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Lumberjack Basketball Coaches Clinic

When: August 1-2, 2014

Where: Rolle Activity Center on the Northern Arizona University Campus (Flagstaff, AZ-2 Hours North of Phoenix, AZ; 3 1/2 Hours from Las Vegas, NV)

Cost: $60 Early Registration (before July 18) or $75 (after July 18)

Registration Methods: Online  or Mail-In Registration 


The Annual Lumberjack Basketball Coaches Clinic began in the summer of 2012 by Northern Arizona University Head Coach Jack Murphy and his staff. The clinic aims at providing a platform for coaches to gather together and continue to learn in the game of basketball and leadership. The Lumberjacks Coaches Clinic features on-court demonstrations from some of the top coaches at the NBA, Collegiate, and High Schools ranks. 

Hotel Information: The Courtyard by Marriott Flagstaff (located less than 2 miles from the clinic site) will have a limited amount of rooms available at a group rate for coaches who are interested. The rate is $116/night for a king bed or two queens. Reservations can be made online (click here) or by calling the Courtyard Marriot at 928-774-5800 and asking for Gina Leingang in Sales.  You must identify yourself as being an attendee of the NAU Basketball Coaches Clinic. All reservations must be guaranteed and accompanied by a first night room deposit or guaranteed with a major credit card. 

This year’s schedule:

Friday, August 1, 2014

4:00-5:00pm                Registration

5:10-6:10pm                Jesse Mermuys (Assistant Coach, Toronto Raptors) “NBA Quick Hitters & Offensive Execution”

6:20-7:20pm               Mark Warkentien (Director of Player Personnel, New York Knicks) “Characteristics of Great Players & Leaders”

7:30-8:30pm                Ben Howland (Former Head Coach, UCLA, Pitt, & Northern Arizona) “Building a Defensive Identity”

8:45p                          Coaches Social (Location TBA)

Saturday, August 2, 2014

8:00-9:00am                 Booker Harris (Head Coach, Dominican University CA) “Building Your Practice Plan”

9:10-10:10am              Yanni Hufnagel (Assistant Coach, University of California)

“Passing Game & Motion Principles”

10:20-11:20am            Max Good (Former Head Coach, Loyola Marymount) “Fast Break Game & Drills”

11:30-12:30pm            Sue Darling (Head Coach, Northern Arizona Women’s) “Building a Championship Defense“

12:30-1:20pm              Pizza Lunch  Northern Arizona Men’s Basketball Positional Work

1:30-2:30pm                   Russ Pennell (Head Coach, Central Arkansas) “Circle Motion Offense”

2:40-3:40pm                   David Grace (Assistant Coach, UCLA) “Full Court Defenses“

3:50-4:50pm                   Tim Grgurich (NBA Coach & Consultant) “Ball Screens: Offensive & Defensive Execution”

5:00-7:00pm                  Jack Murphy (Head Coach, Northern Arizona Men’s) NAU Practice for Foreign Trip


This year’s speakers:

To be announced on Twitter over the next few weeks (Follow @NAUCoachClinic)

- Sue Darling (Head Coach, Northern Arizona University)

- Max Good (Former Head Coach, Loyola Marymount)

- David Grace (Assistant Coach, UCLA)

- Tim Grgurich, (Consultant, Cleveland Cavaliers)

- Booker Harris (Head Coach, Dominican University CA)

- Ben Howland (Former Head Coach, UCLA & NAU)

- Yanni Hufnagel (Assistant Coach, Cal)

- Jesse Mermuys (Assistant Coach, Toronto Raptors)

- Jack Murphy (Head Coach, Northern Arizona University)

- Russ Pennell (Head Coach, Central Arkansas)

- Mark Warkentien (Director of Player Personnel, New York Knicks)


Past speakers include:   

-Al La Rocque (Former Head Coach, Durango High School—NV)

-Chad Iske (Assistant Coach, Philadelphia 76ers)

-Damon Stoudamire (Assistant Coach, University of Arizona)

-Dave Rice (Head Coach, UNLV)

-Derrick Clark (Head Coach, Metro State University)

-George Karl (Former Head Coach, Denver Nuggets)

- Jack Murphy (Head Coach, Northern Arizona University)

-James Whitford (Head Coach, Ball State University)

-Jeff Rutter (Head Coach, Arizona Christian University)

-Jim Saia (Head Coach, Cal State University, San Marcos)

-Josh Pastner (Head Coach, University of Memphis)

-Mike Dunlap (Head Coach, Loyola Marymount)

-Noel Gillespie (Assistant Coach, Denver Nuggets)

-Sean Miller (Head Coach, University of Arizona)

-Steve Spencer (Head Coach, Orange Coast College—CA)

-Sue Darling (Head Coach, Northern Arizona University) 

-Tim Grgurich (Former NBA Coach and Current Consultant, Cleveland Cavaliers)


Jack Murphy on Lumberjacks Coaches Clinic:

"I think it is important that coaches from around the country have a chance to visit Flagstaff and Northern Arizona," said NAU Head Coach Jack Murphy. "It is a great time to visit and talk a little hoops. I have been fortunate in my career to be around some great coaches and have some great friends in the business. They come together to support what we are trying to build here at NAU. They are giving back to me on a personal level, but I think they are giving back to all the coaches who will attend as well. We all have a passion for the game of basketball and it is conveyed in many different ways. When we all congregate together is when real learning and sharing gets done."

Additional Links:

Article from Arizona Daily Sun 

Sights and Sounds from 2013 Clinic 

Notes from the 2013 Coaches Clinic (PDF)

Archives 2013-14