Category: Podcast

David Vanterpool, Minnesota Timberwolves Associate Head Coach

Coach Brendan Suhr is joined by the Associate Head Coach of the Minnesota Timberwolves David Vanterpool. Before joining the Timberwolves this offseason, Vanterpool had spent the previous seven seasons as an assistant coach with the Portland Trail Blazers as he played an integral role in Portland’s success while earning a strong reputation for his basketball IQ, ability to connect with players and build lifelong relationships.

In this episode, Coach Vanterpool discusses how he has developed a passion for coaching; the coaches he played for that influenced him to pursue a career in coaching after playing; his experience working with and learning from Terry Stotts the last 7 seasons; why he decided to join the Timberwolves coaching staff and Ryan Saunders; thoughts on some of the great players he has coached including Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum as well as his goals for his career and how they correlate to his “WHY” for coaching. 

All that and more on Episode 158 of the Coaching U Podcast with Coach Brendan Suhr!

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Micah Shrewsberry, Purdue Boilermakers Assoc. Head Coach

Coach Brendan Suhr is joined by Micah Shrewsberry, Associate Head Coach of the Purdue Boilermakers. Shrewsberry has learned from the best coaches in America, spending the last six seasons as an assistant coach with the Boston Celtics under head coach Brad Stevens. He helped the Celtics to the playoffs in each of the last five seasons, including trips to the Eastern Conference finals in 2017 and 2018. Under Shrewsberry, the Celtics’ offense was one of the best in the NBA this past season, ranking sixth in the league in 3-pointers made and seventh in 3-point percentage. 

Shrewsberry returns to Purdue where he was an assistant coach during the 2011-12 and 2012-13 seasons before departing to Boston. He helped the Boilermakers to the second round of the 2012 NCAA Tournament. Prior to his time at Purdue, he spent four seasons at Butler under Stevens, first as the coordinator of basketball operations, then as an assistant coach for the last three seasons. He helped the Bulldogs to the 2010 and 2011 national championship games before starting his two-year stint with the Boilermakers.

In this episode, Coach Shrewsberry discusses his experiences working with two of the best coaches in the game: Brad Stevens and Matt Painter; why he decided to leave the Celtics to return to Purdue; what he found to be the biggest differences between coaching in the college and professional ranks and how his experience coaching in the NBA will allow him to better serve the players he coaches at the collegiate level moving forward.

All that and more on Episode 157 of the Coaching U Podcast with Coach Brendan Suhr!

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Stan Van Gundy, NBA Head Coach & Analyst for Turner Sports

Coach Brendan Suhr is joined by the Former NBA Head Coach and current basketball analyst for Turner Sports Stan Van Gundy. In this episode, Stan explains why he enjoys clinics, teaching and giving back to coaches; how much the support of his father meant to he and his brother Jeff as coaches; importance of leadership, vision & culture for your team; advice for coaches looking to advance; coaching today’s players; the role of analytics in today’s game; his experience teaching a college course at Stetson University last year as well as his role as a game & studio analyst for Turner Sports. All that and more on Episode 155 of the Coaching U Podcast with Coach Brendan Suhr!

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Bob Delaney, Ret. NBA Referee & New Jersey State Trooper

Coach Brendan Suhr is joined by the Bob Delaney. Delaney is a former NBA Referee, Retired New Jersey State Trooper, Leading Authority in Post Traumatic Stress, Corporate Educator & Motivator and also currently serves as a Special Advisor to the Southeastern Conference.

He has served the NBA in various areas of officiating development, including most recently as the Vice President, Referee Operations/Director of Officials. He is the founder of two schools that trained officials for high-integrity roles within the NBA, WNBA and college basketball. His Performance Enhancement Program (PEP) has provided training for the NFL, U.S. Army, FBI, Federal Law Enforcement Training Center, Homeland Security and more.

During a 25-year NBA officiating career, Delaney officiated more than 1,700 regular season games, more than 200 playoff games, nine Finals and two All-Star Games and was one of the NBA’s highest-rated crew chiefs. In 2003 he received the prestigious Gold Whistle Award from the National Association of Sports Officials.

In this episode, Delaney takes you inside the responsibility of an NBA Official as well as a look back at his time as a State Trooper in New Jersey including a 3 year undercover job to infiltrate organized crime and how he uses that experience today to help people navigate post-traumatic stress. He currently works with sports teams, military branches, police departments and families who have lost loved ones to help them through difficult times. Bob shares some of his most effective strategies and techniques in this episode that can be applied to traumatic events of all kinds for you to use with your team, staff and loved ones.

All that and more on Episode 155 of the Coaching U Podcast with Coach Brendan Suhr!

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Tony Ronzone: Dallas Mavericks Director of Player Personnel

Coach Brendan Suhr is joined by the Tony Ronzone, Director of Player Personnel for the Dallas Mavericks. Tony is one of the NBA’s most respected and accomplished executives with an unmatched feel for the international game and relationships that are second to none. He truly has a passion for helping players and lives it out everyday in his career.

In this episode, Tony takes you through the foundations of his basketball career and how he established himself as the world’s most trusted international scout beginning with his start as a player/coach at the age of 22 in New Zealand. Tony then takes a deep dive into how the international game has grown from a developmental side at the youth level all the way up to the competition side in the FIBA ranks.

We then have some fun as Tony shares stories about some of his experiences drafting players over the years as well as a great story about Kobe Bryant from his time with USA Basketball. He also shares with our audience some of the most important traits that he looks for as he evaluates players that can apply to coaches at the collegiate level as well as they are evaluating players for recruiting purposes. 

All that and more on Episode 154 of the Coaching U Podcast with Coach Brendan Suhr!

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