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Episode 58: Dedrique Taylor, Program Building
5th June 2019 • The Basketball Podcast • Chris Oliver
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Dedrique Taylor, Program Building Guest: Dedrique Taylor, Cal State Fullerton Basketball Head Coach In this week’s basketball coaching conversation, Cal State Fullerton head coach Dedrique Taylor joins the podcast to discuss the slow build reality of most college programs. Taylor has built Cal State Fullerton into a program with national and league significance that has achieved many first in program history. He explains his philosophy on culture, style of play and the brilliance of James Harden, who he helped recruit and coach at Arizona State. Taylor led the 2017-18 squad to a Big West Tournament Championship and a trip to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2007-08 and only the third time in program history. In 2018-19, the Titans made it to the Big West Tournament Final for the second straight year, the first time that has been accomplished in program history. Fullerton did earn its third consecutive postseason berth, also a program first, as the first round of the Postseason Tournament. In 2016-17 he led the team to the postseason for the first time in program history since the 2011-12 season. The Titans hosted Weber State in the Postseason Tournament, also marking the first time in school history that the team hosted a postseason game.   Breakdown 1:00 - Process of Turning Around a Program Through Struggles 4:00 - Character over Talent 5:00 - Championship Moments 7:00 - Recognizing and Identifying the Struggle 11:00 - Shaping and Identifying a Character Better 14:00 - First Years and Transfers 16:00 - 4 Things as a Part of Character 17:30 - Managing the Struggles in relation to his Administration 19:00 - Honest on Communication 21:00 - Coaching Staff 25:00 - Value Player Development 26:00 - Rookie and Veteran Analogy 28:00 - Reflecting on the Drills 29:30 - Off-Season Individual Development 32:00 - It all Starts With the Feet 33:30 - Time With James Harden 36:00 - Defending His Players 38:00 - Talking this Current Generation of Athletes 41:00 - Changed 44:00 - His Style of Play 46:00 - Believing in Spacing and Ball Movement 48:00 - Conclusion   Dedrique Taylor’s Bio Bio: Twitter:   Basketball Immersion Website: Twitter: YouTube: Facebook: See Privacy Policy at and California Privacy Notice at