The Basketball Podcast: EP63 Matt Langel on Helping Players to Find Success

RELEASE DATE : 11/10/2019

In this week’s basketball coaching conversation, Matt Langel, coach of Colgate University’s men’s basketball team, joins The Basketball Podcast to discuss methods of helping players to find success. Decision-making, shot selection, player development, and teaching players how to play are all covered.

Matt Langel continues to establish a winning tradition for Colgate Basketball.

Since arriving in Hamilton in 2011, Langel has mentored two Patriot League Players of the Year, two Patriot League Defensive Players of the Year, two Patriot League Rookies of the Year, more than 20 All-Patriot League picks, six Patriot League All-Rookie selections, eight All-District honorees, and an AP All-American honorable mention.

Langel became the program’s all-time winningest coach in 2021-22. Entering his 12th season at the helm, his career record stands at 176-165, including a 108-76 mark in league play.

Three-time Patriot League Coach of the Year (2018, 2019, 2020)
Three NCAA tournament appearances (2018-19, 2020-21, 2021-22)
Highest seed ever in NCAA tournament (14) back-to-back years
ECAC Coach of the Year and NABC District 13 Coach of the Year (2019)
Five straight Patriot League championship appearances
Three Patriot League regular season championships (2018-19, 2019-20, 2021-22)
First NCAA Tournament appearance since 1995-96 in 2019
Colgate’s first three 20-win seasons (2018-19, 2019-20, 2021-22)
Three straight seasons of program-record win totals (19 in 2017-18, 24 in 2018-19, 25 in 2019-20)
Nearly 20 former Raiders playing professionally
Winningest coach in program history

Listen Here:

Matt Langel Quotes:

“The players have to make the plays in basketball . . As coaches we need to take those individuals . . and figure out how that group together is going to maximize who they’re going to be.”

“We don’t have a specific system . . we try to take the guys that we have and help them find success.”

“We don’t just recruit haphazardly, there are certain things we value . . over the years we’ve been a fairly efficient offensive group . . we tend to recruit guys who . . are good decision makers.”

“For us footwork is a big part of it, being able to play off both pivot feet, being on balance, not predetermining what you’re going to do.”

“If they’re going to ice or down a side pick and roll, I can’t tell our guy exactly what to do but we go over a variety of options in practice . . we build up to 3-on-3 what may be available.”

“It’s a decision making game . . You can’t run a play . . and guarantee success . . you have to be able to read the defense and make decisions.”

“Don’t turn the basketball over . . You’re going to have turnovers, especially if you play with freedom . . but it directly affects efficiency.”

“We talk about taking good shots . . I love to stop the film before the ball has gone in the basket and say, ‘What do you think? Is that a good shot? Meaning extra pass, feet set, on balance, good spacing . . it’s not a contested shot early in the shot clock . . ‘”

“The reason we’re running offense is to get shots that we believe are good shots . . there’s some variety within the team.”

“We want to shoot open shots . . if that presents itself early in the shot clock in transition . . that’s terrific but after that . . it’s hard to play defense for a full possession . . we know because we try to do it on defense . . let’s work to break the defense down.”

“We tell them to shoot all the time . . Let’s shoot open shots but I’ll also tell a guy, ‘Is that a shot you have been practicing?’ . . We want them to be invested in the concept of it’s the best shot for the team.”

“In order to best break down the defense, the ball has to change sides of the floor but . . I also believe in inside out basketball . .there are a lot of ways to get that done.”

“We need to try to teach guys how to play . . If that guy has a great advantage in the post and he’s an effective scorer down there we want to be able to get him the ball and give him space, so how are we going to occupy the defense while not cutting in his way?”

“I always try not to forget what it was like to be a player . . what I’ve learned as a head coach, especially early on, was that . . we were doing things so that I would feel comfortable . . in reality, sometimes less is more . . I always found, as a player, it was more enjoyable to learn by playing . . as opposed to learn by listening or learn by watching.”

“Decision making, to me, is the most valuable part of the game and you can’t do that [with] dummy offense, you have to learn by doing.”

