5 Qualities You Should Look for in a Basketball Coach
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5 Qualities You Should Look for in a Basketball Coach

By Kaitlyn Fedor

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The traits you need to become a great coach are almost universal; the sport doesn't matter. Most great coaches are knowledgeable about the game, have strong charisma, and have a history of success. Below, is the breakdown of five qualities you'll want to look for in your basketball coach.

While browsing through these qualities, it is important to remember that everyone coach has their own style. From Phil Jackson's seated approach to the no-nonsense attitude of Spurs legendary coach Greg Popovich, everyone is different.

Basketball IQ

You want your coach to be knowledgeable about the game. Not just playing it, but coaching it. Your coach may have been a great player back in the day, but in the present they may have issues explaining the nuances of the game. Basketball coaches need to know more than just the rules of the game, they need to get into the details. A great basketball coach can always find a way to tie practice drills to a real game scenario and they should be able to nitpick the small details to help you develop as a player.


You want your coach to love basketball as much as you do, if not more. Enthusiasm and energy can be infectious especially within a team atmosphere. By bringing passion to the team, it helps players understand that the coach is on the same page. If a basketball coach is listless or disinterested in the game, you can expect their team to act similarly.


A great coach needs to be involved, not only on the court but also off. They should be able to instill discipline and understand the individual personalities of their players. They should be aware of a player's personal background, school work, and home life. This way, coaches can connect with players on a deeper level. The more players care about their coach, the more they care about the overall team.


Communication skills are crucial. A good coach should be able to communicate the team's defensive and offensive philosophy in a way that each player can understand and follow. Everybody that's a part of the team should understand both offensive and defensive schemes, even if they are sitting on the bench. Great coaches are able to communicate their team vision in a clear cut manner. You want the players to act as a sponge and absorb all of the information whenever their coach has something to say.


Development is especially important at the youth levels. A great youth basketball coach is continuously developing their players. They are tirelessly working on helping improve and tweak the small details that can help players reach and exceed their potential.

These are just five qualities that make up a great basketball coach. There are so many more, many of which have to do with leadership. Having a great coach can help your team play cohesively and let the players and the viewers enjoy the game to the fullest extent. A good coach is not only a teacher of the game but also of life. At HoopGroup, our coaches have the experience to back up their success. We make sure they have the skills necessary to develop players of all skill levels.