This was a great win we had in December 2016. At first glance it might appear that we made a lucky play to win the game at the end. In reality we went over this scenario numerous time in practice since October 1st. Every player knew there role and knew what we were trying to get to have a chance to win the game. Success in basketball is all about preparation.
Great coaching wins games!
At the Academy we provide a great home game environment that is second to none in the US at the post grad level. Floyd L. Maines Memorial Arena is a professional level home venue. It is great for players this age to be able to experience this kind of environment. It really sets our Academy apart from others. What better way to get ready to play at the D1 level than to play at a venue suitable for a D1 School.
Coach Young in the News!
Everything you need to know about Coach Young
May 2016 Bachelor of Integration Studies, University of Tennessee, Chattanooga
COACHING CAREER at the CRAILSHEIM MERLINS
- 2014 – 2015 BBL top league in Germany
- 2013 – 2014 Pro A reg. season, 2nd place, finals in the playoffs
- 2012 – 2013 Pro A, ninth place
- 2011 – 2012 Head Coach Regionale Liga 2, champions
- 2010 – 2011 Head Coach Oberliga, champions
- 2009 – 2010 Head Coach Landesliga, champions
- 2008 – 2009 Head Coach Landesliga, ninth place
PROFESSIONAL BASKETBALL CAREER
- 2003-2008 Germany, Cailsheim Merlins
- 2001-2003 Germany, Lich
- 2001 Netherlands, Zwolle (first round Playoffs)
- 2000 Belgium, Israel
- 1999-2000 Den Bosch, Netherlands (Semifinals playoffs)
- 1998 Den Helder (Champions)
1995 – 1997 University of Tennessee at Chattanooga Accomplishments:
- Southern Conference Tournament Champions
- Southern Conference regular season champions
- NCAA Sweet Sixteen
- Individual Accomplishments
- 1st team all-conference player
- 1st team all-tournament player
1988 – 1992 Norview High school
- 1st team All District
- 1st team All Tidewater
- Coached summer basketball camps of the Norview Highschool between 1994-2004
- UTC basketball camps between 1994 and 2004
- Coached Wesleyan Basketball camps between 2010 and 2014
- Volunteered at Hampton Roads Pro AM for several years
- Coached the Crailsheim Youth Basketball team in Germany
Every sports coach eventually develops his own individual philosophy and coaching style. There are no strict guidelines or handbook that a coach can learn from and go by.
A lot of coaches and athletes do not work with sport psychologists which is a fairly new field of study. While there are no coaching theories, there are coaching styles that are closely connected to leadership styles. They carry aspects of psychology and sociology. What I have learned from Coach Mack McCarthy and the books of Mike Krzyzewski, is a combination of task-oriented (transactional) and relationship-oriented (transformational) leadership, is a positive combination, as introduced by James MacGregor Burns.
In task-oriented or transactional leadership one focuses on the goal and therefore on the tasks that need to be performed in order to reach this goal. It can be ruthless and without regard to the individual needs or feelings of the team members (the players).
In my case, I start with the decision of, do I want to recruit a player or not, based on his compatibility with the team in terms of what the team currently needs skill wise. To further this, I direct the players in a way that is necessary for the next game based on research that I have done beforehand, like studying game tapes of the team(s) we are about to play.
The relationship-oriented or transformational leadership aspect is just as important. Communication with the team and within the team is important on and off the floor. A relationship of trust, accountability and confidence are among the key ingredients to a successful team that is what is required mentally for winning in sports.
BEING A MENTOR TO YOUNG PLAYERS
“Mentoring is a process for the informal transmission of knowledge, social capital, and the psychosocial support perceived by the recipient as relevant to work, career, or professional development. Mentoring entails informal communication, usually face-to-face and during a sustained period of time between a person who is perceived to have greater relevant knowledge, wisdom, or experience (the mentor) and a person who is perceived to have less (the protégé)” Bozeman, B.; Feeney, M. K. (October 2007) “Toward a useful theory of mentoring: A conceptual analysis and critique”.
Mentorship is something very important in the relationship between players and the coach. As a coach, I don’t only give them directions regarding the game and practice but also from a more personable relationship with them which is one of honesty, trust and respect.
Honesty is key on all levels and leads to mutual respect between the coach and the player. Once you earn the players’ trust they will let you into their world and will be more accepting of your advice on and off the court. I also try to instill qualities in them that would make them successful as players and individuals. The fact that I once was a player myself, who was new to how the world of college basketball works, helps me to understand the players better and develop a trusting relationship with them.
When I was a young player coming to college, Coach Mack McCarthy and the coaching staff, Coach Gibson and Coach White, mentored me to be the player I became. They showed me the process of hard work and what it takes to be successful on the court and how to dedicate yourself to the game.
I remember the 6am early mornings basketball workouts before class. They would tell me that while the other players are still sleeping I was getting better and that always motivated me; this is something I have always since carried with me. The need to work hard and the dedication to always get better was instilled deep.
When I left Chattanooga I kept those 6am workouts. And when I was playing overseas, I would have other players join me in these 6 am workouts to get better.
When I got into coaching I started to do the same for my players as the coaching staff at UTC did for me and added the 6am workout to practices in the preseason. I would tell them the same thing:
“We’re up and getting better and getting an edge on other teams ’cause they are asleep while we’re working”.
