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    Episode 175: Bob Richey, Basketball is a Game of Connection

    Episode 175: Bob Richey, Basketball is a Game of Connection

    Guest: Bob Richey, Furman Basketball Head Coach

     

    In this week's coaching conversation, Furman head coach Bob Richey joins the Basketball Podcast to discuss basketball as a game of connection and ideas on building a program.

     

    During his time at the helm of the Paladin program, Richey has guided the Paladins to a 73-26 overall record and 41-13 mark in Southern Conference play. The Paladins have posted back-to-back 25-win seasons and claimed four straight 20-win seasons for the first time in school history. His .737 winning percentage ranks ninth among active Division I head coaches.

     

    Richey guided the Paladins to a 25-7 overall record and 15-3 Southern Conference mark in 2019-20 as the Paladins posted a school-record for victories for a second consecutive season. Furman finished the season at No. 74 in the NCAA Evaluation Tool (NET) Rankings and No. 81 in the Pomeroy Ratings. Jordan Lyons, a College Insider Mid-Major All-American, earned first-team All-SoCon honors while Clay Mounce and Noah Gurley received third-team all-league accolades. Lyons finished his Furman career as the winningest player in school history with 96 victories.

     

    Under his leadership, the 2018-19 Paladins reached new heights with a school record of 25 wins, including victories over defending national champion and eighth-ranked Villanova and 2018 NCAA Final Four participant Loyola Chicago. Furman finished the season with a 25-8 overall record, 13-5 league mark, and earned the school's first trip to the National Invitation Tournament (NIT) since 1991.

     

    Richey's coaching career began at Charleston Southern in 2006, where he served on Barclay Radebaugh's staff until 2011. He joined the Furman staff under Jeff Jackson in 2011 and was retained as an assistant coach under Niko Medved. He served in the role until 2017 when he was elevated to interim head coach after Medved accepted the head coaching position at Drake.

     

    Breakdown

    1:00 - The Culture

    6:00 - Player Development

    8:00 - Adapt to Circumstances

    10:00 - FOMO Perspective

    12:00 - Decision Making will Overwhelm You

    15:00 - Values Statement

    20:00 - Offensive Cutting

    25:00 - Physics and Limiting Beliefs

    32:00 - The Truth

    36:00 - Game of Connection

    42:00 - Structure to Unstructured

    48:00 - Making Right Decision

    53:00 - Breakdown Drills and Roll Pop Option

    59:00 - Find The Action

    1:01:00 - Idea of Parameter

    1:05:00 - Cues for the Players

    1:07:00 - Conclusion




    Bob Richey’s Bio:

    Bio: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bob_Richey

    Website: bobricheybasketballcamp.com 




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    Episode 174: Mike Young, Be Yourself

    Episode 174: Mike Young, Be Yourself

    Guest: Mike Young, Virginia Tech Basketball Head Coach

     

    In this week's coaching conversation, Virginia Tech head coach Mike Young joins the Basketball Podcast to discuss his offensive and defensive philosophy, and how to be yourself.

     

    Mike Young was named 2020-21 ACC Coach of the Year as the Hokies made the NCAA Tournament. Under his watch in 2020-21, led Tech to being 4-0 versus the AP’s Top 25, with the four wins being tied for the most ranked wins in a season in school history. Virginia Tech was picked 11th in the ACC’s preseason media poll last fall but returned to national relevance in Young’s second season at the school. The Hokies beat Villanova, Clemson, Duke and Virginia, among others.

     

    Mike Young teams have made the NCAA Tournament in six of the last 11 seasons, including being the fastest Virginia Tech coach to make The Dance. Tech’s third-place finish was the Hokies’ highest finish in the ACC standings since Seth Greenberg’s Hokies tied for third place in 2010. The Hokies landed the No. 3 seed for the ACC Tournament — their best seed in that event since Greenberg’s Hokies were the No. 3 seed in 2007.

     

    The Radford, Virginia native joined the Hokies after a record-setting 17-year tenure as the head coach at Wofford. The Terriers posted a 30-5 overall record in 2018-19, including a perfect 18-0 mark in Southern Conference play, and registered a convincing 84-68 win over Seton Hall in the first round of the 2019 NCAA Tournament.

     

    The 2019 Sporting News Coach of the Year, Young built the Terriers into one of the Southern Conference's preeminent programs and a perennial NCAA Tournament participant. He guided Wofford to five NCAA Tournament berths over the past 10 seasons and five Southern Conference championships. In addition to the on-court success of his teams, 100 percent of Young's student-athletes at Wofford who completed their eligibility graduated.

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    Episode 173: Raoul Korner, Switching Defense, Solving The Resulting Mismatches and Post Automatics

    Episode 173: Raoul Korner, Switching Defense, Solving The Resulting Mismatches and Post Automatics

    Guest: Raoul Korner, Austrian Professional Basketball Coach and Current Head Coach of Medi Bayreuth of the German Basketball Bundesliga (BBL)

     

    In this week's coaching conversation, Austrian professional basketball coach and current head coach of Medi Bayreuth of the German Basketball Bundesliga (BBL) Raoul Korner joins the podcast to discuss switching defense, solving the resulting mismatches and post automatics.

