Oct 31, 2018
Luke Yaklich on Building a Defensive Culture
Guest: Luke Yaklich, University of Michigan’s Basketball Assistant Coach
In this week’s basketball coaching conversation, University of Michigan assistant coach Luke Yaklich joins the podcast to discuss defense. Entering his second season with Michigan, Yaklich helped Michigan build a strong defensive mindset that resulted in a program record 33 wins, a repeat Big Ten Tournament championship, and advancing to the Final Four for the second time in six years.
The defensive approach worked as Michigan led the Big Ten in scoring defense for first time since 1964 and were eighth nationally in scoring defense at 63.3 points per game allowed. Overall, Michigan was third in Defensive Efficiency according to the KenPom ratings (90.5).
1:00 - Introduction
2:00 - Transition to High School to College Level Coach
4:00 - His Philosophy and the X and O Standpoint
6:00 - Towards the Goal
7:00 - Flexibility, Transition and the Sharing Knowledge with Coach Beilein
9:00 - Defensive Terminology Set
11:00 - Specific Actionable Things in Practice
12:00 - Great Communicators
13:30 - Reward the Player who Speaks a Lot
16:00 - Phrase Communication Possessions
18:40 - Building a Defensive Culture
21:00 - The Goal of Defense to his Players
22:00 - "It's okay to have a Weakness on Defense..."
23:30 - Offense and Defensive Matchups
24:30 - Ways to Focus on Covering the Ball
26:00 - Guard the Ball and the Ball Screen
27:30 - 4 to 5 minutes on Players Cover the Ball better...
29:00 - Emphasizing 3 to 5 things to focus on
30:00 - Stating
32:00 - 3-Point Defense
33:00 - Lack of Help and the On-Ball Defense
35:00 - Getting to get Beat
36:00 - Goal of the Defense and the Rebounding
38:00 - Emphasizing Rebounding
41:30 - "Pursue a 2"
43:00 - Zigzag Rebounding
44:00 - Concept of Kill Spots
46:00 - Scouting Reports
48:30 - Important Things in terms of Charting on Defense
51:00 - Coach Beilein's "The tone on the Top"
53:00 - Fight and live for Your Core Values
55:00 - Conclusion
Luke Yaklich’s Bio