Frank Martin Basketball Coaching Clinic Notes

Frank Martin Basketball Coaching Clinic Notes

These basketball coaching clinic notes are from when Frank Martin spoke in 2014. Coach Martin is the head men’s basketball coach at the University of South Carolina and is in his 3rd year with the program. Before coming to South Carolina, Frank Martin coached at Kansas State University for 5 years. Coach Martin has also spent time at Cincinnati University and the high school level as well.


Basketball Coaching Clinic Notes

Does not like Trapping on Defense

  • He does not like rotations or closeouts that players must make to trap.

He wants to be aggressive while being disciplined in his team defense.

  • He does not want the other team to score within the timing and flow of their normal offense.
  • He wants you to speed up and play 1 on 1 off of the dribble.

“No 3’s, No Layups, Tough 2’s”

He feels that if the offense’s first pass is difficult, their next pass will be more difficult.

For Offense Rebounding purposes, his 3, 4, & 5 must get to the opposite block of the shooter. 1 & 2 must fill each elbow.

Spends 15-20 minutes every day working on 1 on 1 competition basketball drills.

Any guy who messes up or is fighting the culture he is trying to create through practice, he normally doesn’t deal with. He sends the guy over to the strength coach for running/discipline.

He calls the White Line, Mid-Line the DUMB A** LINE- that way, if his players are not on it, he asks them what they are. He says his players don’t like to call themselves dumb a**es.

The biggest mistake players make on defense is getting closer to their man when he starts to move and not staying on the line up the line.

In college basketball, players are good enough that they are going to get the ball. The defense must make sure that their man does not catch the ball squared-up facing the rim. Force the catch back 2-3 feet from where they want, keep them off-balance, make the offense post from the guard spot and catch the ball with their back to the basket. All of this slows them down just a bit, taking them out of their normal flow.

Does 4 vs. 4 shell drill every day

  • Early on, they only worked on guarding cuts and dribble drives using their principles.
  • Later they will put some of the other team’s concepts in for the offense, and the defense will work shell guarding that.

On baseline drive, he rotates with the nearest weak-side guard to the baseline. That way, no guard ever has to rotate down to block out a big

Help guy under no circumstances can ever get beat, or he is coming out.

Uses 2-red shirt football players early in the season to set screens. That way, his guys see how to set them, and guards learn how to get through anything.


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