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Odds-On Basketball Coaching


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Acknowledgments Preface Introduction: The Four Ps of Situational Basketball Chapter 1: Timeouts Chapter 2: Foul Situations Chapter 3: Substitutions Chapter 4: End-of-Quarter Situations Chapter 5: Protecting a Sizable Lead: A Long-Term Game Strategy Chapter 6: Catch-Up Situations and the Long-Term Comeback Strategy Chapter 7: End-of-the-Game Situations (Minimal Possessions Left) Chapter 8: End-of-the-Game Situations (Final Possessions) Chapter 9: Game Matchups Chapter 10: Managing the Blowout Game Chapter 11: The Jump Ball Chapter 12: Overtime Chapter 13: Out-of-Bounds Situations (SLOB and BLOB) Chapter 14: Practicing Special Situations Conclusion Appendix A: Game Assignments for Coaching Staff Appendix B: Game Signals Appendix C: Specialty Lineups and Player Roles Appendix D: Special Game Rules Appendix E: Situational Play List Appendix F: Possessions Chart Additional Resources About the Author

About the Author

Michael J. Coffino was a basketball coach for twenty-four years. He coached primarily at the high school level at public and private schools and won six league titles in his time as a head coach. Coffino has also assisted professional basketball teams. Now retired from coaching and from his position as a trial and litigation attorney, Coffino continues to consult at high school basketball programs across the region. Coffino is the co-author of the book Play if Forward (2016).


There are two books that I would recommend to every basketball coach in the world: John Wooden's Practical Modern Basketball and Michael Coffino's new book, Odds-On Basketball Coaching, which focuses on crafting high percentage strategies for game situations to increase your team's success. Coffino's book is loaded with knowledge on how to be a better coach. I wish he had published it while I was still coaching because it would have been a real asset. -- Dale Brown, head men's basketball coach, Louisiana State University (1972-1997) and member of the College Basketball Coaches Hall of Fame
Coaches at every level can learn from Odds-On Basketball Coaching. It is as comprehensive and fresh an approach to game situations as you will find. -- Jennifer Azzi, head coach, University of San Francisco (2010-2016), member of the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame, Olympic Gold Medal Winner, and former WNBA player
Odds-On Basketball Coaching is chock-full of coaching goodies like none I've ever read, challenging coaches to think deeply and differently about game situations. I only wish my coaching staffs and I had the book all my previous coaching years. Especially with modern technology, it can be used effectively in a wide range of innovative ways. -- Jeff Ruland, two-time NBA All-Star and assist leader, NBA Development League head coach and 13 year-Division I college coach (4 NCAA appearances)
Odds-On Basketball Coaching is valuable for all coaches regardless of experience or coaching level. It challenges you to think and reflect on your entire approach to coaching while giving you new insight into the game of basketball. -- Sara Lee, head women's basketball coach, Dennison University
Odds-On Basketball Coaching is a well thought out and comprehensive guide that would be helpful to young coaches. It allows the coach to think through each situation presented and consider which of several strategies should be employed. The added bonus is that you get to do this before the added pressure of the game. A good read and a great way to prepare for the upcoming season. -- Bret Tovani, head men's basketball coach, Dominican College (2005-2011) and head boys' varsity basketball coach, San Rafael High School and the Branson School, 33 combined years
Odds-On Basketball Coaching is a great read. Game management, situations and coaching philosophy is not talked about or practiced enough at the high school level. This book planted seeds that will make me a better coach next season and in years to come. Coach Coffino's book is one I will reference many times in the future to prepare our team for any in-game situation that may arise. -- Steve Campagno, head boys' varsity basketball coach, Redwood High School (2008-present)
ALL coaches, especially on the high school level, need to read this book. It is a comprehensive resource on most every conceivable situational play that a team may encounter. As significantly, this book serves as a tremendous reminder that we coaches need to carve out substantial practice time for preparing our players on precisely what our team WILL encounter during a given season. -- Chris Lavdiotis, head boys' varsity basketball coach, Piedmont High School (2001 to present)
Michael's attention to detail in all facets of the game is a must read for coaches at all levels. Odds-On Basketball Coaching is organized in a way to find ideas and solutions for any situation. A great tool and reference guide. -- Mike Saia, head boys' varsity basketball coach, Marin Catholic High School, and former NCAA basketball referee

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