Coaching for me is more of a passion than a job. There are countless experienced trainers in the world who I admire and then model my training methods. Some of these coaches are Gregg Popovich, Steve Kerr, and John Calipari. Like I said, there are several coaches in the game of basketball that I admire, but these three coaching methods and styles stand out the most for me. These coaches, like me, treat basketball coaching as a passion rather than a job.
Gregg Popovich, the current head coach of the San Antonio Spurs, has been training for more than 20 years and is one of the most experienced coaches in the NBA to this day. Popovich is known for recruiting young players for his team in the hopes that his players will play with poise and precision on the court. Popovich, now 68, has always been a basketball addict since childhood. Popovich’s 5 distinct pillars of coaching are something that I model my coaching strategies on. Those five pillars are faith in your team, 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 won a total of 5 championship rings, including three with the Chicago Bulls (1996, 97, 98) and two with the San Antonio Spurs (1999 and 2003). Kerr has also led the Golden State Warriors to 2 championships in the 2014-15 season and the 2016-17 season. Kerr’s coaching style is based on letting his player take control of leading the team. He believes that his duty as a coach is to prepare and guide them in practice and when the time comes for the game, they should be prepared and ready and able to help each other while the team overcomes the conflicts they may face, with the least help possible. from Kerr himself.
John Calipari, current head coach of the Kentucky Wildcats college basketball team, has been training since 1988 and currently trains to this day. Calipari is most famous for his years in Kentucky, leading the Wildcats to multiple championship titles and NCAA tournament appearances. There are many factors that lead to Calipari’s success as a coach, but the factor that stands out the most is his philosophy of teamwork. This philosophy is to recruit the majority of the best prospects in the country to come play in Kentucky. Additionally, their ability to trust their first-year players by giving them leadership roles on the team allows them to be better leaders on and off the court. Calipari lets the natural talent of his players decide the role they will play on the team.