About Coach Matt Monroe

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

Man Offense: 14 Series


1-4 High Set






The point guard enters the ball on either wing
He receives a ball side back screen
#4 and #5 then set a double staggered screen away for the weak side wing



If the ball is entered to either high post player:
Ball side wings dives to the corner
#1 comes off for a handoff
Weak side wing and post set a double staggered screen for #1
The post player with the ball completes a hand off action with the ball side wing
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27 Ways to Make Yourself Miserable

The following is from Jim Boone at Delta State and CoachJimBoone.com:

1. Think about yourself

2. Talk about yourself

3. Listen greedily to what people say about you

4. Expect to be appreciated

5. Be sensitive to slights

6. Never forgive any criticism

7. Trust nobody but yourself

8. Demand agreement with your own views on everything

9. Sulk if people are not grateful to you for favors shown to them

10. Be on the look-out for a good time for yourself

11. Shirk your duties if possible

12. Do as little as possible for others

13. Let anger and resentment build up inside of you

14. Seek only pleasure

15. Do what ever is convenient

16. Don’t do your best

17. Don’t do what you know is right

18. Let your body get fat and out of shape

19. Don’t take time to rest, relax, and enjoy life

20. Take everything, especially yourself, seriously

21. Be cheap with your money

22. Spend your money foolishly

23. Don’t ask God for help

24. Try to do everything yourself

25. Live in the past

26. Live in the future

27. Try to control the uncontrollable

The Gospel of Offense

The following is from Tom Kleinschmidt, Head Boys’ Basketball Coach, DePaul Prep (Chicago). It is from a packet on Hubie Brown clinic notes:

1. Spacing – no one defender plays to guys.

2. Be able to reverse the ball.

3. Have a short pass and a long pass.

4. Leave an area and replace.

5. Be able to start the offense if they take away the first pass.

6. Have a backdoor game.

* The difference between great teams is often the time it takes to advance the ball from the top of the key to the top of the key.

5 on 5 Hold-Blockout Drill

The following is from Scott Miller, Head Boys’ Basketball Coach, Glenbard East High School (IL):

5 on 5 Hold-Blockout

• You can convert or play half court
• C’s pass the ball to each other (2-3 times)
• Xs jump to proper defensive position
• On a shot, all Xs box their men out
• Os crash the glass hard
• Rotate offense to defense to out
• Keep score (create a scoring system)

Varsity Pre-Season Team Meeting Agenda

The following is from Dominic Cannon, Assistant Boys’ Basketball Coach, Saint Patrick High School (Chicago):

1. All paperwork must be in before November 10: 5:45 Try-Outs

2. Team expectations:
1) Win, 2) Work Ethic, 3) Mental/Physical Toughness

3. Senior Leadership:
1) Captains, 2) Roles of all Seniors, 3) Winning Starts with Seniors

4. Practice:
1) Atmosphere, 2) Hard Work, 3) Focus, 4) Battles/Wars

5. Drug and Alcohol Free:
1) No other way, 2) Zero Tolerance, 3) Effect play/attitude

6. Team Attitude
1) Mentally/Physically, 2) Changing Personalities – Hard – Nose

7. Where Is This Team Headed?
1) Searching for Identity, Staying Together through Ups/Downs

8. Goals
1) Team, 2) Individual

9. Listening Skills
1) Succes, 2) Smart Play

10. No Distractions
1) Zero Tolerance, 2) Less is Always Better

11. Time Management
1) Priorities, 2) Family, 3) School, 4) Basketball

12. Roles
1) What is your Role?, 2)How are YOU going to Contribute to this Team?

13. Getting on Players
1) Nothing Personal, 2) Intensity

14. Defending the South
1) Who Belongs, 2) Champions

15. Captains
1) Expectations, 2) Roles-Define

16. Weight Training
1) 866-Class, 2) Maintenance During Season

17. Fundamentals
1) Lay-Ups, 2) Passing, 3) Ball Handling, 4) Free-Throws

18. Injuries
1) Trainers, 2) Doctor – Who/Why

19. Breakdown Season
1) Pre-Season – Spring/Summer/Fall – Now
2) Thanksgiving, Two Conference Games, Christmas Tournament, Conference, State Tournament

20. 2 Sophs
1) Treatment, 2) Roles

21. Go Over Schedules
1) Times, 2) Doubles

22. Questions
1) Senior Comments

23. Communication
1) Calling, 2) Talking on the Floor, 3) Be able to Express Thoughts, 4) Important to Our Success

24. Parents and Conflicts
1) Calls, 2) Parent Call

25. Wrap-Up
1) The Whole Picture, 2) Being on the Same Page

1) Shoes
2) Practice Gear
3) Team Shooting Shirt
4) 3 – Shirt
5) Starts – Every Game

The Coaches

The following is from Steve Pappas, former Head Boys’ Basketball Coach, Deerfield High School (IL):

He is called “coach.” It is a difficult job, and there is no clear way to succeed in it. One cannot copy another who is a winner, for there seems to be some subtle, secret chemistry of personality that enables a person to lead successfully, and no one really knows what it is. Those who have succeeded and those who have failed represent all kinds – young and old, inexperienced and experienced, hard and soft, tough and gentle, good-natured and foul-tempered, proud and profane, articulate and in-articulate, even dedicated and casual. Most are dedicated, some more than others, but intelligence is not enough. All want to win, but some want to win more than others, and just wanting to win is not enough in any event. Even winning is often not enough. Losers almost always get fired, but winners get fired, too.

He is in the open being judge publicly almost every day or night for six, seven, or eight months a year by those who may or may not be qualified to judge him. And every victory and every defeat is recorded constantly in print or on the air and periodically totaled up.

The coach has no place to hide. He cannot just let the job go for a while or do a bad job and assume no one will notice as most of us can. He cannot satisfy everyone. Seldom can he even satisfy many. Rarely can he even satisfy himself. if he wins once, he must win the next time too.

They plot victories, suffer defeats, endure criticism from within and without. They neglect their families, travel endlessly, and live along in a spotlight surrounded by others. Theirs may be the worst profession – unreasonably demanding and insecure and full of unrelenting pressures. Why do they put up with it? Why do they do it? Having seen them hired and hailed as geniuses at gaudy party-like press conferences and having seen them fired with pat phrases such as “fool” or “incompetent,” I have wondered about them. Having seen them exultant in victory and depressed by defeat, I have sympathized with them. Having seen some broken by the job and others die from it, one is moved to admire them and to hope that someday the world will learn to understand them.

Compliments of Texas Aggie Basketball