WYC 016 Alan Stein – Hardwood Hustle podcast and Strongerteam.com – Youth Basketball

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

Alan Stein is the owner of Stronger Team and the strength & conditioning coach for the nationally renowned, Nike elite DeMatha Catholic High School basketball program. Alan brings a wealth of valuable experience to his training arsenal from over a decade of extensive work with elite high school, college, and NBA players. He also co-hosts the podcast ‘Hardwood Hustle’ with Adam Bradley. Alan lives in Bethesda, MD with his wife Rebecca, twin sons Luke & Jack (aka ‘The Born Backcourt’), and daughter Lyla.

Website: Strongerteam.com


Facebook: /strongerteam

Youtube: /strongerteam

Podcast: Hardwood Hustle

Listen NOW:

Listen in iTunes: iTunes link

Listen in Stitcher: Stitcher link


Coaching/Leadership Quote

▪   ‘A candle loses nothing by lighting another candle’

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Coaching your own Kid

▪   It is important for your child to have a positive sports experience early on – and if that means you need to step up and be coach, step up and do it

My ‘Cringe’ Moment

▪   There are 100 ways to skin a cat – in Alan’s early years he wasn’t as open-minded about outside methodologies

Coaching AH-HA Moment

  • Meeting Todd Wright, Texas’ strength coach

Teaching Children & Keeping it Fun

  • Kids are different than adults! Physically, mentally, and emotionally
  • Start with the foundation – their body, then move to their skill, then to their brain, then to their heart.

HUGE IDEA #1 – 60 minute practice plans

  • 60 minute practice plan for 8 year-old:

o  20-25 minutes – body awareness/performance

o  30 minutes – fundamentals/skills

o  5-10 minutes – Play games: 2-on-2 or 3-on-3

  • 60 minute practice plan for High-schooler:

o  5-8 minutes – body awareness/performance

o  15-20 minutes – fundamentals/skills

o  15-20 minutes – Situational games, still lots of 3-on-3

Best Practice Warm-up

HUGE IDEA #2 – 6 primary movements to include in your warm-up:

  1. Sprinting
  2. Backpedaling
  3. Defensive sliding
  4. Pivoting
  5. Jumping/landing
  6. Lunging

Watch examples on Alan’s Youtube channel: Youtube.com/strongerteam

Best Stolen Resource

▪   When watching someone else do a drill that you are going to implement- Ask:

  1. Why are you doing it?
  2. How are you doing it?
  3. What is the end result supposed to be?


▪   ‘You get what you bring as a coach’ – If you bring enthusiasm, and model the behavior you are preaching, and expect excellence of yourself – most of the time the players will respond in kind.

▪   Positive Peer Pressure – the team all is disciplined together

Reward, Recognition, and Teambuilding

  • ‘Coaching at its most fundamental level is about connecting’

Inspiring Story

  • Kevin Durant – When he was in high school – he was very intraverted and quiet – yet Alan connected with him and appreciated Alan’s passion for making him better

Coaching/Leadership Motivation

▪   Podcast – Andy Stanley’s ‘Your Move’ – the non-negotiables are Dishonesty, Disobedience, and Disrespect

▪   Quote – ‘Do the things others don’t do, and you’ll have the things others don’t have’- also very powerful if you replace the word ‘won’t’ for the ‘don’t’

▪   Book – Coack K – ‘Leading with the Heart’

The One that Got Away

  • ‘Play present’ – You have to focus on the next play- nothing in the past, nothing too far in the future
  • Alan shares a story of a player at Dematha who barely missed setting an incredible record and what he did afterwards that was so impressive

Parting Advice

▪   Always, always, always – do what is in the best interest of the player

Stronger Team/Hardwood Hustle Podcast

▪   Alan co-hosts the Hardwood Hustle podcast with Adam Bradley – Great podcast for people of all ages- Have your junior-high/high-school kids listen!

Interview Links / Promotional Partners

New and Noteworthy Podcast with Dave Westwood


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