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Episode 304: John Krikorian, Game Philosophy, Core Principles, and Foundation Series
Episode 30424th January 2024 • The Basketball Podcast • Chris Oliver
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Guest: John Krikorian, Christopher Newport Head Coach

Christopher Newport head coach John Krikorian shares insights on game philosophy, core principles, and his foundation series.

Krikorian led Christopher Newport to remarkable success, including its first three Final Four appearances and first National Championship in the 2022-2023 season. Krikorian has led the Captains to nine NCAA Tournaments in 12 seasons, including the last seven tournaments. CNU is the only school in the nation to win at least one game in each of the last seven NCAA tourneys, and Krikorian now has a career mark in tournament games of 23-7. His overall record at CNU is 290-65 (.817) through his first dozen years at the helm. He was named the National Coach of the Year by the NABC (National Association of Basketball Coaches) following his national title in 2023.

Krikorian’s teams at CNU have won at least 18 games per season since he took over, and have advanced to the conference championship game every year for the last nine seasons in the Capital and Coast-To-Coast Athletic Conference.

The National Championship team of 2022-2023 tied the school mark for victories with 30, finishing 30-3, and ending the year on a 15-game winning streak. Krikorian’s coaching resume now includes six seasons as an NCAA Division I assistant and 16 as a Division III head coach. His overall head coaching record is 355-107.


1:00 - National Championship

3:30 - Game Competitive Spirit

6:00 - Cliques and Outliers

10:00 - Empowering Everyone

13:00 - Stereotype of Leadership

18:00 - Risk Tolerance

22:00 - Empowering Players as Leaders

25:56 - 27:08 - Hoopsalytics ADS

27:08 - Breathing Practices

30:00 - Balance

32:00 - Foundation Series

36:00 - Defensive Philosophy

38:00 - Adjustments on Defense

41:00 - Drop Coverage

43:00 - Offensive Philosophy

45:00 - Spacing Template

47:00 - Conclusion

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