About Coach Matt Monroe

Matt Monroe - Head Sophomore Basketball Coach - St. Patrick High School (Chicago)


The following is from Coach Don Meyer and CoachMeyer.com:

Teamwork is a “principle-based” value. In other words, if you value teamwork, you have to commit to the principles that grow it. You have to sow the right seeds. To build a healthy team, you have to create an extraordinary amount of faith and belief among team members, a mind-set that puts the team first.

Pull together and experience the extraordinary power of teamwork!

What is Excellence?

The following comes from Coach Don Meyer and CoachMeyer.com

For us…
excellence is
an inspiration
an attitude
a pursuit
a way of life.

Excellence is
all of us working together,
aspiring to the fullness
of our potential
always in pursuit
of a higher standard—
determined to do
everything we do
somehow better
than it ever
has been done before.
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Advice for Teaching Basketball

The following is from Coach Branch McCracken’s book Indiana Basketball (1955):

1. Keep your teaching simple and easily understood.

2. Be sure the players thoroughly understand and learn each step as it is presented.

3. Have each player do well everything he learns.

4. Demonstration is one of the best teaching methods. Seeing is believing. If players see how a play is run and that it will work, they learn and perfect it quickly.

5. Teach individually for correct and thorough learning by: take the player off by himself, work patiently, and demonstrate and correct until work is mastered.

6. Don’t over-coach. It is better to do a few things well than many things poorly.

7.Simplify your system and do it well rather than use a complicated system doing everything haphazardly.

News: Jimmer Fredette shines in D.J. Augustin’s absence

From CSNChicago.com and Aggrey Sam:

Considering that he was once the nation’s leading scorer as a BYU star, the 17 points Jimmer Fredette scored in Monday night’s 108-95 Bulls’ win over the Magic at the United Center was a rather modest total.

But for the reserve guard, who’s seen scant playing time since being acquired after being bought out by Sacramento, it was simply a pleasure to be a factor in a game that still means something. It doesn’t matter that he Fredette got his playing time because of the absence of D.J. Augustin — the Bulls’ regular backup point guard missed the game due to the birth of his son earlier Monday — just that he was a contributor.

“It’s been awesome to be with this team and see how their team camaraderie is, and see how they play basketball. So it’s been awesome to be part of the squad and to get some minutes, and to be able to help out with a win felt really good,” Fredette explained. “It felt very good. I was able to contribute in a meaningful game for us to try to help us get another win and get closer to our goal of trying to get that [No. 3] seed, and we’ll see how things go, but it felt really good to play.

“It’s something I’ve done a lot in my career so far, so you’ve just got to continue to be prepared and be professional, and like I said before, you never know when an opportunity’s going to come. So you’ve got to be able to take advantage of it when you get minutes and hopefully I was able to do that tonight,” he went on to say. “You always want to play as a competitor, but at the same time, you’ve got to be a good teammate and make sure your teammates know that you’re supporting them, and continue to do that. Whatever it is my role is on this team, that’s what you have to embrace and do the best job you can at it.

“You’re just trying to shrink the moment, and know that you’ve got to go out there and help the team, and not worry about yourself. Not worry about necessarily you have to play unbelievable right now. You’ve just got to go out there, do whatever it takes to help the team win because I feel like if you’re out there helping the team win, that’s the going to show good things on its own. So you’ve got to know that your teammates are out there, play with each other and do a little bit to make plays.”
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Unseen Assets of an Outstanding Team

The following is an excerpt from Indiana Basketball by Branch McCracken (1955):

1. Team Spirit: morale and cooperation

2. Driving Desire: to learn, to improve, to excel, to win

3. Self-Discipline: mental, emotional, physical

4. Pride: in himself, teammates, school, coach, and the community, large or small, that supports the team.

5. Confidence: in himself, in his own and his teammates’ ability, in his coach, in the system of play.

6. Leadership: to direct, to encourage, to take responsibility.

Six Behaviors That Increase Self-Esteem

The following is from Coach Larry Jackson at http://www.coach-jackson.com:

Six Behaviors That Increase Self-Esteem

by Denis Waitley

Following are six behaviors that increase self-esteem, enhance your self-confidence, and spur your motivation. You may recognize some of them as things you naturally do in your interactions with other people. But if you don’t, I suggest you motivate yourself to take some of these important steps immediately.

First, greet others with a smile and look them directly in the eye. A smile and direct eye contact convey confidence born of self-respect. In the same way, answer the phone pleasantly whether at work or at home, and when placing a call, give your name before asking to speak to the party you want to reach. Leading with your name underscores that a person with self-respect is making the call.

Second, always show real appreciation for a gift or compliment. Don’t downplay or sidestep expressions of affection or honor from others. The ability to accept or receive is a universal mark of an individual with solid self-esteem.

Third, don’t brag. It’s almost a paradox that genuine modesty is actually part of the capacity to gracefully receive compliments. People who brag about their own exploits or demand special attention are simply trying to build themselves up in the eyes of others—and that’s because they don’t perceive themselves as already worthy of respect.

Fourth, don’t make your problems the centerpiece of your conversation. Talk positively about your life and the progress you’re trying to make. Be aware of any negative thinking, and take notice of how often you complain. When you hear yourself criticize someone—and this includes self-criticism—find a way to be helpful instead of critical.

