Friday, 18 May 2007

Windsor Coaching Clinic

Long-time NCAA Head Coach Rick Majerus, recently named new coach at Saint Louis University, headlines the list of coaches at the University of Windsor Basketball coaching clinic on June 1-2. Also on the list of clinicians are 7 time CIAU National champion and former Canadian National team Head Coach Ken Shields and current Carleton University head coach and Canadian national team assistant coach Dave Smart.

Majerus has a very strong reputation as a tremendous teacher of the game, having started his coaching career with legendary Marquette coach Al McGuire and served under NBA coaching greats Don Nelson and Del Harris among others. Of course Majerus has had his own successes as head coach, most noteably leading the Utah Utes to the NCAA championship game in 1998. He has also coached at Ball State and Marquette before recently returning to the sidelines, signing a six-year deal with the Billikens of Saint Louis after a three-year hiatus analyzing games for ESPN/ABC. Among the talent that Majerus has sent to the NBA is Philadelphia 76ers point guard Andre Miller, a mildly recruited guard out of inner-city Los Angeles coming out of high school, and Michael Doleac, who received only one scholarship offer coming out of high school (from Majerus) and ended up in the NBA. Majerus is a proven teacher and developer of player skills - he is a tremendous clincian and coaches will learn a tremendous amount about teaching the game from Coach Majerus.

Coach Ken Shields is a legend in Canadian basketball coaching circles, having led UVic to an incredible run of CIAU national titles in the late 70's and early 80's after beginning his career at Laurentian University. Shields then went on to coach Canada's National team and also worked closely with former NBA head coach Del Harris. In fact, Shields is honoured as a strong contributor to Harris's tremendous book "Winning Defense". One of the most technically-sound coaches of his generation, coach Shields built impressive programs at UVic, stocking our national team with such Canadian basketball greats as Eli Pasquale, Gerald Kazanowski and Greg Wiltjer. Recently, Shields served as guest coach for the Milwaukee Bucks during the 2006 NBA playoffs. Another technically-sound teacher of the game, Shields will communicate his decades-long knowledge base in the clinic.

Dave Smart could be viewed as this generation's Ken Shields of Canadian basketball coaching. Having won 5 consecutive CIS national championships (and counting), Smart has proven to be a deeply-technical teacher of the game both individually and in the team concept. Still only in his 30's, Smart is already on the staff of Canada's national team and has established the Ravens as a CIS basketball dynasty. With a solid knowledge of the details of the game, Smart is a great addition to the clinic.

Confirmed Speakers and Topics

Rick Majerus - Head Coach, St Louis University, arguably one of the top clinicians in the world! Clinic Topic: Defending Ballscreens, Developing the Big Man, Motion Offense

Ken Shields - 7 time CIS national championship coach at the University of Victoria - Clinic Topic: The Art of Coaching".....the combination of leadership and teaching. The role of leadership in the development of toughness, self discipline, learning to compete, character development. The teaching of individual skills in the context of the principles of the game....two and three man plays so that players develop and "understand the game"

Dave Smart - 5 time CIS national championship coach at Carleton University - Clinic Topic: Carleton Half-Court Defensive System

Don't miss out on this incredible coaching educational experience.

This event will take place June 1-2, 2007 at the St Denis Centre on campus at the University of Windsor (just seconds across the border bridge from Detroit).

The clinic will feature on court demonstrations and will be comprehensive in its coverage of each coach's technical and tactical systems. Each coach will do multiple sessions so that you can get in depth coverage of each topic.

For more information, visit (go to Lancer teams - men's basketball - 2007 coaches clinic) or contact Coach Chris Oliver at or 519-253-3000 ext. 4047 for more info.

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