Master Planning for Your Basketball Season

By Lin Dunn

Master Planning for Your Basketball Season

KEY TECHNICAL AREAS IN BASKETBALL
X and O’s; Practice; Staff; Game day/ Game adjustments-strategies; Scouting

1– INDIVIDUAL OFFENSIVE FUNDAMENTALS
shooting( fundamentals) lay ups, midrange jumper, 3’s off pass- off dribble-off screen, free throws; passing, ball handling, footwork–jump stop, pivoting, getting open, flashing, diving, rips, cutting-from/back, curling, flaring, spacing, post-up 1 on 1 moves with counters

2–INDIVIDUAL DEFENSIVE FUNDAMENTALS
footwork, closeouts, hands/arms/knees, take a charge, defending the dribble drive, (where you will funnel ball), boxing out-rebounding(front/rear pivot) in paint, out of paint

3–TEAM OFFENSIVE FUNDAMENTALS
penetrate and pitch; screening off ball–cross, rip, diagonal, zipper, pin away, ucla, hawk, staggers, garage, flare; screening on ball- middle/side/elbo/step up–rolling, slipping, popping; reading the defense; passing in to post- cutting, filling, replacing, screening away; dribble handoffs; pitch post; hi- lo action;

4–TEAM DEFENSIVE FUNDAMENTALS
See ball-see man; move on pass-jumping to ball; jamming cutters, opening up; denying; helping- recovering; perimeter defense- deny, help, open, close; post defense–front, half ballside, behind, rake, double; flares; curls; dribble handoffs; pinch post; splits;

5–OFFENSIVE SYSTEM
defining your style; transition–from make/miss/steal; early offense(first 6-8 secs); quick hits; 1/4ct sets vs man and zone; plan to get 3’s; isolations/mismatches/attack opponent in foul trouble; attacking junk- triangle and 2, box and 1; bobs-regular clock-low clock vs man or zone; sobs– regular clock- low clock- vs man or zone(last minute of gm see below-special situations)

6–DEFENSIVE SYSTEM
defining your style; transition-smother, stop long pass; full court-half court schemes- man/zone; presses- man/zone; defend off ball screens–jam and force one way, lock and trail, switch, slide thru; on ball screens–show/over, jam and under, slide thru, trap, switch, ice, ice red;(team rotations for each scheme); sobs/bobs– man/zone..straight, invert, jam and force down, switch off inbounder, low clock(see last min end gm below)

7–SPECIAL SITUATIONS OFFENSE
start gm; start 2nd-3rd-4th qtr and OT; end qtrs; end gm–move ball with timeout/no timeout; sobs last min when u move ball wi timeout– tied, hold for last shot, ahead- inbound to best ft shooter expect foul, behind–need a 2- need a 3;( plays must work vs man and zone!); ATO’s; jump ball to start gm; After free throws; low shot clock; 2 for 1- end of qtr;

8–SPECIAL SITUATIONS DEFENSE
start gm; start and end qtrs; After free throws; end gm; ATO’s; take a foul; jump ball to start gm; low shot clock; stop/disrupt star; def subbing end gm; end gm last min sobs–get 5 sec call, face guard, big on inbounder, invert, deny best ft shooter inbound pass, trap after pass comes in, show zone-go man, show man-go zone, switch all-before comes in, after comes in;

9–BENCH COACHING–GAME DAY
use of assistants, use of timeouts, substitution pattern, shoot around, pre-game, halftime, post game; tolerance level( how many unanswered pts by opponents before you call a timeout)

10–SCOUTING OPPONENT
developing off gm plan; developing def gm plan; content of written reports for assistants, for players; use of staff; video scouts; post game feedback for players; compiling and saving information on opponents

11–DRILLS
Off/Def. shooting from sets/actions; 1 on 1, 2on 2, 3 on 3, 4 on 4, 5 on 5 buildup, multiple, short, intense, competitive,
12–OFF-DEF SIGNALS
Terminology; verbal, hand, bobs-sobs, quicks, sets, 2 man defense schemes

OTHER
**Instilling your Culture/Core Values in everything you do; goals–plan to archives goals
**Practice planning; length, content, order, time management( based on pre, in , late season); use of video; rest-recovery..before season, during season, late season

**Delegating and supervising the responsibilities of assistants and support staff, during practice, during games–game day; ownership; empowerment
**Post season evaluation of self, assistants, support staff, post season feedback to direct supervisor

**Year round master plan — pre-season, in season, post season, off season

**Use of resources– synergy, fastdraw, hudl, dropbox, computers, ipads, iphones, etc
**Year round individual player skill development plan;

**Spring/Summer/Fall- coaches improvement plan
**Year round individual strength- fitness plan

-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.

