Basketball Coach Book


I love the christmas break time right now, because it allows me time to think, reflect, and re-direct my basketball energy on new subjects like books and dvds. I had the chance to read a book by Lon Kruger and DJ Allen named: “The X’s and O’s of Success”.

I actually knew some of Coach Kruger’s assistant coaches from my days at Blinn College and had met him briefly while I was out recruiting on the road. He wouldn’t remember the meeting, but I remember that he went out of his way for a young assistant coach and didn’t “Big-Time” me at all unlike a lot of Division 1 coaches.

Coach Kruger came up with a unique formula for success and trys to bring out the very best for his basketball players and teams. He has done things with dignity and class that is not always associated with the sport’s world. He talks about his principles for taking over cultures seeking stability and direction and changing them into positive, productive environments. I felt that his book could be applied to the business and coaching world.

Coach Kruger has made it an “art” when it comes to rebuilding college basketball programs. He does a great job of weaving his own basketball coaching experiences into examples that show leadership and the ability to improve performance. He talks about coaching at Texas Pan-American as the head men’s basketball coach / athletic director at the age of 29, and elite eight appearance in his second year at Kansas State, a final four appearance and team record of 29 wins at University of Florida, a Big Ten title for Illinois, and a Sweet 16 appearance for the “Running Rebels” of UNLV. He also discusses his two and a half year coaching job with the Atlanta Hawks of the NBA and how they were fired mid-season. He doesn’t pull any punches in this book.

The chapters of the book cover 39 life lessons and how to apply leadership to any field of business or coaching. Each chapter is broken down into three parts: Pre-game, Game-time, and Post-Game. It is a very easy to read book that has life lessons that everyone can take something from. In lesson thirty, here is a quote that I love: “Remember, great leaders develop other great leaders”. It is simple, honest and true.

Here is an excerpt of the book:

“Lesson One: The Simplicity of Success

It’s simple. Success is a process, not an event.

That’s not always the most exciting thing to hear. We want to believe in quick fixes, silver bullets, catching magic in a bottle.

But if you take the time to analyze the large majority of successful people, organizations, companies or teams, you will find that their overall success is a byproduct of simply doing the right things on a daily basis.

That is the reality we face as leaders — the simplicity of success. So how do we address something that is so elementary? How do we affirm this message with our teams day in and day out?

Welcome to the challenge of being a leader.

Game Time:

The average college basketball fan would probably be surprised to learn how much our coaching staff focuses on working with players to develop them off the court, in addition to helping them improve on the court.

When these young men join our program, they are usually 18-, 19- or 20-years-old. Many of them are away from home for the first time.

Some arrive on the scene with a strong work ethic while some lack the concept of working hard. It is all relative to their background and surroundings. While you can learn a little something about the players during the recruiting process, there are just some things you can’t find out about people until you are around them everyday.

Our objective as a staff is to develop our program for long-term success.

This means having kids on our team who are emotionally, mentally and physically able to perform at their highest level possible in basketball as well as in the classroom and socially. We want to maximize the potential of each player in our program.

In order to do this, we must start with the basics. We talk to our kids about the simplicity of success. “Take care of what you have to take care of today,” we tell them. “If you do this day in and day out for your entire tenure with us, you will have success and we will have success as a team.”

It is teaching elementary principles, but it is what works.”

What others are saying about Coach Kruger and the book:

“Lon Kruger helps to set the bar for integrity in our profession. His history of success in college basketball is even more impressive when you realize he has repeatedly revitalized programs all while operating strictly within the rules. Lon is a coach’s coach. We all have something to learn from him.”

Roy Williams
Head Coach, University of North Carolina

“Coach simply helps you be the best you can be – on and off the court. Players give their best because they know he cares.”

Mitch Richmond
Former All-American for Kruger at Kansas State and six-time NBA All-Star

“Lon Kruger is an outstanding leader and a great teacher. He brings everything to the table, everything it takes to build a program. I encourage you to take the lessons from this book to heart. Lon knows what he is talking about.”

Dick Vitale
Member of Basketball Hall of Fame, ABC and ESPN

“Lon is a brilliant businessman, who just happens to coach basketball. While he is known for his humility, his desire to win and his competitive drive is second to none. That balance of sincere humility with unending competitiveness is a unique trait many of the world’s premier business leaders share.”

