About Coach Matt Monroe

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

Thoughts on Discipline

From Coach Jerry Wainwright’s “Basketball Notes”:

DISCIPLINE is central to unity.

DISCIPLINE is not suppression but the teaching of the correct way to act in our program.

Without DISCIPLINE, we have no common team goals.

DISCIPLINE does not mean a loss of individuality.

DISCIPLINE means that there is never a deviation from the principles we hold important.

DISCIPLINE builds our inner team confidence as we know we can count on each other.

DISCIPLINE will be demanded without being demeaning.

2 Ball Jumps vs. Screens

The following is from Tom Kleinschmidt, Head Boys’ Basketball Coach, DePaul Prep (IL):

2 Ball Jump 001

• Players align as shown in the first diagram
• #1 is the offensive player, x1 is the defensive player
• Three managers (M) are used
• #1 and the manager on the wing have basketballs
• The ball is swung to the wing and a manager sets a back screen for #1
• x1 must properly defend the cut

2 Ball Jump 002

• As soon as the first cut is defended, the manager sets another screen
• x1 must defend it properly

Coaching Points
• The defender must jump to the ball and play physical
• The screens must be “head hunting” screens
• Stress “anticipate”

Drills: Celtic Two Ball Series

Celtic Two Ball Series

• Each player in line has to basketballs
• #1 dribbles both basketballs simultaneously
• #1, while continuing his dribble, passes the ball from his right hand to the coach
• #1 then drives to the cone with his left hand, makes a change of direction move, and finishes at the basket
• #1 then makes a curl cut off of the second cone and receives a pass from the coach for a shot

Change of Direction Moves to Work On
• Crossover, Between the legs, behind the back, spin move, combination moves

Finishes to Work On
• Regular lay-up, two-foot power lay-up, shot fake finish, inside hand finish, floater, pop back move, pop back counter, etc.

Shots to Work on Off of the Second Cone
• Jump shot, pull-up jump shot, floater, up and under, pop back move, pop back counter, rip and drive to the rim (either side), etc.

20 in a Row Free Throw Drill

The following is from Jason Dycus, Head Girls’ Basketball Coach, Naperville North High School (IL):

FT Strings

• Groups of 3 at each basket.
• They are shooting a 1-1 scenario.
• If they miss the first one they have two down and backs.
• If they make the first, miss the second, the next person in their group can save them.
• If the next person misses their first, the partner before (that missed) has to run a down and back, the second partner has to run two down and backs for missing.

Vegas Closeouts

The following is from Tom Kleinschmidt, Head Boys’ Basketball Coach, DePaul Prep:

Vegas Closeouts

1. Players align in pairs 20 feet apart
2. Players follow their pass and close out
3. Passer than sprints back to receive pass and continue the drill

Coaching Points
1. Emphasize closeout footwork
2. Can add 2 dribbles after the catch

61 Traits of Great Coaches

The following is from Alan Stein and StrongerTeam.com. CLICK HERE to listen to the Hardwood Hustle Podcast.