Defense Rules “10 to Win”

By Lin Dunn

DEFENSE RULES
10 TO WIN

1—SEE man—see ball……ALL the time!..Get off on the weak side! Ready to help..or TRAP box on base drive!

2—TAKE something away!disrupt-post/perimeter..STOP ball reversal

3—JUMP to the ball on a pass.Jam cutter; NO one cuts in front of you.ALL MOVE on the pass!

4—DENY entry passesKnees bent—Hands/Arms up and active..Get A deflection!!!..defend without FOULING!!!

5—BALL pressure; CONTAIN– the dribble driver!…Push base/side; NO– MIDDLE DRIVES!…Take the Charge!!

6TALK- and help your teammates.Rotate and Recover! The lower the ball goes..the lower you go;  

7—MOVE on the pass–; Closeout with your hands UP—Knees bent and ready to contest 3, defend drive

8—NEAR man SMOTHER rebounder–get matched up by 1/2 line; Stop ball/NO long passes down sideNO transition buckets!

9—DENY..CONTEST all passes into the post—FIGHT/frontLOCK up on pass in..Low I; DISRUPT!!!

10–CONTACT BOX ALL THE TIME..hit and hold; hit and go; 1 and done!..limit 2nd chance pts!…….REBOUNDS WIN CHAMPIONSHIPS!

-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.

KEYS FOR ASSISTANT COACHES

By Lin Dunn

KEYS FOR ASSISTANT COACHES

  • BE GOOD—GREAT …EVERYDAY!…THERE ARE NO OFF DAYS!
  • TREMENDOUS WORK ETHIC
  • SPEAK UP—PROTECT YOUR LEADER WHENEVER YOU CAN
  • MAKE YOUR HEAD COACH LOOK GOOD
  • HELP YOUR HEAD COACH WIN
  • KNOW YOUR HEAD COACH’S CORE VALUES AND BELIEVE IN HIM/HER
  • KNOW HOW SHE/HE THINKS…PLAYERS THAT FIT HIS/HER STYLE-SYSTEM…WHO CAN AND CANNOT PLAY FOR HIM/HER
  • ABOVE ALL THINGS BE LOYAL TO YOUR HEAD COACH
  • BE A STUDENT OF THE GAME…CONSTANTLY STUDYING, LEARNING
  • SET ASIDE YOUR EGO…ALWAYS WE…TEAM PLAYER
  • HAVE IDEAS;   MAKE SUGGESTIONS;   FIGHT FOR IDEAS…ACCEPT DECISION OF HEAD COACH AND IMPLEMENT
  • HAVE HIGH ENERGY AND ENTHUSIASM
  • WORK TO HAVE A HIGH BBALL IQ
  • PREVENT PROBLEMS…VS SOLVE…BE A BUFFER
  • USE YOUR TIME WISELY
  • BEHAVE LIKE AN ADULT—ROLE MODEL
  • BE PREPARED
  • BE INNOVATIVE…KEEP UP WITH LATEST TECHNOLOGY
  • BE A CLEAR, CONCISE COMMUNICATOR
  • KNOW HOW TO TEACH..ORGANIZE A DRILL…USE BULLETS

-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.

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.

GET BETTER!

By Lin Dunn

“GET BETTER!”

The offseason for high school and college programs is the primary time to grow as a coach…get better! From the last game of your season until the first practice of your next season, you must be studying the game. “Players are made in the offseason, teams are made in the fall”! (Make sure your players have individual off season skill development programs). This is also true of coaches…. YOU must get better in the off season!

How:

1-Attend clinics!…. Pgglazier clinics are great! Nike clinics; Coaching_ULive is the best clinic I’ve ever attended! “A Step UP Symposium”..combines X and O’s with leadership, inspiration and networking

2-Attend WNBA Training Camps… Watch a week of drills, practice.. Talk to the pro coaches, ask if you can sit in on their pre- practice meetings.

3-Review your system from last season, meet with your assistants and decide what to keep, what to change; review drills, practices, watch game film from last season; pick 2-3 areas you really want to get better at and research those areas ex: defending 2 man; horns actions, defending OB’s ….

