Georgia Regents men’s basketball coach Dip Metress and University of South Carolina coach Frank Martin collaborated with the Greater Augusta Fellowship of Christian Athletes for a coaches clinic Tuesday.
Area coaches gathered at Warren Baptist Church to receive tips and coaching strategies on subjects from late-game situations to “chalk talk.”
Metress took the coaches to the court during the first session. With the assistance of the Georgia Sting, he demonstrated more than 15 late-game scenarios that coaches could use.
“I was kind of thrown on the spot to talk about late-game situations. We went over some concepts and talked a little zone offense,” Metress said. “I encouraged them to go out and watch other coaches’ practices. It’s great to fellowship and bring some of the area basketball coaches together.”
Laney boys coach Buck Harris, a former player at Augusta State, said the insight received from this clinic will help him improve as a coach.
“I’m always trying to learn more about the game and become better at my craft. I’m just here to learn and see what I can take back to my guys to help them get better,” Harris said. “This is huge. I’m surprised more coaches aren’t taking advantage of the opportunity. They are missing out on something great.”
Augusta area FCA director Greg Wilson, a former Augusta State women’s coach and current coach at Westminster, said with the Nike EYBL Peach Jam tipping off in North Augusta this week, this was the perfect opportunity for the clinic.
“At FCA we do a lot with coaches, but not a lot with basketball coaches. This is our first effort in giving coaches a chance to work on self-improvement,” Wilson said. “We wanted to give them the opportunity to hear from some upper level coaches. We figured with the Peach Jam in town, why not have some of those guys come over for a few hours to help out.”
Both Metress and Wilson hope the camp can develop into something more in the future.
“This is a great event for coaches to come out and just talk basketball,” Metress said. “Deep down, kids want to get coached and to get better. Events like this help coaches be prepared for that challenge.”
“I wanted to see if there was any interest at all for a program like this. There is, so we hope to build on it,” Wilson said. “I hope they gain things in their toolboxes to use. Basketball is like golf; you never master it and you can never stop learning the game. If I can take one or two things to make either my players or myself better, then the clinic was a success.”