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CHN's Coaching Week

Agnus Berenato Tricia Floyd Dan Hipsher Greg Kraley Tanya Haave Art Prevost Bobbi Morse

February 26th, 2003

Question #3: Which coach do you feel is the most original and daring X's and O's coach out there?  Do you have any specific memories of a crazy or wacky play that he/she drew up?

 

Agnus Berenato (Georgia Tech):  I really admire Coach Jim Davis, he is the master!!

 

Daniel Hipsher (Akron):  The ones(plays) that don't work all seem outrageous. 

 

Steve Mergelsberg (Rutgers-Newark):  Without a doubt, retired Jerry Tarkanian!

What specifically wacky did he run? Not a play but a defense called the "Amoeba".

Remember the craziest play you've drawn up?  Yes, we were playing a team that ran a strict continuity offense, I sent one of my defenders down to our basket free throw line. In other words, we were playing defense with 4 men. The opposing player who was assigned to guard our man down court was so worried about his man, he looked down court and missed a pass in which we stole and passed down court for an easy layup!
 

Bobbi Morse (SLU):  As far as the most daring play I saw executed I would have to talk about Jeff Carling.  He was the Men's coach at Kaskaskia Jr. College when I was the Women's Coach.  He had the fellows get in a circle and around the FT line in a baseline out of bounds play and run around like Indians.  Actually looked like a rain dance with the noises by the players and all.  Then a certain player would cut to the basket and get the ball for a wide open layup.  The layup occurred because the defense was so distracted by the noise and unusual happenings.

 

Arthur Prevost (Akron):  Mike Petersen Associate Head Men's Coach at The University of Minnesota; he is just a basketball Coach, all he wants to do is talk basketball. He is the king of the salt and pepper plays. 

 

Remember the craziest play you've drawn up?

Arthur Prevost (Akron):  I can't take credit for this play.  As I state I'm a big Tom Izzo fan, he has to be one of the best coaches coming out of a timeout, so I stole this play from him.  We were playing at Northern Illinois and we had 12 seconds on the clock, the ball was below the old hash mark. We drew up a set where the in-bounder passes the ball to free line extended to a guard, then made a hard basket cut to hoop, drawing the other players to help, we put our 4 and 5 up top, had them set a double for our shooter coming out of the corner, if that option wasnt there we had the in-bounder keep going through coming off another double.  Well we got the ball to our shooter up top wide open, we missed the shot but the kids executed the play very well.  This play was at Northern on the road mid February score 42 /45.

 

Continue to the next question:

Question One:  The biggest force in creating your coaching philosophy has been..

Question Two:  Do you feel offenses should be catered to players?
Question Three:  Who do you feel is the most original  X's and O's coach out there?  What's the wackiest play you've ever seen work?

Question Four: Do you change your approach for road games?

Question Five: Breaking down basketball into three simple maxims..
Question Six:
What's your most trusted teaching drill and why?

 

We'd like the following coaches for their help in CHN's Coaching Week.  Agnus Berenato (Georgia Tech), Tricia Floyd (SIU), Tanya Haave (Colorado), Daniel Hipsher (Akron), Greg Kraley (Akron), Bobbi Morse (SLU), Arthur Prevost (Akron). Special thanks goes out to Steve Mergelsberg (Rutgers-Newark)

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