4-Get together with coaching peers you value…brainstorm ideas and philosophies

5-Reach out to a coach you respect… Ask for help in an area you are weak in….

6-Watch the NBA playoffs… Study systems you like;

7-Watch WNBA games! Study systems you like

8-Look for coaching articles, (coachingtoolbox.net) is one of my favorites; Watch videos on the internet that grow your knowledge of the game! Many are FREE! ….Loads of coaching videos on utube!

9-Read books on coaching, motivation, leadership, improve you emotional intelligence

10-Spend quality time alone thinking about your players; How can you be a better coach/teacher for them; motivate them; maximize their potential?

11-Write down your thoughts and philosophies on your system; develop a master notebook on all areas of the game! Grow your notebook every season

12-Evaluate your statistics from the past season; Develop statistical goals for next season

Remember: “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.

Grentz Introduced as Women’s Basketball Head Coach

EASTON, Pa.- Lafayette Director of Athletics Bruce McCutcheon introduced Theresa Grentz as the sixth head coach in the women’s basketball program history at a press conference on Monday. Grentz has accumulated 671 wins during her 33-year head coaching career that has included stops at Rutgers and Illinois.

“We are very excited and honored to have Coach Grentz lead our women’s basketball program,” McCutcheon said. “Theresa is an icon who will deliver so much more than to just be a great basketball coach to our student-athletes. She is focused on inspiring young people to become the best version of themselves, which will carry them throughout their lives. This matches perfectly with our mission here at Lafayette.”

“I am extremely grateful and honored to be the next head women’s basketball coach at Lafayette College,” Grentz stated. “I want to thank President Alison Byerly, Director of Athletics Bruce McCutcheon, Senior Associate Director of Athletics Kaity McKittrick and Vice President for Campus Life Annette Diorio for entrusting me to lead the women’s basketball program. I plan to uphold the high academic standards of Lafayette College while installing high athletic standards on the basketball court. My energy and enthusiasm for these student-athletes and this program to achieve success is unwavering. I look forward to leading the Lafayette Leopards to many future successes.”

In her career, Grentz made a postseason tournament in 25 of her 33 seasons. She has also posted seventeen 20-win seasons and produced three WNBA draft picks. She was a founding member of the Women’s Coaches Basketball Association, was an executive board member and served as the organization’s president for two years. She has been honored as coach of the year on 16 occasions.

In 1990, Grentz led the USA National Team to a pair of gold medals at the World Championships in Malaysia and the Goodwill Games in Seattle, Wash. Two years later she guided the USA Olympic Team to a bronze medal in Barcelona. In 2001 Grentz was inducted into the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame.

Grentz’s most recent head coaching job was at the University of Illinois where she spent 12 seasons from 1995-2007 in charge, leaving with a program-record 210 wins, a Big Ten Championship and five NCAA Tournament appearances. During her time in charge of the Fighting Illini, the team made a postseason tournament in 10 of her 12 seasons.

She was named Big Ten Coach of the Year in back-to-back seasons, 1996-97 and 1997-98 and was also honored as the Kodak District IV Coach of the Year after both seasons.

Prior to her 12-year run at Illinois, Grentz was the head coach at Rutgers University for 19 seasons from 1976-95, becoming the first full-time women’s basketball head coach in the country. With the Scarlet Knights, she won 434 games, a program record, and the AIAW National Championship in 1982.

She also reached the NCAA Tournament in nine consecutive seasons and won four Atlantic 10 championships, posting 20 or more wins in 14 seasons. Grentz was named the Atlantic 10 Coach of the Year four times. She was also charter member of the Associated Press Women’s Basketball Poll during her time at Rutgers.

Grentz began her head coaching career at St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia in 1974. She accumulated a 27-5 record in two seasons as the head coach.

As an undergraduate at Immaculata, Grentz was a three-time All-American for the Mighty Macs, where she was a member of three National Championship teams, serving as the team captain during the 1973-74 season. In 2014, Grentz and her teammates were inducted into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame.

During her seven-year hiatus from basketball, Grentz served as the Vice President for University Advancement at her alma mater Immaculata. She also provided in-game color analysis and play by play for Big Ten Women’s basketball on the Big Ten Network from 2007-10.

In April of 2012, Grentz founded Grentz Elite Coaching, an elite and private academy dedicated to teaching the fundamentals of basketball to young girls and boys. Grentz Elite Coaching also teaches coaches of all levels on how to get the most out of their players and how to achieve their goals.

