300 episodes

The Hoop Heads Podcast is co-hosted by Head Start Basketball Founder Mike Klinzing and Coach Jason Sunkle. The Hoop Heads Podcast covers a wide range of basketball topics relevant to coaches, players, and parents. Listen in for interviews with personalities from across the basketball landscape.

Our line-up of podcast guests includes some of the top minds in the game across all levels, from grassroots to the NBA. They’ll share insights to help you grow as a coach, improve as a player, or enhance your experience of the game as a parent. You’ll gain new perspectives on what the best coaches are doing, how they do it, and why they do it. We hope to make you think and challenge you to consider your approach to the game of basketball.

We’ll also attempt to entertain and inform as we share our thoughts on the NBA and college hoops. We are passionately committed to the Hoop Heads Podcast and growing the game of basketball.

Visit our website www.hoopheadspod.com to check out every episode we've ever recorded and learn more about what drives our show!

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    • 4.3 • 328 Ratings

The Hoop Heads Podcast is co-hosted by Head Start Basketball Founder Mike Klinzing and Coach Jason Sunkle. The Hoop Heads Podcast covers a wide range of basketball topics relevant to coaches, players, and parents. Listen in for interviews with personalities from across the basketball landscape.

Our line-up of podcast guests includes some of the top minds in the game across all levels, from grassroots to the NBA. They’ll share insights to help you grow as a coach, improve as a player, or enhance your experience of the game as a parent. You’ll gain new perspectives on what the best coaches are doing, how they do it, and why they do it. We hope to make you think and challenge you to consider your approach to the game of basketball.

We’ll also attempt to entertain and inform as we share our thoughts on the NBA and college hoops. We are passionately committed to the Hoop Heads Podcast and growing the game of basketball.

Visit our website www.hoopheadspod.com to check out every episode we've ever recorded and learn more about what drives our show!

Thank you for being a part of Hoop Heads Nation!Podcast by Hoop Heads

    "The Triple Double" #9 with Rob Brost, Bolingbrook (IL) High School Boys' Basketball Head Coach - Episode 934

    "The Triple Double" #9 with Rob Brost, Bolingbrook (IL) High School Boys' Basketball Head Coach - Episode 934

    The 9th episode of "The Triple Double" with Rob Brost, Bolingbrook (IL) High School Boys' Basketball Head Coach. Rob, Mike, & Jason hit on three basketball topics in each episode of "The Triple Double".
    Rob's experience coaching at the USA Basketball Junior National Team Minicamp in Phoenix during the Final FourThe "Get in the Gym" culture at Bolingbrook that connects current players and alumniAAU likes and dislikes from the perspective of a coach and a parent
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    GameChanger
    Introducing GameChanger, a free app that provides you with data to make strategic coaching decisions and to deliver memorable moments to your team and its fans. Engage your players, empower your coaching decisions, and give parents the thrill of watching every play unfold in real time this season. Download GameChanger now on iOS or Android. GameChanger equips your team with the tools they need to succeed. Download it today and make this season one for the books. GameChanger. Stream. Score. Connect. Learn more at gc.com/hoopheads.
    Get automated highlight clips for all scoring plays as well as rebounds, steals, assists, and more. Plus free live streaming, advanced scorekeeping, and team management.
    Integrity Insight from Teams of Men
    "Integrity Insight" is a transformative mini-course designed for coaches, focused on examining and improving team conduct in alignment with core values and ethical standards. This course encourages coaches to engage in a reflective and analytical journey, examining past behaviors and incidents to foster a culture of integrity and accountability in their teams.
    The Coaching Portfolio
    Your first impression is everything when applying for a new coaching job.  A professional coaching portfolio is the tool that highlights your coaching achievements and philosophies and, most of all, helps separate you and your abilities from the other applicants. Special Price of just $25 for all Hoop Heads Listeners.
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    • 56 min
    Unscrambling the NBA Playoff Picture & Some NCAA Tournament Talk - Episode 933