“Basketball is a fun game to play . . Obviously, there are different roles within a team but when you talk about chemistry, camaraderie . . every guy has to feel like they’re a part of it and they’re invested and they’re improving and they’re contributing.”

“I think a huge part of our growth as a program . . has been the staff that I’ve been able to work with . . they’re deeply committed to the game and our program and, most importantly, to the individuals in our program.”

“Part of the reason why I was able to learn and grow as an assistant coach is that I was given a lot of freedom on both [the offensive and defensive] ends of the basketball.”

Matt Langel Selected Links from the Podcast:

Colgate University

Fran Dunphy

Allen Iverson

Larry Brown

University of Pennsylvania

Temple University

David Klatzky

Kyle Smith

Bill Carmody

Matt Langel Breakdown:

1:00 – Playing a Lot of Basketball as a Coaching Staff
3:00 – Player’s Game
5:00 – How Players Leverage Their Advantages
8:00 – No Predetermined Movement and Decision
10:00 – Basketball is a Decision Making Game
12:00 – Things that Lead to the Efficiency of Offense
13:00 – Is a Bad Shoot better than a No Shot?
14:30 – Best Thing to Educate Players
16:40 – Character of the Players
17:30 – Things that leads to High Efficiency Offense
19:00 – Statistics and Freedom and Creating Shots of Players
22:00 – Players Practicing Their Shots
24:00 – Importance of the Post
27:30 – Specific Teachings inside the Post
30:00 – Moves done in the Post
32:00 – Learn by Playing in the Game and in Practice
35:30 – Involving the Whole Team in the Practice
37:30 – Adjustments to Make
40:30 – Coach Matt’s Offensive Concepts
43:00 – Automatics
45:00 – Disrupt of Flow to His Offensive Concepts
48:00 – Conclusion

Matt Langel:



Please Support the Podcast

As we build our podcast following please take the time to support the Basketball Podcast. Our goal is to openly share as much useful basketball coaching info to stimulate your coaching. 

  • Tell your friends about us.
  • Give us a shout out on social media.
  • Give us a five star review wherever you listen to podcasts.

How to leave a podcast review at iTunes

Go to the iTunes page of the Basketball Podcast.

  • Click the View in iTunes button.
  • View in iTunes.
  • At iTunes, click the Ratings and Reviews tab.
  • Select Ratings and Reviews.
  • Rate the podcast using 1 to 5 stars.
  • Submit a brief honest review.


Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

  1. The following time I learn a weblog, I hope that it doesnt disappoint me as a lot as this one. I imply, I know it was my option to read, however I really thought youd have one thing fascinating to say. All I hear is a bunch of whining about something that you would repair if you werent too busy in search of attention.

  2. Hey there, You’ve done an incredible job. I will definitely digg it and personally recommend to my friends. I am sure they will be benefited from this web site.

  3. I don’t even know how I ended up here, but I thought this post was good. I don’t know who you are but definitely you are going to a famous blogger if you are not already 😉 Cheers!

  4. It’s a shame you don’t have a donate button! I’d most certainly donate to this outstanding blog! I suppose for now i’ll settle for book-marking and adding your RSS feed to my Google account. I look forward to new updates and will share this blog with my Facebook group. Talk soon!

  5. I am extremely impressed with your writing skills and also with the layout on your blog. Is this a paid theme or did you modify it yourself? Either way keep up the nice quality writing, it is rare to see a nice blog like this one these days..

  6. I like this post, enjoyed this one thanks for posting. “No trumpets sound when the important decisions of our life are made. Destiny is made known silently.” by Agnes de Mille.

  7. Hello There. I discovered your blog the use of msn. This is a really neatly written article. I will be sure to bookmark it and return to learn more of your helpful info. Thanks for the post. I will definitely comeback.

  8. Hi there! I’m at work surfing around your blog from my new apple iphone! Just wanted to say I love reading through your blog and look forward to all your posts! Keep up the superb work!

  9. I am usually to running a blog and i really appreciate your content. The article has actually peaks my interest. I’m going to bookmark your web site and keep checking for brand new information.

