Tim Kaine is an assistant men's basketball coach at Florida Atlantic University (Sun Belt Conference). Coach Kaine has coached at several different levels of basketball and has been able to learn a lot about the game as he has. Tim is constantly growing as a basketball coach and has been able to help FAU continue to improve as a team and program. He has been on the staff with the Owl's since the 2008-2009 season.
Taking Advantage of the Off Season
Basketball coaches and players know that with the end of each season there is a new beginning. Disappointingly, our season ended with an overtime loss in the Sun Belt tournament. We had plenty of chances to win in the final minutes, but we fell short.
Next season will be here before we know it and we have to reflect on last season and work on improving for 2013-14. We have to properly analyze our strengths and weaknesses in order to improve for next season. How do we do that at Florida Atlantic University?
First, we are meeting with our players this week and laying the foundation for this spring and summer. We have met with the seniors and discussed their plans for the future. There are many things we discuss but the main things are: graduation, career, and plans for the next 3 months.
At FAU, we want our young men to succeed off the court more than they did on the court. Our goal is to have our players graduate and become the best person, husband, and father that they can become in their lives. After meeting with our seniors we meet with our returning players. What we discuss:
- Academic standing
- Thoughts on this past season
- Goals for this spring on the court and in the weight room
- Improvement plan for the Spring
After we complete the meetings with the returning players, they are to email us their individual goals for the spring.
ACADEMIC GOALS: 3.0 +, CREDIT HOURS, etc.
BASKETBALL: BALL HANDLING, LEFT HAND FINISHING, SHOOTING, DEFENSE, etc.
STRENGTH AND CONDITIONING: INCREASE BENCH, ADD 5lbs, etc.
Once we receive each player’s goals for this spring, we sit down as a staff and discuss them. We also develop a plan for our entire team. In addition, we discuss each individual and what we need to do in order to help him improve. We have a consultative approach to improve each player.
Our staff meets with each individual player and we let them know what the plan is for them individually. Our Video coordinator will also create edits for each player of good and bad plays on offense and defense. Each coach on staff will take 3-4 players and sit down with them and watch the film with each individual.
We will show them what they did well and what we need to improve for them to help our team to succeed in the future. It is the players job to execute on the agreed upon plan, and we will hold them accountable.
The main goal for our players and coaches is to “WIN EVERYDAY”. If we “WIN EVERYDAY” then our program will keep improving.