By: Steve Hardin with Lees-McRae College
Provided by: Basketball HQ
As a head coach you are always wanting to learn and improve. You should never get to a point in your career, or even life in general, where you think you know it all. As an assistant coach your job has many roles, but one of the main ones is consistently adding value to what you offer the head coach. This article is going to give 5 ways to improve as a head coach and 5 ways to increase your value as an assistant coach.
5 WAYS TO IMPROVE AS A HEAD COACH
Success is never owned, it is rented and the rent is due every day. Your players and staff must know you will do whatever it takes to be successful. Also, they must see you putting in the time and know you care!
Simplicity with Continuous Repetition
Know your program's philosophy and stick to it. You can know everything about basketball, but if you cannot teach it to your players, your knowledge becomes worthless. Repetition is making sure your players and staff understand every detail about the program. If the program can run with you there, then you did your job.
Understanding the Team
Every team is different. Communicating with each member and making sure every player is on the same page. This will create a bond that will be bigger than just basketball.
Empower the Assistant Coaches
Teach, guide, and listen to your assistants. Give them a platform to help you be successful. Work together as a unit and move forward through every obstacle as one force. Spending time with them outside of the office and practice is key. It brings the staff closer together which is major in the eyes of the players. Be the leader, as your job is also to help the assistants get to the next step in their career.
Always practice what you preach. Personally, I believe in being a positive light that will help guide everyone by being a consistent upbeat coach. Remember, we are developing young men!
5 WAYS TO ADD VALUE AS AN ASSISTANT COACH
Be Ready to Work Every Day
I mentioned earlier that success is never owned it is rented and the rent is due every day. Have the mindset of outworking everyone in your profession. If we want our players to outwork everyone we must be willing to do the same! Time is our most precious value. First one in and last one out of the office.
Understand how the head coach works. Teach his way with the same verbal cues. You can be the sounding board for the players but you must always protect the program by protecting the head coach.
Understand Your Role
Know exactly what your role is from the head coach and execute it to perfection. Listen and understand what the head coach's plan is and each individual player's role for the team. This will help you to be able to clearly communicate with players what is needed of them by the head coach. Be an all-star in your role.
Be a Student
Listen and learn the game along with the philosophy of the head coach in all aspects of the program. You must be in tune to the player's needs. Keep detailed notes on everything. Study how the head coach handles every situation good and bad. Go to coaching clinics, other team practices, build relationships with other coaches across the country. This has become much easier with social media. Read leadership books, articles, and other educational pieces to help keep your mind fresh.
Make the Head Coach's Job Easier
Take pride in being an assistant coach and doing all the small things extremely well. Even though you are striving to "move up" in the coaching ranks, make the current job your total focus and doing that to perfection. You are a valued member of the program and treat your job that way. Take anything and everything off the head coach's plate that you can so he/she can focus on being the head coach.