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Your biggest triumph

Discussion in 'Coaches Corner' started by Heinie Wagner, Mar 10, 2014.

  1. Heinie Wagner

    Heinie Wagner Member SoSH Member

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    In contract to your most painful/worst loss, what is your biggest triumph in coaching?  Not just a game, but any victory or accomplishment.
     
    Mine is easy.  I coached an 8th grade boys travel team this past season, it was a B team (top 10 players selected to A, next 10 to B).  A couple kids were very disappointed to be on the B team, but I could tell we would have a very successful season.  They were 4-12 the previous season, but  a couple kids dropped from A to B (including my son) and we had one new player.  We averaged 63 points/game, a ton for an 8th grade team around here and went 13-3 in the regular season, 16-4 overall, losing the championship game to a team from a town half our size, with only one team (i.e. really an A team) by 5 points.
     
    None of the wins or even the season in whole, were my biggest triumph, that came with the Thank You card from the players.  There was a player who, going into the season, I knew would be my biggest challenge, attention issues, very emotional, parents divorced about year ago, argued with teammates, received several technical fouls the year before, was very concerned with his own points scored, with a father that was very concerned with his points scored etc.  I worked a lot with him, not just on basketball, but on controlling his emotions, not worrying about the things he couldn't control (officials, people in the stands etc), instead focusing on what he can control (effort, team work, etc).  He had an outstanding season.  On the thank you card, he wrote: "Coach, thank you for everything you did for us, you have helped me become a better basketball player and most importantly a better person."
     
    I'll remember that for a long time.
     
     
  2. BroodsSexton

    BroodsSexton Member SoSH Member

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    Cross-posting here because, dammit, we were triumphant today:

     
  3. Heinie Wagner

    Heinie Wagner Member SoSH Member

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    AMEN! Congrats, must have been a great feeling.

    Good for you for taking the high road after the game with the ungracious comment from the opposing coach.
     
  4. BroodsSexton

    BroodsSexton Member SoSH Member

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    Yeah, I'm sure he's a good guy. But that said, we took his team to overtime in the first game (before losing by 10...), and we completely shut them down yesterday.

    Their game plan, which I've never seen, is to set up a perimeter around the 3 point line, and have one guy try to drive through, while the rest of the team tightens the perimeter, and then kick it out if the penetration is stopped, and try to repeat, bringing the perimeter in. It was bizarre--almost like designed to get outside jump shots for 10-year-olds while constricting the lane.

    We figured it out and told our guys to just crash the lane when one of their guys tried to drive, and then close out hard if they kicked it back out. We told them to think of our defense as a breathing animal--crash in when they drive, exhale and recover if they pass out. Predictably they took a lot of shots from far away when the middle clogged, and he's correct, those shots didn't fall.
     
    #4 BroodsSexton, Mar 7, 2016
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