  10. Hi, Neat post. There is an issue with your website in internet explorer, could test thisK IE nonetheless is the marketplace leader and a big element of other people will leave out your excellent writing due to this problem.

  11. Can I just say what a reduction to find someone who truly knows what theyre talking about on the internet. You undoubtedly know how one can bring a problem to light and make it important. Extra individuals have to learn this and perceive this side of the story. I cant consider youre not more in style because you undoubtedly have the gift.

  12. I?¦m now not certain where you are getting your info, but good topic. I needs to spend some time studying more or working out more. Thank you for excellent info I was on the lookout for this information for my mission.

  13. naturally like your web-site but you have to take a look at the spelling on quite a few of your posts. Many of them are rife with spelling problems and I in finding it very bothersome to tell the truth nevertheless I will certainly come again again.

  14. In the awesome scheme of things you’ll receive a B+ just for effort and hard work. Where you actually confused us ended up being on the facts. As people say, details make or break the argument.. And that couldn’t be much more correct here. Having said that, let me say to you what did do the job. The authoring is very engaging which is probably why I am taking an effort to opine. I do not make it a regular habit of doing that. Second, while I can easily notice the leaps in reason you make, I am not necessarily certain of how you appear to connect the details which inturn produce your final result. For right now I shall subscribe to your position however trust in the foreseeable future you connect your dots better.

  15. Admiring the time and energy you put into your site and in depth information you provide. It’s great to come across a blog every once in a while that isn’t the same old rehashed information. Excellent read! I’ve bookmarked your site and I’m including your RSS feeds to my Google account.

  16. I do agree with all of the ideas you have presented in your post. They’re very convincing and will definitely work. Still, the posts are very short for novices. Could you please extend them a bit from next time? Thanks for the post.

  17. Hi my loved one! I want to say that this post is amazing, great written and include approximately all important infos. I would like to see extra posts like this.

  18. Thanks for a marvelous posting! I quite enjoyed reading it, you might be a great author.I will always bookmark your blog and may come back from now on. I want to encourage yourself to continue your great posts, have a nice afternoon!

  19. I liked up to you will obtain performed proper here. The caricature is tasteful, your authored subject matter stylish. however, you command get got an nervousness over that you would like be delivering the following. ill surely come further in the past again as exactly the same just about very often inside of case you defend this increase.

  20. I’ve been exploring for a little for any high-quality articles or blog posts on this kind of area . Exploring in Yahoo I at last stumbled upon this site. Reading this info So i am happy to convey that I’ve an incredibly good uncanny feeling I discovered just what I needed. I most certainly will make sure to do not forget this site and give it a glance on a constant basis.

  21. My brother recommended I might like this web site. He was totally right. This post actually made my day. You can not imagine just how much time I had spent for this information! Thanks!

  22. After all, what a great site and informative posts, I will upload inbound link – bookmark this web site? Regards, Reader.

  23. Hi there! Would you mind if I share your blog with my facebook group? There’s a lot of people that I think would really appreciate your content. Please let me know. Many thanks

  24. Simply desire to say your article is as astonishing. The clarity in your post is simply cool and i can assume you are an expert on this subject. Well with your permission allow me to grab your RSS feed to keep updated with forthcoming post. Thanks a million and please keep up the enjoyable work.

  25. I’d have to examine with you here. Which is not one thing I usually do! I take pleasure in reading a post that may make folks think. Additionally, thanks for permitting me to comment!

  26. I keep listening to the news broadcast speak about getting free online grant applications so I have been looking around for the finest site to get one. Could you tell me please, where could i find some?

  27. Have you ever considered publishing an ebook or guest authoring on other sites? I have a blog centered on the same subjects you discuss and would really like to have you share some stories/information. I know my readers would enjoy your work. If you are even remotely interested, feel free to shoot me an e mail.

