and Illinois.
    Before coming to UNF, Driscoll spent twelve years as an assistant at Baylor University, Valparaiso University, Clemson University, and the University of Wyoming.

    Breakdown
    1:00 - Coaching Strategies and Player Development
    4:00 - Importance of Foundation and Fundamentals
    8:00 - Importance of Guarding The Ball
    13:00 - Mindfulness in Practice
    15:00 - Fast and Furious
    18:00 - Peer Pressure Drills
    23:30 - Purposeful Drills
    26:00 - Understanding the Game
    28:00 - Player Freedom
    32:00 - Consistent Coaching
    36:00 - Transfer Portal Era
    41:00 - Longevity with Specific Player's Journey
    45:00 - Character and Chemistry in Basketball
    49:30 - Program Success
    53:30 - Virtual Training
    57:00 - Adaptability to Change
    1:00:00 - Personal Growth
    1:06:00 - Personal Connections
    1:08:00 - Conclusion

    Matt Driscoll’s Bio:
    Bio: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Matthew_Driscoll_(basketball)
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/mattsdriscoll

    Chris Oliver / Basketball Immersion
    Website: http://basketballimmersion.com/
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/bballimmersion?lang=en
    YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/basketballimmersion
    Facebook: https://facebook.com/basketballimmersion

    Immersion Videos:
    Check out all our all-access practice and specialty clinics: https://www.immersionvideos.com

    • 1 hr 10 min
    Episode 328: Greg Kampe, I Just Want to Win

    Episode 328: Greg Kampe, I Just Want to Win

    Guest: Greg Kampe, Head Coach at Oakland University
    Numerous achievements and milestones mark Kampe’s coaching career. He is the current longest-tenured coach at a single school dating back to 1984 when Oakland was an NCAA D2 school. Kampe has coached five NBA players, led four teams to the Division 1 NCAA Tournament, and has a chance to win his 700th career game this coming season.

    The 2023-2024 season was particularly noteworthy for Kampe and the Golden Grizzlies. Under his leadership, Oakland won the Horizon League tournament for the first time, securing an automatic bid to the NCAA tournament. As a 14-seed, they achieved a remarkable upset victory over 3-seed Kentucky in the Round of 64, marking Kampe’s first win in this tournament stage.

    Oakland’s only previous NCAA tourney win came in the First Four in 2005. Over the years, Kampe has led Oakland to multiple conference championships, including three Summit League tournament titles and two Horizon League regular-season titles. He is the third-longest tenured men's college basketball coach currently active, a testament to his dedication and leadership. 

    Kampe’s dedication to the program and his players is evident in his long-standing commitment to Oakland University. He has been recognized with numerous awards, including four Summit League Coach of the Year honors and an induction into the Michigan Sports Hall of Fame in 2017. Kampe’s coaching philosophy emphasizes consistency, hard work, and the development of student-athletes both on and off the court.

    Breakdown
    1:00 - Achievements in Coaching Career
    1:30 - Coaching Consistency and Its Impact on Success
    3:30 - Game Planning and Strategy
    8:30 - Coaching Decisions
    11:00 - Coaching Philosophy and Offensive Strategy
    17:00 - Finding Player's Strengths
    20:00 - Unique Matchup Zone Defense
    23:00 - Adapting Zone Defense
    29:00 - Practice Plan and Emphasizing Repetition
    32:00 - Offensive Strategies
    39:00 - Values
    42:00 - Personal Growth
    44:00 - Didn't Travel with the Team
    46:00 - Self Awareness
    47:00 - Conclusion

    Greg Kampes Bio:
    Bio: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Greg_Kampe
    Website: https://www.allcoachnetwork.com/kampe/main.html

    Chris Oliver / Basketball Immersion
    Website: http://basketballimmersion.com/
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/bballimmersion?lang=en
    YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/basketballimmersion
    Facebook: https://facebook.com/basketballimmersion

    Immersion Videos:
    Check out all our all-access practice and specialty clinics: https://www.immersionvideos.com

    • 48 min
    Episode 327: Matt Hill, NBA Transition and Player Development Concepts

    Episode 327: Matt Hill, NBA Transition and Player Development Concepts

    Guest: Matt Hill, Charlotte Hornets Assistant Coach
    In this week's coaching conversation, Charlotte Hornets assistant coach Matt Hill joins the Basketball Podcast to share insights on NBA transition and player development concepts.
    Matt Hill brings a wealth of NBA coaching experience to the Charlotte Hornets, having previously served as an Assistant Coach with the Phoenix Suns, Atlanta Hawks (2018-2023) and the Orlando Magic (2017-2018). He began his NBA journey with the Orlando Magic in 2012, working his way up from Video Analyst/Scout to Player Development under coaches Jacque Vaughn, James Borrego, Scott Skiles, and Frank Vogel.
    A standout athlete himself, Hill played college basketball at the University of Texas and was named Nebraska's Mr. Basketball and Gatorade Player of the Year in high school. He holds a bachelor's degree in corporate communications.
    Hill's dedication to the game is evident in his career path. Transitioning from player development to coaching positions, he has developed a strong foundation in maximizing player potential and contributing to team success.

