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Episode 278: Johnnie Harris, Building a Program, Staff Management, and Motivation
Episode 27826th July 2023 • The Basketball Podcast • Chris Oliver
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Guest: Johnnie Harris, Auburn Head Coach

Auburn head coach Johnnie Harris joins the Basketball Podcast to share insights on building a program, staff management, and motivation.

In just her first season Johnnie Harris helped Auburn double its win total from the previous season and pick up three victories over nationally ranked opponents. The second season was also a step in the right direction for the program as the team finished with a winning record for the first time since 2019 and advanced to the second round of the Women’s National Invitational Tournament.

Prior to her arrival at Auburn, Johnnie Harris was named the 2018 WBCA National Assistant Coach of the Year. She spent 16 years combined at Arkansas, Texas A&M and Mississippi State, and spent the 2020-21 season as the Associate Head Coach at the University of Texas. She helped Texas to an Elite Eight appearance during the 2020-21 season, and she worked alongside Longhorn head coach Vic Schaefer the previous 10 years assisting Mississippi State to a pair of NCAA Championship game appearances. She was a central part of Mississippi State's success those eight seasons and is considered one of the nation's top recruiters.


1:00 - Experience as an Assistant Coach

3:00 - Celebrate Accomplishments

8:00 - Motivation

10:00 - Player Led

15:00 - Pressure Defense

17:30 - Recover to the Inside

18:00 - Mismatches

20:30 - Denial Defense

22:30 - Inbound Attack

24:19 - 25:27 - Hoopalytics 2

27:00 - Reps

29:00 - Advocate for Yourself

31:00 - Advice to Current Assistants

38:30 - Thinking About Business

40:00 - Solution Thinking

43:00 - Layers of Evaluation

46:00 - Conclusion

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