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.
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