Building a Dynasty

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Building a Dynasty

Post by gbbfan1 » Mon Nov 13, 2017 3:40 pm

IMO-Geno Auriemma-Head Coach UCONN Women’s Basketball- 11 National Championships- (along with Pat Summit) is the greatest coach in the history of Women’s College Basketball. I believe his core principles apply to girls high school basketball as well. Throughout the season, I am going to post some of Geno’s thoughts on the UCONN culture, teaching the game, character, accountability, relationships with players, recruiting, parents, etc..

UCONN Culture
“I think the majority of our success is based on the culture that we have that’s been created and instilled over the past 29 years, that’s part 1. Part 2 is we happen to have a lot of really good players year in and year out. Part 3 is how personally accountable we hold each and every player on our team every minute of every day…in every single thing that we do.”

“You take the culture they have to live up to, the fact that we have lots of very good players, and the fact that every minute of every day they can’t be anything but great…and that accounts for winning all the games that we’ve won."

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Re: Building a Dynasty

Post by gbbfan1 » Wed Nov 15, 2017 9:48 am

PRACTICES

”Practices must be at game speed. You have to make practices harder than anything they could face in a game.”
”It’s about doing it in a way that it can’t be done any better. That’s the goal every day.”
”Every day we need to be one step up from where we were the day before.”
”We will spent an entire practice on one thing until they do it right every time.”
”You have to figure out how to get them to be good. They may hate me for it, but I don’t need any nineteen-year-old friends.”

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Re: Building a Dynasty

Post by SShadow » Thu Nov 16, 2017 4:45 pm

I really like the "but I don't need any 19 year old friends" line. I have seen the failures of coaches trying to be friends, which is different that being respected. Will look forward to reading your UConn input.
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Post by gbbfan1 » Fri Nov 17, 2017 2:10 pm

The Parents’ Role
“Every parent has wanted to raise a child who was talented in some respect-theater, arts, sports, spelling bee champion, whatever…We all hope that one or all of our kids would have that kind of passion…or talent…Some of us are not fortunate to have those sorts of kids, but they all have something…and you have to recognize, as a parent, what it is that they have and how can I nurture that…Instead of how do I take advantage of that-how do I make them into something that’s spectacular… Well, they may not have the ability to be spectacular…and now you’re living your lives in an effort to make them into something they may not be able to be, and you’re scarin’ the h*ll out of ‘em…or they’re really good….and you get caught up in it because you want it so bad…I don’t think the parents are intentionally trying to hurt their kids or anybody else….It’s just you want it so badly for your kids…Let them go out there…their talent will dictate how far they’ll go….Just encourage them to follow it, whatever that is.”

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Post by gbbfan1 » Mon Nov 20, 2017 11:28 am

“I’ll pose a question to my players. I’ll say, ‘If you don’t take responsibility to do the things we ask you to do in a game, what’s the worst that can happen…we lose a basketball game…what happens tomorrow morning?...You wake up, your friends haven’t disowned you, your parents still love you, you still have your scholarship’…I’ve said this, ‘Kids your age all around the world…in the military…that when they don’t do what they’re supposed to do when it’s supposed to be done, it has serious consequences…for themselves, for their comrades, for their families…So when you start taking every little thing you’re supposed to do as seriously as those kids your age take their jobs in the military, then you’ll understand what passion is, what commitment to detail is…and when your teammates expect you to do something, you do it…So here, see, if you accept mistakes because it’s just a game, and nothing bad happens, then as you move on in the rest of your life, and the stakes get higher, and things get tougher, all you learned is how to make mistakes, and how to make excuses…and we talk about that almost every day.”

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Post by gbbfan1 » Wed Nov 22, 2017 2:52 pm

You Have To Make It Hard

“…You might have five players on offense, we’ll have 4 players on defense…we’re trying to guard your 5 with our 4…once they get the hang of that, we’ll put another player on your team…your 6 against our 4…with the great teams we’ve had, we’ll give you 8 to our 5…whenever they get comfortable with being able to do something, we just change the equation up a little bit, and make it really, really hard…some players, it’s like, ‘Coach, they’ve got 7 players, we’ve only got 5. What do you expect?’ Well, you know what? Those guys are never going to be any good…..the great teams I’ve had, they have 7, we have 5, and we beat ‘em, and they go, ‘Coach, that’s the best you can do? Only 7? You’d better put another one out there.’…They’re the ones that are gonna be great.”

