Coaching a pro women’s team: Learning FIBA rules

Published by Full Court Press Online, November 6, 2002

One key to life and coaching is the ability to adjust. Taking a job as the head coach of a women’s team in the Swedish Damligan has led to two months of non-stop adjustments: the language, being a head coach, FIBA rules, new culture, new people, new players, new league, etc. It is a learning experience, and fortunately I do not have to recruit; I have free time to process everything and see my mistakes and successes. It is somewhat overwhelming to adjust to the new role as a head coach, as opposed to an assistant, while learning the new league, culture and language simultaneously. I cannot say which is the tougher transition: going from coaching in the States to coaching in Europe or going from assistant coach to head coach. […]