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Mike Brey On Avoiding Overcoaching: Don't Coach Every Dribble

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Mike Brey (@NDMikeBrey) is the head men’s basketball coach at the University of Notre Dame. He led his 2014-2015 team to the Elite Eight in the NCAA Tournament. His success in South Bend includes leading nearly every one of his teams to post-season play and being named Big East Coach of the Year in 2007, 2008 and 2011.

Earlier, he was head coach at University of Delaware, and before that he was an assistant coach at Duke University, serving on the back-to-back national championship teams of 1991 and 1992. A PCA National Advisory Board Member, Mike graduated from George Washington University in 1982. He played for and coached with legendary high school coach Morgan Wootten at DeMatha High School.

Here Mike cautions against overcoaching. One key quote: "Don't coach every dribble." He emphasizes the importance of letting players get into a flow in practice, especially because coaches will not be able to stop play in a game to correct every little mistake.

Of course, coaches will want to review a segment of a practice to correct mistakes, and Mike suggests using a criticism sandwich in those cases. But the worst thing that can happen, he says, is to create athletes who look at the bench after every play to make sure they did things right. "That's crippling."