“…We’re always looking to do things like that….change the score…change the rules as we go along…they don’t like it…as soon as they get close we change the rules…you put out the carrot, and the minute they get close, you move it…..they get closer, I move it again…some just say, ‘Forget it, I’m not going any more’…and then the other ones, they get like real close to the carrot, real close, then put their hand on your throat, choke you, and take the carrot…they’re the ones that are going to be champions.”

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Post by gbbfan1 » Fri Nov 24, 2017 1:45 pm

”He’ll pound away at you. There were times I hated to come to practice because it was so mentally demanding. He’ll put you in situations where you can’t possibly succeed. But it’s like he says, ’You’re going to prove me right, or you’re going to prove me wrong'. You see, you hate him in a way you need to.”-Diana Taurasi (’01-’04) ; ’02, ’03 ’04 National Champions. 2003-Final Four Most Outstanding Player, Naismith College Player of the Year, Wade Trophy, USBWA Women’s National Player of the Year, AP Women’s College Basketball Player of the Year; 2004-Final Four Most Outstanding Player, Naismith College Player of the Year. When asked why he thought UConn would win the ’04 National Championship, Geno said, “We have Diana and they don’t.” Kobe Bryant named her “White Mamba”.

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Re: Building a Dynasty

Post by gbbfan1 » Mon Nov 27, 2017 4:52 pm

Setting a Standard
“We have a tape. It’s about five minutes, and we go through the years…’See this kid? That was 30 years ago…Look at the play she just made…Kid diving over the press table to save the ball, we look at the score, it’s like 70-30…Then we show a kid from 10 years ago, 5 years ago…Here’s the best player in America, Diana Taurasi, diving on a basketball at half court…so now, and you show the emotion…like she just blocked a shot…here comes 3 guys on the team, ‘Yeah!’…And now you go, ‘This is who we are…and if you can’t live up to that standard, you can’t play here.”

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Post by gbbfan1 » Wed Nov 29, 2017 5:40 pm

Describe UCONN Basketball
“If someone was asked the question, ‘Describe UCONN Women’s Basketball for me.’, by someone that doesn’t know anything about our program, I would hope that they would say, ‘You know what? All the things that you need to do to be successful, they do it…Like take good players and make them better…They take good students and make ‘em better students…They take good people, and they become better people.’ If that’s the only thing they ever say, you know what? I’d be the happiest guy in the world.”

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Re: Building a Dynasty

Post by deejay » Thu Nov 30, 2017 12:22 pm

That along with a couple 6’6” gals from overseas.
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Re: Building a Dynasty

Post by gbbfan1 » Fri Dec 01, 2017 10:08 am

deejay wrote:
Thu Nov 30, 2017 12:22 pm
That along with a couple 6’6” gals from overseas.
You have no clue what you're talking about. UCONN does not have any 6'6" players from overseas. You're only making yourself sound silly. The fact that you refer to women basketball players as "gals" only reinforces that. This is 2017, not 1955.

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Re: Building a Dynasty

Post by gbbfan1 » Fri Dec 01, 2017 2:54 pm

Stop Treating Women Like Women
”… I never hesitate to give feedback to them…and I respect them. I treat them as basketball players who happen to be women…I’ve never made a player cry intentionally. Sometimes, giving feedback, they’ve had a lot going on emotionally that we as coaches don’t know about…so as we’re talking about things, we hit a nerve, and it kinda comes out…as a coach, you never want to go after somebody’s heart or core, you want to go after what they did.
…In the workplace, stop worrying about evoking an emotional response giving feedback. Stop treating them like women, and treat them like valued employees. Just because they wear a dress or are feminine, that doesn’t change what their job description is…that’s being disrespectful. That’s talking down to them.”