I mentor my to help them understand that hard work and dedication IS the recipe of winning. Working as a coach in Germany, I also had a special relationship with the American players we had on our team, explaining to them how things worked in Germany and being the go-to person if they had questions or problems.
“Being a coach is being a dream manager, which means helping someone to live their dreams.”
Every coach has a philosophy and I would like to outline mine for you. I adopted my philosophy from my former coach Mack McCarthy who left a lasting impact on my career and how feel and think about not only basketball but life in general. I also found the books by Mike Krzyzewski very inspiring. Krzyzewski’s (Coach K’s) books are great books about leadership, not only for basketball but for any business and life.
What I have learned from my previous coach and the books I frequently read is what I teach to the players. As a coach, you’re a dream manger, you help someone to achieve and live their dreams. Coaching also means mentoring the players so they develop a mindset of success, not only for the game but in their lives.
For a successful team not only talented players are important but a great staff (specifically the assistant coaches). The main principles I follow are that we work well together, believe in each other and trust each other. The eight C’s describe the main traits that each member of my team should have:
It is important to ensure that everyone has a positive attitude, commits to being the best they can be, are on their best behavior, take pride in who they are and whom they represent because it is not just them, it is also their family and the program.
If I am to describe why I believe in my own philosophy I would say – because we want to win, because winning brings satisfaction.
As “Champion qualities” I identify the following criteria:
- Great work ethics
- Great attitude
- Great confidence
- Great skills
- Great talent
- Being competitive
- Great character
- Great chemistry
- Commitment to each other
- Great communication
- Always prepared
- Respect for each other
- Making sacrifices (example: a new player joins the team and has to assume a new position even though he may have been successful in a different position in his previous team)
- Not being afraid to make mistakes
- Being disciplined
- Energy and enthusiasm
- Great teamwork
- The confidence that we can win
With every team I coach and every new player I mentor – we go through three stages of growth together:
- Dependency (when you still have to find your way around and need help)
- Independence (when you’ve gained confidence and know your way around as an individual)
- Interdependence (when you understand that this is a team effort and that we are most successful when we work as a team)
CORE VALUES AS A TEAM ARE:
Recruiting new players is a big part of my responsibilities as a coach and I usually follow 8 steps in this process:
- No compromises, never settle for second-best
- Networking (scouts, ex-coaches)
- Identify your needs; understand what you have and what you need (types of players)?
- Develop prospects that best meet your needs
- Recruit them, sell your team to them
- Develop a relationship of trust
- Close the deal, convince them that you’re the best program for them
- Continue to recruit them after they’ve joined the team (keep talking to them and be their go-to person after they’ve joined)
As a coach, I can only be effective when I am being authentic with the players. They will always know if I am. I was in a situation before where I coached not entirely according to my beliefs but the way I was expected to by the management. I quickly realized that I need to be myself and it proved to be successful.
Before becoming eligible to obtain the B-License certification I first had to take a class to first successfully achieve the C-license which enabled me to coach in the regional league. As an additional requirement I also had to pass a 16 hour first-aid course (see attachments).
After I had done this, I continued onward successfully to achieve my B-license. This means I can coach in the German professional league, and I am certified to coach the Pro A and the BBL.
The Pro A is a top professional league that is steadily gaining importance in Europe. The BBL is the German equivalent to the NBA in the United States.
In order to obtain this license I had to attend a German Sports School for one month and participated in four one-week intensive sessions. During these sessions I learned all about how to: lead a team, the principles of basketball such as defense, offense and special situations (see the translated program summary attachment). We also listened to experienced coaches who came in as guest speakers. For the examination I had to conduct a full practice with a local high school basketball team.
My career does not directly revolve around Criminal Justice however, what I learned is very applicable to my role as a Coach in basketball.
After my college years I became a professional basketball player and then a coach. I learned a lot during my time spent at college in relation to criminal justice and this stayed with me. It changed my perspective and deterred me from making bad decisions.
I also came across things in sports that were very much related to my Criminal Justice background such as: drug tests for Marijuana or performance enhancers used to have an unfair advantage, amongst other issues that I saw athletes sometimes run into. Criminal Justice also becomes a part of mentorship, where as a coach you have to try and give them guidance or, if you are faced with situations when it is already too late and an athlete gets expelled from the team, or you cannot work with an otherwise talented player what I learned through Criminal Justice can help.
The Deterrence Theory from Criminal Justice states that punishment is there to deter individuals (specific deterrence) or the general public (general deterrence) from committing crime assuming that people choose to act or not to act after weighing up the consequences of their actions. The drug issues in sports form a link between sports and Criminal Justice e.g. when a player knows that his consumption of drugs could lead to him being rejected by a specific team or even lead to legal persecution.
On the other hand, an athlete could consume performance enhancers because he wants to or feels pressure to perform better or sees another athletes who has been successful after resorting to performance enhancers, or the athlete comes from an environment where others commit crimes (Social Learning Theory and Social Disorganization Theory).
This example puts the effectiveness of punishment as a deterrent in question and touches the Rational Choice Theory because it really depends on what is more important to the athlete, to win “no matter what”, or to risk getting expelled and possible legal consequences. His decision will be influenced by individual circumstances and characteristics.
According to the Strain Theory: a person might resort to crime when they fail to achieve something through approved measures.
Part of my coaching philosophy is to make my players aware that they not only represent themselves, they also represent their family and the whole organization. This should motivate them to be successful but also to stay away from activities that would compromise their own, their family’s and the organizations’ reputation.