    Unscrambling the NBA Playoff Picture & Some NCAA Tournament Talk - Episode 933

    On this episode Mike and Jason talk about the NCAA tournament and the popularity of the women's game vs the men's. Next, they discuss the Cavs' struggles and try to make sense of the Eastern Conference Playoff Race. Finally, they try to figure out how the seeds will fall in the loaded Western Conference.
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    Fast Model Sports
    FastModel Sports has the most compelling and intuitive basketball software out there! In addition to a great product, they also provide basketball coaching content and resources through their blog and playbank, which features over 8,000 free plays and drills from their online coaching community. For access to these plays and more information, visit fastmodelsports.com or follow them on Twitter @FastModel. Use Promo code HHP15 to save 15%
    GameChanger
    Introducing GameChanger, a free app that provides you with data to make strategic coaching decisions and to deliver memorable moments to your team and its fans. Engage your players, empower your coaching decisions, and give parents the thrill of watching every play unfold in real time this season. Download GameChanger now on iOS or Android. GameChanger equips your team with the tools they need to succeed. Download it today and make this season one for the books. GameChanger. Stream. Score. Connect. Learn more at gc.com/hoopheads.
    Get automated highlight clips for all scoring plays as well as rebounds, steals, assists, and more. Plus free live streaming, advanced scorekeeping, and team management.
    Integrity Insight from Teams of Men
    "Integrity Insight" is a transformative mini-course designed for coaches, focused on examining and improving team conduct in alignment with core values and ethical standards. This course encourages coaches to engage in a reflective and analytical journey, examining past behaviors and incidents to foster a culture of integrity and accountability in their teams.
    The Coaching Portfolio
    Your first impression is everything when applying for a new coaching job.  A professional coaching portfolio is the tool that highlights your coaching achievements and philosophies and, most of all, helps separate you and your abilities from the other applicants. Special Price of just $25 for all Hoop Heads Listeners.
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    • 1 hr 7 min
    Ben Kaplan - Co-Author of "Pipeline to the Pros: How D3 Small College Nobodies Rose to Rule the NBA" - Episode 932

    Ben Kaplan - Co-Author of "Pipeline to the Pros: How D3 Small College Nobodies Rose to Rule the NBA" - Episode 932

    Ben Kaplan is the co-author of Pipeline to the Pros: How D3, Small-College Nobodies Rose to Rule the NBA. For the first time in league history, NBA coaches and general managers are just as likely to have played Division III basketball as they are to have played in the NBA. While the number of former D3 players working in the NBA is higher than ever, small college alums have served in leadership positions since the league’s founding. Their improbable and inspiring journeys tell a bigger story – the history of small college athletics, the evolution of coaching and management in the NBA, and the hiring practices in the most competitive fields.
    Kaplan is an analytics executive in the sports and entertainment business. He graduated from Amherst College, where he gained an intimate understanding of Division III athletics as both a member of the varsity basketball team and a student assistant in the sports information department. Ben’s writing has appeared in D3Hoops dot com, the authority on Division III men's and women's basketball.
    If you’re looking to improve your coaching please consider joining the Hoop Heads Mentorship Program.  We believe that having a mentor is the best way to maximize your potential and become a transformational coach. By matching you up with one of our experienced mentors you’ll develop a one on one relationship that will help your coaching, your team, your program, and your mindset.  The Hoop Heads Mentorship Program delivers mentoring services to basketball coaches at all levels through our team of experienced Head Coaches. Find out more at hoopheadspod.com orshoot me an email directly mike@hoopheadspod.com
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    Grab a notebook and jot down some knowledge as you listen to this episode with Ben Kaplan, co-author of Pipeline to the Pros: How D3, Small-College Nobodies Rose to Rule the NBA.
    Website - https://www.amazon.com/Pipeline-Pros-Ben-Kaplan/dp/1637274335
    Email - bkaplan09@gmail.com
    Twitter - @bkaplan4
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    • 1 hr 29 min
    Kent Washington - Author of "Kentomania" & The First American to Play Professional Basketball Behind the Iron Curtain - Episode 931

    Kent Washington - Author of "Kentomania" & The First American to Play Professional Basketball Behind the Iron Curtain - Episode 931

    Kent Washington made history by becoming the first American to play professional basketball behind the Iron Curtain. In his memoir, Kentomania, he recounts his journey from grade school, when he was known as Peanut, to become the first Black American to play professionally in the top league in Poland.
    Kent began to tap into his talent as a basketball player in junior and senior high school in New Rochelle, New York. His obsessive work ethic started to pay dividends as he elevated his game and became a college player at Southampton College in Long Island. During a basketball tour of communist Poland with his team in May 1976, Kent took the country by storm and became an overnight sensation.
    After finishing his education, he returned to Poland under contract to play professionally. The Polish press dubbed his popularity “Kentomania,” and fans lined the sidewalks hoping to get into a game to see him play – and to get his autograph.
    Kent’s athletic and cultural journey is unique as shares insights on his life behind the Iron Curtain.
    If you’re looking to improve your coaching please consider joining the Hoop Heads Mentorship Program. We believe that having a mentor is the best way to maximize your potential and become a transformational coach. By matching you up with one of our experienced mentors you’ll develop a one on one relationship that will help your coaching, your team, your program, and your mindset.  The Hoop Heads Mentorship Program delivers mentoring services to basketball coaches at all levels through our team of experienced Head Coaches. Find out more at hoopheadspod.com or shoot me an email directly mike@hoopheadspod.com
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    Get ready to take some notes as you listen to this episode with Kent Washington, the author of Kentomania.
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    Email - swashing55@icloud.com
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    • 1 hr 11 min
    The Most Intriguing Players Heading Into The NBA Playoffs - Episode 930

