Championship Thinking in Sports

Jim Meier

Championship Thinking in Sports – Brett Reed, Head Basketball Coach-Lehigh U.-Lessons from the 2012 NCAA DI Tournament

I caught up with Brett Reed*, Head basketball Coach at Lehigh University two days following the NCAA DI basketball Championship game he attended. Brett’s team a #15 seed, defeated # 2 seed, Duke, in the opening round and gave perennially strong Xavier all they could handle in round two. Coach Reed’s teams each year have steadily moved to the top of the Patriot Leagues pack. So you might ask, “What is it about Brett’s coaching and leadership that brings about these sound results.” For answers, tune in for Brett’s answer and his thoughts about: 1. his coaching philosophy, 2. views on player development, 3. assisting young people grow, gain poise and be enthusiastic about life in and out of basketball, and, 4. the interplay between offense and defense. In his 10th year at Lehigh, 5th as head coach, Brett is only one of three DI basketball coaches who hold a doctorate degree. His academic work, with emphasis on how biology, sociology and psychology combine to create human well-being is applied daily as a basketball coach.