  28. I haven’t checked in here for some time as I thought it was getting boring, but the last few posts are good quality so I guess I will add you back to my everyday bloglist. You deserve it my friend 🙂

  29. I like what you guys are up too. Such clever work and reporting! Keep up the excellent works guys I have incorporated you guys to my blogroll. I think it’ll improve the value of my site 🙂

  30. essay about military service
    [url=””]help writing a college essay[/url]
    hire essay writer

  31. I wanted to thank you for this great read!! I definitely enjoying every little bit of it I have you bookmarked to check out new stuff you post…

  32. Somebody essentially help to make severely articles I might state. That is the very first time I frequented your web page and up to now? I amazed with the research you made to make this actual publish extraordinary. Fantastic task!

  33. This is very interesting, You’re a very skilled blogger. I have joined your rss feed and look forward to seeking more of your magnificent post. Also, I have shared your site in my social networks!

  34. hey there and thank you for your information – I’ve certainly picked up something new from right here. I did however expertise some technical points using this web site, as I experienced to reload the website many times previous to I could get it to load properly. I had been wondering if your web hosting is OK? Not that I’m complaining, but slow loading instances times will often affect your placement in google and can damage your quality score if ads and marketing with Adwords. Anyway I’m adding this RSS to my email and could look out for a lot more of your respective fascinating content. Ensure that you update this again soon..

  35. I would like to thnkx for the efforts you have put in writing this website. I’m hoping the same high-grade web site post from you in the upcoming also. Actually your creative writing abilities has inspired me to get my own website now. Actually the blogging is spreading its wings fast. Your write up is a good example of it.

  36. Magnificent beat ! I would like to apprentice while you amend your web site, how could i subscribe for a blog web site? The account helped me a acceptable deal. I had been tiny bit acquainted of this your broadcast provided bright clear concept

  37. certainly like your web-site but you need to check the spelling on several of your posts. Many of them are rife with spelling issues and I to find it very bothersome to inform the reality then again I¦ll certainly come again again.

  38. What i do not realize is actually how you’re not actually much more well-liked than you may be right now. You’re very intelligent. You realize therefore considerably relating to this subject, made me personally consider it from a lot of varied angles. Its like men and women aren’t fascinated unless it’s one thing to accomplish with Lady gaga! Your own stuffs great. Always maintain it up!

  39. What¦s Going down i’m new to this, I stumbled upon this I’ve found It absolutely useful and it has helped me out loads. I hope to contribute & assist different users like its helped me. Great job.

  40. Amazing blog! Is your theme custom made or did you download it from somewhere? A design like yours with a few simple adjustements would really make my blog stand out. Please let me know where you got your design. Kudos

  41. Thanks a lot for giving everyone an extraordinarily special possiblity to read from this website. It’s always so beneficial and jam-packed with a great time for me and my office colleagues to visit your site at minimum 3 times every week to read the fresh secrets you have. And of course, I am also at all times fulfilled with all the remarkable ideas you serve. Selected two points in this post are rather the best we have all had.

  42. I do not even know how I ended up right here, however I believed this publish used to be good. I do not recognize who you’re however definitely you are going to a famous blogger when you are not already 😉 Cheers!

  43. I have been surfing on-line greater than three hours these days, but I by no means discovered any interesting article like yours. It is pretty worth enough for me. Personally, if all site owners and bloggers made good content material as you probably did, the internet shall be a lot more useful than ever before.

  44. I am not sure where you’re getting your information,
    but good topic. I needs to spend some time learning more or understanding more.
    Thanks for magnificent information I was looking for this information for my mission.

  45. Воспользовавшись площадкой Kraken, я
    смог значительно повысить свою анонимность
    и безопасность в интернете.
    кракен дарк нет поддержка Скрытие IP-адреса с помощью
    Tor и использование виртуального номера телефона помогло мне
    оставаться незамеченным в сети. Благодаря встроенному механизму
    защиты от фишинга и возможности двухфакторной
    аутентификации я уверен, что мои
    данные остаются в безопасности.
    Кроме того, поддержка Kraken через кракен дарк нет поддержка всегда готова помочь в случае
    возникновения вопросов или
    проблем. Использование Kraken позволило мне
    не только скрыть свою личность, но и сохранить конфиденциальность своей финансовой информации.
    Я рекомендую эту платформу всем, кто беспокоится о своей приватности
    и безопасности в интернете.