Basketball Playbook-5. Post Playby Tom Kelsey
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Have you ever struggled with getting the most out of your Post Players? Not sure how to help them learn how to get open, defend and score?
I’ve been there. Playing for the legendary Don Meyer and alongside an All American Post Player and MVP of the National Tournament gave me a base, but I knew I had a lot to learn.
I couldn’t just rely on using drills we used as a player or what I thought worked. I had to dig deeper.
Quickly I found out what Post Players needed.
Successful Repeated Repetitions under Game Conditions.
I had to make sure they did whatever the drill over and over successfully.
And then do the drill quickly.
Once I started this process of successful repetitions and going game speed, my players started showing steady improvement
I changed from just checking the box when doing Post Play Drills to being intentional and it showed. Now instead of having players go through a drill to say we did the drill, we made sure they did it correctly and at a quick pace.
When I watch a team practice or someone working with a Post Player the most common mistake I see is allowing a player to slide through a drill.
Not concentrating on the footwork to get open, catching with two hands, chinning the ball, playing with knees bent and following every missed shot with a put back on the offensive end.
Here is a series of drills for you to use with your Post Players.
Make sure they do the drill correctly and then make sure they are going a high rate of speed.
Tom Kelsey's career has spanned from coaching Professional teams to players just learning the game.
Working with the NBA, Women's Professional Basketball, High Major College Basketball, Small College Basketball. High School, Middle School, and Elementary School Kelsey knows how to communicate his message, ensures his teaching is understood, and how to measure improvement.
Kelsey has traveled all over the world teaching and coaching the game of basketball. Playing legendary coaches Don Meyer (college coach) and Rick Torbett of Better Basketball (high school coach) gave Kelsey a solid base in teaching the game.
As a player at Lipscomb University, the team averaged 30 wins per year his last three seasons.
Kelsey was the senior captain of the Lipscomb team, which won the NAIA National Championship.
At 26 Kelsey was the youngest Athletic Director and Head Basketball Coaches in the country. Before the age of 30, Kelsey's team at Faulkner University made college basketball history by going from 4 wins to 23 wins the following season. By his third year, Kelsey was named Coach of the Year and taking the school to their first trip to the National Tournament and team set a record for wins in a season.
At Murray State, Kelsey helped recruit the #11 Ranked recruiting class, set a conference record for wins and team received the highest seed in the NCAA National Tournament ever for the Ohio Valley Conference.
At Belhaven University, Kelsey took his teams to two national tournaments in three seasons after the school had not been to the tournament in 37 years. Kelsey was named Coach of the Year and team set a school record for wins.
As an assistant coach at Alabama and LSU, he was part of recruiting and signing three #1 players in the country:
While at both (Alabama, and LSU) they were able to sign top 5 recruiting classes. And Kelsey was named one of the top 20 recruiting coaches by HoopScoop Magazine.
Kelsey has worked, organized, and directed basketball camps in Bolivia, Brazil, Peru, Poland, Greece, Belgium, Singapore, and China.
At Ensworth High School team state finalist each year on staff.
NBA (National Basketball Association) China
Camp Director/Lead Trainer
Camp Director for Junior NBA all-star camp in Beijing.
Lead Instructor for Train the Trainer program for teachers and coaches across China in the cities of Beijing, Guiyang, Lanzhou, Nanjing, Shanghai, Suzhou, and Wuxi.
NBA Cares guest clinician.
Served as Head Coach for the Music City Icons, Women's Professional Basketball Team in 2017
Directed the process of selecting team members, practice plans, and game plan organization.
Camp Director/Lead Instructor
Conducted 7-week camp for 1800 athletes. In charge of training coaches, camp staff and developing daily plans.
At the conclusion of program directed and developed curriculum or National Training Camp which selected the top 30 boys and girls for the national team.
Sport Singapore-Active SG
Ran weekly clinics for basketball coaches and developed drill and play notebook.
Developed and taught a course on how to implement values into each practice session and game for the national soccer team coaches.
Helped rewrite curriculum and manual for coaches certifications.
Worked with secondary and primary school physical education teachers on how to use Game For Life curriculum.
Spoke to students groups and conducted practices for area schools.
Coach Tube-Basketball Ambassador
NBA China-Lead Instructor/Camp Director
Music City Icons (Women's Professional Basketball Team)-Head Coach
NBA Asia-Lead Instructor/Camp Director
Ensworth School-Assistant Coach
Louisiana State University (LSU)-Director of Basketball Operations
Belhaven University-Head Coach
Greater Atlanta Christian School-Head Coach
University of Alabama-Assistant Coach
Murray State University-Assistant Coach
Athletes in Action-Assistant Coach
Lipscomb University-Assistant Coach
Faulkner University-Head Coach
Franklin Road Academy-Head Coach
Brentwood Academy-Assistant Coach