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Departments From the Editor ....................................................................... 4

Riveting Basketball Heats Up Cold Winter; 2011 Convention Has Much To Offer Rick Leddy

NABC Chaplain’s Corner ...................................................... 5

A New Beginning at the Final Four® Pastor Brett Fuller

From the Executive Director ................................................. 6

The Challenge of Any Recruiting Model Is Constant Change in Recruiting Environment

Jim Haney

NCAA Eligibility Center ....................................................... 20

Upcoming Changes for Division II

National High School Basketball Coaches Association ... 21

Developing Yourself as a Coach

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Rich Czeslawski

2 0 1 0 - 11 B O A R D O F D I R E C T O R S

National Center for Fathering ............................................ 22

President: Tom Izzo Michigan State University First Vice President: Ernie Kent Second Vice President: Larry Gipson Northeastern State University Third Vice President: Phil Martelli St. Joseph’s University Fourth Vice President: Page Moir Roanoke College 2009-10 Past President: Dale Clayton Carson-Newman College 2008-09 Past President: Tubby Smith University of Minnesota Ron Hunter, IUPUI Jeff Jones, American University Bill Self, University of Kansas Paul Hewitt, Georgia Tech Bo Ryan, University of Wisconsin Charlie Brock, Springfield College Gary Stewart, University of California-Davis Lorenzo Romar, University of Washington Mike Brey, University of Notre Dame Tim Carter, South Carolina State University Gary Williams, University of Maryland Trent Johnson, Louisiana State University Jeff Capel, University of Oklahoma Lennie Acuff, University of Alabama in Huntsville

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EX-OFFICIO MEMBERS Executive Director: Jim Haney Deputy Executive Director: Reggie Minton CPA: Brian Welch, Welch & Associates, LLC General Counsel: Dennis Coleman, Ropes & Gray, LLP Board Secretary: Rick Leddy Sponsorship: Rick Jones, Fishbait Marketing Board Consultants: David Berst, NCAA Vice President, Division I Greg Shaheen, NCAA Interim Executive Vice President of Championships and Alliances

“Coaching for Life”

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The Great Marriage Experience ........................................ 23

Guard Your Heart Dr. Gary & Barb Rosberg

Features Early Indications Show The BIG EAST Could be the BIG BEAST in Final Four ............................ 8 By Steve Richardson

Q & A With Julie Roe Lach, NCAA Vice President of Enforcement ........................... 12 Three To Receive Outstanding Service Awards From Division III Coaches in Houston .......................... 15 Lee McKinney, Skip Molitor and Mike Neer honored

NABC All-Star Games in Three Divisions Sponsored By Reese’s in 2011 .......................................... 17 Clinic: Transition Defense with Larry Gipson ............. 18 Photo Credits: Kansas –Jeff Jacobsen; Notre Dame – Notre Dame Media Relations; Ohio State – of Ohio State Athletics; Pittsburgh – Pitt Athletics Media Relations office; San Diego State – SDSU Media Relations – Ernie Anderson; Syracuse – Syracuse University Athletic Communications; Connecticut – University of Connecticut Athletic Communications; Texas – University of Texas Athletics Photography; Villanova – Villanova Athletics/Jerry Millevoi; Brigham Young – BYU; Purdue – Purdue Sports Information; Julie Roe Lach – Steve Nowland/NCAA Photos; Larry Gipson – Northeastern State University.

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From the Editor, Rick Leddy

Riveting Basketball Heats Up Cold Winter; 2011 Convention Has Much To Offer

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s I sit to write this column, a major portion of America is being blanketed by snow and ice and we’re all dreaming of a warm and sunny Final Four® in Houston. A saving grace for being homebound by the weather is the opportunity to watch the riveting matchups in college basketball nationwide which, over the past week, have seen all but one team fall from the ranks of the unbeaten while others slide up and down among the top 25. In this issue, Steve Richardson points out the overall strength of the Big East Conference with as many as nine teams occupying spots in the top 25 and predictions of 11 contenders from that conference may qualify for the NCAA tournament. Among the other features in this 2011 NABC Convention issue, Julie Roe Lach, recently named NCAA vice president for enforcement, answers questions from Time-Out as the NCAA, working with its Basketball Focus Group, focuses on enforcement in men’s college basketball. The NCAA Eligibility Center explains rules on nontraditional coursework and increased core course requirements upcoming for Division II. NCAA Second Vice President Larry Gipson, the head coach at Northeastern State University, offers a clinic session on transition defense. Three dedicated Division III coaches will receive outstanding service awards during the NABC Convention and for the first time, the NABC will conduct all-star games in all three NCAA Divisions with the assistance of one corporate sponsor, Reese’s. The 2011 NABC MARKETPLACE will find NABC Convention registration taking place on the show floor. This change will mean that each NABC member registered for the Convention will walk through MARKETPLACE to pick up his convention materials. To accommodate this change, MARKETPLACE will open two (2) hours earlier than usual on Thursday, March 31. Sof Sole is once again sponsoring the NABC Board of Directors’ Tip-Off Reception on the MARKETPLACE floor Thursday, March 31, at noon with coaches and exhibitors invited to share in the hospitality. The NABC will continue to conduct the NABC Professional Development Series (PDS) Clinics with those PDS Clinics moving to Center Court! There will be a new face at the NABC registration this year in Houston. Rose Tate joined the NABC as director of membership services in the summer and has more than 25 years of project management, business analysis and quality assurance expertise. Rose served in a variety of project management capacities for Sprint and Compaq/HP before coming to the NABC. She has a track record of successfully implementing initiatives resulting in improved customer satisfaction and new revenue streams. Rose earned a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration from the University of Central Missouri and resides in Overland Park, Kansas, with her husband, Eugene. She communicates on an ongoing basis with NABC members for all matters concerning their membership status and participation in the annual convention during the Final Four®. A familiar face at the NABC Convention registration is Dottie Yearout. Dottie will work again at the 2011 Houston convention after having recently retired from the NABC, where she served since 1993 and was the director of membership services since 2004. The go-to person for everything computer related at the NABC offices, she personally assisted countless members throughout the years with membership and convention matters. Dottie and her husband, Bill, are spending the winter in Melbourne, Fla., and the rest of the year traveling or at their lakefront home in Missouri. Grammy-winning recording artist, songwriter, and producer Israel Houghton and New Breed will be performing twice during the NABC Convention as part of the NABC Ministry Team events. Houghton won a Grammy Award in 2010 for “Pop/Contemporary Gospel Album” for his critically-acclaimed CD The Power Of One. Previously, Houghton and New Breed won two Grammys in 2008 for A Deeper Level and in 2007 for Alive in South Africa. The 2010 win marked his first Grammy as a “solo” artist. Houghton and New Breed will perform on Friday evening in a concert in the Hilton Americas Ballroom and again during the Sunday morning worship service in the same location. A complete schedule of the NABC Ministry Team events is located in Pastor Brett Fuller’s column in this issue. Don’t forget to attend the 2011 AT&T NABC Guardians of the Game awards show on Sunday night at Houston’s Cullen Theater at Wortham Center. In addition to the presentation of the Naismith Trophy to the nation’s top college player and all major coach and player awards, the State Farm All-America team will be present and four coaches will take home Guardians of the Game awards for education, leadership, advocacy and service. 4

