Jul 10, 2019
Matt Langel, Helping Players Find Success
Guest: Matt Langel, Colgate University Basketball Head Coach
In this week’s basketball coaching conversation, Matt Langel, coach of Colgate University's men's basketball team, joins The Basketball Podcast to discuss methods of helping players to find success. Decision-making, shot selection, player development, and teaching players how to play are all covered.
Langel has been running the Raiders' program since 2011, and set a record in 2019 in wins (24), wins in the Patriot League (13), and home wins (15) at Cotterell Court in Hamilton, New York. The result was Colgate's first Patriot League title since 1996. His success resulted in a contract extension until 2026-27.
Prior to Colgate, Langel spent five seasons as an assistant coach at Temple University (2006-11), working for head coach Fran Dunphy; he also worked for Dunphy from 2004-06, when Dunphy coached Penn—Langel's alma mater. The just-retired Dunphy (from Temple) still means a lot to Langel. “There hasn’t been any important decision that I haven’t consulted him on, or thought deeply about what he would do,’’ Langel told the Philadelphia Inquirer after the Raiders won the Patriot League title.
Originally from Moorestown, N.J., Langel spent four seasons playing for the Quakers (1996-2000), and was honored as the Ivy League and Big Five Player of the Week numerous times and received the Big Five's Most Improved Player Award. Langel finished his career in red and blue with 1,191 points.
Atlantic City of the USBL drafted Langel in 2000, and he went to camps for the NBA's Seattle SuperSonics and the Philadelphia 76ers. His pro career took place in Europe: Chene BC in Switzerland; ALM Evreux Basket in France Pro A; MBC and Hagan in German Bundesliga I; Eiffel Towers in Holland.
1:00 - Playing a Lot of Basketball as a Coaching Staff
3:00 - Player's Game
5:00 - How Players Leverage Their Advantages
8:00 - No Predetermined Movement and Decision
10:00 - Basketball is a Decision Making Game
12:00 - Things that Lead to the Efficiency of Offense
13:00 - Is a Bad Shoot better than a No Shot?
14:30 - Best Thing to Educate Players
16:40 - Character of the Players
17:30 - Things that leads to High Efficiency Offense
19:00 - Statistics and Freedom and Creating Shots of Players
22:00 - Players Practicing Their Shots
24:00 - Importance of the Post
27:30 - Specific Teachings inside the Post
30:00 - Moves done in the Post
32:00 - Learn by Playing in the Game and in Practice
35:30 - Involving the Whole Team in the Practice
37:30 - Adjustments to Make
40:30 - Coach Matt's Offensive Concepts
43:00 - Automatics
45:00 - Disrupt of Flow to His Offensive Concepts
48:00 - Conclusion
Matt Langel’s Bio