    Breakdown
    1:00 - Coaching Experience
    2:00 - End of Shot Clock Possession
    7:30 - Coaching Strategies
    8:30 - Rival Spacing
    13:30 - Creating Space
    16:00 - Processes and Feedback Loop
    21:00 - Balance, Tracking, and Feedback
    27:30 - Stats and Film Analysis
    30:00 - Importance of Trust and Accountability
    36:00 - Coaching Journey and Staff Development
    40:00 - Four Different Coaches
    42:00 - Conclusion

    Matt HIll’s Bio:
    Bio: https://nbacoaches.com/matt-hill/

    Chris Oliver / Basketball Immersion
    Website: http://basketballimmersion.com/
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/bballimmersion?lang=en
    YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/basketballimmersion
    Facebook: https://facebook.com/basketballimmersion

    Immersion Videos:
    Check out all our all-access practice and specialty clinics: https://www.immersionvideos.com

    • 44 min
    Episode 326: Brian Benjamin, FIBA 3x3 For Coaching Success

    Episode 326: Brian Benjamin, FIBA 3x3 For Coaching Success

    Guest: Brian Benjamin, Technical Director for Netherlands Basketball and Former FIBA 3x3 Head Coach 
    In this week's coaching conversation, the technical director for Netherlands basketball and former FIBA 3x3 head coach Brian Benjamin joins the Basketball Podcast to discuss FIBA 3vx3 and its application to all basketball coaching.

    From 2016 to 2021, Brian Benjamin has been the Head Coach of the 3x3 Men National Team of The Netherlands. After his teams won several medals at the Europe Cup and World Cup, the Men's team qualified for the Olympic Games in Tokyo.

    Brian Benjamin is currently the Technical Director of the Netherlands Basketball Federation. He oversees and is responsible for all National Teams and Talent Programmes (3x3, 5-on-5, and Wheelchair) of the Netherlands Basketball Federation.

    Breakdown
    1:00 - Netherlands Success in 3x3 Basketball
    5:00 - Defensive Strategies for 3--Point Shots
    11:00 - Strategies to Counter Switches
    14:00 - Defensive Rebounds and Communication
    20:00 - Limiting Turnovers
    22:00 - One-on-One Defense
    27:00 - Player Skills and Team Concept
    30:00 - 3x3 Practice and Defensive Tactics
    36:00 - Importance of Individual Skills
    39:30 - Performance Analysis
    42:00 - Keep Competing
    45:00 - Conclusion

    Brian Benjamin’s Bio:
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/benjbrian/

    Chris Oliver / Basketball Immersion
    Website: http://basketballimmersion.com/
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/bballimmersion?lang=en
    YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/basketballimmersion
    Facebook: https://facebook.com/basketballimmersion

    Immersion Videos:
    Check out all our all-access practice and specialty clinics: https://www.immersionvideos.com

    • 46 min
    Episode 325: Fran Fraschilla, Trends in Coaching, 3x3, and a Passion to Learn

    Episode 325: Fran Fraschilla, Trends in Coaching, 3x3, and a Passion to Learn

    Guest: Fran Fraschilla, ESPN College Basketball Game and Studio Analyst
    In this week's coaching conversation, ESPN College Basketball Game and Studio Analyst, Fran Fraschilla shares insights on trends in coaching, 3x3 and a passion to learn.
    Fran Fraschilla joined ESPN as a college basketball game and studio analyst in 2003. Fraschilla has an extensive coaching background, having coached at the collegiate level for 23 years. His teams made eight postseason appearances, including three NCAA Tournaments. He was the head coach at the University of New Mexico, St. John’s University and Manhattan College..At ESPN, he worked on NBA Draft coverage, the FIBA World Championships, as well as the NBA and high school basketball. He was also an analyst on ESPN’s NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball coverage from 2007-2014.
    Fran Fraschilla had an impressive coaching career before transitioning to ESPN.
    Manhattan College (1992–1996): As head coach of the Manhattan Jaspers, Fraschilla led the team to the NCAA Tournament twice. In 1995, the Jaspers pulled off an upset as a 13-seed, defeating Kelvin Sampson’s No. 4 Oklahoma Sooners. St. John’s University (1996–1998): At St. John’s, Fraschilla coached four NBA players, including Metta World Peace. His overall record with the Red Storm was 35–24.University of New Mexico (1999–2002): Fraschilla continued his success at New Mexico, posting a 55–41 record. His teams made postseason appearances, including the NIT and NCAA Tournaments.
    In total, Fran Fraschilla’s coaching career spanned 23 years, with an overall record of 176–99. His expertise and insights now benefit ESPN viewers as he analyzes college basketball games and covers the NBA draft, particularly focusing on foreign players.
    Breakdown
    1:00 - International Basketball Growth
    6:00 - Pick and Roll Basketball Techniques
    13:00 - Five Out Offense and Big Men Passing Ability
    16:00 - Effective Weak Side Actions
    18:30 - Practice Design and Habits
    25:00 - Coaching Techniques in College Basketball
    28:30 - Offensive and Defensive Approaches
    33:00 - Importance of Switching
    35:30 - Difference of 3x3 vs 5x5
    39:00 - Benefits of 3x3
    46:00 - Family Involvement
    49:00 - Coaching and Mentorship
    54:00 - Conclusion

