Many people ask me about the off-season in the WNBA. They wonder what coaches do because it is such a long time. That always gives me a chuckle.
There is plenty to do with preparations for the next season. I re-watch and chart each game from the previous season. Make notes on and evaluate our offense and defense while watching (both live and on video) as many college games as possible. I re-watch each of our opposing team video databases and evaluate each team’s strongest offensive actions and key players.
Players. You win with players. The evaluations of players for the final 11-player roster is critical. The more players you watch, the more likely it is that you won’t make a mistake come draft day. It still happens because WNBA success for a player is not solely predicated on what happens inside the white lines November through March.
Fortunately there is time for other things as well. Family for one. We steal so much time from them in April through September… we have to be able to give them back some time October through March.
I’m very honored to be part of something much bigger than basketball. The Virginia Basketball Academy is an organization founded and directed by Ben D’Allesandro. Ben’s a former high school and college coach that got off the treadmill, put priorities first and dedicates all he has to making the lives of children better everyday. VABA’s Mission of building character and shaping lives through the game of basketball is at the forefront of all we do.
It’s inspiring to be part of this organization. A Virginia 501(c)(3) non-profit, VABA services nearly a thousand boys and girls through a huge variety of programs annually. VABA has frown over 325% in the last 24 months alone. Our ability to reach children, families and coaches can be credited back to Ben’s vision and leadership, but even more so to the tireless and countless hours of the coaches and volunteers who make it all possible.
As you can see from the video, the driving force is and even simpler and Higher purpose than what most think.