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NABC Chaplain’s Corner, Pastor Brett Fuller

A New Beginning at the Final Four ®

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he end of the NCAA basketball season only has one satisfied program. Every other school begins preparing for next year in hopes that it will be better than the last. Still, many coaches and administrators come to the Final Four® to enjoy the championship atmosphere and to upgrade their skill sets through the professional development opportunities provided by the NABC. While the games are the main attraction and the PD moments allow for the “Good Housekeeping” seal of approval to be stamped on all coaches’ resumes, there is an additional emphasis that rarely leaves one disappointed: the ministry events. Athletes In Action, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Nations of Coaches, America’s Family Coaches and National Center for Fathering join every year to coordinate encouraging moments that target the coach’s heart, family and priorities. Each event is intended to: 1. Awaken the original purpose for which all of us have been created. 2. Equip the participants to function off and on the court with integrity. 3. Fulfill/perform their familial and relation obligations with unsurpassed competency. Since these moments rarely compete with other important NABC events, it is possible to enjoy all that the Final Four has to offer without leaving behind the “take-away” God has gift-wrapped for you. So, although the season ended weeks ago for most of the amateur basketball world, this Final Four® (and all subsequent ones) just might provide an opportunity for you start living the life about which you’ve always dreamed. Please review the events below to see which offering(s) might help you get a fresh start at the Final Four®.

NA B C M I N I S T R Y E V E N T S All Ministry Events are FREE except the Legends of the Hardwood Breakfast. Friday, April 1

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Sunday, April 3

The Gathering: Coaches’ Wives Coming Together 9:00am – 11:30am Ballroom of the Americas, Hilton of the Americas Includes a complimentary breakfast and will feature The REAL Housewives of Basketball.

Legends of the Hardwood Breakfast 8:30am – 10:30am Ballroom of the Americas, Hilton of the Americas Hosted by AIA and FCA. Call 1-800-416-9473 for ticket information.

Coaches Bible Study 8:00am – 9:00am Ballroom of the Americas, Hilton of the Americas Led by NABC Past President Dale Clayton

AIA Coaches Forum: Leaving Your Legacy 4:00pm – 5:30pm Ballroom of the Americas, Hilton of the Americas Evening Concert: Featuring Israel Houghton & New Breed 9:00pm – 10:30pm Ballroom of the Americas, Hilton of the Americas

Nations of Coaches Meeting 11:00am – 12:30pm Ballroom of the Americas, Hilton of the Americas FCA Coaches Luncheon: Featuring Brad Stevens 12:30pm – 2:00pm Ballroom of the Americas, Hilton of the Americas (Doors open at 12:15)

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Worship Service (Non-denominational) 9:30am – 10:30am Ballroom of the Americas Hilton of the Americas Hosted by Nations of Coaches Prayer All are welcome and encouraged to attend for any portion of the time that the prayer room is open. Available daily: 6:00am – 10:00am 1:00pm – 4:00pm 7:00pm – 9:00pm Room 114 (Prayer) Room 115 (Meeting) CO N V E N T I O N 2 0 1 1 I

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From the Executive Director, Jim Haney

The Challenge of Any Recruiting Model Is Constant Change in Recruiting Environment

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ecently, I was asked to make a presentation to the NCAA Division I Leadership Council regarding the state of men’s basketball recruiting. The Council has been charged with reviewing recruiting in men’s basketball and proposing possible changes to the present recruiting model. The following are excerpts from that presentation. As Executive Director of NABC, my perspective is to protect and promote the best interests of the game on and off the court for student-athletes, coaches, fans and the NCAA, including ethical conduct and accountability of coaches, academic progress and graduation of student-athletes and sportsmanship of coaches and players. In so doing, I must be a voice for all of Division I coaches, not just those who coach elite programs. The challenge is that much of the public attention on recruiting focuses on the elite programs and recruitment of elite prospects. There are less than 50 prospects each year that are likely pro players. There are approximately 1000 prospects each year that will sign National Letters of Intent to play at Division I institutions. The challenge to any recruiting model is the knowledge that the recruiting environment is constantly changing. There are stakeholders in men’s basketball recruiting who are not directly accountable to the NCAA who impact recruitment, including apparel companies, third party advisors, agents, runners, parents, state high school federations, high school coaches, AAU, non-scholastic coaches, promoters, camp owners and others. In addition, the communication technology is changing, including advancements in cell phones, computers, text messaging, email and social media. The NBA/NBAPA Collective Bargaining Agreement is a significant factor as exemplified with the “one and done” phenomenon. NCAA proposed legislation lags behind as it tries to catch up to the changing environment and conduct of all the stakeholders who interact directly or indirectly with prospective student-athletes. Over the past 30 years, trends have manifested that have led to NCAA changes in legislation for men’s basketball. One of those trends was to adopt legislation to control and threaten a very small percentage of the population which is breaking the rules. Despite these tougher regulations, those rules have not eliminated unethical behavior. However, in the process, the 90+% who work to abide by the rules are forced to abide by increasingly more restrictive rules that have led to reduced communication between college coaches and prospective studentathletes, their parents, and their high school coaches. Over time and at the same time that coaches’ communication has been increasingly restricted, and in the absence of the college coaches speaking into the lives of prospects and student-athletes, third parties have established themselves as the advisors and counselors. Equally disturbing during this same time period, NCAA rules have legislated parents out of the recruiting process and thereby empowered third parties to be advisors/counselors to prospects. It is important to note these same third parties remain advisors/counselors when the prospect attends college and play a role in student-athletes transferring. There were two key factors that a revised model must take into account. The first relates to the Academic Progress Rate. Forty percent of incoming freshman men’s basketball student-athletes will have left their original institution of choice by the end of the sophomore year in college. We must find a better way/process for college coaches to evaluate and access prospects. We need for college coaches to know prospects. Not only does the coach need to assess the prospect’s athletic ability but his mental, social, academic and emotional abilities as well. We need for prospects to participate in more personal interaction with college coaches so they can make a more informed decision on the person that would oversee their collegiate career, on and off the court. Also, there needs to be balance between evaluations in July and spending time with student-athletes attending summer school during July evaluation. Secondly, the costs of recruiting are a significant factor. Basketball budgets vary significantly between BCS conference budgets and all others. The cost of attending a high school game to see one prospect on one day can be significant. The cost of attending a non scholastic event may have the same cost but the college coach can evaluate hundreds of prospects over multiple days.

