25 Attributes of Coaching

Posted on Apr 13 2020

Augusta University coach Darren “Dip” Metress has won more than 470 games over his 24 year career at an impressive 68% winning percentage. A great friend of Australian basketball, Coach Metress has recruited and developed numerous Australian players over the journey. Here, Coach kindly shares his “25 attributes of coaching.”

  1. Go watch as many teams practice as you can
  2. Start practice on time
  3. Have a practice plan….but don’t be afraid to alter it during practice if you need
  4. Players will never want is as much as you do
  5. 3 people that can never have a bad practice –
  • Point guard
  • Best player
  • Head Coach
  1. Assistant coaches should always have a whistle
  2. Work on your ball-screen defence as much as you work on your shell defence
  3. Teach in part, then whole
  4. Any form selfishness should be eliminated ASAP
  5. Have a presence on the floor (players know when you don’t believe in it)
  6. Work on fundamentals every day and they must relate to your offence and defence
  7. Expect the unexpected and know the pulse of the team at all times
  8. Keep the main thing the main thing. Work on what happens the most
  9. Pace of practice is extremely important
  10. Tell players when they do something right
  11. Communication + intelligence + effort = non-negotiables
  12. Always play basketball in practice. For example, I don’t like our players closing out to chairs that cannot move
  13. You’re never think you’re as good as you are but you’re never as bad as you can be
  14. End practice on a positive note – keep post game talks to two minutes
  15. 3 things you must address every day –
  • Turnovers
  • Missed lay-ups
  • Bad shots

  1. We are there for our players, they are not there for us
  2. Playing 5 on 5 every day is important
  3. Play every drill until a rebound occurs
  4. Have a variety of drills – don’t bore your players with the same drills every day
  5. Your vision is paramount for your program

Thanks to Coach Metress for sharing this with our coaches, some great points to reflect on. Try listing your 25 attributes.

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