This book was written with the intent to provide coaches at all competitive levels with an instructional resource on basketball fundamentals. For the beginning coach, this book is designed to offer detailed information on basketball techniques for any age group. In addition, the book gives novice coaches information, insights, and ideas concerning how to organize a meaningful and productive practice that will prepare their teams for competition. For the experienced coach, this book may provide a new way of teaching a certain fundamental or a new way of communicating the importance of a particular fundamental to his team.
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About the Author
When Dale Brown arrived in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, in March 1972, he arrived with a dream that was perceived by many who knew the LSU basketball program as impossible. The dream was to make basketball a fan favorite in Tiger Country and to make it a nationally respected program as well. Brown traveled from one end of the state to the other telling all who would listen about the future of LSU basketball and passing out purple and gold basketball nets. Dale Brown’s straightforward, determined approach, combined with his knowledge of the game, excellent recruiting skills, and his positive philosophy, made his dream a reality. Equally amazing was his 25-year career as the Tigers’ head coach, becoming the winningest coach in LSU basketball history and the second winningest coach in SEC history. He is the only SEC coach to have ever appeared in 15 straight national tournaments. Brown loved a challenge and strived to reach goals that experts termed unrealistic or impossible. Season after season, his teams reflected that same philosophy by overcoming incredible odds to achieve championship status and miraculous appearances in the NCAA tournament. In 1986, the Tigers became the lowest seed (11th) ever to advance to the Final Four and the following season they were two points away from being the second lowest seed (10th) to advance to the Final Four. Brown’s teams played with the same intensity, tenacity, and aggressiveness with which he coached. Brown believes the key ingredient that made LSU basketball so successful stemmed from his close-knit family philosophy. Their emotions were real, like Brown’s, and it was the very foundation in which he built his program. He began his coaching career as a high school coach, where his duties included coaching basketball, wrestling, and track. From 1961 to 1962, he served on active duty during the Berlin Crisis in the U.S. Army, where he coached basketball and track and field. He was honorably discharged with the rank of sergeant. He was an assistant coach at Utah State from 1966 to 1971. He spent one year at Washington State as an assistant before becoming the head coach at LSU. In high school in North Dakota, Brown was the leading scorer in both football and basketball.