     

    Raoul Korner is an Austrian Professional basketball Head Coach with experiences in Basket Clubs of Vienna (Austria, 1st div.), Mattersburg 49ers (Austria, 1st div.), Traiskirchen Lions (Austria, 1st div.), Head Coach WBC Wels (Austria, 1st div.), EiffelTowers Den Bosch (NL, 1st div.) , BB Loewen Braunschweig (GER, 1st div.), and currently Head Coaching Medi Bayreuth (GER, 1st div.).

     

    Coach Korner has won multiple League and Cup Championships in Austria & Netherlands whilst also being awarded Coach of the Year honours throughout his career. Raoul has a proven track record of developing top players, building competitive winning teams and promotion to FIBA Champions League Top 16, FIBA EuroCup Final Four which was not played due to COVID19.

     

    Korner is also Austrian Men's National Team Head Coach competing in 2021 EuroBasket qualifiers in Group F with Slovenia, Ukraine and Hungary. Raoul is also a lecturer at University of Bayreuth (GER) about “Leadership” as well at several National and International Coaches Clinics.

     

    Breakdown

    1:00 - Development Outside of the Comfort Zone

    4:00 - Keys to Overperforming

    7:30 - Best Practices with Switching

    12:00 - Bigs Forcing the Two Sides

    15:00 - Switching

    18:00 - Off The Ball Switching

    23:30 - Ghost Screens

    26:30 - Advantage of Over the Screen

    30:30 - Visual Cue Game

    32:00 - Early Ball Movement

    36:00 - Set Reaction vs Decision

    39:00 - Post Players on Switch

    44:00 - Counter a Post Double

    48:00 - Specific Set Actions

    50:00 - Modern Post Players

    54:00 - Grenade Actions

    57:00 - Conclusion




    Raoul Korner’s Bio:

    Bio: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Raoul_Korner

    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/raoulkorne




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    • 1 hr 1 min
    Episode 172: Brooke Wyckoff, Moms in Coaching

    Episode 172: Brooke Wyckoff, Moms in Coaching

    Guest: Brooke Wyckoff, Florida State Associate Head Coach

     

    Florida State associate head coach Brooke Wyckoff joins the Basketball Podcast to discuss moms in coaching and serving as an interim head coach.

     

    Wyckoff was the Interim Head Coach for the 2020-21 year as Sue Sem Rau took a one-year leave of absence. The result was leading Florida State to its eighth consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance and a 4th place finish in the ACC and earned a Top-4 seed despite being picked eighth in the ACC preseason coaches poll. Since the ACC added Louisville in 2014 and set its current group of 15 teams, the 2020-21 Seminoles are the only team in the league to be picked as low as eighth in the ACC preseason coaches poll and finish with a Top-4 seed.

     

    Wyckoff has sparked the rise of the Florida State women’s basketball program as a standout player, as an assistant coach, and as the interim coach. She was a Florida State women’s basketball standout player on the court from 1997 to 2001. She joined Sue Semrau’s revamped staff beginning in the 2011-12 season. Through 10 seasons, Wyckoff’s tremendous results in defensive game planning, coaching the post players, recruiting, scouting, and other areas resulted in a reward: Being named the team’s associate head coach on May 1, 2018. In her five seasons of taking over the defense, FSU’s sub-60 points allowed in three of the past six years mark the only three times the program has surrendered less than 60 in a season. 

     

    In 2014, Brooke co-founded an organization called Moms in Coaching. This is a support group for mothers who are coaching but are unsure if they can be full-time coaches and full-time moms.

     

    Without a doubt, Wyckoff was one of the greatest Seminoles ever to wear the Garnet and Gold on the hardwood before playing nine seasons in the WNBA. Wyckoff played in the WNBA from 2001 to 2009, competing for the Orlando Miracle, the Connecticut Sun, and the Chicago Sky.

     

    Breakdown

    1:00 - Head Coaching Role

    4:00 - Gratitude

    9:00 - Debrief Session

    12:00 - Leave of Absence

    15:00 - Concept of Mentorship

    17:30 - Having Kids at Practice

    21:00 - Breastfeeding and Health

    27:00 - Removing Mom's Guilt

    33:00 - Strategies to Keep Women on Coaching

    36:00 - Former Players on Coaching

    41:00 - Women Sport Coaches

    45:00 - Interviews

    47:30 - ESPN Ratings on Women's Basketball

    50:00 - Comparison of Men's and Women's Basketball

    54:30 - Why Women Not Retained on Coaching

    57:00 - Conclusion




    Brooke Wyckoff’s Bio:

    Bio: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brooke_Wyckoff

    Twitter: https://twitter.com/coachbrookefsu




    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




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    Episode 171: Will Weaver, An Interview with Chris Oliver on Coaching and Coach Development

    Episode 171: Will Weaver, An Interview with Chris Oliver on Coaching and Coach Development

    Guest: Will Weaver, Houston Rockets Assistant Coach

     

    In this week's coaching conversation, Houston Rockets assistant coach Will Weaver joins the Basketball Podcast to interview Basketball Immersion founder and creative director, Chris Oliver, on coaching and coach development.

