Aug 14, 2019
Mike Sotsky, Less is More Philosophy
Guest: Mike Sotsky, Harvard’s Basketball Assistant Coach
In this week’s coaching conversation, Mike Sotsky, an assistant coach with Harvard's men's basketball team, joins The Basketball Podcast.
Sotsky is heading into his fourth season working with the Crimson under coach Tommy Amaker.
The 2018-19 season was a good one for Harvard, as the team won its second-straight Ivy League championship, and earned its second-straight trip to the NIT, scoring its first ever win in the tournament in program history, beating Georgetown (71-68).
A native of Wyckoff, N.J., Sotsky went to Ramapo High School, and then graduated from Duke in 2015, armed with a Bachelor of Arts degree, a double major in History and Public Policy.
He spent four seasons as the Blue Devils' team manager, moving up to be a staff assistant, helping the Duke basketball staff with scouting, recruiting, video, and day-to-day operations. Sotsky was a part of Duke's 2015 NCAA championship team, serving as the senior manager, and was a co-recipient of the Gopal Varadhan Award, presented annually to the program’s top upperclassman manager.
1:00 - Introduction
2:00 - Being a Coach in this Era of Basketball
3:30 - Coach Amaker's Influence to Him
4:30 - Less is More
6:30 - Simplified Scouting
9:00 - Opportunity and Time Cost
10:00 - Self Scout
13:00 - Desire to Help his Players
15:00 - Talking about Baseline Inbound
17:00 - Handling their Analytics
19:00 - Quick O-B
20:00 - Handling Consequences and Correction
23:30 - Dealing with Practice Design
26:30 - Working on Opening tip
28:00 - Happening in Intervention
31:00 - The Things He Do to Manage his Amazing Ideas
34:00 - More Concepts of Coach Amaker
37:00 - Managing Offensive Concepts into a Simpler Function
39:00 - Freedom of Making Decisions
41:00 - Things he Learned from Coach Amaker/Krzyzewski
43:00 - Changes in Ball Screen Coverage
46:00 - Simplify
47:30 - Player Development for his Players
50:00 - Skill Equals Confidence
54:00 - Post Development is Overlooked
57:00 - Focusing on the Fundamentals
59:30 - “Too simple is not good either”
1:01:00 - Conclusion/Plugging his Social Media Accounts
Mike Sotsky’s Bio