The Basketball Podcast: EP296 with Lisa Stockton on Space, Pace and Flow

RELEASE DATE : 29/11/2023
Tulane University head coach Lisa Stockton joins the Basketball Podcast to share insights on space, pace and flow.

Lisa Stockton, the all-time winningest women’s basketball coach in the state of Louisiana and newest inductee to the Conference USA Hall of Fame, will wrap up her third decade at the helm of the Green Wave’s women’s basketball program during the 2023-24 season.

Stockton was named Tulane’s sixth head basketball coach in 1994. As the winningest coach in Conference USA, she was named 2006–07 C-USA Coach of the Year, a distinction she again earned for the 2009–10 season. She has led Tulane to four Conference USA regular-season championships and five Conference USA tournament championships. In 2014, Tulane joined the American Athletic Conference.

Stockton has an overall head coaching record of 624–335 (.651). She has been named Louisiana Coach of the Year twice (1995 and 2010) and Conference USA Coach of the Year twice (2007 and 2010).

Stockton has led Tulane to 21 postseason appearances, while averaging 20 wins a season. She has also helped secure five conference tournament titles and four regular season conference titles. While leading the Green Wave, Stockton has mentored six All-Americans and five WNBA draft picks.

Lisa Stockton

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Lisa Stockton Quotes:

“When you just coach each season like it’s the only season in front of you, I think that’s really important . . When people ask me what’s my best advice for young coaches, I think one is not panicking for every little thing that happens, but the other is to find the fit. Find the student athletes that fit you and find the fit of a university that fits you.”

“Something I did learn that year is don’t be afraid to change what you do, depending on what happens to you. It could happen with injuries, it could happen just in a certain recruiting year . . I think the great thing is the players had fun with it. We pressed, we tried to get steals. We were really aggressive on defense, but we put people in positions to succeed offensively.”

“I think passing is a lost art; trying to not just get the ball to somebody, but passing the ball in a position that they can do something with it.”

“We find is that players can be right handed dominant or left handed dominant. They can come in with that. I think part of skill development has to be that they get comfortable going in the direction that there is a gap . . But it has to be done fast-paced. You have to do it fast. You have to get them to read it. We show a lot of film on it.”

“The scouting is so detailed that the unpredictability is, I think, really important . . One of the things you can do to avoid being really predictable is teach them how to play. And that’s our commitment this summer. Our commitment this summer is not to learn an offense. Our commitment the summer has been to get stronger, develop skill and teach them how to play without an offense.”

“I think that, as coaches, we’ve got to figure out what our goals are with that [playing with pace]. How are we doing that? Are we going to evaluate that on possessions? Are we going to evaluate that on how fast we’re getting the ball across half court? How quick the shots are coming? I think that’s one of the things that you’ve got to figure out what you want to do. And for us . . we’ve got to figure out how we want to evaluate and how we want to teach that.”

“Part of flow is going to be what actions do you pick to flow into? There’s a lot of things that aren’t necessarily easy to get into off of  [transition]. I think the actions we have are really easy to flow into.”

“I think [3-on-3] is a great way to get people to work together to be able to pass. You’ve got to screen, you’ve got to use screens. Everybody has to have a skill . . It just adds a different competition level . . In a high school situation, the nice thing is you could get your better players to play each other. One of the things in high school, you probably just don’t have that kind of depth of talent. And so sometimes you could put your best six against each other and they’re really challenged.”

“I think for those of us who’ve been in [coaching] a long time, I think the key is to continue to adapt . . I think we’re adapting to different personalities of a different generation. I think there’s a lot of different pressures now from different places that maybe we didn’t have earlier in our career. People are less patient about winning than they used to be.”

“Seeing the young women grow, not only as basketball players but as people, that’s huge for me. I think you’ve got to have those other victories. It can’t all be wins and losses on the court. It’s got to be a kid’s going to med school or a kid’s getting a degree that they really had to fight to get. You’ve got to hold on and realize that we do make a difference, even though nobody tells us every day.”

“Stay with your personality, who you are. Don’t try to be somebody you’re not . . players see if you’re inconsistent . . And the other thing is maybe don’t overreact when things go wrong or something happens. It’s a journey and you’ve got to think of it as a long haul. We talk about the season being 30 games. So, whatever happens in the next five games can’t affect what happens in the last 20. And so take it, don’t overreact, try to fix it, and teach your players those skills. We talk about teaching our players skills to react to gaps and things like that. We have to give them the skills to react to adversity.”

Lisa Stockton Breakdown:

1:00 – Maintain a Job and Adaptable
4:00 – Space, Pace, and Flow
6:00 – Offensive Situations
7:00 – Study Herself
9:00 – Stretching The Defense
12:00 – Reading Gaps
13:00 – Pack Line
15:00 – Post Play
21:00 – Conceptual Players
22:27 – Short Clock
26:00 – Pace
33:00 – FIBA 3-on-3
36:00 – Conditioning Part
38:00 – Defensive Side of the Ball
42:00 – Advice for Veteran Coaches
46:00 – The Next Phase

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