Coaching to me is more of a passion then work. Some of these coaches are Gregg Popovich, Steve Kerr, and John Calipari. As I mentioned there are lots of coaches in the sport of basketball that I admire, but these three trainers approaches and styles stand out to me the most. These coaches, and me, treat coaching basketball as a passion rather than a job.
Gregg Popovich, the current head coach for the San Antonio Spurs, has been coaching for over 20 years and is one of the most experienced coaches in the NBA to this day. Popovich is notorious for recruiting young players to his team in hopes of making his players play with poise and precision on the court. Popovich, now 68, has always been a basketball junkie since his days of youth. Popovich’s 5 distinct pillars of coaching are something that I model my coaching strategies on. Those five pillars are belief in his group, conflict management, participation, focus and team building.
Steve Kerr, current head coach of the Golden State Warriors, knows a thing or two about winning and leadership. Kerr has also led the Golden State Warriors to 2 championships at the 2014-15 season and the 2016-17 season. Kerr’s style of coaching is based on allowing his player take control of leading the team. He believes that his obligation as coach is to prepare and guide them in training and when it comes game time, they need to be ready and ready as a way to help one another as staff undergo conflicts they may face, with as little help as possible from Kerr himself.
John Calipari, current head coach of the Kentucky Wildcats college basketball team, has been coaching from 1988 and now coaches till this day. Calipari is most famous for his years at Kentucky, leading the Wildcats to multiple championship titles and NCAA tournament appearances. There are many factors that lead to Calipari’s achievement as a trainer but the one factor that stands out the most would be his team building doctrine. This philosophy is made up of recruiting the majority of the best prospects in the country to come to Kentucky to play. Also, his ability to put trust in his freshman players by giving them leadership roles on the group allows them to be better leaders on and off the court. Calipari lets his players natural talent decide the role they will have on the team.