Trying to sum up my philosophy in three words was a hard thing to do. I felt like I could not fit everything that I wanted in just those three words because I did not want those three to limit the rest of what I want to stand for when coaching. My three words that I chose are teamwork, control and drive.
I chose teamwork as one of my words because being a good teammate is one of the main parts of being a basketball player. Yes, you have your individual statistics but behind those individual stats is your teammate that passed you the ball for you to score. As a coach, I would like to continue to teach players to be a good teammate; being a good teammate includes characteristics such as being supportive, being reliable, staying tenacious and being selfless. I would also continue to remind players that they would have to keep these characteristics as they grow up and get jobs working as a teammate in a different sense. Secondly, I chose control as another word for my philosophy. I will remind and perhaps teach players emotional, mental and physical control that players will use in game situations and even in life situations. Learning control will advance a player's game and advance a player's life. Lastly, I will make sure my players understand that drive is one important factor used in the game of basketball and in the game of life. Drive will push you to dribble coast to coast for the winning basket; drive will push you to finish your homework early instead of waiting until the last minute.
As a basketball coach, I want to be able to give my players lessons they can use in practice, in games and in life. There is life after basketball and although they may not think about life after basketball at the time, they can look back at the lessons used for basketball and apply them to their current life situations.