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  • 1. Muhammad Ali Center Athletes & Social Change Forum March 21-22, 2014 Louisville, Kentucky Chris Croft, Ed.D –University of Southern Indiana Role of College Basketball Coaches as Educational Leaders
  • 2.  College basketball head coaches have a role and responsibility to be educational leaders  Represent the university, athletic department, and their basketball program  Leader and mentor to student- athletes Responsibility of Head Coaches
  • 3. “I don’t look at myself as a basketball coach. I look at myself as a leader who happens to coach college basketball, (Janssen,2006).” -Duke Head Basketball Coach, Mike Krzyzewski
  • 4.  Character  Commitment  Caring  Confidence-building  Communication 5 “C”s: Components of Coaching Leadership
  • 5.  Shows who you really are and how you react to things  Players must respect the head coach and feel he or she is trustworthy and honest  Will make the best decisions possible for the success of the team and individuals Character
  • 6. “I like to think the players I coached, however they came to UCLA, left as men of character, (Wooden, 1997).” -Former UCLA Head Basketball Coach, John Wooden
  • 7.  To lead by example so that players can see their active participation  To “preach what you teach”  To develop expectations that are passed from head coach to players Commitment
  • 8. “He’s trying to get the best out of you, and he’s trying to make you figure out how to bring that out of yourself, (The secrets of Geno’s success, 2014).” -Freshman Connecticut women’s basketball player Breanna Stewart about Head Women’s Basketball Coach, Geno Auriemma
  • 9.  Coaches must show players that he or she cares about them first as people, and second as basketball players  To being concerned with their academics and their personal lives Caring
  • 10. "I really think first and foremost you have to care about your athletes. I don't think you can fake that. I think that's got to be real and the reason I love so much what I do is that I get to work with people, (Janssen, J. & Dale, G, 2002)“ -Former Tennessee Head Women’s Basketball Coach, Pat Summitt
  • 11.  To develop confidence in players by believing in them  Occurs because of close personal relationships  Starts during the recruiting process, develops during playing days, and continues throughout life Confidence-Building
  • 12. “I’ve learned so much about basketball, life, and myself in one year being in this program. I was meant to be here, this is my stop. This was life-changing for me, (Kansas Basketball, 2014).” -Current Kansas senior Tarik Black (referring to Kansas Head Basketball Coach, Bill Self)
  • 13.  To deliver messages yourself  One of the best ways to communicate is to listen  To give players the opportunity to express themselves, and therefore the head coach will more effectively be able to communicate with player Communication
  • 14. “People cannot be blamed for what they don’t know. It’s your job to make sure that the people you are leading understand your message, (Reynolds, 2000).” -Louisville Head Basketball Coach, Rick Pitino
  • 15. “To this day, I see much of my success as a coach linked to my ability and skill as a teacher...In fact, coaching is teaching and all of the skills that teaching requires; knowing the sport or activity; planning; developing people skills, communication, motivation, mentoring, and being a role model; understanding your players or students; and, of course, knowing how to teach, (Schempp, 2003, p. ix).” -Gonzaga Head Basketball Coach, Mark Few
  • 16.  Janssen, J. (2006). Discovering the seven secrets of successful coaches. Retrieved from  Janssen, J. & Dale, G. (2002).The Seven Secrets of Successful Coaches. Janssen Peak Performance Inc.  Kansas Basketball (kuhoops). "“I’ve learned so much about basketball, life, and myself in one year being in this program. I was meant to be here… This is my stop. This was life-changing for me.” 14 March 2014, 2:06PM. Tweet.  Reynolds, B. (2000).Lead to Succeed: 10 Traits of Great Leadership in Business and Life. New York: Broadway. References
  • 17.  Schempp, P. G. (2003). Teaching sport and physical activity: Insights on the road to excellence. Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics.  The secrets of Geno's success(2014, March). Retrieved from basketball/tournament/2013/story/_/id/9070531/women-ncaa- tournament-2013-connecticut-huskies-coach-geno-auriemma- pursues-perfection  Wooden, J. & Jamison, S. (1997). Wooden: A lifetime of observations and reflections on and off the court. Lincolnwood, IL: Contemporary Books. References Cont.
  • 18. Questions & Answers & Discussion