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I tried to identify some myths that we reference to men’s basketball recruiting. They include: A. Myth: “The July evaluation period is out of control.” In truth this period has the most oversight of all the defined recruiting periods. The reason is that the NCAA Enforcement staff is in attendance as well as so many college coaches. B. Myth: “Watching a high school game or practice is as good an opportunity to evaluate a prospect as evaluating prospects at a non scholastic event in the spring or summer.” In fact, the prospect is likely the only player on his high school team who will play Division I basketball. He is not only better than everyone on his team but there is no one of the opposing team that can provide enough competition to get a solid evaluation. Furthermore, the prospect may be in foul trouble and therefore plays little in the game. He may not have many opportunities to display his ability depending on what position he plays. When college coaches evaluate prospects in non scholastic events, camps or tournaments, there are many Division I prospects competing against one another, plus coaches can evaluate that large number of prospects multiple times in one day or multiple days. C. Myth: “If we eliminate college coaches from attending non scholastic events, the events will cease from being held.” Despite the fact that college coaches cannot attend non scholastic events in April, May and June, there are well over one hundred events held with Division I prospects. D. Myth: “Non scholastic coaches have a bad influence on prospects. High school coaches have a good influence.” Obviously, there are good, well meaning coaches in high school and non scholastic basketball. There are those who are a problem in both as well. E. Myth: April evaluation of high school “organized activities” is a suitable replacement to evaluating prospects during non scholastic events.” For the reasons stated above, even if you can find an “organized activity” at the high school in April, which is rare, the quality of the evaluation is poor.

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In conclusion, I offered some final thoughts and encouraged the Leadership Council to increase access of college coaches with prospects. Increased access is critical. Here is my list of ideas: A. April/Summer Evaluation: 1. It is critical for the 350 Division I programs to evaluate non scholastic events in April and the summer. B. Open up Junior recruiting: 1. We need to open up official visits during the spring of the junior year. This would significantly reduce third parties involvement in unofficial visits to college campuses during the spring and summer. 2. Permit home visits in the spring of the junior year. Home visits have become rare, further removing parents from the recruitment process. Permitting junior home visits would empower parents and reduce the control of third parties with the prospect. 3. Permit one contact with a prospect in the fall semester of the junior year. C. Incentives for High School and High School Coaches: 1. During contact and evaluation periods, we need to permit college coaches to speak to prospects at their high school without it being counted as a contact. This will be an incentive for college coaches to go to the prospect’s high school and involve the high school coach in the recruiting process. Prohibiting college coaches from speaking to the prospect after games would continue. D. Elimination of Phone Call Restrictions: 1. We need to eliminate restrictions on phone calls and text messages to prospects and prospects parents. We must increase access to prospects to foster more personal experiences of the college coach and the prospect. It will help both make a more informed decision. Eliminating the phone call restrictions would offset some of the influence of third parties. Under the present NCAA rules, our coaches contact these third parties to obtain up to date information on prospects including confirmation of the prospect’s level of interest, academic updates and the prospects playing schedule in the summer. The Leadership Council is planning on making recommendations to the NCAA Division I Board of Directors late summer or early fall. The Council chair, Mike Alden, director of athletics at the University of Missouri, has indicated his desire to hear from the coaches after the basketball season has concluded. We plan to have a discussion on these recruiting matters during the Division I coaches meeting on Friday, April 1. CO N V E N T I O N 2 0 1 1 I

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By Steve Richardson Dallas-based Steve Richardson is a former president of the U.S. Basketball Writers Association and is the executive director of the Football Writers Association of America.

The Big East Conference very well could reign supreme in the 2011 Final Four® at Reliant Stadium this April, four decades after the NCAA’s first domed national championship basketball game was played at the nearby Astrodome. The 40th anniversary of UCLA’s 1971 NCAA title could more or less resemble the Big East Invitational if the 2010-11 regular season is any indication. The power-house Big East boasted a record-tying nine teams in the Associated Press Poll in mid to late January, matching a Jan. 5, 2009 total. The league flexed its muscles with a number of considerable big nonconference victories during the regular season. Then the league season began, creating top matchups galore. ESPN bracketologist Joe Lunardi was predicting as many as 11 Big East teams could make the new 68-team NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Tournament field on Selection Sunday. No Division I Conference has ever placed a double-digit number of teams in the field. “We are not going to get 11 teams in,” said Connecticut coach Jim Calhoun, who probably has the league’s best player, junior guard Kemba Walker. “But that 10th or that 11th, (team), whatever number it may be, those couple of teams are going to be very, very good basketball teams who just got buried in a league that is unforgiving. “If you get through it (the Big East), then I think you’re much more apt to be prepared to advance in the tournament because you are used to playing good people back-to-back within 48 hours, and there’s no doubt in my mind it’s helped us over the years in post-season play,” added Calhoun, whose Huskies have won NCAA titles in 1999 and 2004. Syracuse dominated early in the season. Led by senior forward Rick Jackson, the Orangemen won their first 18 games with their suffocating 2-3 zone, causing Cincinnati coach Mick Cronin to say: “Coach (Jim) Boeheim has CO N V E N T I O N 2 0 1 1 I

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another tremendous basketball team. After watching them all morning, the names change but he’s the constant. They still play tremendous defense.” Then Pittsburgh rose up and handed Syracuse its first defeat in mid January and Villanova followed the next game by beating the Orangemen before more than 33,000 at the Carrier Dome. Syracuse lost a third straight league game to fall back in the pack. That left Pittsburgh as the Big East’s top dog for a week in the meat-grinder league. “It is a good team and we are getting better,” Pittsburgh coach Jamie Dixon said of his Panthers. “As I have said, our three seniors are improving as the year has gone on and when you have something like that happen, great things can happen.” Beasties Georgetown, West Virginia, Louisville, Notre Dame and Marquette all should make the NCAA Tournament field. Pittsburgh, Syracuse, Villanova and Connecticut appear to be shoo-ins. The Big East has landed as many as three teams in the Final Four once, in 1985, when the league had a similar year. Villanova, St. John’s and 1984 NCAA champion Georgetown made the 1985 NCAA semifinals. The Hoyas, with center Patrick Ewing, were the heavy favorites after beating St. John’s in the semifinals, but Villanova upset Georgetown in the title game. Despite their accolades for the 2010-11 regular season, Big East teams still figure to have some serious challengers along the NCAA tournament trail, even during a season when the Atlantic Coast, Pacific 10 and Southeastern conferences appear to be having off years. The Big Ten’s Ohio State was one of the two last unbeatens during the regular season. Led by freshman forward Jared Sullinger, the Buckeyes were clearly the class of the league. His bullish inside moves and the Buckeyes’ balanced scoring and depth might land the team in Houston. 10

