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Ever wonder what it’s like to get inside of the mind of some of basketball’s most fascinating coaches?

Our interviews provide stories, lessons, and laughs from legendary veteran coaches and young up-and-comers. You’ll be amazed to learn everything from the X’s and O’s to the business of coaching.

40 Year Coach Adam Stanco

    • Basketball

Ever wonder what it’s like to get inside of the mind of some of basketball’s most fascinating coaches?

Our interviews provide stories, lessons, and laughs from legendary veteran coaches and young up-and-comers. You’ll be amazed to learn everything from the X’s and O’s to the business of coaching.

    Episode 9: Travis DeCuire

    Episode 9: Travis DeCuire

    Adam Stanco’s in-depth interview with University of Montana head coach Travis DeCuire. They discuss the coach’s early playing career, including how immature missteps during a youth tournament changed the course of his basketball life. He shares stories about his phenomenal collegiate run, first as a standout at Chaminade and then as one of the nation’s assist leaders at Montana. They explore DeCuire’s journey as a highly successful college assistant and the relationships he fostered along the way. DeCuire opens up about his feelings on being passed over for the Cal job after Mike Montgomery lobbied for him to get it. While Montana has become synonymous with legendary coaches, they discuss the reasons behind DeCuire’s particular dominance at the school, including how his Grizzlies nearly upset a Final Four-bound Michigan team in the NCAA Tournament. And DeCuire explains why he didn’t leave for a bigger program this off-season, despite being one of the most coveted mid-major coaches in all of college basketball.

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    Adam Stanco: @NaismithLives

    40 Year Coach Podcast: @40YearCoach

    Travis DeCuire: @CoachDeCuire

    Sydney Smith: @SydGSmitty

    • 1 hr 5 min
    Episode 8: Kim English

    Episode 8: Kim English

    Adam Stanco’s in-depth interview with former NBA player and current Colorado assistant coach Kim English. They discuss the coach’s childhood, including how a speech impediment destroyed his confidence, but basketball helped restore it. He shares stories about some of his early playing experiences, taking the court alongside NBA stars and reveals what they taught him about the game. They take a deep dive into what it takes to win, breaking down the details of what winning plays actually look like. The former Missouri star tells a remarkable story about how he overcame adversity brought on by hubris. They also discuss English’s most painful loss and how he’s turned it into a valuable lesson, even though it still haunts him.

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    Adam Stanco: @naismithlives

    40 Year Coach Podcast: @40YearCoach

    Kim English: @Englishscope24

    Sydney Smith: @SydGSmitty

    • 48 min
    Episode 7: Mike Jarvis

    Episode 7: Mike Jarvis

    Adam Stanco’s in-depth interview with longtime college basketball head coach Mike Jarvis. They discuss the coach’s early days as a player, including why he was ready to quit the game entirely and the reason he stayed with it. He reveals some of his early coaching experiences, such as working alongside a young Jim Calhoun and coaching Kyrie Irving’s father at Boston University. They take a deep dive into what Jarvis experienced while coaching Patrick Ewing at Cambridge Rindge and Latin. Jarvis explains what he learned from coaching a once-in-a-generation talent and shares some incredible stories about Ewing’s insane recruitment. Jarvis tells us why he gained even more knowledge about coaching great big men as he helped transform Yinka Dare into a fantastic college player. He also explains why a 5-foot-4 George Washington guard was the best pound-for-pound player he ever coached. And he takes us into the chaotic St. John’s locker rooms he shared with Ron Artest, Omar Cook, Erick Barkley, and many others.

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    Adam Stanco: @naismithlives

    40 Year Coach Podcast: @40YearCoach

    Mike Jarvis: @coachmikejarvis

    Sydney Smith: @SydGSmitty

    • 1 hr 8 min
    Episode 6: Steve Kerr

    Episode 6: Steve Kerr

    Adam Stanco’s in-depth interview with Golden State Warriors Head Coach Steve Kerr. They discuss Kerr’s childhood, including an early love of multiple sports and what he learned while traveling around the globe. He reveals some remarkable tales from his time at Arizona, including when he first realized he could be an NBA player. Kerr explains how those Lute Olson-coached teams have inspired his current practices and how a loss in the 1988 Final Four still haunts him today. He explains what it was like to play for some legendary NBA coaches and what he learned from the likes of Phil Jackson, Gregg Popovich, Cotton Fitzsimmons, and Lenny Wilkens. He tells some fascinating stories about Michael Jordan’s competitiveness and explains why Draymond Green is comparable to Dennis Rodman. Plus, Kerr lets us know how he found out DeMarcus Cousins was joining the Warriors and why he thinks Boogie will fit right in. He also opens up about why he feels the need to speak out against social injustices.

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    Adam Stanco: @naismithlives

    40 Year Coach Podcast: @40YearCoach

    Steve Kerr: @SteveKerr

    Sydney Smith: @SydGSmitty

    • 1 hr 10 min
    Episode 5: Matt McCall

    Episode 5: Matt McCall

    Adam Stanco’s in-depth interview with UMass head coach Matt McCall. They discuss his decision to end his playing career and attend Florida as a student-manager. He shares fascinating stories from his days doing manager grunt work and building relationships with Joakim Noah, Al Horford, and Corey Brewer as they won back-to-back national championships. He reveals the secrets behind Billy Donovan’s success and recounts his difficult decision to leave Donovan’s staff. McCall explains how he earned an NCAA Tournament berth at Chattanooga and tells the remarkable story of becoming the UMass head coach when someone else was given the job just a week earlier.

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    Adam Stanco: @naismithlives

    40 Year Coach Podcast: @40YearCoach

    Matt McCall: @CoachMattMcCall

    Sydney Smith: @SydGSmitty

    • 1 hr 15 min
    Episode 4: Dick Vitale

    Episode 4: Dick Vitale

    Adam Stanco’s in-depth interview with ESPN's legendary broadcaster Dick Vitale. They discuss his childhood, including the adversity Vitale faced when as a kindergartner he lost the vision in his left eye. He reveals how he started his coaching career, first at an elementary school and then as a successful high school coach. Dickie V recounts his remarkable rise up the coaching ranks, going from high school to NBA head coach in just seven years. He reveals how getting fired sent him into a terrible depression, but how it also led him to ESPN, where he changed the sport of college basketball forever. Vitale also explains how he would change the game and his answer will surprise you.

    Find out more at 40YearCoach.com and follow us on Twitter...

    Adam Stanco: @naismithlives

    40 Year Coach Podcast: @40YearCoach

    Dick Vitale: @DickieV

    The V Foundation: @TheVFoundation

    Sydney Smith: @SydGSmitty

    • 43 min

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