     

    Will Weaver is currently an assistant coach for the Houston Rockets. After a few years as a coaching assistant in the NCAA, Weaver was hired to coach alongside Brett Brown with the Philadelphia 76ers and eventually landed under Kenny Atkinson with the Brooklyn Nets in 2016. Weaver went on to be the head coach of the Nets’ G-League affiliate, the Long Island Nets, and took them to the Finals in the 2018-19 season while winning Coach of the Year.

     

    Weaver was also previously head coach of the Sydney Kings in the NBL (Australian league) and led the team to the league’s best record (20-8) and into the NBL Grand Final.

     

    Chris Oliver is the founder of Basketball Immersion, The Basketball Podcast and Immersion Videos.

     

    As an expert in basketball decision training, he coaches, trains, and mentors coaches to maximize their players’ potential and enjoyment of practices and games. What he is most passionate about in his work is sharing evidence-based coaching ideas that can stimulate your coaching to get better results. The goal is to improve your players’ retention and transfer of the things you teach to their performance.

     

    Breakdown

    1:00 - Introduction

    2:00 - Integration

    6:00 - Sports Psychology

    12:00 - Constraints

    16:00 - Position of Authority

    20:00 - Conceptual Offense

    24:00 - On Air Training

    32:00 - Coach Development

    37:00 - Professional Growth

    46:00 - Learning from Different Approaches

    52:00 - Innovation

    55:00 - Learning from Basketball Immersion

    1:00:00 - Role Models

    1:02:00 - Teaching

    1:06:00 - Sharing Through the Podcast

    1:08:00 - Conclusion




    Will Weaver’s Bio:

    Bio: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Will_Weaver_(basketball)

    Twitter: https://twitter.com/coachwcw




    Basketball Immersion

    Website: http://basketballimmersion.com/

    Twitter: https://twitter.com/bballimmersion?lang=en

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    • 1 hr 14 min
    Episode 170: Karl Smesko, Offensive System and Shooting Psychology

    Episode 170: Karl Smesko, Offensive System and Shooting Psychology

    Guest: Karl Smesko, Florida Gulf Coast Head Coach 

     

    Florida Gulf Coast head coach Karl Smesko joins the Basketball Podcast to discuss his offensive system, shooting psychology and the things that helped him become one of the most successful coaches in women's college basketball history.

     

    Karl Smesko’s resume sits among the best all-time in NCAA Division I women’s basketball as he enters his 22nd season on the sideline in 2020-21, including his 19th with the Green and Blue.

     

    On pace to reach 600 career wins faster than legendary coaches such as Pat Summitt and Tara VanDerveer, Smesko has compiled a 554-122 record (.820) in his career, which ranks him as the third-winningest active Division I head coach behind Geno Auriemma (1,091-142, .885) and Kim Mulkey (604-101, .857). Furthermore, he passed VanDerveer (1,094-253, .812) in 2017-18 to become the fifth-winningest Division I head coach of all-time – behind Auriemma, Leon Barmore (576-87, .869), Mulkey and Summit (1,098-208, .841). If that isn’t enough, he is the 10th-winningest active head coach across all divisions, as well as the 12th-winningest such coach all-time.

     

    Smesko has the Eagles on pace to shatter the NCAA's all-time Division I winning percentage record by the end of the 2020-21 season as his team is one of only two in the nation along with Tennessee (.801) with at least an .800 all-time winning percentage. In fact, FGCU is 493-95 (.838) since the program’s inception in 2002-03, which is easily the best winning percentage in the nation and also ahead of third-place UConn (.795), but the NCAA requires at least 10 years as a Division I program, and FGCU's four reclassification years (2007-11) do not count towards the 10-year minimum. Thus, Smesko and the Green and Blue will have to wait just a little longer to be recognized as the winningest Division I women's basketball program in NCAA history.

     

    Breakdown

    1:00 - 3-Point Shooting Philosophy

    4:30 - Isolation and Space

    7:00 - Knowing Own Strengths

    10:00 - Getting Players in Space and Attack

    13:00 - Ideas on Horizontal and Vertical Spacing

    16:30 - Drive to Score

    19:30 - The Concept of Waiting

    23:00 - Convergence Concept

    27:00 - Incorporating Stars on his Philosophy

    29:00 - Player Development

    33:00 - Isolated Skills Training for Shooting

    37:00 - Art fo Coaching

    40:00 - Importance of Shot Release

    44:00 - 3-Point Shooting

    48:30 - Offensive Rebounding

    51:00 - Turnover Battle

    54:00 - Hiring Former Players as Assistants

    57:00 - Advice for Other Coaches




    Karl Smesko’s Bio:

    Bio: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Karl_Smesko

    Twitter: https://twitter.com/fgcucoachsmesko




    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




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    • 1 hr 3 min

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