|Long list of things that make Doc Nash one of the best around|
|Written by George Browning|
|Wednesday, 04 January 2017 11:02|
Since taking over the reigns of the boys’ basketball program in 2006-07, Doc Nash has done nothing but win.
I have been around for much of that run and at this year’s edition of The First Harrison Bank Holiday Tournament, I began to list the things that separate Nash from others in his profession.Sure I could point to the record. The Braves are 167-74 in 11 seasons.
I could even point to the hardware! Under Nash, Borden has four sectional titles – 2008, 2009, 2012, 2013. They have won two regional championships, 2008 and 2013; one semi-state title and one state championship.
The state title was in 2013 and if memory serves me right, Borden had a few really talented players, but the game plan against Triton was great.
Throw in a few conference trophies and a number of holiday tournament championships and the success speaks for itself.
But the success is just a by-product of another thing that makes Nash one of the best coaches around. Another, are the expectations he has in place for his team and his program.
I shared with him recently how Salem Head Coach Hank Weedin encouraged his team to play more like Borden.
“The biggest challenge I gave my kids in the Borden game was to out-hustle them,” Weedin said. “I challenged them to out-do their effort and energy level. Borden plays hard all the time. Thye get a lot of wins because they out-hustle people. I told the kids I want Borden to say we were the team diving on the floor after loose balls and out-hustling them.”
Most coaches would take Weedin’s comment as a compliment, but not Nash.
While he said he appreciates Weedin’s comments, maximum effort is what he expects from his team at all times.
“It’s a respect thing and a compliment for our kids,” Nash said. “As a coach, I expect our kids to play hard. It drives me crazy when someone says, ‘you lost, but you played hard.’ Playing hard doesn’t always get it! Playing hard is my expectation and if they don’t play hard, they aren’t going to play, it’s that simple!”
Nash backs up his actions, which is another thing added to the list of things that make him good at what he does.
Another thing I think that separates Nash from other coaches is his relentless coaching style during games.
Nash paced the sidelines and when a player on the court would do something well, or even make a mistake, he would use that opportunity to coach the kids who were on the bench.
As for the players on the court, Nash shouted instructions, he shouted criticism, but just as loudly and probably as important, he shouted encouragement!
I have an audio recording of Nash during one offensive set. He shouted, “Patience, patience, be patient, GOOD!” Then he repeated that.
The “GOOD” was the result of his team not taking a rushed shot, not making a bad pass and not doing anything to put the Braves in a bad position.
Another Nash attribute is his willingness to point the finger at himself.
He took the blame for the Braves’ lopsided 25-point loss in the holiday tournament championship game against Salem.
Nash said he should have had an answer for Salem’s spurts and used more timeouts or even put his team in more of a position to be successful.
“I will learn from it, the players will learn from it and we will go back to work and get better,” he said.
The coach who takes the blame for a loss is rare.
If you asked 100 different coaches and players what has made, and continues to make, Nash and the Braves one of the best programs around, you will probably get 100 different answers.
Most of them, in part, will be true.
As I write this, the Braves are 7-1 and again look like they will have a say in who cuts down the sectional championship nets.
Nash, however, in full coaching mode, said there is still a lot of work for his team to do before that kind of talk can begin.
“This team has a lot of potential, but at the end of the day, potential is only good on paper,” Nash said. “Our kids have to come out and do it. There are times we get selfish and there’s times we get lazy and undisciplined. Those things are going to be a recipe for disaster for us.
“I just have to figure a way as coach to get all our kids to buy in, be unselfish, play extremely hard and be part of something bigger than themselves. That’s my job and I am going to figure it out.”
Smart money is on Nash figuring it out, he always has in the past, and that’s another reason he is one of the best around!
|Last Updated on Wednesday, 04 January 2017 11:06|