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Episode 220: Kellie Harper, Defensive Concepts To Build Their Defense
Episode 22015th June 2022 • The Basketball Podcast • Chris Oliver
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Guest: Kellie Harper, Tennessee Head Coach


Tennessee head coach Kellie Harper joins the Basketball Podcast to share insights on defensive concepts to build their defense.


One of only two coaches to guide four different programs to the NCAA Tournament, the 1999 UT graduate and three-time national champion point guard joined Jim Foster in that select company in 2020-21. She has done so while reshaping programs at Western Carolina, NC State, Missouri State, and now Tennessee. Foster accomplished that feat during stops at St. Joseph’s, Vanderbilt, Ohio State, and Chattanooga during a career lasting from 1978 to 2018.


In 18 complete years as a Division I head coach, Harper has led her teams to a 348-235 record and 14 postseason appearances (7 NCAA/7 WNIT) through the 2021-22 campaign. She has piloted her squads to 14 top-three league finishes and four conference tourney titles along the way, and in 2021-22 she guided Tennessee to the NCAA Sweet 16, equaling her run with Missouri State in 2018-19 before she was hired by her alma mater.



1:00 - Coached at 4 Different Schools

5:00 - Philosophy on Defense

9:00 - Matchups

13:00 - Throw The High Low

15:00 - Fronting The Post

17:00 - In and Out

17:18 - 18:01 - DR. DISH AD

21:00 - Keeping The Ball on Side

24:00 - Closing Out

27:00 - Top Coach

29:00 - Aggression

34:00 - Ball Screen Coverage

35:50 - 36:28 - JUST PLAY AD

39:00 - Ultimate Coaching

41:00 - 50 Defense

44:00 - Defensive Culture

48:00 - 3-Point Shooting

51:00 - Evaluating Defense


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