All Access: Coach Krzyzewski
Some time ago, I wrote extensively about Coach Mike Krzyzewski. It was 2005, when Championship Productions released six of Coach Ks DVDs at once. The famous coach has been quite busy since then. Besides winning the gold medal as the head coach of Team USA at the last Olympic Games in Beijing, the head coach of the Duke University Blue Devils also published another book (“Gold Standard: Building a World Class Team”) in 2009 that was drawn from his winning Olympic Games experience. The basketball coach was also the subject of other books written about him, including “Last Dance: Behind The Scenes At The Final Four,” an e-book released at the end of 2008, and “Guardians Of The Game: A Legacy Of Leadership,” published in late 2008.
Now, new DVDs are coming from Coach K and, as always, they’re produced by Championship Productions, the world leader in sport DVDs. This “All Access” set comes with four disks and, like all productions in this ongoing coaching series, it presents training sessions with high-level coaches. Other coaches featured in the series include Geno Auriemma and a second one on the work of Jim Calhoun, the two head basketball coaches of the University of Connecticut’s women’s and men’s teams, respectively.
In this “new” chapter with Coach K, the cameras record one of the most important American coaches as he works on the construction of both his offensive and defensive game. The DVDs were filmed inside mythical Cameron Indoor Stadium, home court of Duke University in Durham, North Carolina, and a wild theater for the noisy exhibitions of its highly enthusiastic university supporters. I wrote “new” between quotations because, to be precise, these four DVDs pick up where a previous set of Coach K’s four VHSs that were released some time ago left off. However, all has been enlarged, remastered, and put onto the new DVD format. The disks run 438 minutes and offer two complete training sessions and several extracts from Mike Krzyzewski’s clinics. Along with Duke players and his assistant coaches, Steve Wojciechowki and Chris Collins, the highly-successful coach of Duke describes his method of building an iron-strong defense, starting from 1-on-1 drills, all the way up to 5-on-5 situations. Coach Wojciechowki is especially effective when he describes how to defend against all the pick-and-roll situations in different zones on the court and at various screen angles. The Blue Devils’ full-court press defense is also described in detail. Coach Collins, on the other hand, shows the various offensive options used regularly by Duke teams, including the “Elbow Series,” with a set-up that always keeps the big man in one of the two elbows of the free throw lane. It’s here where he gets the ball and runs the continuation of the offensive play. In addition, Collins shows the various out-of-bounds plays against the press, both from the baseline and half court. Each training session finishes up with a series of questions posed to Coach K from coaches sitting in the stands. His answers provide many coaching pearls that can be immediately incorporated into the training session of any team, at any level. From his ideas on running a fast break at the end of a game to the physical conditioning of players, Coach K covers all of the important topics. This DVD will prove to be a welcome addition to anyone’s collection. Enjoy the coaching sessions!
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