Artwork for podcast The Basketball Podcast
Episode 153: Doug Lemov, The Coach’s Guide to Teaching
Episode 1533rd March 2021 • The Basketball Podcast • Chris Oliver
00:00:00 01:18:34

Share Episode


Guest: Doug Lemov, Author (Teach Like a Champion, Reading Reconsidered, Coach's Guide to Teaching) 

Doug Lemov is a former teacher and school principal. He helped found Uncommon Schools, a network of high-performing schools in under-served communities. His books on teaching, which include Teach Like a Champion (now Teach Like a Champion 2.0) have been translated into a dozen languages. 

Get access to video examples from Doug Lemov in support of the concepts he shared on the podcast and to purchase his book here

He played soccer at Hamilton College, where he was the worst player of the decade, but has still managed to combine his interest in teaching with his love for sports by working with various sports federations and professional franchises to improve their coaching. 

His new book The Coach’s Guide to Teaching describes much of what he learned from those experiences. He has an MA in English from Indiana University and an MBA from the Harvard Business School.


1:00 - Acknowledge Role of Perception

4:00 - Decision before Skill Execution

7:00 - Expertise is in the Eyes

10:30 - Shooting a Layup

14:00 - Decision Making and Problem Solving

17:00 - Creating Drills 

20:00 - Creating Psychological Safety

22:00 - Missing a Layup

28:00 - Importance of Recording Yourself

34:00 - Background Knowledge

41:00 - Long term Memory

44:00 - Retrieval Practice

49:00 - Desirable Difficulties

52:00 - Conversation about Planning

56:00 - Coaching Clinic

1:01:00 - Anti-Drills

1:06:00 - Good at Something

1:10:00 - Player Development

1:12:00 - Progression of Structure to Unstructured

1:15:00 - Conclusion

Doug Lemov’s Bio:



Basketball Immersion





BetOnline Website:


Best in the West Video Series

Best in the West Website:

See Privacy Policy at and California Privacy Notice at