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The Basketball Podcast

Jun 5, 2019

Dedrique Taylor, Program Building

Guest: Dedrique Taylor, Cal State Fullerton Basketball Head Coach

In this week’s basketball coaching conversation, Cal State Fullerton head coach Dedrique Taylor joins the podcast to discuss the slow build reality of most college programs. Taylor has built Cal State Fullerton into a program with national and league significance that has achieved many first in program history. He explains his philosophy on culture, style of play and the brilliance of James Harden, who he helped recruit and coach at Arizona State.

Taylor led the 2017-18 squad to a Big West Tournament Championship and a trip to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2007-08 and only the third time in program history. In 2018-19, the Titans made it to the Big West Tournament Final for the second straight year, the first time that has been accomplished in program history. Fullerton did earn its third consecutive postseason berth, also a program first, as the first round of the Postseason Tournament. In 2016-17 he led the team to the postseason for the first time in program history since the 2011-12 season. The Titans hosted Weber State in the Postseason Tournament, also marking the first time in school history that the team hosted a postseason game.



1:00 - Process of Turning Around a Program Through Struggles

4:00 - Character over Talent

5:00 - Championship Moments

7:00 - Recognizing and Identifying the Struggle

11:00 - Shaping and Identifying a Character Better

14:00 - First Years and Transfers

16:00 - 4 Things as a Part of Character

17:30 - Managing the Struggles in relation to his Administration

19:00 - Honest on Communication

21:00 - Coaching Staff

25:00 - Value Player Development

26:00 - Rookie and Veteran Analogy

28:00 - Reflecting on the Drills

29:30 - Off-Season Individual Development

32:00 - It all Starts With the Feet

33:30 - Time With James Harden

36:00 - Defending His Players

38:00 - Talking this Current Generation of Athletes

41:00 - Changed

44:00 - His Style of Play

46:00 - Believing in Spacing and Ball Movement

48:00 - Conclusion


Dedrique Taylor’s Bio




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