Steve and Elaine Wynn
Wynn Las Vegas

“Lon Kruger is one of the finest leaders of young men I have ever witnessed in nearly a quarter-century of covering college basketball for CBS. Moreover, he is a good man. It does not surprise me that he has been a proven winner time and time again. When you mix leadership with passion and integrity, you get Lon Kruger.”

Jim Nantz
CBS Sports

“Very few coaches have been able to change cultures as quickly and successfully as Lon Kruger. He understands how to mold a group of individuals into one team with a common goal and has proven that time and time again. Lon has high standards for all those around him and he possesses a passion for winning, but not at any cost. That is arguably his strongest trait.”

Larry Brown
Head Coach, Charlotte Bobcats
Only coach to win both an NCAA National Championship (Kansas 1988) and an NBA Championship (Detroit 2004)

“Lon Kruger understands business because he understands people. The business world missed out on an all-star when Lon went into coaching.”

Bill Boyd
Executive Chairman of the Board, Boyd Gaming Corporation

I personally loved the book and will reflect back to it alot in the coming years. It gives you things to think about and if you can take one or two things from the book then it would be worthwhile as a basketball coach. I would give it a 5 out of 5 stars. Go to Coach Kruger’s website to learn more about it.

Coach Peterman


Conferences Would Not Be Boring And Tough To Understand With Conference Equipments

Read on this article to find more about Conference Equipments and how these equipment sales have risen with the time.Globalisation has made world look small, but there are some bridges that are still left to be mended or built and one of them is language barrier. Though many companies have ventured successfully into conference interpreting devices but there is still a very long way to go. The time lag that comes while interpreting a language into another is something that needs far more discussion and thought process so as to give a perfect one to one conversation experience to most of the users all across the world. Over the years, the equipment sales dealing with conferencing have gone higher and more and more organisations around the world are getting conference equipments installed for them so as to carry out easy conversations with their clients.

There are a few companies in the market who are manufacturing some great conference equipments. You can find conference interpreting devices in the market supporting more and one language and that makes them totally worth installing for multinational companies. With globalisation taking its toll on various companies, more and more demand is getting on the head of the telecom industry to provide various state of the art equipments to their clients in order to make their conversations easier and more convenient. Equipment Sales dealing with conferencing have definitely gone higher and still continue to do so.

There are many companies in the entire United States that are working on simultaneous interpretation techniques too and have revolutionized the way people communicate with other people and clients on phone. There are professionals and experts in this industry who are trying to hold on to their positions in order to survive in the long run as these equipments are making sure that they are extracted out with their roots from the business. Simultaneous conference interpretation and assistive listening equipment has become a necessity for houses of worship, corporations, associations, NGOs, government, convention centres, hotels and meeting facilities, courthouses, translation and interpretation companies as well as school and universities.

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Brine Nitrous Lacrosse Head Review

Brine Nitrous: The Brine Nitrous has been getting many mixed reviews after its release. The Nitrous is a variation of the Matrix and in my opinion does perform better than the matrix. I feel that this stick has a lot of potential to be a very good faceoff head if you tune it to how you like it. Personally I feel this faceoff head would do best with a slight pinch towards the top of the head giving it a more narrow channel. This would allow you to have more cushion as to where you set up on the line. Your head would be narrow enough that you could clamp, top and pinch all very easily. This head could give you the best of all worlds especially if you prefer a flexible lacrosse head.

This head also gives you a wide variety of ways to string your stick since the sidewall stringing holes are not spaced like a normal head and are instead one after the other for the length of the head. Having the ability to string up your Nitrous exactly how you want also makes a huge difference in winning in losing. Obviously you don’t want a tennis racket as your pocket but setting it up so you can basically have a pocket in the back of your mesh can also help you win some faceoffs. Both the Nitrous and Blade I feel can give you the best pocket within a pocket. Both have narrow channels until they reach closer to the top of the head which I feel creates a better hold on the ball when going to faceoff. They both are able to flex easily which makes the pocket very loose when facing of giving an extremely good hold on the ball as if you are able to cradle the ball with the back of your mesh. Overall I will give this lacrosse head a very good rating but needs to be tuned to your specific liking still.

