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The Basketball Podcast

Sep 25, 2019

Gail Goestenkors, Coaching Full Circle

Guest: Gail Goestenkors, Assistant Coach of Indiana Fever at the WNBA


One of the most accomplished women’s basketball coaches in the nation, Gail

Goestenkors, guided squads at Duke University and the University of Texas-Austin.

During her tenure, she guided her teams to 18 consecutive NCAA tournament

appearances, four NCAA Final Fours, seven NCAA Elite Eight appearances and a NCAA

record seven consecutive 30-win seasons.


The WBCA Hall of Fame Coach was AP National Coach of the Year in 2007 and WBCA

& Naismith Coach of the Year in 2003. Goestenkors was also a seven-time ACC Coach of

the Year selection. Goestenkors was a two-time assistant coach for the gold medal

winning USA Basketball Olympic team and Head Coach for the gold medal winning

USA U-19 World Championship Team, where she was also named the USAB Coach of

the Year.


Goestenkors also served as a consultant and assistant with the WNBA’s Los Angeles

Sparks and was an assistant coach with the Indiana Fever. Goestenkors most recently

served as an Analyst for ESPN calling Women’s College Basketball games.


After enjoying a successful coaching & broadcasting career, Gail has entered the

consulting business as Co-Owner of Coaching Full Circle.



1:00 - Coaching Full Circle Consulting

2:00 - Player Led Team

5:00 - Moving From Head Coach to WNBA

6:30 - Players Leading Scouting Other Teams

8:00 - The things she made to make her players comfortable in Scouting

10:00 - Practice on the court

12:30 - Coaches Innovating in Today's Game 

15:00 - Personalities of coaches in their Practice Nowadays

17:00 - Learnings from WNBA experience transfer to College Coaching

20:00 - Every water break treated as a Timeout

21:30 - Players as the decision makers

22:30 - The Game is the Best Conditioning

24:00 - Sideline Out of Bounds Plays

26:00 - Defensive Concepts on Sideline Out of Bounds Plays

27:00 - Manage Special Situations

29:00 - Staff Practice

31:00 - Evaluating her Post-Game

32:00 - Evaluating her player's game

35:00 - Best practices for coaches in her opinion

37:30 - Advice to young Coaches

40:30 - Advice in Coaches in Transition

43:00 - Relationship team Building Activities

46:00 - Open Things Up with her Players

49:00 - The lessons she learned along the way

50:40 - Conclusion


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