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with Brian Giorgis,
Marist College Head Womens Basketball Coach;
7x Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Coach of the Year, 12 straight MAACC tournament championship games, 11x postseason appearances, Top 15 in fewest Turnovers the past 12 seasons 200415 with 2 years being tops in the country
As the all time leader in wins are Marist College, Brian Giorgis knows how to win and handle pressure. Despite facing teams with a greater athletic advantage, his teams have twice lead the country in the fewest turnovers committed. A direct result of how they are able to break pressure defenses.
Beginning with a checklist of how to attack each type of pressure, Coach Giorgis creates an attacking style of play allowing any player who touches the ball during the press break to have three options: one behind them, one in the middle, and one ahead of them. He uses these concepts to demonstrate how to beat a diamond, 122, 221, 131, and 212 full court press.
Roles and Responsibilities
Coach Giorgis begins with each players role and responsibility within the press attack. He uses his 14, or Regular, set up to break any style of press. The purpose of the 14 set is to create mismatches in the open court along with advantages once you get past half court. Against a diamond, he demonstrates how to enter the ball into the wing, point guard, or post player and still feel confident that you will be able to attack the press every time down the floor.
Press Breaks vs Odd and Even Fronts
Using the same set up, he demonstrates how to attack various presses. By distorting the middle defender once the ball has entered play, your players will learn to read that ball reversal or skip passes are important in creating every mismatch. As you look to attack each press, your point guards and off guards must know what to do with ball once they cross half court. Picking up the ball just past half court is not an option that he emphasizes.
Once your team has mastered how to beat full court pressure defenses using the 14 Regular set, he gives you multiple options for when your opponents make adjustments to your press attack. With a Florida option, he demonstrates how to bring all of your players close the baseline and run the straight out away from the rim allowing you to get set into your Regular press attack. He will also demonstrate several out of bounds sets that you can use to break man pressure in the full court.
Leading the country two years in fewest turnovers is a tough assignment for any team. Coach Giorgis has mastered a press attack. His ability to teach his players to read the defense and come away with a scoring opportunity is one of the best in the country.