Pat Skerry 2014 NABC Final Four Coaching Clinic Notes

Pat Skerry 2014 NABC Final Four Coaching Clinic Notes by Wes Kosel

Attached are notes on Pat Skerry’s practice philosophy as well as a sample practice plan. I took these Pat Skerry 2014 NABC Final Four Coaching Clinic Notes in Dallas at the Final Four Convention. Pat Skerry is the head coach for the Towson Tigers of the Colonial Athletic Association. In Skerry’s first year at Towson, the Tigers posted a 1-31 record. Coach Skerry turned the program around leading the Tigers to 18 wins in 2012-2013 and 25 wins in 2013-2014. Skerry came to Towson after serving as an assistant at several programs including Pittsburgh, Providence, and Rhode Island. In all, he has been at 8 programs as an assistant coach, including his alma mater Tufts University. A 4-year player at Tufts, Skerry set the school record for career assists and single-season assists.

In the Pat Skerry 2014 NABC Final Four Coaching Clinic Notes, he describes his practice philosophy including:

  • Initial Thoughts
  • Basic Practice Philosophy
    • Same practice every day
  • What do you Control?
    • Lifting, film, shooting, tone, language, etc.
  • Coaching Language
    • How does your team/coaches communicate?
  • Sample Practice Plan
    • Pre-Practice
    • Stretch/Huddle
    • Ball handling/passing
    • Open Court Work
    • Offensive Skill Work
    • Defensive Skill Work
    • Skeleton Defense
    • Rebounding + Drills
    • Transition Defense + Drills
    • Free-Throws
    • Shell Defense
      • “Kills”
    • Free-Throws
    • Man Offense Execution
    • Zone Offense Execution
    • Film
  • Practice Ideas
  • Shell Defense Guidelines
  • Offensive Thoughts
    • Sets vs. Motion
    • Terminology

Also included is a rebounding drill used by Coach Skerry. The drill has four defenders circling in the lane and four offensive players on the perimeter. As the coach shoots the ball, the defenders have to box out and secure the rebound. Skerry uses a “Red Zone” to highlight the area of the floor that he wants to keep the offense out of. In his shell drill, Skerry challenges his defense to keep the ball out of the kill zone for the duration of the shot clock.


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