The Coaching Interview

How do we recognize coaching talent? It is a complex question without any definitive answers. There are many factors that contribute to one’s coaching success, and many of the factors are situation dependent. Succeeding with beginners requires different skills than succeeding in the NBA; being talented at one does not ensure that one is talented at the other.  […]

What does a coach’s record in close games really mean?

Since Christmas break, almost every one of our games has been close. This week, as I jogged to and from the gym on several days, I thought about what close games mean in terms of one’s coaching. A coach’s (team’s) record in close games is cited often to demonstrate that a coach is a good coach. However, a friend never believed in this measure. He argued that there are too many variables in a game to suggest that the coach out-coached his opposing coach in a game under 5 points. Instead, he argued that the best way to evaluate a coach was his or her record in games decided by 5-15 points. According to The Numbers Game: Why Everything You Know About Soccer is Wrong, favorites win 80% of games in basketball (using NBA statistics), suggesting that many overweight the importance of in-game coaching on the game’s outcome. […]