During the 2014-15 season, Grentz served as an assistant coach with Lafayette’s women’s basketball team. In that role, she helped with individual player development, implementation of practice, scouting and development of game strategies.

Grentz is married to her college sweetheart Karl Grentz. The couple has two grown sons together, Karl Justin and Kevin.

Grentz Year By Year Records
YEAR SCHOOL RECORD RANKING POSTSEASON
2006-07 Illinois 19-12 ● WNIT Second Round
2005-06 Illinois 16-15 ● WNIT First Round
2004-05 Illinois 17-13 ● WNIT First Round
2003-04 Illinois 10-18
2002-03 Illinois 17-12 ● NCAA First Round
2001-02 Illinois 15-14 ● WNIT Second Round
2000-01 Illinois 17-16 ● WNIT Second Round
1999-00 Illinois 23-11 ● NCAA Second Round
1998-99 Illinois 19-12 ● NCAA Second Round
1997-98 Illinois 20-10 14th ● NCAA Sweet 16
1996-97 Illinois 24-8 13th ● Big Ten Champs/NCAA Sweet 16
1995-96 Illinois 13-15

1994-95 Rutgers 17-13
1993-94 Rutgers 22-8 ● NCAA First Round
1992-93 Rutgers 22-9 ● NCAA Second Round
1991-92 Rutgers 21-11 ● NCAA Second Round
1990-91 Rutgers 23-7 20th ● NCAA First Round
1989-90 Rutgers 20-10 ● NCAA First Round
1988-89 Rutgers 24-7 ● NCAA Second Round
1987-88 Rutgers 27-5 8th ● NCAA Sweet 16
1986-87 Rutgers 30-3 5th ● NCAA Regional Finalist
1985-86 Rutgers 29-4 10th ● NCAA Regional Finalist
1984-85 Rutgers 19-9
1983-84 Rutgers 20-9
1982-83 Rutgers 19-10
1981-82 Rutgers 25-7 8th ● AIAW National Champions
1980-81 Rutgers 27-6 9th ● AIAW National Tournament
1979-80 Rutgers 28-5 8th ● AIAW National Tournament
1978-79 Rutgers 28-4 7th ● AIAW National Tournament
1977-78 Rutgers 16-12 ● EAIAW Tournament
1976-77 Rutgers 17-11 ● EAIAW Tournament

1975-76 St. Joseph’s 18-3
1974-75 St. Joseph’s 9-2
Grentz’s Overall Record 671-311 (.683) 33 seasons
at Illinois 210-156 (.574) 12 seasons
at Rutgers 434-150 (.743) 19 seasons
at St. Joseph’s 27-5 (.844) 2 seasons

Grentz Introduced as Women’s Basketball Head Coach at Lafayette College

Grentz Introduced as Women’s Basketball Head Coach at Lafayette College
Former US Olympic Coach was formally introduced on Monday

By goleopards.com

EASTON, Pa.- Lafayette Director of Athletics Bruce McCutcheon introduced Theresa Grentz as the sixth head coach in the women’s basketball program history at a press conference on Monday. Grentz has accumulated 671 wins during her 33-year head coaching career that has included stops at Rutgers and Illinois.

“We are very excited and honored to have Coach Grentz lead our women’s basketball program,” McCutcheon said. “Theresa is an icon who will deliver so much more than to just be a great basketball coach to our student-athletes. She is focused on inspiring young people to become the best version of themselves, which will carry them throughout their lives. This matches perfectly with our mission here at Lafayette.”

“I am extremely grateful and honored to be the next head women’s basketball coach at Lafayette College,” Grentz stated. “I want to thank President Alison Byerly, Director of Athletics Bruce McCutcheon, Senior Associate Director of Athletics Kaity McKittrick and Vice President for Campus Life Annette Diorio for entrusting me to lead the women’s basketball program. I plan to uphold the high academic standards of Lafayette College while installing high athletic standards on the basketball court. My energy and enthusiasm for these student-athletes and this program to achieve success is unwavering. I look forward to leading the Lafayette Leopards to many future successes.”

In her career, Grentz made a postseason tournament in 25 of her 33 seasons. She has also posted seventeen 20-win seasons and produced three WNBA draft picks. She was a founding member of the Women’s Coaches Basketball Association, was an executive board member and served as the organization’s president for two years. She has been honored as coach of the year on 16 occasions.

