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Stephen Bardo: Coaching Trees

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Stephen Bardo (stephenbardo.com) first gained fame as a starter on the 1988-1989 “Flyin’ Illini” team that reached the NCAA Men’s Basketball Final Four. Throughout the ‘90s, he played in the NBA, CBA and overseas. He currently serves as a commentator for FOX Sports 1 basketball coverage and presents his Point Guard Vision leadership training to youth and collegiate athletes.

In this video, Stephen explores how prominent coaches give rise to other prominent coaches in so-called "coaching trees." For example, Bob Knight, once the winningest coach on Division I Men's College Basketball, coached and mentored as an assistant coach, Mike Krzyzewski, the Duke University coach, who surpassed Knight in career wins.

Despite Knight's demonstrative ways, Stephen says, it was clear how Knight developed players and people...not only coaches, such as Krzyzewski and Randy Wittman, but many lawyers. doctors and accomplished professionals in other fields. Stephen also delves into the evolution of coaching methods since Knight's day and explains that there are better ways to communicate with student-athletes.

He also mentions Gene Keady, Tom Izzo, Bo Ryan -- coaches who are "tough" and hold players accountable, but without embarrassing them -- and gives a special nod to Bill Self, who even "listens to music he may not necessarily like" in order to be able to relate to his players.