Author Coach Baxter

In high school Coach Baxter was a multiple sport athlete. After graduating high school he went to college to play football. Growing up his father was a basketball coach and Coach Baxter saw first hand how coaching can be fulfilling for the athlete and the coach. Having a passion to teach, inspire, and push his peers to their potential he found a natural love for coaching. Now he coaches basketball for his AAU team as well as school.

Currently submerged in my second year of coaching I can comfortably and honestly say I have improved as a coach. As I should expect, considering I am in the gym coaching six to seven days a week. ( Sidebar/s: 1. Ball is Life. 2. If I miss your call/text/tweet… Gyms have very bad reception.) Be it high school, AAU, and even training I have had the opportunity to be a “sponge” around some coaches and programs extremely fond of winning. What I can take away from this is winning is a process. A process built around trusting three different ways.…

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Last month my former high school, Southeast Raleigh High (Raleigh, NC) honored retiring Coach John Baker III, at one of the basketball games. A more familiar “Coach Bake” is what the community, students, and players, myself included know him by. Bake was a tough coach, I mean physically opposing in stature, and even more in basketball philosophy. I had a lot of basketball coaches growing up, and Bake easily took the cake when it came to having the hardest practices. I could’ve easily competed in cross country running after playing for Bake, the conditioning and practices were INTENSE. However, I…

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The Hoops edition. If you have played sports at any level then there is a great chance you’ve heard the phrase “offense wins games Defense wins championships,” or some version of it. I mean for many basketball coaches this phrase serves as a mantra and foundation for their programs. Eventually I’m going to give my coaches hypothesis on why the statement is true. But first I want to examine the types of games and players that even play in championship games. Trust me, every player is not a championship caliber player. Being a champion in anything takes hard work! Taking…

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When I was a kid, I can honestly say I had no clue what I wanted to be when I grew up. I mean clueless. In school I would make up something different every time an assignment projecting our careers came up. Now it’s not that I hadn’t given it any thought, because I did. A lot. My future was just something I wasn’t ready to decide on, until a few years ago. One thing I always knew was my pops was the coolest dude in the world. And he was a basketball coach. I was fortunate enough to watch…

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For many young athletes not making the team can be one of the most devastating feelings they experience. Getting cut from the team can often hinder athletes from pursuing professional sports. A dream less than 1% of athletes realistically achieve. Trust me I have been there before, most athletes have. It’s normal to ask a young school kid what they want to be when they grow up and their response be shamelessly genuine. “I want to be a professional ______ player.” As a parent, sure you encourage them. Tell them they can be anything they want to be. That’s your…

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