KEYS FOR THE HEAD COACH

By Lin Dunn

“KEYS FOR THE HEAD COACH”

1HAVE A PLANGoals/Vision..Masterplan..Offensive and Defensive System; Philosophy…Identity…..Develop drills to grow your system; Instill your CORE VALUES

”Here is WHAT we are going to do..and here’s HOW we will do it!”

2TALENTFind it..Recruit it..Sign it!…DEVELOP it! This is the lifeblood of your program; Bring in players who fit your system and your CORE VALUES..Connect with your captain—star player..on same page; must build trust

“Great Talent…makes great coaches!”

3STAFFHire great people to help you; challenge you; know your weaknesses—hire people who fill those voids, compliment you in areas of technical knowledge, experience, communication styles, ..Delegate practice and bench responsibilities…give ownership to your assistants…never underestimate the importance of loyal/hardworking support staff!…All staff understand their role and embrace your CORE VALUES

“Surround yourself with GREAT people and make them better!”

4PRACTICE AND PREPAREWise use of practice time creates opportunity for success; use practices to implement your system; planned, organized, detailed, timed; gamelike, intense, competitive…instill a sense of urgency..every possession matters!..see your CORE VALUES in your team practices… develop fundamentals and team skills… whole-part-whole;

“Failing to prepare..is preparing to fail!”

5TECHNICAL EXPERTISE Know the game; learning-improving your knowledge of the X and O’s; clinics, books, dvds, watch-study tv college-men/women, nba/wnba games; ability to teach the game in practice; coach the game from the bench..make adjustments, adapt, decisive—make decisions under pressure in highly competitive atmosphere; anticipate…multitask, find a mentor-coach..ask for help-support

“When you are through learning..you are through!”

-Lin Dunn

Lin Dunn, a 44 year coaching veteran, coached Purdue to the 1994 Final Four, has coached in the Olympics and world championships and won a WNBA title with the Fever in 2012. One of the most accomplished women’s basketball coaches in history and a pioneer for women in sports, Dunn was inducted into the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame in 2014.