In this week’s basketball coaching conversation, we are joined by Dusty May. Coach Oliver and Coach May have a discussion on taking over a new basketball program. Coach May is head men’s coach at Florida Atlantic University. Previously he was a long time assistant coach under Mike White at the University of Florida and at Louisiana Tech. Action items that a first time head coach needs to cover are discussed and shared to stimulate your thinking.
- “We want to play out of concepts and live in our guys’ strengths..figure out what our guys do well and let them play.”
- “I’ve learned more from my players than any coaching clinic..the guys should have the freedom to play the game.”
- “We want to be a good offensive rebounding team, so if I can’t anticipate what shot you’re going to take, it’s probably not a good shot.”
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Dusty May Breakdown:
1:00 – First Action Item of a New Coach
2:00 – Current Roster Transition
3:30 – Improving the Roster
5:30 – Getting Better Players for the Program
6:30 – X and 0’s
8:20 – Coaching Ideas and the Process
9:30 – Playing with a Fast Tempo Philosophy and Establishing that Identity as a Program
11:00 – Scouting Individual Strengths and Giving Trusts to the New Set of Players
13:00 – Scoring Percentages in the Half Court vs Transition
14:40 – “Was that a Good Shot?”
16:00 – Next Steps after Roster Transition
18:00 – Individual Skills vs Team Concept in Training
20:00 – “Beating the Best Team in the League” Philosophy
22:00 – Coach May’s Basketball Coaching Philosophy and Applying other Coaching Philosophies
24:00 – Tweaking and Evaluating Offensive Plan
27:00 – Reading Books outside Basketball
29:30 – The Coaching Staff
31:00 – Empowering Players
32:00 – Seeking Feedback from Players
34:00 – Game Preparation for future Opponents
35:30 – Discussion on Western Conference Finals Game 7
40:00 – NBA Philosophies in the NCAA Game
41:00 – Building Chemistry Off the Court
44:00 – Recruiting Players who Love the Game
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