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Re: Building a Dynasty

Post by gosoxgo » Sun Dec 03, 2017 9:13 am

gbbfan1 wrote:
Fri Dec 01, 2017 10:08 am
deejay wrote:
Thu Nov 30, 2017 12:22 pm
That along with a couple 6’6” gals from overseas.
You have no clue what you're talking about. UCONN does not have any 6'6" players from overseas. You're only making yourself sound silly. The fact that you refer to women basketball players as "gals" only reinforces that. This is 2017, not 1955.
WOW overreact much?? Since when did "Gals" make the list of offensive terms? Uconn consistently reloads with the top players every year. All the other stuff is great but if they don't get the talent they are not that dominant.

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Post by gbbfan1 » Mon Dec 04, 2017 10:31 am

Great Players and Effort
“The big difference between a really good player and a great player is great players don’t get tired. They just don’t. What makes them great is when the good players get tired, the great players kick their #ss. That’s the difference. So every day you’re workin’ on that. We can coach ball screens and passing into the post and cutting and playing defense. We’re not here to coach your energy level and your effort, that’s a given. You wouldn’t be here if I had to coach that. That’s what other coaches have to do, they have to coach energy. We don’t. You all know that, okay?”

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Post by gbbfan1 » Wed Dec 06, 2017 4:43 pm

Shot Selection
“We have 2 rules on our team.
#1-When you’re open, you have to shoot it if that’s the shot we work on with you every day. You’re open, you have to shoot it ‘cause everybody on the team expects you to shoot it; so we can start offensive rebounding, start balancing the floor defensively.
#2-If you ever shoot the ball, and you’re not open and somebody else is, that’s the last shot you get in the game, ‘cause that’s where selfishness begins…guy takes a bad shot, kid thinks she’s open, didn’t get the ball. Next possession down the floor, the ball doesn’t move. Why? That kid’s p#ssed she didn’t get it. Then it just snowballs, and you get a selfish team.”

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Post by gbbfan1 » Fri Dec 08, 2017 10:01 am

How You Win
“It’s not about winning games, it’s the way you do it…the way you practice…the way you are every day…And that, to me, is what’s enjoyable about playin’ and coachin’…And we talk about this all the time…I can’t tell you how much we talk about it…Winning does not make you happy...Winning itself does not make you happy…It’s the way you win…The way you go about your business as a person, as a program.”

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Post by gbbfan1 » Mon Dec 11, 2017 9:37 am

Recruiting Diana Taurasi
Diana: ““I know this will irritate a lot of coaches, so I never said it then, but I wanted to play for a man.
Anyway, Geno was different from all the other coaches. He’d tell me things that were real. I want to play with the best. I want to be a lot better, and who can help me? Coach Auriemma was the only one who had the nerve to come to my house and challenge me.”
Geno:” I think, when you’re a great player, the last thing you want to hear is,’ You’re a great player. ‘…What they wanna hear is, how are you gonna make me better…That’s how I approached that with her. ‘If you wanna become something completely different, then you need to come to Connecticut’.”

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Post by gbbfan1 » Wed Dec 13, 2017 10:15 am

“What we’re trying to do is put you guys in situations where you get to see for yourselves without being told. There’s gonna be times where we won’t have the opportunity to just stop the game and go, ‘Okay, timeout. Let’s talk this over.’ There’s gonna be times where you guys gotta figure it out on your own…and there’s gotta be times where, in the huddle, somebody’s gotta step up and say, ‘This is what we’re gonna do, d#mmit, and let’s get it done.’ Some individual’s gotta step up and make big-time plays-not when we’re up twenty-five…not the first 5 minutes…I’m talkin’ about when you’re in deep sh#t, everybody’s tired, and you can’t see straight…that’s when somebody’s gotta make big plays.”