What Is Conference Incentive Business Travel

Conference incentive programs are innovative methods for boosting the morale and loyalty of your existing staff. Selecting an excellent venue for your conference and incentive programs will encourage your staff to participate in the events, to attend future events, and to remain dedicated to your business or corporation.

You might be wondering what type of conference incentive you can use to have your guests become repeat guests.

Conference Incentive Travel: its big business and an entire industry is dedicated to successful conference and incentive travel. If you want to reward your employees for all of their hard work, choosing a venue for accommodations and offering incentive travel rewards is one way to ensure the happiness of your hard working staff.

When you attend a large number of conferences, you may be looking for conference incentive travel to help you save your budget while travelling. So find the lowest price accommodations to fit your needs.

Do you want a lot of attendees at your next conference? Then consider the types of conference incentives you will supply. Incentive travel ensures that you develop a great working relationship with all delegates and attendees and they can prove to be extremely motivational events.

Find lists of conference venues in the United Kingdom to allow you to provide conference incentives to attendees. You can connect you to race courses, stadiums and museums capable of hosting your conference. These venues can host meetings during football matches, horse races and other events that act as conference incentives.

When you’re trying to find conference incentives to increase the number of people attending your conference. Offer help with transportation from the major transportation hubs to your conference venues.

Conference management services include the complete management of conferences, workshops, seminars and more. These services will include venue hire and location, accommodation requirements, travel arrangements and technology requirements.

Conference managers are trained professionals that know the ins and outs of conference organising. A skilled conference manager handles all of the big planning details like venue selection and the objective planning of the conference. They also attend to small details like how to maximize attendees’ comforts at a conference

Conference managers throughout the United Kingdom need not worry about accommodation and travel problems for their events. Our Rooms Division can save blocks of guest suites and rooms near conference venues for attendees and participants.

Conference management is a full time job in and of itself. To ensure that a conference is managed from beginning to end, you have to pre-plan every step of the conference. Conference management involves organizing the agenda for the conference, venue locating tasks, booking tasks, and ensuring everything is in place the day of the conference.

When you’re organising a conference, there is a list tasks that you should complete. Unfortunately, conference management may come at the bottom of the list. However, this is one of the more important tasks if a conference is to go smoothly.

A small detail that every conference planner must pay attention to is the offering of a conference map to attendees. The map should reveal where the conference is, where to park, nearby local transport options, and nearby dining and accommodations. A conference map is used to assist delegates and people at the meeting find where they are supposed to be, and when they are suppose to be there.

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NASCAR is a sport that started in the Southern part of America in the 1940s. It all started when different men souped up their street legal vehicals to outrun the cops because of illegal moonshine running. These men would then find time to race on the famous Daytona Beach in Daytona, FL. There wasn’t as much money in racing then as there was in the moonshine business, so these men continued to out race the cops and engage in this illegal activity, but they got the thrill of going fast all the while. 
There came a time when these races became famous, and a lot of people paid ticket prices to see these different men race at the famous beach. It was a thrill for them. Watching cars go around the “track”,part beach, part asphalt. A man named Bill France saw the potential in turning this racing event into a big, major American sport. Thus in 1948 he and several other men came together and created the National Association of Stock Car Auto Racing, NASCAR. 
It’s now the highest television rated and highest attended Motorsport in North America. It’s second only to the NFL in overall television ratings, and the number one spectator sport in North America. The Indianapolis 500, one of the most famous races on earth, doesn’t attract as many television viewers as the Coke 600. The Coke 600 is NASCAR’s longest race, being 600 miles in length, and is considered “just another race”, so it’s something that it out rates a race as big as that. (They run on the same day). Besides the over 250,000 that pack for the Indy 500, NASCAR holds the highest attendance in the United States for sporting events. In fact, NASCAR holds 17 of the top 20 attended sporting events each year.
There has been a bad economy in the world as of late, and sadly NASCAR hasn’t escaped the damage that can cause. Because of that many fans haven’t shown up at the track, and although it’s still the number one spectator sport based on large crowds, it’s losing some strength that it never struggled with in the 90s. The 90s were the best years for NASCAR, as the crowds couldn’t be contained and the television ratings were going through the roof. As time has moved from the 60s and 70s, NASCAR slowly progressed from strictly stock cars to strictly race cars. The cars in the 90s, although falling away from stock cars, still had a lot in common to the actual cars driven on the streets. But the 90s had other great strengths that made them great…while falling a lot in the 2000s.


