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I love talking hoops! High School, College, Professional... Coaches, Players, Games, X's & O's. If it is hoops I am interested and love talking about it. If you love talking hoops too, checkout the podcast! Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/jon-cook0/support

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I love talking hoops! High School, College, Professional... Coaches, Players, Games, X's & O's. If it is hoops I am interested and love talking about it. If you love talking hoops too, checkout the podcast! Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/jon-cook0/support

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Talkin' Hoops: With Coach Jon Cook

Latest release on Nov 10, 2020

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Rank #1: Episode 75 - Chris Oliver - Basketball Immersion and The Basketball Podcast

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Chris Oliver, the founder of Basketball Immersion and the host of The Basketball Podcast, had a 23-year career coaching college basketball in Canada before launching the Basketball Immersion website (www.basketballimmersion.com).  Through Basketball Immersion, Chris has created a community for basketball junkies and provides some of the best available content for coaches at all levels of the game, including The Basketball Podcast.
Chris is an innovative thinker, and a proponent of a games approach to coaching.  His background in the study of skill acquisition and the science behind learning has led him to a belief that there simply is a better way to coach this game.  His passion to "share the game" is remarkable and his knowledge is a valuable resource that has allowed him to consult with basketball programs from the youth level to college basketball as well as national programs around the world and even the NBA.  I know you will enjoy today's conversation with Chris Oliver of Basketball Immersion and The Basketball Podcast. 

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Nov 10 2020

59mins

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Rank #2: Episode 74 - You Can't Make This Stuff Up

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The year 2020 just continues to be more and more bizarre.  When this podcast launched last spring no one, I mean no one, would have been able to convince me that coaching high school basketball again was in my immediate future.  But about a month ago some things began to transpire that ultimately resulted in me doing just that.  So as I prepare to begin this very unexpected season as the head basketball coach at Ada High School, today's episode of the podcast will give an explanation of just how we got here, and what is ahead for Talkin' Hoops: With Coach Jon Cook. 

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Nov 08 2020

20mins

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Rank #3: Episode 73 - Matt Jones - MattJonesHoops.com

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My guest today is Bryan, Ohio native Matt Jones.  Matt is a basketball lifer who has bet on himself more often than most people twice his age in pursuit of a life in basketball. After high school, Matt played at two separate junior colleges before receiving a degree at Lourdes University, then beginning his coaching odyssey.  Mobile, Alabama, Miami, Florida and Charlotte, North Carolina are among the stops on his coaching journey that also includes a season coaching professionally in Israel under Brad Greenberg, before starting a basketball training and consulting business in Lexington, Kentucky..  Please enjoy my conversation with Matt Jones. 

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Oct 19 2020

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Rank #4: Episode 72 - Brook Cupps - Head Coach Centerville High School (Ohio)

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Brook Cupps graduated from Graham High School in St. Paris, Ohio near Springfield in 1995, and following a 4-year playing career at Capital University in Columbus, he returned to Graham.  He became the head coach in 2000 and spent 12 seasons building a high level basketball program at a relatively small school with a national reputation for wrestling.  But that is the information that anyone can get from Google.  What many don't know, and what Coach Cupps shares in today's episode is that in the midst of building his program things changed.  His focus, his understanding and his purpose as a basketball coach all began to evolve beyond as he says it, "...just coaching basketball like everyone else was coaching basketball...".  It was a change that he says saved his career as a basketball coach.  In 2012, following a remarkable run with the Falcons, including a trip to the state semifinals, Coach Cupps left his alma mater to become the head coach at Centerville High School.  With him came the somewhat unique and ever evolving philosophy of coaching that is more, a lot more than just style of play and X's & O's.  Please enjoy my fascinating conversation with Brook Cupps of Centerville High School.

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Oct 14 2020

1hr 12mins

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Rank #5: Episode 71 - Brooks Miller - Head Coach Trine University (Angola, Indiana)

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How many coaches have a resume that includes a year of high school assistant coaching while working for a tree service, a stint as a Division II assistant, followed by a graduate assistant position under Bob Knight and time spent at a Texas junior college?  All of those are a part Brooks Miller's coaching journey.  Coach Miller is the head basketball coach at Trine University, an NCAA Division III school in Angola, Indiana.  Under Miller's leadership, The Thunder have become a perennial contender in the MIAA, and on the national scene in Division III basketball.  Please enjoy my conversation with Brooks Miller of Trine University. 

