As a head coach, Randy Montgomery is one of the best in the nation at creating an elaborate youth program–one which has served as the feeder system that has fueled a career now approaching 600 wins. Coach Montgomery details much of what goes into his youth developmental plan in The Best-Laid Plans of a High School Basketball CEO. . . In this post, coaches are asked to share the most innovative basketball opportunity they offer the youth in their communities.
Today I went to watch our East Canton Middle School 7th grade team play in the conference tournament cionship game and my thoughts on how important the coaches are at that level were reaffirmed: having competent coaches who can teach the fundamentals of the game while implementing the basics of the program’s system of play is an immesurable asset for a program.
We are lucky to have two great ones in Joe Cartwright and Josh Smith at East Canton. They not only helped a very nice group of players win the championship but also prepared them to become future varsity players. In my experience as a head coach, this consistently pays off at the varsity level.
In this case, Joe and Josh are a couple of young and aspiring head coaches who are not too far removed from their playing days. I prefer youthful ambitious coaches at the middle school level although, In other cases I have seen that a more experienced coach who is happy at the middle school level can be just as effective. Looking for coaches to join the blog and share their thoughts, as this topic could be helpful for head coaches and young people just starting
Something I have noticed in my years of coaching is that this time of year teams are either getting better or they are fading into the background. I don’t think any team stays the same. Furthermore, I do not think it has much, if anything, to do with a team’s record. I believe it’s a choice by the players in the program. From what I have seen, if all things are relatively equal, the teams that WANT to keep working at it are the ones that are going to create great memories from here on out. Would love to hear thoughts from the coaching community.