In this week’s basketball coaching conversation, Bobby Marlin joins the podcast. Marlin is in his 8th season as Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns men’s basketball head coach. He has been the architect of a resurgence of the Ragin’ Cajuns as he has led the team to five postseason appearances in the past seven years. With a combined 112 wins since the 2013-14 season, Marlin has helped the Ragin’ Cajuns to their best win total among schools in the Sun Belt Conference.
The 2017-18 season was a record-breaking year for the Ragin’ Cajuns as Louisiana won a school-record 27 games and earned its first outright Sun Belt Conference regular-season title since the 1999-2000 season. In the podcast, Coach Marlin discusses practice strategies, offensive and defensive ideas that have shaped his program, and a number of things that has shaped his long success as an NCAA basketball head coach.
“Communicate every which way you can . . .. but I think the most important communication is still face-to-face.”
“We take a lot of pride in [player development] . . you know the old saying, ‘sometimes players should play one level below what they think their level is and two levels below what their parents think they should play.”
“Most great players want to be coached . . They want you to get in the gym and spend time with them and make them better.”
“You may have a team but when you have a great program, the older guys teach the younger guys and I love that about our culture.”
“We really work hard on pushing the basketball . . that’s something we emphasize in our very first practice . . it starts with good guard play and good decision making.”
“We love to run off corner threes . . because we think we’ve got the advantage already out of the starting blocks.”
“Everybody wants to play at a higher level, but if you can’t guard a smaller player, you’re going to have trouble playing at that level.”
Click below to listen in if you listen on:
1:00 – Introduction
1:40 – Never Stop Learning
2:40 – Basketball Philosophy
6:30 – Love
8:00 – Cohesion
10:30 – Player Development
14:00 – Coaching Your Best Players
14:30 – Talking about Offense
16:00 – The Dribble Pass Push
16:57 – Dominant Point Guards
17:30 – Where Players Go in the Traditional Trail?
20:00 – Never Calling Timeouts and Decision Making
21:00 – “Good in Transition on Offense should be Good in Transition on Defense”
21:55 – Good Offense starts with a Good Defense
22:15 – Corner Three’s
23:37 – 5 on 2 Drill, Advantage and Disadvantage Drills
29:30 – Coach Chris’s Favorite Advantage Disadvantage Drill
35:30 – Adapt and Change
36:20 – 5 on 2 Drill Adaptation
38:30 – Another Good Thing about the 5 on 2 Drill
40:00 – Matching Up Players
40:40 – Secondary Action Philosophy
42:20 – Freedom
44:55 – Looking into International Games
46:30 – Coach Bob’s Transitioning to become a Head Coach
48:10 – Coach Chris’s Experience before becoming a Head Coach
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