TAB Baldwin once again raised the bar of coaching in the Philippines as he successfully held the third iteration of his World Hoops Clinic over the weekend at Paco Arena in Manila.
European coaches Nenad Trunic (methodology of teaching defensive rotations), Damir Milacic (decision-making skills of lead guards), and Janez Drvaric (transitioning from defense to offense) imparted knowledge to the 150 coaches who were in attendance and braved the inclement weather that ravaged through Metro Manila.
Also serving as speakers were TNT consultant Mark Dickel (building pressure man to man defense through individual fundamentals) and Adamson coach Franz Pumaren (fundamentals of building zone presses and how to attack them).
"I'm really proud of the coaches that braved the weather and showed how passionate they are about learning the game and fought through the elements," said the Ateneo Blue Eagles head coach Baldwin, lauding the resolve of the participants despite the floods.
The event, which was supported by Chooks-to-Go, SMART, Meralco, PayMaya, Unilab, Mighty Sports, Under Armour, Triple Threat Basketball, and Gatorade, revolved around player development, though Baldwin insisted that the biggest goal for this year's camp was for coaches to understand the improvement of the game through trusting their players.
"We wanted our coaches to understand the theme that coaches exist in that philosophy for the betterment of their players and to help their players realize their dreams and ambitions," he said.
"We had to teach coaches the fundamentals of the game and the fundamental approaches to teaching the game that is going to help the players. It wasn't about creating winning teams as much as it was about creating successful basketball players."
Some of the local bench tacticians present for the clinic were PBA coaches Alex Compton of Alaska and Louie Alas of Phoenix, and collegiate mentors Topex Robinson of Lyceum, Joe Silva of UE, and Ewon Arayi of Adamson.
The positive turnout of this year's staging spurred Baldwin to envision a bigger World Hoops Clinic come 2020.
"We set the bar pretty high this year. So, the job is now mine to convince some coaches to come over here and talk to our local coaches," he said.
"We want to continue with the theme that we have, continue to grow our brand, and spread awareness among Filipino coaches, that it's a good place to come and learn something a little bit different about how the game is played and coached from, what I think, is the part of the world that really houses the intellect of the game, and that is Europe."