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Duke, the defending NCAA champion, had won 25 straight games (15-0 this season) before a loss at Florida State in mid January. The Blue Devils were really sailing along until sensational freshman point guard Kyrie Irving went down with a possible seasonending right toe injury in early December. Still the senior tandem of Nolan Smith and Kyle Singler could mean another Final Four berth for Coach K. Said Maryland coach Gary Williams: “I still feel if Irving was healthy, anybody would have a hard time beating them.” The Big 12’s Kansas, which won its first 18 games of the season before a stunning home loss to Texas, is annually one of the best defensive and shooting teams in college basketball. The Jayhawks led the country in field goal percentage at mid-season, with the Morris twins, Marcus and Markieff, providing a solid one-two inside scoring and rebounding punch. “What they have done shows poise, leadership, toughness, belief,” said Baylor coach Scott Drew. “The games that have been closer (for the Jayhawks), they have not made as many shots. Defensively is why they are so good. Year in and year out, they have been good defensively.” Final Four interlopers? Perhaps Brigham Young with its senior guard, scoring whiz Jimmer Fredette, or San Diego State, which won its first 20 games before losing at BYU. San Diego State coach Steve Fisher, who slowly has built the Aztecs into a national power on the West Coast, has a Final Four coaching pedigree. He took Michigan to three Final Fours, including winning the national title in 1989 as interim head coach. “It’s called good players,” Fisher said of his Aztecs, who are led by forward Kawhi Leonard. “(They) have found ways to go on the road and be effective. Obviously, this year we are veterans. We have five seniors who know what it’s like and what is expected. They have been able to deliver.” CO N V E N T I O N 2 0 1 1 I

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Q&A with Julie Roe Lach NCAA Vice President of Enforcement

Julie Roe Lach, appointed by NCAA President Mark Emmert as vice president for enforcement for the NCAA in October, recently took some time to answer some questions for Time-Out. Lach has been the NCAA director of enforcement since 2004.

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Time-Out: Following the regular football season but prior to its game against Arkansas in the Sugar Bowl, several Ohio State football players were suspended for receiving impermissible gifts but were allowed to play in the Sugar Bowl. During the same time period, some college basketball players were found to have received impermissible gifts and were suspended immediately from some games. Will you please explain the difference in these situations? Lach: The cases you are referring to were a part of our student-athlete reinstatement process, which is in place to determine the eligibility impact that rules violations may have on studentathletes. This is different from the enforcement process, which determines the school’s responsibility for a rules violation. In both instances, the involved institutions declared student-athletes ineligible and sought reinstatement based on facts agreed upon by the school and the reinstatement staff. No two cases are the same, so it is tough to try to fairly compare two different situations. Five football student-athletes from Ohio State must repay benefits and sit out the first five games of the 2011 season for preferential treatment violations. Our members adopted a policy in 2004 that allows for a withholding penalty to be suspended for a championship or bowl game if it was reasonable at the time that the student-athletes were not aware they were committing violations, there was not a competitive advantage related to the violations and the student-athletes have remaining eligibility. The policy was adopted based on the belief by the membership that a championship game is just not the same as a regular season game and if a penalty can be suspended and still applied, then that should be an option. The college basketball players you referenced had the penalty applied during the regular season so the option to suspend the penalty (because of immediate championship play) was a non-issue.


Time-Out: In December, a very high profile NCAA head coach was suspended for one game for a secondary violation of NCAA rules. Was this suspension part of the new enforcement policies by the NCAA? Lach: In October 2009, the NCAA Division I Board of Directors passed a package of initiatives intended to address some abuses that were occurring in the sport of men’s basketball relating to a phenomena termed “the funneling of money.” A significant number of individuals associated with prospects (IAWPs) were leveraging coaches for benefits and compensation in return for the opportunity for the coaches to recruit their prized prospect. Because of the pervasive and serious nature of this leveraging, the Board issued some clear prohibitions relating to the interaction of our institutions with IAWPs and strongly encouraged the use of head coaching suspensions to encourage the coaching fraternity to take the matters seriously. One of the primary concerns addressed by the Board in October 2009 was institutional camp employment, and as a result, our institutions and men’s basketball coaching staffs are prohibited from employing an individual tied to a recruited prospect at an institutional men’s basketball camp. The suspension that you referenced resulted from the employment of an individual tied to a recruited prospect at a 2010 summer basketball camp, and consistent with the Board’s directives, the head coach received a coaching suspension. Time-Out: The NCAA established the Basketball Focus Group (BFG) within the last couple of years. Please describe the impetus and rationale for the establishment of BFG and how it impacts men’s college basketball. Lach: The BFG was created in June 2008 to strengthen the enforcement staff’s ability to monitor and enforce NCAA recruiting rules in men’s basketball. A large portion of the men’s

basketball community told us that there was no healthy respect for NCAA enforcement. Some coaches did not believe that they would get caught, but even if caught, they were willing to take the risk of a perceived slap on the wrist in order to secure the enrollment of the prized recruit. In addition, despite the fact that the majority of men’s basketball coaches strive to follow the rules, a significant number of coaches were beginning to question the merits of rules compliance as they watched some of their peers who they don’t believe follow the rules obtain better coaching jobs and salaries. Stricter and more aggressive enforcement efforts were needed to bring more accountability and support those who wanted to be compliant. In order for the enforcement staff to have the requisite impact, we needed to gain a better understanding of the recruiting environment and establish a strong presence. We now have six full-time staff members whose job is to immerse themselves in all aspects of the men’s basketball environment through increased outreach efforts and more effective investigative approaches. Time-Out: The influence of third parties in the lives of prospective student-athletes is not new but has become increasingly prominent. Please explain the NCAA concerns with third parties in the recruiting process and procedures to address these issues. Lach: The term “third parties” can encompass many people, and as with any group, there are good and bad. Narrowing the discussion to the issues impacting the sport of men’s basketball, there is a significant number of individuals (or third parties) who become close to elite prospects in hopes for future financial gain. In most instances, these third parties are outside the jurisdiction or control of the NCAA and yet they play a key role in the recruiting process. Basically, the third party becomes a gatekeeper deciding which coaches get to contact and recruit the prospect.

