WYC 014 Youth Basketball – Brent Kreid – ‘You’re the Leader, but it’s not about You’

Brent Kreid picWhat does it take to be a winning youth coach? Listen in as Brent Kreid shares coaching stories and discusses his journey to becoming a successful youth coach.

Brent is a school teacher and adminstator. He played high school football, basketball, and baseball and also played college baseball for 3 years. He has coached competitive youth sports for over 20 years. He is married and has 4 children: ages 18, 15, 13, and 10.

Twitter: @BrentKreid

Facebook: facebook.com/brent.kreid

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Coaching/Leadership Quote

▪   ‘The will to succeed is important, but what’s more important is the will to prepare’– Bobby Knight

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Coaching your own Kid

▪   Know when to lean on another coach to communicate to your child

My ‘Cringe’ Moment

▪   ‘I thought there was success in incorporating a million things’ – Whether it’s a million rules, a million strategies, a million plans – early in his career Brent fell into the common trap of over-complicating things – he learned over time how much more effective it was to KEEP THINGS SIMPLE

Best Stolen Idea

  • Worked with High School coach Dick Corn – Brent learned simplicity from him – Be great at 1 or 2 things vs. being good at 6 to 8.    click to tweet!

HUGE IDEA #1:Tony Barone (Texas A&M, Creighton) – ‘You need to do something everyday to prepare you for your greatest challenge’   click to tweet!

Teaching Children & Keeping it Fun

HUGE IDEA #2: Brent shares an excellent shooting drill to teach the fundamental basketball stroke – to any age group – 5 and 6 year-olds, and all the way up to high school players: ‘L-sitting on a shelf, elbow above the eye, hand in the basket’

Coaching Resources

▪   Book: Leading with the Heart – Mike Krzyzewski


▪   A(E+E)=Success: Attitude x (Effort + Execution)

▪   Discipline – have to 1st figure out if it is a heart issue or a head issue – then the discipline is very individualized depending on all of the circumstances

Reward, Recognition, and Teambuilding

▪   Many kids’ love language is words of affirmation – they love public praise – in front of their teammates, their parents

Inspiring Story

  • Brent shares a story of a young man who was afraid on the football field – and how proud he was as the boy continued to face his fear and his teammates rallied around him.

The One that Got Away

▪   Brent remembers a game from twenty years ago – 1994 he was a JV coach and specifically remembers his coaching mistake that let the game slip away.

Coaching/Leadership Motivation

▪   Book: The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership – John Maxwell

▪   Quote: ‘The will to succeed is important, but what’s more important is the will to prepare’– Bobby Knight

Parting Advice

▪   ‘You’re the leader, but it’s not about you’

▪   Keep it simple!

▪   Enjoy yourself and have fun with it

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