The Hardwood Hustle podcast brought to you by PGC Basketball seeks to educate, empower and encourage coaches around the world.
Your hosts, coaches TJ Rosene and Sam Allen share their experiences and perspectives centered around the game of basketball. Guest interviews from the biggest names in basketball and beyond, provide keen insights into how coaches can achieve a high level of success and be transformational in the lives of their players.
The Hardwood Hustle has been equipping and inspiring the basketball community since 2014. Allow our guides TJ and Sam to journey with you and help you enjoy a fulfilling coaching career season after season.
Episode 384 – 4 Quarters – Quitting, Winning, Running, and Eating
This week we take on four quick topics in our “4 Quarters” episode. TJ, Sam, and Lisa discuss how coaches may approach each topic and what could shift late in the season. – Is there ever a good reason to quit? How do the best teams get late season wins? Can transition offense win you […]
Episode 383 – Breaking the Color Line – The Untold Story of Willie Cooper
In honor of Black History Month, we invited special guest, Ken Friedman on the podcast to share the untold story of how Willie Cooper broke the color line at the University of North Carolina in 1964. Ken worked behind the scenes under legendary coaches Frank McGuire and Dean Smith, and in this episode he sets […]
Episode 382 – Should You Play Man or Zone Defense?
Choosing your defensive system and strategy is critical to your success. In this episode, TJ and Sam discuss the importance of understanding why you would choose a man or zone defense as your primary system and the factors that guide a coach’s decision. In part one, they cover player development implications and appropriate age and […]
Episode 381 – Identifying Player Roles with Tyler Coston
Identifying and clarifying player roles is critical. In this episode, TJ and Sam are joined by Tyler Coston, Director of Player Development and PGC+ for PGC Basketball to discuss where coaches may be missing opportunities in this area. Hear ideas and strategies for creating an objective system so you can bring more clarity and inspiration […]
Episode 380 – Is Your Best Player a Poor Leader?
TJ and Sam dive into the critical topic of player leadership. They provide tips for mentoring your players into leadership roles that are best for them and the team. Equip yourself and your players with the right expectations so you can answer the question, does your best player have to be your best leader?
Episode 379 – Debbie Antonelli
ESPN Analyst, Debbie Antonelli joins us on the Hardwood Hustle to talk about the coaching “IT” factor, keys to being great at situational basketball, and what loses games. Debbie shares her basketball insights from over 33 years of experience giving coaches a checklist of ideas and strategies to take back to their teams. Debbie was […]
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Awesome Job! I love how detailed the programs and player development tracks are. Shoutout Tucker with the great editing as well.
As someone who works with athletes in character development and mental health, I really value the insight this podcast brings. Great content and quality production.
As a student of the game, I value this series as not only a podcast, but a valuable resource to furthering my knowledge and understanding of the game. Thank you!!