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Most significantly, these third parties are frequently used to thwart investigative efforts relating to more serious recruiting violations. Because the NCAA lacks jurisdiction over these individuals, the money trail and records go through these individuals and the enforcement staff is without an effective mechanism to demand cooperation or production of necessary evidence. As a result, we are currently studying the issue and contemplating legislation or action to require cooperation from third parties who voluntarily insert themselves into the recruiting process. The consequences for such a failure to cooperate would be to impact the eligibility of the prospect or student-athlete who has allowed that third party to be involved in the recruitment. Time-Out: In addition to the involvement of third parties with studentathletes, there have also been recent situations in the news of parents attempting to “sell” the athletic abilities of their children. Is this an area that the NCAA may address in the near future? Lach: Yes. President Emmert discussed this during his January NCAA Convention speech. The Division I Board of Directors and the Division I Leadership Council also discussed this issue generally during their January meetings. Both groups agreed to consider legislation during the April 2011 meetings after receiving input over the next couple of months from a broad representation of the membership, including men’s basketball coaches, of the impact of any rule changes. Time-Out: Regarding commitments made by prospective student-athletes, particularly very early commitments in terms of age of the prospects, is this situation a major concern for the NCAA? Lach: NCAA membership continues to discuss the issue of early verbal offers and commitments involving very young prospective student-athletes. During the CO N V E N T I O N 2 0 1 1 I

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2011 NCAA Convention, a proposal to prohibit coaches from making verbal offers prior to July 1 after a prospect’s junior year was defeated due to potential difficulties in monitoring and enforcement. Time-Out: Basketball coaches have long been requesting greater access to student-athletes, both those who are prospects and those who have already committed or are enrolled in the college/university. Coaches have stated that having greater access would help in many ways, including retention and graduation rates. What is your perspective on this? Lach: This issue is currently commanding a great deal of study and analysis in the NCAA governance structure, and there are important positions on both sides of this issue. Speaking strictly from an enforcement perspective, the ability of our coaches to be more integrated into the lives of prospects and student-athletes is crucial. A significant number of the more serious rules violations that occur in men’s basketball stems from the battle for control and influence over the decisions made by these young athletes. Third parties with unscrupulous motives have unimpeded access to these young men and are able to build relationships not only with the athletes but also with their family members. Because of competitive concerns, our membership keeps cutting the access of our coaches, which empowers those third parties. The young men have to rely on the third parties for information and guidance because those third parties are prominent in their lives and contact with our coaches is limited. The Division I Leadership Council is examining this issue as part of the larger recruiting calendar discussion. Based on the candid discussion during the Council’s January meeting, including a strong presentation from Jim Haney on behalf of the NABC, it is clear the group is working to understand all sides of the issue before proposing rule changes to address the issue. 12 14

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Time-Out: Since we are a nation of instant communication, whether by phone, text messaging, email or other sources, do you foresee any changes in NCAA rules and policies in this area, which would also seem very difficult to enforce? Lach: I do think there will be some change if the membership can agree that access is more important than worrying about a recruiting advantage. This is another area that is under consideration and analysis by our governance structure. In my discussions with coaches and administrators, I continue to hear that restrictions on communication widen the gap between those who follow the rules and those who don’t while increasing the monitoring burden (and expense) on compliance staff. There seems to be momentum supporting deregulation in this area; time will tell if member schools are willing to make the change. Time-Out: Basketball camps and clinics have come under increased scrutiny from the NCAA of late. What are the major issues here and how is the NCAA addressing those issues? Lach: The concern about institutional camps is related to camp employment, and the escalation of elite camps is concerning based on the extravagant amenities and benefits provided to the elite athletes who attended those elite camps. Again, these camp issues were addressed by the NCAA Division I Board of Directors back in October 2009 and there are now some clear restrictions in place. We were not as familiar with the issues related to coaching clinics when the Board acted in 2009 and therefore, these issues were not addressed with the more recent directives; rather, the evaluation of these issues falls under a recruiting inducement analysis under NCAA Bylaw 13.2. While there are a significant number of coaching clinics that promote a legitimate professional development purpose, an increasing number of clinics have been conducted

by certain third parties attempting to benefit from their connection to the recruitment of elite athletes. Specifically, a number of clinics are being conducted by individuals tied to certain prospects and only those college coaches that are currently recruiting that prospect are invited to participate as speakers. By inviting the big name coaches, the clinic promoter hopes to garner significant attendance and therefore, a large profit. The college coach is leveraged into participation out of fear of adverse repercussions in the recruitment of the prospect. We have been working with conferences and institutions to conduct thorough research into these coaching clinics to attempt to discern which clinics foster a professional development purpose versus a clear recruiting nexus. We are advising our institutions to carefully monitor men’s basketball coaches’ participation in coaching clinics to avoid violations of our recruiting legislation. Time-Out: Amateurism, particularly for student-athletes from outside the U.S., seems to be a major focus for the NCAA. Please describe the major issues in this area and the NCAA processes in investigating and handling those issues. Lach: Many of the cases that you have probably read about in the past several years involved international prospective student-athletes and the determination as to whether those individuals professionalized themselves making them ineligible for intercollegiate athletics. In 2010, the membership determined that prior to initial collegiate enrollment it is more equitable to determine eligibility based on the circumstances as they relate to the individual and what he or she did as opposed to his or her teammates. The NCAA Eligibility Center deals with the certification of all incoming Division I and II prospective student-athletes and has invested an incredible amount of time and resources to learn about international sport structures and teams.

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Lee McKinney

Mike Neer Skip Molitor

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The National Association of Basketball Coaches will present its 15th annual Outstanding Service Awards at the Division III meeting of this year’s NABC Convention in Houston, Texas, on April 2, 2011. The award has been presented annually since 1997 and is given to coaches whose actions “inside and outside the lines” of coaching have distinguished them as valuable members of their communities. Three extremely deserving coaches will be recognized at the convention. This year’s honorees are Lee McKinney, head basketball coach and athletic director at Fontbonne College in St. Louis, Mo.; Skip Molitor, retired head basketball coach and currently assistant athletic director at Whitman College in Walla Walla, Washington; and Mike Neer, recently retired head basketball coach at the University of Rochester (N.Y.).

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McKinney has been the head men’s basketball coach at Fontbonne University since 1988. He has over 500 career collegiate coaching victories and has led Fontbonne to the NCAA Division III national tournament on four occasions. McKinney was inducted into the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame in 1992, the Missouri Baptist University Athletic Hall of Fame in 2003, the Fontbonne University Hall of Fame in 2000, and was honored at the 2002 NCAA Final Four ‘Guardians of the Game’ awards ceremony for his distinguished college career. He also was the first recipient of the Distinguished Service Award presented by the St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SLIAC). This award is presented annually to the individual that has served or competed in the SLIAC and best exemplifies the qualities of leadership, dedication, service and perseverance. During his years of service to the conference, McKinney chaired the SLIAC Administrative Council and represented the conference nationally, serving on the NCAA Management Council, Financial Aid Committee and Nominating Committee. McKinney is also a two-time cancer survivor. He has dedicated countless hours of service to local community organizations and to raising money for various charities, mainly for NABC’s Coaches vs. Cancer program.

