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The Basketball Podcast

Aug 22, 2018

Tod Kowalczyk's Offensive Concepts

Guest: Tod Kowalczyk, Toledo Basketball Head Coach

In this week’s basketball coaching conversation, University of Toledo head coach Tod Kowalczyk joins the podcast. Kowalczyk will enter the 2018-19 campaign, his ninth at the helm of the Rockets, after guiding UT to a 23-11 record and a Mid-American Conference West Division title last season. Over the last five years, Kowalczyk has guided Toledo to a 104-63 (.623) win-loss mark over the last five seasons with the Rockets’ victory total during that span ranking third in the MAC.

Coach Oliver discusses the offensive concepts and philosophy that helped Toledo to set school records for three-point field goals (327) in a season and ranked 11th nationally with a 40.1 three-point field-goal percentage.



0:00 - Introduction

1:30 - Changed and Learnings from TBD

4:30 - Flow Motion and Offensive Strategy in a Modern Game

5:00 - Better Spacing and Player Movement

6:00 - NBA and Collegiate Hand-offs

7:30 - Spacing in College Level- How do we teach it?

9:00 - Funny Story by Coach Tod

10:00 - Concept of Automatics and How it Works for Coach Tod

12:00 - Application to Cut Plays

13:00 - “Is it your Players more on Freedom or on Specifics?”

14:30 - Teach Offensive Skill on Youth Level

16:30 - Being an Offensive Coach

17:00 - Doing Offense and Defense in Practice and In-Game

18:00 - Teaching 5-on-5 Drills on Practice

19:00 - Stories about Scrimmaging

20:00 - Counting down Shots in a Practice and After Practice

21:30 - Volume Shooting

22:30 - Philosophy on Offensive changed the Philosophy on Defense of Coach Tod

24:30 - Randomness and Unpredictability on Defense

25:40 - How much is the Analytics drives the Philiosophy of Coach Tod?

27:10 - Counters

28:30 - Knowing Coach Tod’s Termonilogies of his Plays

30:00 - Play Calling and Scouting

32:00 - Set Package of Set Plays in Specific Team and Players

34:00 - Throwing Out Bad Plays

35:30 - Understanding the Terminologies and Play Calls

37:30 - Options on Game Plan and Applying Switching Matchups

39:30 - Emphasizing Passing and other Basketball Drills and Skills

41:20 -  Shot Selection by Coach Tod

43:00 - Struggling to Success on Shots

43:30 - More on Offense and Defense Philosophy of Coach Todd

44:40 - Counting Threes

45:30 - Benefits on Counting and Shooting Threes

46:00 - Stories about Organ Donation and Relation to Basketball


Todd Kowalczyk’s Bio




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