In 1990, Grentz led the USA National Team to a pair of gold medals at the World Championships in Malaysia and the Goodwill Games in Seattle, Wash. Two years later she guided the USA Olympic Team to a bronze medal in Barcelona. In 2001 Grentz was inducted into the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame.

Grentz’s most recent head coaching job was at the University of Illinois where she spent 12 seasons from 1995-2007 in charge, leaving with a program-record 210 wins, a Big Ten Championship and five NCAA Tournament appearances. During her time in charge of the Fighting Illini, the team made a postseason tournament in 10 of her 12 seasons.

She was named Big Ten Coach of the Year in back-to-back seasons, 1996-97 and 1997-98 and was also honored as the Kodak District IV Coach of the Year after both seasons.

Prior to her 12-year run at Illinois, Grentz was the head coach at Rutgers University for 19 seasons from 1976-95, becoming the first full-time women’s basketball head coach in the country. With the Scarlet Knights, she won 434 games, a program record, and the AIAW National Championship in 1982.

She also reached the NCAA Tournament in nine consecutive seasons and won four Atlantic 10 championships, posting 20 or more wins in 14 seasons. Grentz was named the Atlantic 10 Coach of the Year four times. She was also charter member of the Associated Press Women’s Basketball Poll during her time at Rutgers.

Grentz began her head coaching career at St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia in 1974. She accumulated a 27-5 record in two seasons as the head coach.

As an undergraduate at Immaculata, Grentz was a three-time All-American for the Mighty Macs, where she was a member of three National Championship teams, serving as the team captain during the 1973-74 season. In 2014, Grentz and her teammates were inducted into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame.

During her seven-year hiatus from basketball, Grentz served as the Vice President for University Advancement at her alma mater Immaculata. She also provided in-game color analysis and play by play for Big Ten Women’s basketball on the Big Ten Network from 2007-10.

In April of 2012, Grentz founded Grentz Elite Coaching, an elite and private academy dedicated to teaching the fundamentals of basketball to young girls and boys. Grentz Elite Coaching also teaches coaches of all levels on how to get the most out of their players and how to achieve their goals.

During the 2014-15 season, Grentz served as an assistant coach with Lafayette’s women’s basketball team. In that role, she helped with individual player development, implementation of practice, scouting and development of game strategies.

Grentz is married to her college sweetheart Karl Grentz. The couple has two grown sons together, Karl Justin and Kevin.

Grentz Year By Year Records
YEAR SCHOOL RECORD RANKING POSTSEASON
2006-07 Illinois 19-12 ● WNIT Second Round
2005-06 Illinois 16-15 ● WNIT First Round
2004-05 Illinois 17-13 ● WNIT First Round
2003-04 Illinois 10-18
2002-03 Illinois 17-12 ● NCAA First Round
2001-02 Illinois 15-14 ● WNIT Second Round
2000-01 Illinois 17-16 ● WNIT Second Round
1999-00 Illinois 23-11 ● NCAA Second Round
1998-99 Illinois 19-12 ● NCAA Second Round
1997-98 Illinois 20-10 14th ● NCAA Sweet 16
1996-97 Illinois 24-8 13th ● Big Ten Champs/NCAA Sweet 16
1995-96 Illinois 13-15

1994-95 Rutgers 17-13
1993-94 Rutgers 22-8 ● NCAA First Round
1992-93 Rutgers 22-9 ● NCAA Second Round
1991-92 Rutgers 21-11 ● NCAA Second Round
1990-91 Rutgers 23-7 20th ● NCAA First Round
1989-90 Rutgers 20-10 ● NCAA First Round
1988-89 Rutgers 24-7 ● NCAA Second Round
1987-88 Rutgers 27-5 8th ● NCAA Sweet 16
1986-87 Rutgers 30-3 5th ● NCAA Regional Finalist
1985-86 Rutgers 29-4 10th ● NCAA Regional Finalist
1984-85 Rutgers 19-9
1983-84 Rutgers 20-9
1982-83 Rutgers 19-10
1981-82 Rutgers 25-7 8th ● AIAW National Champions
1980-81 Rutgers 27-6 9th ● AIAW National Tournament
1979-80 Rutgers 28-5 8th ● AIAW National Tournament
1978-79 Rutgers 28-4 7th ● AIAW National Tournament
1977-78 Rutgers 16-12 ● EAIAW Tournament
1976-77 Rutgers 17-11 ● EAIAW Tournament