    Fran Fraschilla’s Bio:
    Bio/Website: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fran_Fraschilla
    Twitter: https://x.com/franfraschilla

    Chris Oliver / Basketball Immersion
    Website: http://basketballimmersion.com/
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/bballimmersion?lang=en
    YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/basketballimmersion
    Facebook: https://facebook.com/basketballimmersion

    Immersion Videos:
    Check out all our all-access practice and specialty clinics: https://www.immersionvideos.com

    • 55 min
    Episode 324: Joan Plaza, Modern Coaching: Instilling Confidence and Empowerment

    Episode 324: Joan Plaza, Modern Coaching: Instilling Confidence and Empowerment

    Guest: Joan Plaza, Spanish Professional Basketball Coach
    In this week's coaching conversation, Spanish professional basketball Joan Plaza joins the Basketball Podcast to share insights on modern coaching: Instilling confidence and empowerment.

    Joan Plaza is a Spanish professional basketball coach with an impressive track record. His coaching journey spans across various European teams, where he has consistently achieved success at the highest levels of the game. Plaza most recently was head coach of AEK in the Greek League and in the Basketball Champions League.

    Plaza began his coaching career at the basketball school he co-founded, EB Betsaida, and worked with the women’s team EB Santísima Trinitat and the small club CB Sant Adriá. During the 2000–01 season, he led his team to victory in the Spanish Under-20 championship.

    A veteran of 194 coaching appearances in the EuroLeague, spread between Zenit, Unicaja, Zalgiris, and Real Madrid. His most notable coaching stint was with Real Madrid, where he initially served as an assistant coach under Božidar Maljković. When Maljković departed, Plaza stepped up as the head coach. Under his leadership, Real Madrid achieved remarkable milestones, including thirteen consecutive Liga ACB wins and winning the ULEB Cup (now known as EuroCup) in the same season. Plaza was named the AEEB Coach of the Year.

    Plaza’s coaching journey continued with other prominent teams including Cajasol Sevilla, Unicaja Malaga, where he secured his second EuroCup title in the 2016–17 season., Zenit Saint Petersburg, and Real Betis.

    Breakdown
    1:00 - Coaching Youth Basketball
    2:30 - Sharing Experiences
    7:30 - Modern vs Traditional Coaching Methods
    10:30 - Player Development and Communication
    17:00 - Assistance in Decision Making
    20:30 - Building Confidence
    27:00 - Creating Strategy and Goals
    31:00 - Time Management
    36:00 - Coaching Methods
    40:00 - Game Plan and Priorities
    48:00 - Coaching Philosophy and Passion
    55:00 - Conclusion

    Joan Plaza’s Bio:
    Bio/Website: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joan_Plaza
    Twitter: https://x.com/joanplazaduran

    Chris Oliver / Basketball Immersion
    Website: http://basketballimmersion.com/
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/bballimmersion?lang=en
    YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/basketballimmersion
    Facebook: https://facebook.com/basketballimmersion

    Immersion Videos:
    Check out all our all-access practice and specialty clinics: https://www.immersionvideos.com

    • 56 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
38 Ratings

38 Ratings

bigbadbari ,

Great insight into coaching for any level

Chris came out to our association in Melbourne Australia which helped me find basketball immersion.

As an amateur coach/dad helper I have a passion to help improve our children's skill and enjoyment.
I have to say a lot goes over my head but the core fundementals on how to approach coaching has really resonated.

Thanks for the great content

Coach Casella ,

Amazing content for Basketball Coaches

For years I was seeking a podcast for basketball coaches to help with my development. I found Basketball Immersion over a year ago and have been obsessed with all the content that Chris has produced. Please recommend this podcast to any basketball coach you know as they won’t be disappointed. Thanks Tony Casella

Sleepy1970 ,

Awesome

The latest pod about small sided games with Shaun was incredible. That’s modern coaching. Keep up the great work

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