    The Most Intriguing Players Heading Into The NBA Playoffs - Episode 930

    On this episode Mike brings on his former coaching colleague Jason Popp to fill in for Jason, who is on vacation at Disney World. Mike and Popp each share and discuss their lists of the 5 most intriguing players heading into the NBA Playoffs.
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    Fast Model Sports
    FastModel Sports has the most compelling and intuitive basketball software out there! In addition to a great product, they also provide basketball coaching content and resources through their blog and playbank, which features over 8,000 free plays and drills from their online coaching community. For access to these plays and more information, visit fastmodelsports.com or follow them on Twitter @FastModel. Use Promo code HHP15 to save 15%
    GameChanger
    Introducing GameChanger, a free app that provides you with data to make strategic coaching decisions and to deliver memorable moments to your team and its fans. Engage your players, empower your coaching decisions, and give parents the thrill of watching every play unfold in real time this season. Download GameChanger now on iOS or Android. GameChanger equips your team with the tools they need to succeed. Download it today and make this season one for the books. GameChanger. Stream. Score. Connect. Learn more at gc.com/hoopheads.
    Get automated highlight clips for all scoring plays as well as rebounds, steals, assists, and more. Plus free live streaming, advanced scorekeeping, and team management.
    Integrity Insight from Teams of Men
    "Integrity Insight" is a transformative mini-course designed for coaches, focused on examining and improving team conduct in alignment with core values and ethical standards. This course encourages coaches to engage in a reflective and analytical journey, examining past behaviors and incidents to foster a culture of integrity and accountability in their teams.
    The Coaching Portfolio
    Your first impression is everything when applying for a new coaching job.  A professional coaching portfolio is the tool that highlights your coaching achievements and philosophies and, most of all, helps separate you and your abilities from the other applicants. Special Price of just $25 for all Hoop Heads Listeners.
    If you listen to and love the Hoop Heads Podcast, please consider giving us a small tip that will help in our quest to become the #1 basketball coaching podcast. https://hoop-heads.captivate.fm/support
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    • 1 hr 13 min
    Brooks Miller - Trine University Men's Basketball Head Coach, 2024 Division 3 National Champions - Episode 929

    Brooks Miller - Trine University Men's Basketball Head Coach, 2024 Division 3 National Champions - Episode 929

    Brooks Miller is the Men’s Basketball Head Coach at Trine University where he led the Thunder to the 2024 Division 3 National Championship finishing with a record of 29-4. Miller has compiled an overall record of 226-116 at Trine in his 13 seasons as head coach.
    Prior to arriving at Trine, Miller worked as an assistant men's basketball coach for three Hall of Fame coaches that amassed seven National Championships throughout their careers. Miller began his collegiate coaching career working for Basketball Coaches Association of Michigan Hall of Fame Coach Ed Douma (one National Championship) whom he previously played for at Hillsdale College. In 2007, his career took him to Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas, where he served as a graduate assistant coach to Naismith Hall of Fame Coach Bob Knight (three National Championships). In 2009, he became the Head Assistant Men’s Basketball coach and National Recruiting Coordinator at South Plains College in Levelland, Texas for Junior College Hall of Fame Coach Steve Green (three National Championships).
    Miller's started his collegiate playing career at the University of Toledo finished at Hillsdale College. At Hillsdale in 2003, Miller was selected team captain, Academic All-Conference, and team "Defensive Player of the Year." Hillsdale reached the NCAA Division II National Tournament in back-to-back years for the first time in school history during Miller’s sophomore and junior seasons in 2001 and 2002.
    If you’re looking to improve your coaching please consider joining the Hoop Heads Mentorship Program.  We believe that having a mentor is the best way to maximize your potential and become a transformational coach. By matching you up with one of our experienced mentors you’ll develop a one on one relationship that will help your coaching, your team, your program, and your mindset.  The Hoop Heads Mentorship Program delivers mentoring services to basketball coaches at all levels through our team of experienced Head Coaches. Find out more at hoopheadspod.com or shoot me an email directly mike@hoopheadspod.com
    Make sure you’re subscribed to the Hoop Heads Pod on iTunes or wherever you get your podcasts and while you’re there please leave us a 5 star rating and review.  Your ratings help your friends and coaching colleagues find the show. If you really love what you’re hearing recommend the Hoop Heads Pod to someone and get them to join you as a part of Hoop Heads Nation.
    Have your notebook handy as you listen to this episode with Brooks Miller, Men’s Basketball Head Coach at Trine University, the 2024 Division 3 National Champions.
    Website - https://www.trinethunder.com/sports/mbkb/index
    Email - millerb@trine.edu
    Twitter - @TrineThunderMBB
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    • 1 hr 32 min

Customer Reviews

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328 Ratings

328 Ratings

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Great Listen!

Such an insightful podcast on coaching the game of basketball. The hosts passion for the game is clear, and you can learn so much from the lessons their guests share

Kentomania ,

Kent Washington

What a great opportunity to speak with Mike and Jason about my inner-most-thoughts about basketball. They covered my memoir “Kentomania’ perfectly with very thought-out questions.

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I had a great time visiting with Mike and Jason. They truly love the game of basketball and I appreciate how deeply they dug into my hoops story.

They do an incredible job with each episode.

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