  1. Great coaches promote shared ownership and internal leadership. They create a ‘team’ attitude.
  2. Great coaches have their players keep a notebook with plays, motivational quotes, and facts about the program’s history.
  3. Great coaches are teachers at their most fundamental level.  They teach basketball; they teach life lessons.
  4. Great coaches love the game; respect the game.
  5. Great coaches work on their craft every day. They work on the X’s & O’s, strategy as well as on leadership.
  6. Great coaches establish roles on the team.  They clearly define these roles to everyone in the program.
  7. Great coaches objectively analyze a player’s strengths & weaknesses and find ways to utilize their strengths and minimize their weaknesses.
  8. Great coaches have high character.  They know they are in the business of leading by example and developing young men & women for life.
  9. Great coaches praise the behavior they want to see repeated and discipline the behavior the want to see eliminated.
  10. Great coaches don’t have ‘favorites.’ They care about all of their players and are objective when deciding roles and playing time.
  11. Great coaches treat every player fairly, but not equally. They know some players ‘need’ more than others.
  12. Great coaches get everyone on the team to accept their role and fulfill it to the best of their ability.
  13. Great coaches are always prepared. They study film, scouting reports, and design practice plans accordingly.
  14. Great coaches listen to their assistant coaches and to their players.  They don’t feel threatened and they welcome suggestions.
  15. Great coaches don’t over coach. They don’t talk to hear themselves talk; they talk to make a point, to teach, and to motivate.
  16. Great coaches coach in ‘bullet points’ during practice – they keep the action flowing! They keep instructions short and sweet.
  17. Great coaches coach players; not plays. They want players that know how to play the game, not just how to run a play.
  18. Great coaches know that basketball isn’t just about offense and defense. It’s also about effort and execution.
  19. Great coaches pay attention to detail. They know that everything regarding their program is important. Everything makes a difference.
  20. Great coaches make sure everything done in practice has a purpose. Every drill has value.
  21. Great coaches delegate to their assistant coaches and let them share the responsibility (and joy) of running a team.
  22. Great coaches compliment their players and assistants often and with sincerity (but only when deserved; not to ‘blow smoke’).
  23. Great coaches are the hardest workers in their program. They set the tone. They don’t let any player/coach outwork them.
  24. Great coaches are a spark of energy and enthusiasm.  They raise the level of everyone in their program, every day.
  25. Great coaches are mentally tough. They don’t get flustered.  They know their mental toughness trickles down to the entire program.
  26. Great coaches challenge their players and assistants… every day!  They don’t allow complacency.
  27. Great coaches are the face of their program. They welcome this and represent with pride and class.Great coaches have a clear, precise vision of what they want their team to become and accomplish.
  28. Great coaches learn what motivates each player on the team.  They find ways to light each player’s internal fire.
  29. Great coaches give trust and respect… and by doing so they earn trust and respect from everyone in their program.
  30. Great coaches are 100%, absolutely, positively committed to their team in every way possible
  31. Great coaches create standards of excellence and hold their players and staff accountable
  32. Great coaches know that you can’t win every game… but you can prepare (and try) to win every game
  33. Great coaches set realistic, attainable goals and get everyone in the program to buy in and achieve them.
  34. Great coaches admit when they are wrong or make a mistake.  They are humble.
  35. Great coaches love to coach and have fun coaching… it is who they are!
  36. Great coaches are confident without being arrogant.  They believe in their team and in their preparation; but never assume they will win.
  37. Great coaches don’t worry so much about what their opponent is going to do; but instead focuses more on what their team is going to do.
  38. Great coaches know ‘it ain’t about me; it’s about them’ (referring to their players).
  39. Great coaches don’t coach for money or fame.  They may achieve money and fame; but that is not why they coach.
  40. Great coaches constantly make adjustments. They go into every practice and game with a plan and then adjust accordingly.
  41. Great coaches criticize the behavior or the play; not the person.  It’s never personal.
  42. Great coaches will help a player they coached decades ago.  Every former player is a part of their team.
  43. Great coaches lead by example and are excellent role models in every since of the word; on and off the court.
  44. Great coaches coach the players on their team they way they would want someone to coach their own son or daughter.
  45. Great coaches teach the fundamentals of the game… even at the highest of levels.
  46. Great coaches are active during practice and games. They don’t stand in one spot with their arms folded. They are fully engaged!
  47. Great coaches are authentic to who they are and to their own personality. They don’t try to coach like someone else.
  48. Great coaches are lifelong learners and true students of the game.  They read, watch, and listen to anything that will help them get better.
  49. Great coaches coach what they know and what works for their program.  They seek to learn what they don’t know.
  50. Great coaches know ‘it ain’t what I say that matters… it’s what they hear ’ (referring to their players).
  51. Great coaches listen for things they don’t want to hear and look for things they don’t want to see.
  52. Great coaches coach their current team to the best of their ability. They aren’t ever looking ahead to next year.
  53. Great coaches don’t allow themselves, their staff, or their players to get satisfied… no matter how successful they are.
  54. Great coaches call each player by name within the first 15 minutes of every practice.
  55. Great coaches know they get what they emphasize. They make sure they emphasize the right things!
  56. Great coaches impact and influence lives far behind the game of basketball. Basketball just happens to be their vehicle.
  57. Great coaches promote communication, toughness, and competitiveness in addition to fundamentals, X’s & O’s, and game strategy.
  58. Great coaches get the absolute maximum out of every player on their team and every assistant on their staff.
  59. Great coaches are innovators. They don’t just do things because ‘that’s how they’ve always been done.’ They create!
  60. Great coaches use basketball to create lifelong memories; on and off the court
  61. Great coaches LOVE the game.

Holy Cross Iso Stagger Set

The following is from Andrew Weber, Assistant Men’s Basketball Coach, Rockford University:

Holy Cross 001

• #3 L cuts to the wing and receives a pass from #1
• #1 cuts to the ball side corner
• #4 and #5 set single/single for #2 to the top

Holy Cross 002

• #3 passes to #2
• #4 and #5 turn and set screens for #1