Our Great Coach on this episode is Don Showalter.
Don Showalter is a basketball coach who over 32 years coached in High Schools in America, in that time he led teams to 601 wins 8 conference titles and 11 district championships.
In 1998 he served as head coach of the youth USA Team at the 1998 Nike Hoop Summit. Then in 2001 he became chair of the USA Basketball Cadet and Youth Committee.
He was then appointed coach of the USA under 16 and under 17 teams, and led those teams to 10 Gold medals at 62 straight victories.
He is considered one of the best youth basketball coaches of all time and has lectured all over the world.
He also has a new book called Cornfields to Gold medals.
Some of the highlights from our discussion were:
- The communication circle his teams use to finish training where they hold hands and focusing on connecting with each other.
- The importance of quote being where your feet are end quote as you cant be a coach 24/7.
- And How he mentors the way he was, and that means not telling people what to do, but laying out the facts for them so they can make their own decisions.
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