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About the Coach's Clipboard

By James Gels, from the Coach’s Clipboard Basketball Playbook
The Coach's Clipboard is a web-site and company dedicated to providing free, or low cost, information to basketball coaches and players. It was founded in 2001 by Dr. James Gels (see bio below), and is now the trusted Internet basketball coaching resource providing basketball information and ideas for youth and high school basketball coaches and players worldwide.

The Coach's Clipboard hopes to serve as a reference for the many basketball coaches throughout the world involved in coaching youth basketball and high-school level basketball. The web-site presents a large volume of free basketball coaching information in the form of articles, animated diagrams and video clips.

Many basketball offenses and plays, defenses, player fundamentals, drills, press offenses and defenses, and general basketball coaching articles and coaching forms are included.

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About the author, Dr. James Gels... aka "Coach Gels"

"Coach" Gels resides in Charlevoix, Michigan and is a physician, now retired, after actively practicing the speciality of Internal Medicine for many years. He grew up in St. Henry, Ohio and graduated from Miami University (1968) and the Ohio State University College of Medicine (1972), and did his residency in Internal Medicine at Beaumont Hospital (Royal Oak, Mi), finishing in 1975.

Coach James Gels

He is a former Chief of Staff at Charlevoix Area Hospital, Charlevoix, Mi, and former director of both Intensive Care and the Non-Invasive Cardiac Lab. Dr. Gels is board-certified in Internal Medicine, and is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians. Coach Gels has been happily married since 1970 and has two grown children.

His basketball experience comes from playing the game every year from childhood until the age of 40 (amateur level). He then became involved in coaching basketball and has coached youth basketball and high school basketball for the last 30 years, both in the Charlevoix Youth Basketball Association and also the Charlevoix Northern Lakers (AAU) club.

Along with Rick Grunch (Charlevoix, Mi), he co-founded the Charlevoix Northern Lakers program, was the club coordinator, and former AAU coach.

Coach Gels has been an assistant coach for the Charlevoix high school boys varsity under head coach Keith Haske for a number of years, and then Adam Wood, and most recently with head coach Bret Erskine.

Coach Haske's boys teams won a number of conference titles, District and Regional tournament championships, and had been a participant in the Michigan State Semi-Finals and Finals at Michigan State's Breslin Center a number of times, including 1999, 2001, 2004, and 2007.

In 2008, the boys repeated as conference and District tournament champs, finishing with a 20-3 record. As expected, the boys JV and freshmen teams under Bret Erskine and Bryan Hawkins, and Adam Wood have been very successful as well during that time period.

Charlevoix Rayder coaches... assistant coach Dr. James Gels, head coach Keith Haske, and assistant coach Brett Erskine
Left to right: Coaches Gels, Haske, and Erskine)

Coach Gels also has been involved with the girls program as a Charlevoix HS varsity girls assistant coach (originally under Keith Haske, and then under Bret Erskine). The 2004 team went 27-1, losing in the state final game by 5 points at Michigan State's Breslin Center. The girls finished the 2005, 2006, and 2007-2008 seasons as District and Conference champs with a records of 20-4, 18-5, and 20-3 respectively.

The girl's JV team has had remarkable success as well. Former JV Coach Liz Grunch accumulated a 60-0 record with three straight undefeated 20-0 seasons (2004, 2005 and 2006). Coach Leslie Hoffman's team (2007-2008) went 18-1.

Gels has also assisted freshmen coaches Sara Mulador (20-0 in 2004), Doug Drenth (15-1 in 2005), and Leslie Hoffman (15-1 in 2006). The combined girls won-loss record for 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007-08 is 202-14. At one point (over several seasons), the JV girls had a 76 game winning streak!

Coach Gels does not claim to be an expert, as there are many other more successful, knowledgeable and experienced coaches, and many other points of view. You are advised to visit the other excellent coaching sites listed on the "Links" page.

Coach Gels has compiled this material for you, but it should not be construed as any absolute truths, as there are many ways to coach and play the game. The author gives this information freely, and assumes no liability for others who use this material. See Legal Notices.

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All articles and contents of the Coach's Clipboard web-site and member areas, including the articles, diagrams, graphics, animated diagrams and video clips, the Deluxe USB/USB/download, and the Players USB/USB are protected by US   Unauthorized copying is prohibited by law.

Dr. Gels has created this site for your personal use, to further the knowledge of the fundamentals of the game.  You may print and use the web-site's materials for your team and your personal use.  Since most of this basketball site contains knowledge that Coach Gels has learned from others, he does not claim the knowledge as his own.

However, in recognition of the work done in organizing, writing and designing this website, the author would appreciate an acknowledgement for any of the topics reproduced.  You are not permitted to reproduce any of these materials if you plan to use them in a profitable way, and may not use any of this information on your own web-site without permission from Coach Gels.

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