Josh Pastner Rising Coaches Basketball Coaching Clinic Notes

Josh Pastner Rising Coaches 2010 Basketball Coaching Clinic Notes


Josh Pastner is the head men’s basketball coach for Memphis University. He is currently in his 4th season as the head coach (12-13). In his first 3 years as the Tigers head coach, he won a remarkable 75 games, which is really impressive, especially for a new coach. Josh continues to make his argument for being one of the best young college basketball coaches in America. These basketball coaching clinic notes were taken from the Rising Coaches Conference in 2010.


Basketball Coaching Clinic Notes


We are coaches. We have the ability to impact lives.

  • We have an opportunity, don’t take it for granted.
  • Enjoy the journey, enjoy the process.
  • Life flies by; it goes by fast.
  • Recognize that we need to embrace the journey.

You have responsibilities to a lot of people when you are a coach.


You have to be in the right place at the right time.

  • But work hard, so you have the opportunity to catch a break.

Know your limitations.

  • Your (assistant coaches and support staff) strengths should be your HC’s weakness(es).

The best power you can have is calmness and a clear mindset.

  • You need to have clarity in every decision you make.
  • Think of the long-term.

Players win games.

  • Teach them to win and put them in positions to be successful.
  • Get guys to play hard!
  • Start out being tough on them and gradually back up if needed.
  • Much better than doing the opposite.

Be a disciplined individual.

Have documentation of everything you do.

  • It serves as a way to protect yourself.
  • It also serves as a way to reflect on things.

If you are ever a HC, fight to have your own compliance personnel.

  • It will save you headaches in the long-run, and it protects you.


  • Keep it simple with recruits.
  • Have a little shake & bake, but keep it simple and be direct.
  • Get straight to the point with recruits.
  • Get to the source.
  • Find out who is helping make the decision.
  • An underrated person involved: HS Coach.
  • He gets to see the kid daily for 9 months of the year.
  • Always be selling the program to recruits.


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