Molitor finished his 33-year coaching career and 14 seasons as head coach of Whitman College in 2008. He is one of only two coaches to win over a hundred games at Whitman. Prior to his tenure at Whitman, Molitor coached as an assistant at various colleges and at the high school level for 10 years. He has

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been actively involved in various basketball and community outreach programs since arriving in Walla Walla. He has been very involved in promoting basketball in Latin America, founded the Evergreen State Amateur Athletic Council, and has organized basketball camps and been involved in missionary work in the U.S. and abroad.

Neer completed his 34-year head coaching career with the most wins in University of Rochester men’s basketball history and a 563-326 record. His Rochester teams earned 12 NCAA tournament berths and advanced to the Final Four on four occasions. Rochester won the National Championship in 1990 and played in the championship game two other times. Neer was honored by the NABC as Division III Coach of the Year in 1990. His Rochester teams have been honored on four separate occasions with outstanding sportsmanship awards from upstate New York officials. Actively involved in university and community projects, Neer also received the Elliot Cushing Award in 1992 for outstanding service by a Rochester citizen. “The NABC is extremely pleased to honor these gentlemen who, throughout their careers, have been outstanding coaches, great teachers, and significant leaders in their communities,” said Pat Cunningham, head coach at Trinity (Texas) University and chair of the awards committee. “They have done a terrific job in communicating strategies and techniques to their respective teams, distinguished themselves as wonderful role models to their players and associates, and embody the spirit of coaching.”


NABC All-Star Games in Three Divisions Sponsored By Reese’s in 2011

In the first 43 years following the inaugural National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) Division I senior all-star game in Lexington, Ky., in 1963, only a few subtle changes were made. The game, featuring two teams of the top senior college players in the nation, was moved to the NABC Convention during the NCAA Final Four® in 1978. Then, in 2000, the NABC adjusted the game’s format as a team of all-star players played the world famous Harlem Globetrotters for seven

seasons from 2000-2006. It was then, in 2006, that all-star game changes became commonplace. The first NABC all-star game for Division II was played during the NCAA Division II Elite Eight championships in Springfield, Mass., the birthplace of basketball. Over the last several seasons, that game has been played on the court in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. The NABC also decided to adjust the format of the Division I game, switching back to two teams of senior college players for the 2007 game at Phillips Arena in Atlanta. In 2008, the most significant all-star change in history came about when the NABC partnered with the NCAA and played the game on Friday during the NABC Convention on the floor at the Alamodome in San Antonio. That marked the start of what is now Final Four Friday with the all-star game played on the Final Four® floor. “Moving the game to the floor where the Final Four was being played the next day was monumental,” said Reggie Minton, deputy executive director of the NABC. “It is a great incentive for the seniors coming to play in the all-star game to be able to play in the arena and on the same floor as the Final Four teams. It’s something that very few players are able to experience.” Over the last two seasons, Hershey’s/ Reese’s took over the sponsorship of the Division I all-star game, played at Ford Field in Detroit in 2009 and at Lucas Oil Stadium in 2010. This year’s Reese’s Senior All-Star game will be played on Friday, April 1, at Reliant Stadium in Houston and the event takes on meaning beyond basketball. “With all the excitement around the NABC Reese’s College All-Star Game, it is one of our top priorities to support the local community in Houston, the host city. This year, the Reese's brand and Kroger are proud to present a $10,000 donation to the Texas Children’s Hospital at a fun-filled

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celebration for kids on Thursday, March 31, 2011,” said Anna Lingeris, spokesperson for the Reese’s brand. A year ago, at the NCAA Division III championships in Salem, Va., the NABC sponsored an all-star game, replacing the consolation game on Saturday. “When the all-star game was set up to replace the consolation game we really didn’t know what to expect,” said Charlie Brock, head coach at Springfield College and a NABC board member. “But the game was very exciting, went into overtime and everyone seemed to have fun. It was a good twist to the championship experience and we hope to enhance that.”

“After last year’s first all-star game, we asked all of the players participating to send us an email with their comments,” Brock said. “Almost to a man, the number one thing they told us was that they really liked the relationships they made. Coming together for this game was priceless.” This year, for the first time, the games in Houston, Springfield and Salem have one sponsor, Reese’s. “It’s exciting to have a NCAA Corporate Partner be part of the championships in all three NCAA Divisions,” said John Williams, NCAA director of championships. “Having the same name for the all-star games is big for the players. In three divisions, players can say they played in the Reese’s College All-Star game.” CO N V E N T I O N 2 0 1 1 I

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Northeastern State Basketball

Transition Defense NABC Second Vice President Head Coach, Northeastern State University

We emphasize to our team that the game of basketball begins with transition defense. You really have no defense if you cannot consistently get back and take away the opposition’s initial thrust to the basket and then get your defense solid so that secondary action does not hurt you either.

Our first drill on defense every year is a transition drill. We constantly emphasize to our players that we will not give up layups at any time. Our basic approach is to always drop our #1 and #2 players when the shot is taken. Number 1 sprints to half court and prepares to pick up the ball as quickly as possible. Number 2 sprints back into the paint area and protects the basket. Number 2 has two jobs: the first is to get back and protect the basket and the second is to pick up the first pass across half court. Numbers 3, 4 and 5 crash the defensive boards hard then sprint back immediately. We run to the shooters and pick up post men by the foul line area. We do NOT want to give up a quick three-point shot nor do we want to have the opposition out run our post men. We enforce this basic philosophy by putting any player on the bench who fails his obligation to get back and get solid on defense. We use a variety of both balanced and unbalanced drills and work on them several times each week. Larry Gipson is in his 13th season at Northeastern State University (Okla.) and has led the Riverhawks to a NCAA Division II championship (2003), four NCAA tournament appearances and five Lone Star Conference North Division titles. He was the NABC Division II Coach of the Year in 2003.