1975-76 St. Joseph’s 18-3
1974-75 St. Joseph’s 9-2
Grentz’s Overall Record 671-311 (.683) 33 seasons
at Illinois 210-156 (.574) 12 seasons
at Rutgers 434-150 (.743) 19 seasons
at St. Joseph’s 27-5 (.844) 2 seasons

Theresa Grentz Returns to the Sidelines at Lafayette College

EASTON, Pa. – Lafayette women’s basketball head coach Diane Nolan announced the addition of Theresa Grentz to her coaching staff. Grentz was the head coach of the 1992 US Women’s Olympic team and was also the head coach at the University of Illinois and Rutgers.
“I am absolutely thrilled to announce Theresa Grentz is joining our Leopard staff for the season,” Nolan said. “Passion, charisma, expertise and integrity are just a few adjectives describing coach Grentz. I am very excited for our players, staff and Lafayette community to interact with coach Grentz, as she shares her wealth of knowledge and experience. I want to express special appreciation to the college administration, including our Director of Athletics Bruce McCutcheon, for support of this unique opportunity for our women’s basketball program.”
During her 33-year head coaching career, Grentz has accumulated over 670 wins. While at Rutgers she won 434 games, including an AIAW National Championship in 1981. She also reached the NCAA Tournament in nine consecutive seasons with the Scarlet Knights. During her time at Illinois, Grentz won 210 games and reached the NCAA Sweet Sixteen twice.
Grentz was a three-time All-American for the Immaculata College Mighty Macs, where she was a member of three National Championship teams. In 2014, Grentz and her teammates were inducted into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame. Grentz is also the former President and a founding member of the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) and was a recipient of the 2013 Lapchick Character Award.
“I am honored to be joining the Lafayette College coaching staff,” Grentz said. “It is no secret that basketball has been one of my life’s passions. In my new role, I am committed to helping continue Lafayette College’s winning tradition.”
During her seven year hiatus from basketball, Grentz served as the former Vice President for University Advancement at her alma mater Immaculata University. Over the last three years, Grentz has devoted her time to Grentz Elite Coaching, a basketball teaching academy to improve players and coaches in order to enhance their game. In the Spring of 2014, Grentz penned her first book: Lessons Learned from Playing a Child’s Game.

Hall of Famer Theresa Grentz still finds joy in coaching

POSTED: August 06, 2014

About an hour in, Theresa Grentz saw the sweat mark on the back of a player’s T-shirt.

“I want to see if I can get the shirts totally soaked,” Grentz said.

Renting space from a flooring company in a West Chester industrial park, Grentz and her husband had designed a basketball court, a space to work with small groups. Outside, there’s a piece of paper in a window: Grentz Elite Coaching. The logo shows a whistle hanging from a pearl necklace.

Nothing fancy about the signage, but there’s truth in the advertising. On Friday, Grentz will be on stage at the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame inductions, speaking for her Immaculata College team that is going into the Hall as a group.

A Cardinal O’Hara High graduate, then Theresa Shank, she was the star of that Mighty Macs group in the ’70s, in the pantheon of talent this area has produced.

She went on to win a national title as Rutgers’ coach, and coached the U.S. Olympic women’s hoop team in Barcelona. All by the time she was 40. She was inducted into the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame before she hit 50.

At age 62 – “a young 62!” –  she isn’t looking for a team. Five teenagers, four girls and a boy, had her fully engaged for the afternoon.

“When I’m on the floor, nothing hurts,” Grentz said as the players took a quick hydration break. “When I walk out of the gym, everything hurts.”080414-grentz-600.jpg

The players in front of her had skills. Nicole Munger made all-state as a junior last season at Central Bucks West and already has committed to Michigan. Her most noticeable trait: You could put a ruler across her shoulders as she squared up for every shot, whether a step-back 10-footer, a three-pointer off a double-crossover or a spin move off a short rebound.

Grentz had Munger and the others working on that double-crossover move followed by a jumper.

“It’s got to be quicker, got to be quicker,” Grentz said as the drill began. If the shot missed, Grentz wanted a putback.

“Because the defense is invariably . . .”

She looked to Munger to finish the sentence.

“Lazy,” Munger said.

Most of the drills, whether for shooting or passing, were done with the players dribbling two balls at the same time.