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Oct 12 2020

1hr 6mins

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Rank #6: Episode 70 - Nate Axelrod - Assistant Coach Ohio Wesleyan University (Delaware, Ohio)

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Nate Axelrod was a phenomenal player at Ohio Wesleyan University.  A 3-time North Coast Athletic Conference Player of the Year, an All-American and the NCAA Division III National Player of the Year as a senior.  After beginning his college coaching career as an assistant at Oberlin College, and while planning to serve as a graduate assistant at Otterbein College, Coach Axelrod was given the unexpected opportunity to return to his alma mater last October, just days before the official start of practice.  In today's episode Coach Axelrod talks about his amazing transformation as player from his high school days at Dublin Coffman through his magical career at OWU, his brief experience coaching at recruiting at one of the truly academically elite institutions in the country at Oberlin and the transition from player to top assistant under Coach Mike DeWitt with the Bishops.  Please enjoy my visit with Nate Axelrod of Ohio Wesleyan University.  

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Oct 09 2020

1hr 1min

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Rank #7: Episode 69 - Kirk Lehman - Retired Head Coach - Defiance High School (Defiance, Ohio)

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I have often referred to the coaching profession as a fraternity or brotherhood, and it is.  However, it is also a highly competitive and sometimes ego-driven profession as well.  Because of that nearly everyone who has spent any time in coaching likely has members of the fraternity whom he/she dislikes.  Likewise, those of us who have spent time in the coaching ranks are likely to have coaches who dislike us.  It is just a fact of life in coaching.  Except, it seems, for Kirk Lehman.  I have been around high school coaching in Ohio for more than 25 years, and I have never heard anyone speak about Kirk Lehman that doesn't seem to absolutely love the guy.  That is just one reason that I am so excited to have him on the podcast.  Coach Lehman has had a remarkable journey in high school coaching.  After a playing career at Ohio University, Coach Lehman was an assistant at Logan High School.  He became the head coach at Rossford High School and after a tumultuous ending to his time there, he was out of high school coaching for a number of years before taking over the program at his alma mater, Defiance High School, where he won an improbable state title in 2017.  Coach Lehman retired after the 2020 season.  Please enjoy my visit with Kirk Lehman of Defiance High School. 

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Oct 07 2020

1hr 9mins

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Rank #8: Episode 68 - Brett Hammons - Head Coach Lincolnview High School (Middle Point, Ohio)

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Brett Hammons has been coaching basketball at Lincolnview High School for 14 years.  He spent six years as an assistant, including four years as either the JV coach or the varsity assistant.  He has been the head coach for the past eight seasons and has led the program to remarkable success, including a trip to the state final four.  Coach Hammons is equal parts humble and ultra competitive, and in my estimation is one of the most underappreciated coaches in a northwest Ohio region that is overflowing with outstanding basketball coaches across all high school divisions.  As Brett prepares to begin his 9th season at the helm, he sat down with me to talk about his basketball journey from playing at Crestview High School and Defiance College through his time as an assistant, and now building his own program.  Please enjoy my visit with Brett Hammons of Lincolnview High School.


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Oct 05 2020

59mins

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Rank #9: Episode 67 - Eric Rosenbeck - Head Coach St. Henry High School (St. Henry, Ohio)

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My guest  today is Eric Rosenbeck of St. Henry High School.  Eric grew up in Russia, Ohio, the son of a high school coach, AD and Principal. He played for legendary head coach Paul Bremigan at Russia High School then spent four years in the program at Capital University playing for Damon Goodwin.  After graduating 2005, Coach Rosenbeck was an assistant coach at St. Mary's High School before coming to St. Henry where he coached under Joe Niekamp before taking over as the head coach in 2009.  His team reached the state semifinals in 2019.  He is set to begin his 12th year leading the Redskins and add to what has been a remarkable journey for the head coach/high school principal.  Please enjoy my conversation with St. Henry High School's Eric Rosenbeck.  

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Oct 02 2020

1hr 7mins

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Rank #10: Episode 66 - Corey Britton - Head Coach - Fort Loramie High School (Fort Loramie, Ohio)

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Corey Britton is a basketball lifer.  He grew up in northwest Ohio, the son of an outstanding high school basketball coach.  He attended college and was a student assistant at the University of Findlay with the Oiler basketball program that is a Division II national power. His first head coaching job was at Reedsville Eastern High School near Athens, Ohio immediately after graduating from Findlay in 2011.  After two years at Reedsville Eastern, Coach Britton was named head coach of the girls program at Riverside High School in DeGraff, Ohio for one season.  In 2014 he was hired to become the head coach at tradition-rich Fort Loramie High School in Shelby County.  In six years leading the Loramie program, Coach Britton has the Redskins competing annually for the Shelby County League championship and is a regular in the district and regional tournaments.  Please enjoy my conversation with Corey Britton of Fort Loramie High School. 

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Sep 30 2020

1hr 15mins

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