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Top 3 Big 12 Teams for the 2009 College Football Season

We are yet to see some powerful teams from Big 12 North because so far it seems like forever since the teams of the South have dominated the Big 12. There is no hope of that changing anytime soon however because the gap in the potential of the two division is only increasing if anything. So just like all the recent years, the great teams for the Big 12 are all part of Big 12 South.

With teams like Texas, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and Texas Tech ? it seems like the south is the place to be in college football this year. It is definitely the best division there is right now.

That also means that the winner of the South title is going to win the Big 12 championship title without a doubt. What happens in South is what we actually have to see, as usual. So let’s take a look at the power packed south teams that have been placed on the top 3 list for the Big 12.

Texas Longhorns ? They are amongst the favorite picks for many an expert and analyst this season. But some of them also place them slightly behind their rival Oklahoma. However, there are still those who believe that they still have a better chance of winning the Big 12 that all the others. Their quarterback Colt McCoy is quite capable of matching Oklahoma’s Sam Bradford. With McCoy being supported by his buddy and wideout Jordan Shipley, the ‘Horns may have a good chance of winning this time round. The entire Offensive line up is back as well. Once coach Mack Brown finds a suitable tailback to stabilize the ever turbulent backfield, the ‘Horns will prove to be an unstoppable force in their current line up.

Oklahoma Sooners ? Their Heisman winning quarterback Sam Bradford is making a return this season and it is quite certain that he is looking for payback. The Sooners had a great season last year only to be stopped at the end by Florida during the BCS championship. Before that they were making it look easy but then Florida completely routed them during BCS, proving again that the Sooners lack in the defense section. Bradford is banking on the fact that tight end Jermain Gresham is returning. Gresham is fully ready for the NFL, making him a powerful player in the team. The tailback DeMarco Murray is also another one to watch out for.

Oklahoma State Cowboys ? They are a great team for the ACC or the Big East even and will route the field completely to make it to the BCS bowl. However, they are up against the ‘Horns and the Sooners in the Big 12 and that is what stops them every year. They may still breakout this season with their great offense trio made up of wideout Dez Bryant, tailback Kendall Hunter and quarterback Zac Robinson. Robinson makes for an experienced leader and together the Cowboys have a fighting chance of winning it or at least making it to the finals.

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Survive An Important Business Conference

Attending a big business conference can be all too overwhelming for an individual, especially if its your first time attending one. It is crucial that you come prepared, both in your best behavior and mindset. Surviving a business conference is easy if you follow these tried and tested techniques listed below.

Look your best. In line with this tip, you may want to carefully plan your wardrobe ahead. Choose what clothes to bring and what appropriate set of clothes to use on a specified day or event. Bring items of clothing you are most confident and comfortable wearing. Follow the dress protocol for that particular business gathering.

Wear the most comfortable pair of shoes. Theres a great chance that youll be up on your feet for several hours in the conference. Youll be distracted if your feet hurt like hell. If this happens, you will miss the most important parts of the speech delivered by the key note speaker, or not enjoy the remaining time of the conference.

Contact a fellow attendee ahead. If a colleague is attending, best to contact him and come to the conference with a buddy. This will make your stay at the conference more pleasurable and will make you at ease the entire duration of the business conference.

Bring a good number of your best business cards. Have your secretary prepare a very good-looking set of business cards for you. Whenever you have the chance, come up to fellow attendees, smile, introduce yourself, start a meaningful conversation, and dont forget to leave them a copy of your business card. This affords a chance at interaction, business promotion, and obtaining possible business deals with other attendees.

Get other peoples business cards. Collect them as you go, this way you know who to contact afterwards. This strategy also creates a list of prospective business contacts which can eventually be of benefit for you and your business.

Im sure if you follow these steps, youll end up surviving the biggest business event youll ever attend to these year and the years ahead of you.

