Led by legendary defensive guru Bob Kloppenburg, three of the area’s most renowned basketball minds are teaming for a Coaches Clinic on Saturday, Oct. 25, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., at Ravenna-Eckstein Community Center.
The clinic is designed for beginning and recreation league coaches, but will be beneficial to coaches through the high school level. There will no fee, but pre-registration is urged. Call 206-684-7534 to register.
Organized by Pat Wickstrom, the clinic is sponsored by www.HoopGurlz.com.
Kloppenburg will be joined by Chris Bown, former Storm assistant who currently is with defending state 3A champion Lakeside and the Northwest HoopGurlz girls traveling team; Sara Wetstone, head coach at North Seattle Community College, and Tom Newell, former longtime NBA coach who now heads Coaches Who Care, a nonprofit organization dedicated to education and support of coaches.
The clinic schedule will be:
Kloppenburg has nearly a half century of coaching experience from high school to the NBA, most notably 12 years with the Seattle Sonics as defensive coordinator. Kloppenburg is credited for creating and developing the disruptive pressure defense that is being used extensively in the NBA today. He is the author of "SOS Pressure Defense" a best seller for coaches of the game as a resource on how to teach and implement successful pressure defensive strategies. Now retired, he's a mentor to younger coaches and conducts "D" clinics throughout the basketball world.
- 10:00 a.m. to Noon: Chris Bown and Sara Wetstone on individual skills.
- Noon to 1:00 p.m.: Lunch.
- 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.: Tom Newell on offense.
- 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.: Bob Kloppenburg on SOS defense.
Bown, who writes “The Drill” column for HoopGurlz.com, is an assistant coach with the Lakeside girls varsity basketball team and a coach of the Northwest HoopGurlz select girls team. He recently was an assistant coach in charge of player development for the WNBA Seattle Storm. A graduate of the University of Washington, he has been the head coach for girls varsity basketball teams at Holy Names Academy, Seattle Academy and American Indian Heritage School. In his second stint as an assistant to Sandy Schneider at Lakeside, Bown also does individual training and coaching.
Wetstone enters her second season as the head coach of the North Seattle Community College Storm. In her first season, the Storm finished 13-3 and in third place in the North Division of the NWAACC with and Wetstone was selected as the Coach of the Year for the North Division of NWAACC. A graduate of Lakeside School in 1994, she helped the Lions win two state basketball championships. In her last three years at Lakeside, the Lions amassed a 96-1 record and a record-setting 55 straight wins. The 1994 team was selected by The Seattle Times as the "Team of the Century." She served as captain for two years at Princeton University, then played and coached basketball and taught English in Denmark.
Newell, recently an assistant with Portland in the WNBA, has more than 20 years in professional and international basketball programs. Formerly the Head Coach of the Japan National Men's Team, Newell has co-authored "Offensive Post Play" with his father, legendary coach Pete Newell. After working for several NBA teams, including a stint as assistant with the Sonics, and coaching and conducting clinics worldwide, he founded Coaches Who Care Intl., which assists volunteer coaches with a proper teaching model and development programs that enable coaches and kids to have a positive experience with youth sports.
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