Don Kelbick

Don Kelbick

Coach Don Kelbick has had 27 years of coaching experience, 25 at the college level including 14 years as a head coach and 10 years as a Division I assistant including stops at Hofstra University, Marist College, Keene State College, and Florida International University. In 2 years as a high school coach, his teams produced 6 Division I players and was ranked #1 in Florida 28 out of a possible 34 weeks. In addition to coaching he has scouted for NBA teams, including the Knicks and the Hawks, and served as a general manager in the USBL.

Tuesday, 10 March 2015 14:55

2 Ball Mikan Drill

The Mikan Drill is a basic but important drill for all players.

Friday, 13 February 2015 17:03

4 Post Full Court Layups

4 Post Full Court Layups is a great full court drill that cover passing, shooting high volume layups, and when run for a goal, conditioning.

If you are going to coach, at some point, you will be in the situation where you have the ball out of bounds with little time left on the clock and need a 3. What do you do?

In all the years I have been coaching, I have met a lot of people, learned a lot of basketball and have seen a lot of games.

I am always getting calls and messages asking my opinion, answering questions and mentoring other coaches. Most of the discussions center around X’s and O’s. We discuss offenses, defenses, plays, etc. I have come to realize that the X’s and O’s are such a small part, and probably the least important part of coaching. I know that is heresy, for a coach to say plays aren’t important and it’s not that they are not important, but in my experience I have found many other things to be more important.

Tuesday, 06 January 2015 18:03

Put The Big Rocks In First

In over 35 years of coaching and teaching basketball, I have developed a habit of taking everything I see and hear and relating it to basketball. Whether I am walking up a street, flying an airplane or playing golf, anything that I learn gets related to basketball.

Thursday, 11 December 2014 15:37

4 Point Pressure Passing

This is a quick, very effective passing drill. By adding defensive rules, this can very easily become a defensive drill as well but, as presented, it is run to teach and practice passing under pressure and out of traps.

Friday, 28 November 2014 18:27

Pass and Replace

Pass and Replace combines almost all skills involved in offensive basketball with a fast break mentality and conditioning. A great multi-purpose drill.

Thursday, 27 November 2014 01:19

Do Your Homework


You might not know it to look at me now, but I was a pretty good player. I was not very big, not very quick nor did I possess any other special physical tools. Still I was good enough to play in high school, with some distinction, and go on to play major college basketball.

Wednesday, 05 November 2014 22:45

Diagonal Dive/Drop Step Series (Video)

Diagonal Dive is one of the 4 was to enter the post.

Here, we work on both the post entry and drop step footwork with multiple counters

Monday, 27 October 2014 22:19

Continuous Hook Shots (Video)

Shots is a great warm up drill that encompasses footwork and shot technique