High School basketball coaches from Providence Day, Providence High and Myers Park took time out Saturday to speak to the QCAA AAU coaches to offer lessons and drills to help them get better. The six-hour event was held at Charlotte's Northeast Middle School.
"We love having our coaches clinic each year," said QCAA president Edward Addie. "It's a way to get our coaches together, which is always good, and hopefully it's a way for them to get some great knowledge to help them become better coaches and help improve the players inside of QCAA. We really think we've got our best ever lineup of coaches this year, and we were tickled by the strong turnout for the clinic and by the powerful presentations by the high school coaches."
Providence Day coach Brian Field kicked off the event with a one-hour series on fast break offense and some other key teaching points he's used to put together what is arguably the area's top 3A private school team this season. Field's team has eight players who are college recruits, including QCAA alum Grant Williams, a 6-6 sophomore center.
Following Field, longtime QCAA coach and consultant Tim Hallice, a former college player and coach, spoke about putting together a great practice and explored some defensive principles, which led to an intense discussion about how to play man defense from a team perspective.
Myers Park girls basketball coach Barbara Nelson was next and she went through a series of highly spirited drills coaches can use to make practice competitive. Nelson dipped into her extensive experience from a career that began in the mid '80s and has seen her win more than 400 games and seven state championships, winning big at Providence Day, Wingate University and now Myers Park.
Finally, first-year Providence coach Scott Taylor, a former Florida State graduate assistant and longtime Queens College assistant, covered man-to-man defensive principles and talked about specific drills to help teams improve.
"We think the clinic was very effective," Addie said. "We want to thank the speakers who were excellent and can't wait to do this again. It was a huge success."