Fifth, respond to difficult times or depressing moments by increasing your level of productive activity. When your self-esteem is being challenged, don’t sit around and fall victim to “paralysis by analysis.” The late Malcolm Forbes said, “Vehicles in motion use their generators to charge their own batteries. Unless you happen to be a golf cart, you can’t recharge your battery when you’re parked in the garage!”

Sixth, choose to see mistakes and rejections as opportunities to learn. View a failure as the conclusion of one performance, not the end of your entire career. Own up to your shortcomings, but refuse to see yourself as a failure. A failure may be something you have done—and it may even be something you’ll have to do again on the way to success—but a failure is definitely not something you are.

Even if you’re at a point where you’re feeling very negatively about yourself, be aware that you’re now ideally positioned to make rapid and dramatic improvement. A negative self-evaluation, if it’s honest and insightful, takes much more courage and character than the self-delusions that underlie arrogance and conceit. I’ve seen the truth of this proven many times in my work with athletes. After an extremely poor performance, a team or an individual athlete often does much better the next time out, especially when the poor performance was so bad that there was simply no way to shirk responsibility for it. Disappointment, defeat, and even apparent failure are in no way permanent conditions unless we choose to make them so. On the contrary, these undeniably painful experiences can be the solid foundation on which to build future success.

Roles of an Assistant Coach

Roles of an Assistant Coach

Be Loyal to the Program: One of the most important roles of an assistant coach is to be loyal to the head coach and to the program. There are many influences and issues that may emerge during the course of a season. Make sure you always keep the best interests of the players, your program, and the head coach in mind in whatever you do. Remember it’s about the team and not you.

Be Available and Present: The best assistant coaches are the ones that are present all of the time. Make yourself available to the head coach and dedicate the necessary time needed to make the program successful. Put in the extra work and always look to go above and beyond your basic responsibilities as a coach.

Do the Work: No job or responsibility is beneath you. As an assistant coach (and a head coach) you need to be willing to do the dirty work. Building a program and sustaining success are both done by putting in work that might not always be fun or filled with glory. Coaching is not for the faint of heart – it requires a tremendous amount of energy, effort, and time. If you want to be successful, you must put in the work every day.

Be Willing to Learn: A long-time successful head coach once said, “If I ever get to the point in my career where I stop learning, I will stop coaching.” The more you learn about the game, the more you’ll understand how little you truly know. Be a sponge. Learn as much as you can. Your head coach is a great source for knowledge, but you may also learn from coaches who may have less experience than you. Take something from everyone. Although you might not always agree with other coaches, maintain an open mind and understand that there isn’t one right way to do things.

Find a Specialty: Find something you can do for the program that you can own. Develop a speciality in an area that can make a positive impact on the success of your team and program. Bring something special to the table. There are a variety of areas in which you can bring something special to a program. Some ideas include: team defense, shooting skill work, technology, scouting, organizing clinics, breaking down game film, creating a program newsletter, and more.

Communicate with the Head Coach: Whether you are the freshman head coach or the sophomore assistant, you need to make sure the head coach is aware of everything that is going on in his or her program. Don’t expect the head coach to solve all of your problems for you, but make sure that there are no surprises in the program.

Know Your Role: As a young coach, it is easy to let your ambition take over. Make sure you don’t overstep your bounds. Know what your role is in the program and fill it to your greatest ability. Do whatever the head coach asks of you and never forget that you are his/her assistant.

Have Self-Discipline: Be on time. Follow school and program rules and expectations. Follow through on what you’re asked to do. Carry yourself and represent the school and program in a positive way at all times. Make sure you exercise self-discipline in all that you do. Not only does it make you a better coach and help the program, it sets a great example for your players.

Give Suggestions: Find ways to contribute to the program when called to do so. Don’t be afraid to give suggestions and understand that there is a good chance the head coach might not use what you say. However, it is important to give another perspective, another idea, and another plan. Don’t take it personally if your idea gets shot down, and don’t gloat if it is used successfully.

 Promote a Unified Message: Stay on message. Don’t contradict what the message of the program and the head coach is, even if you don’t completely agree with it. Successful programs have a unified message. As an under-level coach, stick to the program that is in place and prepare your players for varsity basketball. All disagreements among staff members should be discussed privately. Successful programs almost always act as one.

Building a Program

Building a Program by Norm Goodman

1. Run a 12 month program. The head coach has to work on his program year round. The program was the reason for our success.

2. Every coach in the program is on the same page. Lower level coaches are concerned most about the success of the varsity, not about winning championships at their level.

3. We never had the best talent, but we had tough kids with solid work ethic. Have a program for the players to work on individual improvement.

4. Develop your players’ strength, quickness, etc. If they become better athletes, they become better players. Encourage kids to play other sports. My own son played football along with basketball and I coached J.V. for many years.
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Man Quick Hitters: “Buckeye” Back Screen-Ball Screen Action

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#4 and #5 set down screens for #2 and #3.
After screening, #4 and #5 flash to the high post.

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#1 can enter the ball to either wing
#1 passes the ball and receives a back screen from #5 in this case.

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#5 then sets a ball screen for #2
#3 and #4 set a double staggered screen for #1

The Ten Commitments of Our Team

The following is from Coach Jerry Wainwright, an assistant coach at Marquette University:

The Ten Commitments of Our Team

1. I will be on time.

2. I will be in class and sit in the first row.

3. I will count my blessings.

4. I will study.

5. I will get rest.

6. I will eat right.

7. I will avoid using any substance that may harm my body.

8. I will dress appropriately.

9. I will take pride in our facilities.

10. I will compete.