A Day in Basketball Land

5:05- Alarm clock goes off

5:15- Alarm clock goes off

5:25 Alarm clock goes off

6:00- After listening to half a Kenny Chesney song in the car, I make it to work for individual offensive development day for a few of our guys. Most of them would rather shave their tongue than get up at 5:30 for a workout, but they know it gives them a chance to be successful. Today’s workout included relocating on dribble drives, coming off ballscreens, and some various reads within our offensive sets. Continue reading

Blame It on the Internet

Have you ever gotten one of those emails from a friend that will help you have three years of good luck? Of course, if you don’t pass it on to a least five of your friends, you’ll experience three years of horrible luck.

Never, and I repeat never, send one of those emails to a basketball coach. As a group, we have to be the most superstitious group known to man. The problem is we keep passing it on to our players and assistant coaches. When they get into coaching, they bring the superstitions to new levels. Continue reading

The Center Court Cat Club

Over the last eight seasons, the Northwest Bearcat basketball program ranks in the top 10 nationally based on win-loss record. It’s not a coincidence that the Basketball Booster Club has been in existence for that same eight-year span.

The Center Court Cat Club (CCCC) was conceived in 2001 with the purpose of supporting the men’s basketball program through promotion, fan support and financial contributions.
The CCCC boasts a broad membership base consisting of private individuals and local businesses that are committed to helping our basketball program maintain its place as one of the premiere NCAA Division II programs in the nation. Continue reading

Packing on the Pounds

The other day, I was in the foyer of Lamkin Activity Center when I ran into a friend and good Bearcat booster. After a typical friendly “Hello,” he looked me up and down and said, “Looks like you have packed on a few pounds.”

Maybe I hadn’t seen him in a while, maybe it was the oversized sweatshirt I had on, or maybe a few more body parts had sagged recently. I looked hurt and said, “I don’t think so.” That was more defensive than truthful. Continue reading

It Was Great To See…

Graduate Assistant Andy Peterson and I headed out to Arrowhead Stadium Saturday afternoon thinking about all the great people we’ve met at Northwest over the years. It was great to see everyone!

It was great to see…New President John Jasinski and his family. I got to watch the first half next to Matt, Dr. Jasinski’s oldest son and current Graduate Student. Athletic Director Dr. Bob, the founder of the Fall Classic at Arrowhead. Orrie Covert and Neil Elliott, Alumni Relations and University Advancement. Allison Strong, Kori Hoffman and Rick Carter, the Bearcat Basketball Super Fans. Continue reading

Arrowhead For Basketball Coaches

Pittsburg State and Northwest Missouri State in Battle of Champions VIII, which took place this past weekend, is terrific for everyone. However, there are a few problems if you are a basketball coach.

I have been at all eight games. I have to admit, my favorite one was the first. It was one of the last games of the season and it was on a Thursday. Snow had hit earlier in the week and it was the perfect weather for a football game. Because it was a night game, the crowd seemed more electric than during any other game. A long day of tailgating could have something to do with all the excitement. Continue reading

How High Can You Jump?

Do you know how high you can jump? Have you timed yourself in a mile-and-a-half run? What about the most weight you can lift while lying prone on a bench? Our basketball team had all those questions answered this week. Joe Quinlin, our strength and conditioning coach, put the players through the paces of preseason testing.

I just have one test. Can you shoot a basketball with someone charging you like a mad bull and only a few seconds on the clock, your team down by a point, and the extension of our season depending on your accuracy? Continue reading

A New Year Begins

The school year began Monday and the calm summer months are now in the rearview mirror. My first day consisted of a 6 a.m. wake up call and a 40-second drive through rush hour Maryville Traffic (Sure beats the Grandview Triangle).

A 7 a.m. compliance meeting was the first gathering our team had as a whole. Then it was off to the first day of class. Our assistants made sure everyone was ready to go and headed to the right place. It’s very important that all our athletes get to class and get off on the right foot. Continue reading

NCAA Rules – Do They Make Sense?

When I moved from Doane College, an NAIA college, to Northwest Missouri State University, an NCAA II institution, I knew there would be a difference in rules. The NAIA hardly has any rules. It’s hard to break one of their rules and if you do it’s almost impossible to get caught.

Of course, the NCAA has a lot of rules and it’s easy to break one and get caught. Most rules violations are secondary in nature. You self report the violation and get a letter in your file, but that’s it. I had one NCAA compliance officer tell me if you don’t self report some violations, people will know you’re cheating. Continue reading