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The Basketball Podcast

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


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