“What I’m trying to do is tell the right side of the body to do one thing while the left side is doing something else,” Grentz said, comparing it to juggling.

Her background is like a highlight reel of the rise of women’s basketball over the last half-century. Growing up in Glenolden, Delaware County, Grentz remembered how a number of neighborhood boys got together for a catch with a dad, who wouldn’t throw it her way, explaining that he couldn’t, she was a girl. She tells that one when asked about the biggest hurdle of her life.

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If that was a prevailing hurdle of the time, it was cleared. (In her new book, Lessons Learned from Playing a Child’s Game, written with Dick Weiss and Joan Williamson, Grentz notes her own father put up a rim in the driveway for her.) She found role models on the 76ers but also a library book on Babe Didrikson Zaharias, opening her eyes to possibilities.

She led O’Hara to several Catholic League titles, enrolled at Immaculata, sometimes hitchhiked to get there as a commuter, before the Mighty Macs turned into a Cinderella story worthy of Hollywood, winning three national titles, as Shank became a three-time all-American and also national player of the year.

Right after graduation, while teaching sixth grade at Our Lady of Fatima School in Secane, she coached St. Joseph’s for a couple of years before moving on to Rutgers, becoming the first full-time women’s coach in the country. Then she coached a dozen years at Illinois.

Asked about coaching highlights, Grentz said: “Coaching was always like a business. There were wins and losses. You tried not to get too high or too low.”

That perspective was hard-earned. Coaching the Olympic team was a career highlight, but losing a semifinal, settling for bronze, she had to get past that. She wrote in the book how for years afterward she couldn’t go past a bookstore without buying a self-help book.

Outside her gym now, her convertible has no identifying personal adornments except two words around the license plate: “Immaculata Alumni.”

Inside, the workout breaks were usually just long enough for a couple of swigs of water. Hydration wasn’t part of the landscape when Grentz played or much when she coached, she said, but she’s on board with it. She just believes that practice time is meant for practice.

“You want to stay on the bench, stay there,” Grentz said. Even now, she said, she’s not the type to sit on the side drinking a Coke.

She believes this skill-development work suits her: “I don’t have a dog in the fight. . . . I don’t have to worry about them transferring. I can tell them the truth.”

 


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@jensenoffcampus

CHAMPIONSHIP FEVER

CHAMPIONSHIP FEVER!

This past weekend the Illinois Girls 2A High School State Basketball Championships were held in Bloomington, Illinois on the Illinois State University campus. Four games were played over two days and a champion was crowned on Saturday night. This year that championship went to St. Thomas More High School from Champaign, Illinois.
Championships are great fun. They last a lifetime and the friends you make along the way remain your friends forever. There’s nothing quite like being 15 years old and having an entire community proclaim you and your teammates as the best. The memories are yours for the rest of your life. During the heat of competition the champions dared to be bold. And for their daring enthusiasm they are allowed passage into the path of history. Sports are such a neat thing. Congratulations to STM!
The two games I attended were actually fun to watch. The semifinal game was moving along according to plan until the dreaded fouls reared their ugly head at the start of the second half. It was at this point that the best player on the floor took over the game. She called her own number for a one on one dribble drive move down the left side of the lane and scored. The next play was designed for her to shoot a three point shot. She took the three point shot and nailed it! In the blink of an eye a close three-point game grew to an eight-point gap. And from that point the entire Saber Nation coasted into the championship game.
When the actual championship was up for grabs, one player stepped up and said I will make a difference. She made a bold statement, if only to herself. She made a bold promise to her teammates and her community. She topped off the evening with a bold performance at the most crucial time of the competition. And that my friends, is how championships are won!
The championship game was really anti-climatic. The score after the first quarter was 26- 6. There was no question about who was going to win this game because the STM players had taken care of business. It really was a clinic.
This game held a personal interest for me, as the coach of the St. Thomas More team is one of my former assistant coaches and someone I consider a good friend. It was heartwarming to watch him coach and to see his team perform so well on the big stage. Chris Mennig is a young man that has worked very hard to get where he is today and it was a pleasure and a privilege to be able to enjoy his success. I know the next 365 days will very gratifying for him. Congratulations Coach Mennig!
“THE CHALLENGE DOES NOT COME IN WINNING THE CHAMPIONSHIP, IT COMES IN DEFENDING THE CHAMPIONSHIP”

Paws Up,

Coach T