American Basketball Coach winds up two day Coaching Clinic
Coach Michael Scholl
American Basketball Coach Michael Scholl today concluded a two-day intensive Coaches Clinic for the Zuku University Basketball League (ZUBL) at Railways Club in Nairobi.
Scholl, who is currently the Associate Head Coach of Loyola Marymount University’s men’s basketball team, interacted with about 30 coaches in the ZUBL and discussed every aspect of college basketball, from team psychology to life skills development.
In the training, Scholl focused on offensive and defensive concepts along with individualized instruction.
“The coaches were asking great questions,” Scholl said. “..You could see how excited they were to talk and learn about the game.”
Some of the coaches interviewed said the clinic had empowered them to focus not only on developing an individual but also the development of an effective basketball program.
“What I have learnt from this training is bench management, especially how to rotate my players during a match which usually lasts 40 mins and making sure none of them plays for more than 6 min for optimum output,” said Brian Nyakuna – the Basketball Coach of Kenya Methodist University (KEMU).
Miles & Associate, the company that runs the ZUBL, and which was responsible for flying in Coach Scholl said they plan to conduct at least three coaching clinics per season, to build capacity among coaches especially in the grassroots.
“We brought in Mike Scholl to share his experience having worked with the South African and Senegalese national teams,” said Abel Nson – Head of East Africa at Miles & Associate.
“We believe his experience will be valuable in building capacity in the University league, which was essentially the gap that existed between the national league and the high school league, which are both quite vibrant.”
Michael Scholl, who has experience coaching and developing basketball throughout the world, joined the Loyola Marymount University men’s basketball staff as an assistant coach for the 2008-09 season and halfway through that season he was promoted to Associate Head Coach. The 2013-14 season will be his sixth at LMU.
Scholl, who holds a law degree from Maryland, has worked with basketball programs in the U.S. Virgin Islands, at the junior college level in northern California, with the South Africa National and Under-20 teams, the Senegal Men’s National Team, with a professional team in South Africa and as a scout for the Detroit Pistons.
The list of players Scholl has coached and/or worked with who have played in the NBA is impressive. While with the Pistons, he worked with Rodney Stuckey, Jason Maxiel, Cheick Samb and Arron Afflalo.
He has also coached Howard Nathan (Atlanta), Reggie Jordan (Washington), Chris King (Utah), Priest Lauderdale (Denver), Junior Burrough (Boston), Devin Gray (Houston), Sam Cassell (Boston), DeSagana Diop (New Jersey), Roy Tarpley (Dallas) and Shawnta Rogers (New Jersey).
Prior to working at LMU, Scholl was the Director of Sports and International Programs for Miles and Associates International in Johannesburg, South Africa. He managed the creation and implementation of the largest HIV and AIDS prevention campaigns in the world called “Love Life,” funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the Kaiser Foundation.
The campaign has reached hundreds of thousands and was voted the most creative and innovative prevention program in the world by the United Nations.
He also established the first national high school basketball league in South Africa with 1,800 boys and 1,800 girls teams that included more than 42,000 participants. He also supervised the construction and development of 500 basketball courts throughout Africa, developed a high school basketball league and motivational program called “Success by Choice” and managed the implementation of the program in South Africa, Zambia, Uganda and Kenya.
Zuku University Basketball Tournament (ZUBL) kicked off on 18th May 2013 at the Nyayo National Stadium.
ZUBL began with National University Basketball League coaches’ clinics that involved coaching courses designed to guide the participants on ingredients involved in the skill of teaching players technical basketball skills, basketball theory, team development concepts and communication skills.
Adding flavour to ZUBL, Zuku pioneered a new magazine show dubbed Baqe. This is a first-of-its-kind college basketball TV show in East Africa, which features blazing games, amazing players, questionable loyalty and endless entertainment.