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1965 NHL season

by toff63

The 1965 season of the National Hockey league was the 49th season in the history of the league. The league at that time featured just 6 teams. These teams faced off many times throughout the 70 game season.


The teams that took part in the NHL during that year were the Montreal Canadiens, Chicago Black Hawks, Toronto Maple Leafs, Detroit Red Wings, Boston Bruins and New York Rangers. The previous season the league belonged to the Montreal Canadiens. Montreal had played great in the regular season the previous year and managed to find a tremendous amount of success in the playoffs, winning the Stanley Cup.


With the Canadiens taking the championship the previous year everyone was aiming to knock them down from the top of the league. The Canadiens looked like a tough team however, and they would not be an easy team to beat in the 1965-66 season.


This season featured some new awards for NHL participants. There was an award called the Lester Patrick Trophy and another called the Conn Smythe Trophy. The first trophy was to be awarded to Jack Adams that season because of his contribution to the growth of hockey in the United States. The second trophy would be a coveted trophy, given to the most valuable player of the Stanley Cup playoffs.


Although it did not affect the teams during the 1965 season, there was a huge change to the NHL that was coming. During the season there were 6 more cities that were awarded franchises. These franchises were slated to begin play in the 1967 season.

Just like the year before, the Canadiens took the regular season by storm. The Canadiens were the only team in all of the NHL that managed to win at least 40 games. The Canadiens were solid and most people picked them as the favorites to win it all after their great play in the regular season.


The next best team in the league was the team from Chicago, the Black Hawks. They managed to win 37 games on the year. The Black Hawks were led by the dynamic duo of Bobby Hull and Stan Mikita. These two players were the two leading scorers in the NHL. Bobby Hull had 54 goals and 43 assists on the year. The 54 goals were by far the highest total of any player in the league. Mikita chipped in another 30 goals and 48 assists on the year, tying Bobby Rousseau of Montreal for 2nd in the NHL in scoring.


The 4 teams that would ultimately make the playoffs were the Canadiens, Maple Leafs, Black Hawks and Red Wings. The Canadiens and Maple Leafs would square off and the Black Hawks and Red Wings would play against each other in the first round.


The Canadiens dominated the first round, sweeping the Maple Leafs in the series. Meanwhile, the Black Hawks were upset by the Red Wings, losing the series 4-2. The Red Wings and Canadiens would ultimately square off for the Stanley Cup.


In the end, the favorites entering the season came out on top, as the Canadiens beat the Red Wings in 6 games. The Canadiens would be the 1965-66 Stanley Cup champs.

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Searching For Conference Centres In Lancashire?

Now you have planned a meeting with a prospect this Monday. You know the importance of this meeting as it can clinch a big deal for your business. There are times when people look for attractive conference centres in Lancashire. They are just not only meant to provide a space to conduct a meeting but much more than it. Organizing your meeting or conference at a location is an art and needs special attention on every front.

If youre planning to take the services of one of the leading conference centres in Lancashire, I would suggest you doing a market research before arriving on your decision. Internet has emerged as the most viable option for people to help them conduct an online research in Lancashire. There are numerous services providers in UK that provide venue services for parties, conferences & meetings, weddings, banqueting, Christmas, self catering event and accommodation.

Before contact any of the service providers, you are required to do some homework. It may include number of attendees, meeting propaganda, time duration, lunch & dinner, number of days, accommodation services, drinks, internet need, computers, and many more. There are small things that need to be considered in order to make your meeting successful. For less number of people, a small hall will be sufficient but for a big group of people you need some extra space which can be provided by a renowned service provider in UK.

Having your meeting or conference at a beautiful venue leaves a lasting impression on your client. In simple words, it delivers the unmatched value to your business. This is the reason why choosing a reputed conference centre is so important for a business. In order to make a significant impact on attendees and clients, it is advised to carry out a detailed research on different conference centres in Lancashire.

With the latest advancements in technology, there is no need to arrange a meeting with simply arranging a projector and piles of paper. Today, there are numerous technological advancements in the event management industry that can definitely make your meeting or conference a success.

In this highly competitive event management industry, the ultimate benefit is available to customers in terms of reduced costs and improved benefits. So, finally, there is enormous information available on internet that can help you make a sound decision when it comes to choose a meeting or conference venue in UK.

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