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Upcoming Changes for Division II Recently, the NCAA Division II membership passed a new regulation regarding nontraditional coursework and whether such courses may be used in NCAA initial-eligibility certifications for Division II student-athletes. Nontraditional courses include those taken via the internet, distance learning, independent study, software-based credit recovery, correspondence or other similar programs. The changes are effective immediately for student-athletes enrolling full time at an NCAA Division II college or university on or after August 1, 2011, regardless of when the nontraditional course was taken or completed. This new rule, which was adopted last year by Division I, requires the instructor and the student to have ongoing access and regular interaction with one another for purposes of teaching, evaluating and providing assistance to the student throughout the duration of the course. The student's work (e.g., exams, papers, assignments) must be available for review and validation and there must be a defined time period for completion of the course. To read more about the nontraditional course legislation, please visit the NCAA Eligibility Center website at www.eligibilitycenter.org, click on the “High School Administrators” link and then on the “Resources” tab. Another important change will affect student-athletes enrolling at an NCAA Division II college or university on or after August 1, 2013. These student-athletes will be required to complete 16 core courses, which is an increase from the current 14 core-course standard. These students are currently sophomores and will be hitting your radar very soon. Please take a look at the table below to see where the increased subject areas are.

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_________________________ • 3 years English. • 2 years Math (Algebra I or higher). • 2 years Natural/Physical Science (1 year of lab if offered by high school). • 2 years additional English, Math or Natural/Physical Science. 3 years (2013 and after).

Some helpful tips are provided below. Please share these with other coaches, college-bound student-athletes and their parents/guardians. The tips will help guide them in the initial-eligibility process. 1. Encourage college-bound student-athletes to ask their high school counselors to submit transcripts from each school that they have attended. Did you know the NCAA Eligibility Center accepts electronic transcripts? Visit the High School Portal Resource page at www.eligibilitycenter.org for more information. 2. Encourage college-bound student-athletes to take courses that are on their school’s list of NCAA courses. The list can be found at www.eligibilitycenter.org. 3. Encourage college-bound student-athletes to take several core courses per year, so they do not find themselves behind at the end of their high school career. An English, math, science and social studies course per year, plus foreign language will put students in a better position to meet the new Division II 16 core-course requirement. 4. Encourage college-bound student-athletes to take the SAT and/or ACT in their junior year and to use code 9999 to send the score directly to the NCAA Eligibility Center.

• 2 years Social Science.

5. Refer high school coaches and counselors to the “Resources” link on the High School Portal at www.eligibilitycenter.org.

• 3 years additional courses (from any area above, foreign language or comparative Religion/Philosophy). 4 years (2013 and after).

6. Encourage high school coaches and counselors to subscribe to the monthly high school newsletter that the NCAA Eligibility Center provides. To subscribe, go to the High School Administrators link at www.eligibilitycenter.org. 7. Encourage parents/guardians to gather information about the initial-eligibility and recruiting processes by visiting the “Resources” link at www.eligibilitycenter.org. 8. Have your compliance office contact the NCAA Eligibility Center with questions regarding specific nontraditional programs.

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Developing Yourself as a Coach by Rich Czeslawski, NHSBCA Communications Director e-mail: rich@nhsbca.org website: www.nhsbca.org | Twitter: @NHSBCA

This year’s Final Four marks the 10-year anniversary of an epiphany in my coaching journey. I was attending the NABC Convention at the Final Four as a young college assistant eager to make my mark. I had been in coaching for all of about five years, so naturally I knew EVERYTHING I needed to know about the profession! Between clinics I stopped in a TV lounge and watched an interview with Coach John Wooden in which he said, “It’s what you learn after you know it all that counts.” Those words struck a chord in my brain and resonated throughout my body. Here was a man, who I was certain had forgotten more about basketball and coaching than I knew, talking about how he continued to learn and develop as a coach. At the very next clinic I sat behind a man with a binder full of notes that looked like it was about to bust at the seams. He was feverishly writing throughout the entire clinic, hanging on every word uttered by the speaker. As I walked out of the clinic, I glanced back to see that it was Coach Don Meyer still sitting there finishing up his note taking. I was floored. I had just witnessed two of the greatest legends in our profession in action, and they were concerned with learning more about the game! I am eternally grateful to have had this experience so early in my career, but it is never too late to get started! Here are five great ways to work on developing yourself as a coach no matter how experienced you are: 1. Get involved with a Coaching Association The NABC, WBCA, NHSBCA and many states have basketball coaches’ associations that unite coaches and provide excellent resources for coaching development. The NABC’s Professional Development Series Clinic at the men’s Final Four is a great example of the opportunities provided to members of these associations. In addition to great resources, the networking opportunities are endless. Sign up, get involved, and reap the benefits! THE OF F I CI A L NE WS MAGAZINE OF THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF BASKE TBAL L COACH E S

2. Get organized Develop a system that works for you. You will be amazed at how quickly you can accumulate great information, and you will want to have a way to organize it so you can find what you need quickly and easily. The computer is a fantastic tool for organizing coaching resources. I use Fast Model Technologies’ suite of products (FastDraw, FastScout, and FastPlan) to organize everything from plays drawn on the back of a napkin to scouting reports and practice plans. It allows me to keep everything in one place and retrieve what I need with just a couple of clicks. It is also a great idea to invest in a scanner so you can add hard copies of resources to your electronic library for easy reference. Having a system in place before the information starts rolling in will allow you to stay organized and save you valuable time in the long run. 3. Find a mentor/ be a mentor Whether you are just starting your career or have been in the game for years, mentorship is invaluable to coaches. I have been blessed with several great mentors to whom I owe a great deal. They have provided me with ideas and insights while allowing me to develop my own philosophy. Having a resource to go to outside your program can lend an objective opinion and is a great way to gain perspective. Being a mentor is a great way to give back to the game, and helps you continue your development by making you reflect and think through the advice you offer. 4. Attend clinics With the massive amount of information available on the Internet these days, it seems that clinic attendance drops more and more every year. Avoid this trap! While the information that is out there is good and very convenient, there is no substitute for being in a gym with fellow coaches trading ideas and philosophies. If you get one idea from a clinic that you can use with your team, it makes it worth the price of admission. Many times the ideas you get come from other clinic attendees as much as from the speakers themselves. 5. Work summer camps Target several summer camps in your area, or plan a trip to visit camps in other parts of the country. Working a camp is a great way to work on your teaching methods, learn from others about different ways of teaching the game, and be exposed to different types of players. In addition, the down time spent with other coaches at the camp is a great time to learn and to build relationships with your colleagues. We are in a profession that allows us to have a profound impact on the lives of those who play for us, and the best teachers have the greatest impact. In order to be a great teacher, it helps to be a great learner. Continuing to learn about the game and methods of teaching it from other coaches will make you a better coach and allow you to be more effective in reaching your players. CO N V E N T I O N 2 0 1 1 I

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“Coaching for Life” by Carey Casey, CEO, National Center for Fathering

