WASHINGTON - Georgetown Women's Basketball Head Coach James Howard and his staff held a coaching clinic for area high school and AAU coaches last Saturday at the Thompson Athletic Center. Topics included the motion offense, player development drills, the 2-3 zone defense, and a ball screen and pick-and-roll defense.
It was also an opportunity for local coaches to familiarize themselves with Howard, his staff and Georgetown’s style of play. While basketball was the agenda and he talked about the motion offense, Howard was able to speak on his coaching philosophy which includes family, interaction, focus and possibility.
Following Howard’s words, assistant coaches Andre Bolton and Niki Reid Geckeler both coached segments on their respective areas of expertise. Bolton focused on the player development drills while Reid Geckeler discussed the 2-3 zone defense.
The clinic was topped off with a segment from Washington Mystics Head Coach Mike Thibault and his Assistant Coach Eric Thibault. The pair, which helped lead the WNBA franchise to that league's semifinals, discussed pick-and-roll defense to the area coaches and also spoke about their coaching styles.
Following a networking lunch, the coaches were invited to stay and watch the Hoyas in an open practice to see the tips from the clinic in real time.
The women’s basketball team is in the midst of preseason and will be celebrating the start of the 2017-18 season with Hoya Madness on Friday evening at McDonough Arena. The event is open to the public with Meek Mill performing. It is scheduled to begin at 10 p.m.