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Coaching Basketball: Building a Culture of Competitiveness, Respect, and Togetherness in your Basketball Program (EDMA 255)


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Fall 2020 Course Dates: September 1 – December 16, 2020
Registration Deadline: Spetember 1, 2020

*Anticipated Spring 2021 Course Dates: January 4 - April 16, 2021

Graduate Credit-3 semester hours, $625.00 (not including the cost of the textbook)‌
Iowa License Renewal-3 semester hours, $300.00 (not including the cost of the textbook)‌

Online Course Description
This course was designed by Chris Larson, head coach of the Norwalk Warriors. The 2020 Class 3A, Iowa State Champions!  You will learn about successful basketball coaching through a person-first/team-first perspective.  This self-paced class will allow you to reflect on your coaching practices and challenge you to be the best leader for your basketball program through honing your leadership skills to enable you to build your program through the development of a positive, winning team culture along with increasing your basketball IQ.  Videos and readings embedded into the curriculum of this course will stretch your mind to reflect on current practices and best-practice leadership.

Coaching basketball is a class for all students who want to grow both as a coach and a leader.  The unique set-up of this class will help current head coaches grow and aspiring head coaches a blueprint for success both in games and in community relationships.

This is a self-paced course. However, you are required to schedule two virtual meetings with your instructor – one at mid-term, one at the end of course.

Kramer, M. and Montgomery, R. (2012) The Best-Laid Plans of the High School Basketball CEO: A coach's guide to seeking and securing, building and maintaining a successful program. Indianapolis, IN: Dog Ear Publishing, LLC. ISBN: 978-1457508080
An ebook version is available here:

Gordon, J. (2007). The energy bus: 10 rules to fuel your life, work, and team with positive energy. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons. Print ISBN: 9780470100288, Ebook ISBN: 97804701174152.
An ebook version is available here:


Student Testimonials
"This course was by far the best, most applicable coaching specific course I have taken through Continuing Education and Professional Development."
Head High School Basketball Coach

This course may not run as scheduled if we do not reach our minimum number of registrations. Should this occur, all registered students will have the option of receiving a full refund OR rolling the registration over into the following semester.


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