As a coach's son, basketball has always been a part of my life. When I was young I would walk across the road after grade school to attend the high school practices where my father would be coaching. I would grab a ball and head to a side hoop, or just work on ball handling. My parents would reward positive behavior at home with the opportunity to attend Saturday practices. I would ride the bus with the team and share in the joy of team victory or the silence of defeat. I fell in love with basketball at a very young age.
As a player, I worked very hard to improve my game. I was always eager and willing to learn. I was, and still am, a "gym rat". I have vivid memories of elementary and junior high. Events such as elementary championships, all-stars, and summer recreation seemed larger than life. Following my path through the brackets of a one-on-one contest or comparing team records in league play were summer highlights. I attended my first overnight basketball camp when i was five. In high school, a summer day would consist of shots on the shooting machine, strength training, skill development, pick-up and league games. Before my senior season I was able to accomplish my goal of making one thousand shots per day. The spring and fall consisted of much of the same. We would work out any place we could find. All in preparation for the much anticipated season. I wish I could tell you that my high school teams competed for championships. That is what I had hoped for, but it didn't happen. The trials and tribulations of each season taught me many lessons. I would not change a thing if I could. I learned a lot about teams, leadership and perseverance.
While playing basketball in college, I became more aware of the importance of competition in practice, game preparation and team chemistry. Every practice was made up of individual and team activities driven by competition and preparation. The routine of scouting reports, film sessions, walk-throughs and shoot arounds made me aware of the link between preparation and confidence. My freshman year our team played in the division II Final Four, my experience being a member of that team was truly transformational. The relationships with my teammates, coaches and support staff is something I will always remember.
As a biology teacher I have learned the importance of preparation, purpose and accountability. I have always been impressed by the overlap between coaching and teaching. I feel strongly that my years as a teacher has made me a better coach and vice versa. Teaching has also taught me the importance of questioning. I have found that finding the answers to your questions presents obstacles. Overcoming obstacles and obtaining answers to your questions leads to more questions. This journey has led to continued growth. I have found that my interest in science has allowed me to investigate the game of basketball from a unique lens. I have studied aerobic and anaerobic respiration, the chemistry of the foods we eat, the physics related to a closeout, and the anatomy and physiology related to many basketball specific movements. I have also found team dynamics and human behavior to be extremely interesting. I am also a driving instructor, in which I have found the value of clear and concise communication to be of great value. Thankfully I have a passenger side brake. This has made me more aware of the clarity of my instruction.
My number one priority has been, and always will be, my family. As a father, husband, son and sibling I have an amazing support system. I have learned so much from my family. As I mentioned earlier, the overlap of coaching and teaching has always impressed me. I have to include family too. I have learned many things from family that has helped me in basketball and school. Phrases comparing teams to families, or "students of the game", or the "game of life" indicates others have experienced this too.
As a committed and dedicated coach, I have developed a multidimensional approach to teaching basketball. My experiences have allowed me the opportunity to continuously develop my philosophy to teaching the mental and physical aspects of the game. I have learned the importance of preparation, attention to detail and the impact of positive motivation and enthusiasm. I am driven to continue my development as an effective leader. I have travelled across the country to observe practices, games and clinics in order to grow as a coach. Some of my favorite clinics have been the Don Meyer Coaching Academy, Duke University Coaching Clinic and the Kentucky University Coaching Clinic. I have attended many Nike Coaching Clinics here in Pittsburgh where I have heard outstanding on-court lectures from successful coaches.
- I would like Give and Go to be adaptable.
- I want it to serve as a place to store the things I do, see, and think about.
- It can be a journal, active résumé and resource.
- I want Give and Go to be interactive.
- I would like Give and Go to be a place for sharing, commenting, questioning and critiquing.
- I want Give and Go to provide opportunities for growth for you and me.
- The name Give and Go represents the sharing and application of information.
Let the games begin!