Oct 23, 2019
Kelvin Sampson, Defensive Disruption and Building a Culture of Toughness
Guest: Kelvin Sampson, Houston Cougars Men’s Basketball Head Coach
In this week’s coaching conversation, Houston Cougars head coach Kelvin Sampson joins the Basketball Podcast to defensive disruption and building a culture of toughness. A veteran of 15 NCAA Tournaments longtime college veteran Sampson led the 2018-19 Houston team to one of the greatest seasons in school history. He guided the Cougars to a 33-4 overall record with a 16-2 mark in American Athletic Conference play, the league’s regular-season title and a berth in the NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 for the first time since 1984.
As a 30-year head coaching veteran at Houston, Indiana, Oklahoma, Washington State, and Montana Tech, Sampson has compiled a 616-322 record during his career. He has led his teams to 15 NCAA Tournament appearances, including 11 in 12 years with the Sooners from 1994 to 2006. During his Oklahoma tenure, he guided the Sooners to 10 consecutive 20-win seasons, the 1999 Sweet 16, the 2002 Final Four and an Elite Eight appearance in 2003. He has also been an assistant coach for National Basketball Association (NBA) teams including the Milwaukee Bucks and Houston Rockets.
With the Cougars’ appearance in the 2018 NCAA Tournament, Sampson became only the 14th coach in NCAA history to lead 4+ schools to the NCAA Tournament.
In his career, he has been named a National Coach of the Year three times. Sampson has received six conference Coach of the Year awards from four different leagues and guided every program he has led to multiple 20-win seasons during his stints.
1:00 - Appeared to Disrupt Defensively
3:00 - Determining the Retreat and Leaving the Double
4:30 - Doubling Opponents
6:00 - Pass Out of the Post
7:30 - Absorbing the Ball-Side Cut and Stopping the Ball and Stomp the Pass
10:00 - Knowing the Responsibility and Help
11:30 - Locking Down Their Strong Hand
12:30 - One Side Easier on Individual or Team Defense
14:30 - Mindset of Talking
16:00 - Philosophy of Side Pick and Roll
19:40 - Recovery Cue for the Big Gun
20:30 - Changing Mid Guy's Position on a Screen
22:00 - Keys to Build Culture
25:00 - Talent, Toughness, and Togetherness
26:30 - Sometimes Playing hard is Not Enough
28:00 - Standards
32:30 - Things that are not good in his team
34:30 - In Front of the Rim
37:00 - Basketball is Evolving at People's Mind
40:00 - Connecting the Value of 3's to his Players
41:30 - Things that he focuses on as a coach
Kelvin Sampson’s Bio