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Post by gbbfan1 » Fri Dec 15, 2017 10:29 am

No Limits
“I try to make it so that they feel like everything that we do as a coaching staff is to help them be better…How can we make you better…’Why’d you come here?’…’Well, I wanna be great, coach’….’Okay, if you do everything we tell you, I promise you you’re gonna be way better than you are. You’re not gonna regret this.’…And they know every day we get up and we try to figure out how do we make them better…And I spend a lot of time tryin’ to convince kids that whatever you think your limit is, I’m not accepting it…and neither should you…’As far as we’re concerned, during those 4 years here, there’s no limit to what you can accomplish... don’t put any on yourself.’”

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Post by gbbfan1 » Mon Dec 18, 2017 4:42 pm

“A lot of people ask me about playing for coach Auriemma…what it’s like…what he’s like…what we do in practice…He completely developed my mental aspect of the game…reading defenses, understanding the game in general, breaking down the game into segments…What separates him, he understands people’s emotions…Understands what the bench is like…how to keep them motivated…Understands that he has to keep his superstars down to earth…He tells us we’re not good every day, so we know we can get better… Gives you the feeling that any moment you can get beat, so we can’t relax…He makes sure everyone stays focused…the thing about UCONN is, they don’t take shortcuts…If you have a sprint, everybody better touch the line, and do it in a certain time, or we have to do it over…He holds everyone accountable…Playing for coach Auriemma, it changed my whole game…as far as what I understood…made the game a lot easier…Now I can teach others to play the game because I was taught by one of the great teachers.”-Renee Montgomery (2006-’09)
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Post by gbbfan1 » Thu Dec 21, 2017 2:56 pm

“Don’t tell me how rough the ocean was, just bring the boat in.”
“You’ve got a job to do, they don’t want you coming back and telling them why you couldn’t do it. They asked you to do it ‘cause they thought you could do it. So, just get the job done. And the harder it was to get done, the better you’re going to feel about it. It’s easy to say, ‘I couldn’t do it ‘cause of this.’ Fine. You didn’t grow and you didn’t prove anything to yourself.”

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Post by gbbfan1 » Fri Dec 22, 2017 2:01 pm

$100 Bill
“Kids wanna come to practice, and they wanna go at their pace. So I have a thing that I do sometimes with coaches and players at clinics. …You say to a kid,’ OK, come here. I want you to run from here to the endline and back’. They go, ’OK.’… ‘Ready…go.’. And they run down, come back. Then I reach into my pocket and I go,’ All right, look. I’ve got a $100 bill here somewhere. I’ve got $100… if you can get from here to there and back in 10 sec., I’ll give you the $100. Ready?’ Now, this kid gets in a stance like this. ‘Go.’ …Like they’re shot out of a cannon…they go flyin’ down there and flyin’ back, and I’m countin’, and then when they get almost to me, I go, ‘Ten.’ …And they just get so upset that they don’t get the $100, ‘cause they’re like,’ I ran as fast as I could.’ I said,’ I know you did. The only problem is the only reason you did is ‘cause I offered you $100. When I said the first time,’ Go from here to there and back, you went at your pace. This time you went at the pace I want you to go at.’…I picked that up, I think Coach Knight was talkin’ about it a long time ago. I used it, and it works every time.”

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Re: Building a Dynasty

Post by gbbfan1 » Wed Dec 27, 2017 10:28 am

“I’ve been here more than half my life…Sometimes it’s during the preseason in September when they’re workin’ with the strength coach, conditioning…You can sense there’s a focus there…And you know this team’s got something…You’re like, ‘Huh, this could be really good.’…When we’ve had the best team in the country, I would just tell ‘em, ‘I can’t see us losing a game. Nobody should beat us.’…I tell ‘em exactly what I think based on what we have…I expect them to be what they’re capable of being.”

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Re: Building a Dynasty

Post by gbbfan1 » Thu Dec 28, 2017 1:21 pm

“I’m a hardass, but we wouldn’t have had all the accomplishments we have had as a basketball program if that’s all I was. Players would have stopped listening to me, and I would have been run out of coaching if that’s all I was….I demand sometimes more than they can give. But I don’t know what that is until I find out you can’t give it.”

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