I don’t have to tell you that coaching goes far beyond the time you spend with your players focusing on basketball. At Kansas this season, Bill Self and the Jayhawks supported Thomas Robinson after the unexpected death of his mother. No matter what that team accomplishes this year, those young men will remember this season -- and the bonds they formed will likely last -- for the rest of their lives. And they’ll remember how Bill Self carried himself and helped them deal with a difficult situation. I was reminded of the funeral for Tony Dungy’s son a few years back. Tony has been a friend ever since he was an assistant years ago here in Kansas City, and one of the greatest things I saw at the funeral was that his players traveled to Florida to be there for him. He had established himself as a caring leader for that team and it was natural for the players to support him, like part of the family, when tragedy struck. He invested in them, and I believe they saw things in their coach that are literally dictating how they function in life even today. Again, you probably realize this, but I want to remind you of the pivotal role you play in coaching your players for life. Through the time you spend together, there are numerous opportunities to teach a life skill, offer a word of encouragement, and just include them as part of the “family unit” that is your team. 22

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You are an important father figure, and one great way you influence those young people is through your modeling of integrity. They need to see how you deal with life, and as a coach, there are plenty of ups and downs. I played for quite a few coaches and I still have friendships with many more, and I know how badly you all want to win. But things won’t always go your way. Some seasons, there will be a lot more losing than winning, or maybe some players will have character issues that bring embarrassment to your program. Although most players and coaches go their whole careers without winning it all, there’s pressure for you to get there. At this time of year, if your team didn’t do well, maybe you’re looking for work right now, or if they did do well, you might be looking for something better. Maybe your career isn't going the way you had hoped it would by this time. For many coaches, change is almost constant, and there are many lonely and discouraging moments. How you deal with those pressures will help to define your coaching legacy -- certainly off the court, and possibly on the court also. Probably more than you realize, the players in your program are watching, and they need you to be strong and carry yourself with dignity. How are you being a father-figure to those kids? How do the young men who didn’t have a dad feel about themselves?

How are they doing outside of basketball? What are you leaving them with from their time with you? You’ve seen the NCAA commercials about how the vast majority of college athletes will “turn pro” in some other pursuit. Are you helping to set up your players for a great future when they leave your institution -- no matter what they are doing? What will they thank you for years from now when they’re married and have children, paying their taxes and making a difference in the world? That’s the “real deal” of your role. More than the X’s and O’s of the game, these fundamentals matter most. As much as coaching is a resultsoriented business, you’ll do some of your most important, life-changing work by staying focused on the journey. Be a man of character through the daily challenges. Be a consistent model. Help your team come together and rely on each other as young men. If you invest yourself the right way and have your players’ best interests in mind, tough times and trials as a coach can bring about something good, and can even translate to your team’s performance and togetherness on the court. Carey Casey is Chief Executive Officer at the National Center for Fathering and author of Championship Fathering (available at fathers.com). He is married with four children and two grandchildren. See more articles and resources for dads at www.fathers.com, or contact Carey with a question or comment at coachcarey@fathers.com.

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YOUR Heart

Do any of the following describe your home? • We have an okay marriage, but it’s far from where it used to be. Our once ce warm marriage has become cold and distant. stant. • I’ve given my family a beautifull home, clothes, and food, but they’re never ver happy. I can’t seem to do anythingg right. • Everyone needs me—I spend all ll day trying to build my program, then I go home to a wife that wants to talk and talk, then my kids want help with h their homework, and the lawn needs to o be mowed. This zoo never ends. • I never get a break from my critical tical wife. She is always picking up on something I didn’t do right. I can’t ’t help but think she does everything wrong too. Have you ever thought these same things? Many people don’t realize that their marriage is constantly under attack. We have identified 6 key areas that commonly threaten the marriages of most couples. 1. Job and home pressures. Many allow the pressures of pursuing a career and maintaining a home to push marriage and family relationships to the back burner. 2. Material distractions. Many couples substitute their loving relationships for the dizzying lust for pleasure, power, money, and position. 3. Relationship pressures. Everyone around you seems to need something from you—your attention, your support, your energy, your resources—and cause you to mix up your priorities. 4. Sexual temptation. Failing to establish and maintain relational guardrails can lead you to physical and/or emotional infidelity and heartbreak. 5. Misguided view of success. The drive to succeed in this world can be healthy, but if you buy into the world’s warped view of success, you may leave your heart behind. 6. Passivity and control. Many marriages are pulled apart from one of two opposite poles: Passivity and control. A passive partner avoids the responsibility of the marriage or family. A controlling partner

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imposes his/her agenda on other family members. Marriages break down when you’re not vigilant to defend your boundaries and stay connected. Here are signs that your marriage is on the slippery slope: 1. Acting Like Strangers. Do you and your partner spend hours together under the same roof or running errands, yet you rarely have meaningful conversations? Would you rather listen to music than talk? Are the kids the glue in your marriage? 2. Too Much Scrutiny. Do you feel like your every action is being watched and criticized by your partner? 3. Being Out of the Loop. Has your major source of information about your partner—their career, problems and personal achievements—become mutual friends and overheard phone conversations? When you start becoming “the last to know,” you have major problems. 4. Change in Appearance. Do you care less and less what you look like for your mate? A drastic decline in personal appearance and hygiene by your spouse could be a sign that he or she is giving up. 5. Looking for Distractions. If the buzz of your household’s television becomes constant, or you’re constantly caught up in separate projects, distractions have created problems. It is common for individuals to overwhelm themselves with distractions (television, books, hobbies) to avoid dealing with a

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troubled marriage. 6. Repeated Arguments. If your arguments become routine with all the same issues and no resolution, then your marriage is either standing still or dying fast. 7. Lack of Physical Intimacy. A significant decline in physical affection is one of the most recognized symptoms of a flailing relationship. (Source: http://www.equalityinmarriage. org/dmbeware.html) Do these scenarios seem all too familiar? There is hope! You can begin today to guard your heart and your marriage. Purposefully choose to put up your guard against the distractions that are getting in the way of time with your spouse. Take the opportunities to connect to your spouse and make date nights a priority. Your marriage can begin to change today. Your Coaching Drill Here’s the drill. Make a plan to guard your marriage. If you have found yourself on one of the ‘slippery slopes’ we mentioned, sit down and write out a few steps you can take right now to guard your marriage from slipping further. Take action each day to get your marriage back on track and keep it strong. By guarding your marriage from the attacks mentioned above your marriage will grow and get stronger with time. We’d love to have the opportunity to meet you and talk more about ways to strengthen your marriage. We are happy to invite you to a brunch at the Hilton America’s room 335B on Sunday, April 3rd starting at 11am. If you are able to join us, please RSVP to Gary Lydic at GaryL@TheGreatMarriageExperience. com or by phone at 515.334.7482 ext. 9104 or cell 515.537.3561.

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The Official Magazine of the National Association of Basketball Coaches.