Gary Smith and Doug Porter coached the two highest scoring teams in men’s and women’s college basketball history: the University of Redlands, California (132.4 ppg), and Olivet Nazarene University in Illinois (104.1 ppg).
Now, in Coaching the System: A Complete Guide to Basketball's Most Explosive Style of Play, you can learn every detail of this devastating full court run-and-press attack that allows you to dictate tempo and force your opponents out of their normal game plan. This system of up-tempo basketball will capture the imagination of your players and community and make coaching fun again!
From its origins as the Sonny Allen Numbered Fast Break to Paul Westhead's Loyola Marymount up-tempo offense, the System has been around for decades. But when Grinnell College's Dave Arseneault added platoon substitution patterns and hockey-style short shifts that place a priority on creating 3-point looks for his 'preferred shooters', the System truly came into its own. Smith and Porter learned the Grinnell version of the System from Arseneault himself, adapting it to fit their situations coaching men's and women's programs.
In the past decade, their teams set 32 NCAA and NAIA records between them, including the most 100-point games in a season (Redlands-23; Olivet-24). Olivet also holds national records for defensive turnovers (36.3 per game), assists (23.8 per game), and three pointers made in a season (509; 15.6 per game). Redlands owns college basketball records (all levels) for field goal attempts (110.3 per game) and three-pointers made ( 23.8 per game).
With Coaching the System in your hands, you will learn exactly how and why the System works, ways to adapt it to fit your personnel, suggestions for conditioning players, how to organize System practices, and methods for defending every common press-breaker alignment. Coaches Smith and Porter even share ways to respond to the inevitable criticisms that come with playing the game this far 'outside the box'.
Other chapters in Coaching the System offer complete descriptions of the Redlands Attack (Coach Smith's variation of the Grinnell Offense), the LMU Attack (which Paul Westhead popularized and used to advance to the NCAA Regional Finals in 1990), and the Olivet Attack (Coach Porter's hybird version of the LMU and Dribble-Drive Offenses). Finally, you will learn System defensive principles, terminology, and how to cover every conceivable press attack and press-breaker alignment. Also included are 57 drills and over 300 diagrams to illustrate System offense and defense, providing you with a complete blueprint for “Coaching the System!”