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Man-to-Man Defense: It’s Not What You Do, It’s How You Do It
New Texas women’s head coach Vic Schaefer turned Mississippi State into one of the best programs in the nation. He took the Bulldogs to back-to-back national runner-up finishes in 2017 and 2018. A three-time (2015, 2018, 2019) SEC Coach of the Year, Schaefer was able to build the Bulldogs into a national power by sticking to a philosophy that demands an uncommon level of excellence.
In this video, you will see how Schaefer demonstrates his approach using nine defensive drills that build the pressure man-to-man defense. Learn how to maximize the effectiveness of these drills and learn teaching points to help develop an aggressive defense.
Core Defensive Drills
Watch as Coach Schaefer takes you through some of his everyday drills. You’ll see something unique in the “Approach Stance” drill. Schaefer show you how to help players improve their lateral quickness using his method of pivoting. Other tactics he shares include identifying a ball handler’s pivot foot, which can help defenders apply maximum pressure on the ball.
Coach Schaefer also shows you how to blow up screens with physical play. He also shows you how to alter an offense’s route based on the location of the screen in order to stay up the line in pass denial.
Defending Common Actions
One of Schaefer’s favorite everyday drills is “3-Out 1-In” which emphasizes pressure on the ball while teaching defenders how to deny passes based on their proximity to a post player. The drill can also be used to install ball screen defense. In the drill, you also learn how Schaefer taught the Bulldogs to attack pick and rolls with a hard show.
The 3-on-3 Rebounding Drill is an excellent multipurpose drill. Players are challenged to take away dribble handoffs and guard backdoor cuts while being ready to go “butt in the gut” when a shot goes up. The 7-Point Defensive Drill is quite possibly the best defensive drill ever to teach multiple phases of any defensive system. Players must deny the wing, take away backdoor cuts, front the post, find help position, and much more all in a single drill.
After seeing Coach Schaefer’s presentation, you’ll see why he has won numerous awards and why he was hired at Texas.