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The Basketball Podcast


Oct 10, 2018

Doug Novak, Teaching Basketball Better

Guest: Doug Novak, NCAA D3 Bethel University Head Coach

In this week’s basketball coaching conversation, Doug Novak of NCAA D3 Bethel University joins the podcast. Doug Novak is entering his sixth season as the head men's basketball coach at Bethel University after spending the seven previous years as a top assistant at the NCAA Division I level.

At Bethel,  Doug Novak has a record of 93-45 in five seasons at Bethel—the highest winning percentage (.674) of any Bethel basketball coach. He has helped led the program to a share of the programs first-ever MIAC regular season championship, second-ever MIAC Playoff championship and second-ever NCAA Tournament appearance in 2017. This success has included five consecutive MIAC Playoff appearances, advancing to the semifinals twice (2014, 2016) and the championship game three times (2015, 2017, 2018), while hosting the championship game in both 2017 & 2018.

 

Breakdown

1:00 - Introduction

1:40 - Point of Attack Video

4:30 - Bethel Basketball

5:30 - Coach Novak's Website

8:30 - Evaluation Process

11:00 - Creating a Strong Foundation

12:00 - The Value of Summer Camps

12:40 - "Decisive, Fast and Free"

14:00 - "Me First For Us"

16:30 - Creating Advantage on "First Down"

18:00 - Selfish if they Don't Shoot an Open Shot

18:30 - "Create Space in Order to Utilize our Skills"

20:00 - Evolving Style of Play

21:30 - Stab Dribble

22:30 - Communicative Knowledge and Revealed Knowledge

23:00 - Learning From Players and the "Quicking Concept"

24:50 - "Know Where Your Looking"

25:30 - How to Increase the Percentages of Made Layups and Reduce Misses

26:00 - Teaching Point of Emphasizing "At the Point of the Shot" For Coach Novak's Players

27:00 - Creating Efficient and Good Habits

28:30 - Discussion about "Swing The Ball" and One-Hand Reach

29:20 - Dictating How to Finish

30:30 - Decision Before Skill

33:40 - "Maximizing Time is Anything in the Learning Process on our Mind"

35:15 - How to Improve?

39:00 - Developing a Culture by Speaking the Same Words

40:00 - Practice Develops Team Relationships

40:40 - "It's the Partnership, Not an Ownership"

41:30 - Team Practices

42:50 - Teaching his Players on How to Teach

44:00 - Challenges for Changing Norms

45:20 - Creating a Habit for Skills

46:10 - Teaching Leadership

49:00 - Language

50:00 - Small-Sided Games

55:10 - Conclusion

 

Doug Novak’s Bio

Bio: https://athletics.bethel.edu/staff.aspx?staff=305

Website: https://www.coachdougnovak.com/

 

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