Read Brenita’s introduction and first Tip HERE
Have a PLAN
As a teacher you have curriculum, as a coach you have a practice plan, as a business owner you should have an agenda for every meeting you conduct. Not having a plan opens the door for chaos! It opens you up to possibilities of being sidetracked or going longer than expected. It is also a measuring tools for you to have record of topics discussed.
I’ll switch gears and tell you about my experience coaching. Five years I lead three different college programs and changed losing cultures to winning cultures. I was instrumental in the hiring of my successor at each school I left because they trusted my input. More importantly than my input, I left a notebook and clear cut plan of how I navigated my time at each program to the next coach along with a blue print of how I planned each season, game and practice.
These tools were valuable in making sure that these programs were in better condition than when I started there. Making a plan is not to keep you in bondage and control you – instead it is to help guide you and give clear cut direction to everyone that is with you! Players would come into the gym at least an hour prior to practice to get warm and get some shots up because they knew that when practice time started – we were rolling and we had expectations from the tip!
I noticed that players looked for this plan and would ask questions like “Any new drills today coach?” When you hear these kinds of questions – you have set a standard that learning is the expectation and they come in looking forward to the day.
Watch Out For Tip 6, coming soon…
Bio: Brenita Jackson has coached women’s college basketball for 8 years improving the culture at each school she worked for. She started playing basketball at Cedar Hill High School in Texas,USA and went on to play professionally in Aarhus, Denmark. She beganher coaching career while in Denmark leading the junior team to an undefeated season. She currently holds a Master’s Degree in Coaching and Athletic Administration from Concordia University in Irvine, CA.
Brenita returned to her home Dallas, Texas to continue her passion for coaching young girls and inspiring others to develop and use their gifts. She was recognized as 2011 Sportswoman of the Year by the Jacksonville Progress after winning the Region XIV Championship Runner Up Title along with developing the program’s first All American who’s jersey hung in the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame in Knoxville, TN. In 2015 Brenita was voted the Region XIV Coach of the Year for a turnaround performance going from 3 to 23 wins in just her second season as head coach.
During her 8 years of coaching college basketball, 6 of them were with her husband Kevin Jackson who was a huge key to her success as a head coach. The two were recognized by the Houston Chronicle as “Couple a winning team on and off San Jac court.” The Jackson’s are known in the basketball community as coaches who care about their players, set high standards and teach life skills through the game of basketball. They founded a company called KBJ Academy where they travel to schools, churches and businesses to host team bonding retreats or leadership workshops. They also consult with coaches on changing the culture at a new school they just joined or consult with players on how to pursue playing college sports. They have experiences that they love to share with all transparency so others can learn, grow and succeed.