Many different coaches have philosophies regarding basketball. They develop these philosophies over their years of experience. I too have developed a basketball philosophy over my 30+ years of basketball experience as a player, coach and administrator.
My overall philosophy with basketball is to teach life lessons through the sport! My mentor, John Wooden, taught me many life and basketball lessons through my numerous private encounters with him and I adopted a majority of my basketball philosophies from him.
Basketball is a sport that requires fundamentals! I believe in teaching all the fundamentals of the sport, both offensively and defensively. I want to change people's lives in a positive way in order to prepare them for life both on and off the court.
I want a program that develops a player’s individual skill to succeed in the team format! The program should run the same offensive sets, same offenses, the same out of bounds plays. On defense, we only play man to man! We teach the basic fundamentals of man to man and do not resort to lazy defensive zones. This is what we do at all levels! A uniform system for the kids to learn over the years. We will not have these kids learn one system and then start over the following year. We put all of our sets on this website for the kids to learn! This allows the kids to review and study on their own time. We provide video analysis to the kids in the form of game film review that we send to the kids via email. Again, helping to assist in the kids’ basketball IQ and improve their performance.
We play the game the right way! We prefer to develop our players rather than win meaningless AAU games. In the 10-15 year old divisions, we are about development. We prefer losing to better teams rather than beating bad teams. We believe in developing the players’ basketball IQ, not just his physical skills.
My basketball philosophy is to prepare the kids for success on the court as future basketball players and off the court as successful community members. My ultimate goal is to assist in the players’ development so much that those players that put out the necessary effort achieve enough basketball success that they receive attention from Universities in the form of potential athletic scholarships.
I take multiple teams to California to play in NCAA certified events in July in front of college coaches. This is a ‘once in a lifetime’ opportunity for these kids to showcase their talents in front of Division I, II and III coaches and the fact that I run these tournaments is of great benefit to our kids! The rosters for our teams are chosen based on their academic performance in the classroom and an understanding of the game mentally, as well as physically.
We will encompass all facets of life. Our motto is D.I.C.E., which stands for:
I am here to provide assistance in the form of mentor ship for these young student athletes. It is a 24/7 job that I take seriously and professionally. I hope to change lives in these kids, one day at a time.
COACH WOODEN AND MYSELF AT HIS CONDO! ONE OF THE GREATEST MOMENTS OF MY LIFE!!!!