John Calipari got a little philosophical with his Friday night message on CoachCal.com. Calipari shared his thoughts on the art of sharing (see what I did there?). Admittedly, Calipari recognizes that successful coaches in the past have operated by keeping their cards close to their vest. The daily ins and outs of the program were known only by those in the trenches. He also named a collection of coaches and organizations who take the opposite approach– sharing the inner workings of the program with anyone who wants to know, including the fans. John Wooden, Larry Brown and the San Antonio Spurs organization were all mentioned as “open book” coaches and organizations.
Brace yourselves. Here’s where Cal gets a little wordy.
“All those people and organizations know, the more you share the more that is shared with you and the more that is learned. When you withhold, you’re never going to learn from anybody else. When you share, that’s when people open up and share information that makes you grow.”
Calipari went on to clearly define where he stands on sharing information about his program, and where the advantages and disadvantages lie.
“I’m of the belief that keeping our fans informed is really important. The issue with that is, as you keep your fans informed, you’re keeping your competitors informed. They read everything I put out.
When I sent a summer letter, some said, “Why would you let everyone see how you keep your players informed and motivated?” I believe that if it helps another coach help a young person, there’s nothing wrong with that. I’m trying to let our fans know how I motivate our young people. As people try to define you, it’s harder to misrepresent you when you share.”
Calipari concludes by standing behind the belief that if someone else (player, coach, etc) can learn something of value from what Calipari is sharing, and improve another young person’s life, the lack of “secrecy” or “mystery” was worth it. He says that other than recruiting specifics, everything else involving the program is fair game for fans, opposing fans and opposing coaches to know.
As a fan, do you enjoy the transparency with which Calipari uses with the fans when running the program? Do you like the sharing of information? Calipari isn’t afraid for opposing coaches to know exactly how he runs his program and how things work. He believes that the information known by other teams will not effect the results on the court if he has the better players.
To read Calipari’s entire post on “sharing,” click here.
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