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Episode 204: Andy Bronkema, Simple Identity: Rebound, Run, Pass
Episode 20423rd February 2022 • The Basketball Podcast • Chris Oliver
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Guest: Andy Bronkema, Ferris State Head Coach


Ferris State head coach Andy Bronkema joins the Basketball Podcast to share insights on running a program with a simple identity: rebound, run and pass.


Andy Bronkema, who took over prior to the 2013-14 season, led the Bulldogs to four-straight GLIAC Tournament Championships and NCAA Tournament appearances from 2015-18. The Bulldogs posted their sixth-straight 20-win campaign last year in 2019-20 while recapturing the GLIAC Championship and earning yet another NCAA Division II National Tournament berth.


In 2017-18, he led FSU to one of the most historic seasons in Division II basketball history as Ferris State claimed the school's first National Championship with a memorable 38-1 record, tying the all-time mark for most wins in D2 history. For his efforts, Andy Bronkema was a consensus choice as the National Coach of the Year and led the Bulldogs to a second-straight GLIAC regular-season crown and the school's fourth tourney title in a row.


In 2016-17, Ferris State posted a then-school all-time best 28-5 overall record under Andy Bronkema's direction while capturing both the GLIAC Regular Season and Tournament Championships. FSU advanced to the D2 Midwest Regional Semifinals and led the country in blocked shots for the second-straight year.


The Bulldog men's basketball squad closed a memorable 2015-16 campaign with a 24-10 overall record. FSU also reached the NCAA Division II Sweet Sixteen while finishing with its first back-to-back 20-win campaigns since the late 1980s. The Bulldogs made their first appearance in the NCAA Tourney under his direction in 2014-15 after claiming the league tournament title.



1:00 - Success at Ferris State

4:00 - Rebound, Run and Pass

6:00 - Winning with Imperfect Rosters

10:00 - Simple Identity and Motion

13:00 - Spacing Template

17:00 - Percentages in Practice

20:00 - Pressing

22:30 - Heated Up and Fortify

25:00 - Game Day

27:00 - Scouting Press

28:00 - Pressing on Misses

30:00 - Having Less Control

31:00 - Idea of Incorporating the Press

33:00 - Fast Break

34:30 - Coast to Coast

36:00 - Emphasize Off The Rim

38:00 - Running To Corners and Rim

39:30 - Challenges Within Success

41:00 - Conclusion


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