Jun 09, 2019
“All athletes should have a 2.8 or better GPA when graduating high school, preferably 3.0 or higher. The athletes that fit my system are not lazy, do not take plays off and work on their game continually.
We are a small public school in Wisconsin on beautiful Lake Michigan in the city of Manitowoc. Manitowoc has a population of about 33,000 people and although not a huge metropolis, it still offers all of the luxuries of larger cities. We have reciprocity with Minnesota when it comes to tuition, so Minnesota student athletes can take advantage of the low tuition. Our basketball program is on the rebound from a couple down years and has been growing ever since. Campus tours are highly recommended for the perspective athlete to do.
UW-Manitowoc is a two-year Junior College where our students are able to earn an Associates degree as well as work further towards a four-year college degree. We are located on the beautiful shores of Lake Michigan 50 minutes south of Green Bay and 60 minutes north of Milwaukee in Manitowoc, Wisconsin. Manitowoc is a community of 35,000 people.
UW-Green Bay-Manitowoc Campus has a student/professor ratio of about 15/1. The students get a very personal education as the professors really get to know their students. All credits earned will transfer to any UW four-year institution and most any four-year institution in the United States. For admission, the only stipulations are that the student has a finalized transcript with the graduation date on it and that the ACT or SAT was taken. We have no GPA or test score requirements to be admitted to the school. In fact, admission can take place now with the finalized transcript coming after graduation.
We do not offer scholarships, but with low out-of-state tuition rates of about $12,500 per year, financial aid and private scholarships take care of most, if not all, of tuition costs. As the coach, my goal is to help the players to solidify their skills, get them national exposure and to move them on to the next level with significant financial assistance through scholarships. I have been successful with two players moving on this year at semester to a college in Massachusetts where 85%-90% of their schooling will be covered. Two other players were offered to leave after the first semester, but chose to stay and play for me the rest of the season.
We do not have on-campus housing, which is actually a good thing. Manitowoc has a variety of apartment complexes as well as a multitude of privately owned multi-family homes/apartments. Monthly rent is typically between $200 and $325 per person for a 2 or 3 bedroom apartment, which is significantly cheaper than campus housing. I can help with locating appropriate housing and can provide a list of places available, but availability is always changing.
If you want to get a job, jobs are available on-campus as well as off campus. Local businesses will work with the student’s school schedule as well as basketball schedule. Grocery stores, Wal-Mart, Lowes, Menards, and restaurants are a few of the places to get a job.
As far as the basketball program goes, I work for my players. I push my players to be the best they can be. I not only work with my players, but I teach them what we do and why. I believe that the best players understand why things are done and why decisions are made. I play a position-less offense, for the most part. Any player is able to go off at anytime for big nights. No one person is expected to carry the team. We are a team for a reason and that is to work together for the best of the team and program. That right there will allow players to go on to bigger opportunities and be hugely successful.
We play a very up-tempo style of basketball. Currently, we are averaging 82 points per game, and we are not playing completely up to our potential. We believe that offense wins games, but defense wins championships. Offense is always worked on, but defense is what we evaluate closely. I believe in mainly man-to-man defense, both in half-court and full-court defense. If we go zone on defense, it is an aggressive 1-3-1 where we keep very active pressuring the ball to force bad passes. I want my players to push the ball right away and score quickly in transition. The most points we have scored in a short period of time is 12 points in 45 seconds. Multiple times this year we have scored 6+ points in less than 15 seconds. We love forcing turnovers averaging well over 20 per game.
My practices are done at game speed. All drills translate right into either our offense or defense and the way we play. I do not typically run sprints during practice as I see this as a waste of valuable practice time that can be used for shooting, ball handling or other fundamentals that will develop a players skills set. There is no need to do sprints since we are going at game speed and get our true game running in during our drills.
Free throws are a high priority that I emphasize with all players. I am a true teacher and will help players become the best they can be, and that includes shooting free throws. I typically will not completely change a shot (unless it is completely “broken”), but I will make suggestions to help with consistency.
I do not “punish” players for missed shots, missed offensive or defensive assignments, not doing this or not doing that. Players will learn via game film evaluation and discussions on the court during practice. Punishment with sprints, or extra running, in basketball does nothing but cause a negative atmosphere. Players do not choose to play poorly, it is part of the game. Everyone has off nights, even coaches. Two areas we can control is our defense and our determination. There is no reason, other than a lack of effort, to have an off defensive night. These are kept to a minimum.
I do not pull players because they make a bad play. I do not pull players because they miss a shot. I do not pull a player because they miss an assignment on defense. I do not typically pull a player if they pick up two fouls in the first half, unless they are not in the game mentally or if the officials are calling a tight game. A tightly called game may not fit our aggressive style of play, which does not allow for more than 2 fouls in the first half. Aggressive is not dirty or cheap, aggressive is quick aggressive; fast hands aggressive; jumping passes aggressive; attacking the rim aggressive. We do not play dirty and I will not allow it to happen. I will pull a player to change for match-ups, if they are tired or if we are going to try to alter the tempo of the game.
I expect my players to take school seriously. They are student athletes, with an emphasis on STUDENT. If they do not perform in the classroom, they won’t be performing on the court. I keep in contact with professors who keep me updated on the student’s progress and report any issues to me. I want all of my guys to be successful and will do what I can to make sure that they are.
As far as what I am looking for in my players, I want them to be focused on being successful on and off the court. I want my players to be open to being coached and pushed to be the best they can be. Each needs to have that competitive drive and desire to win. Being a team player is extremely important to the success of the program as well to the success of each individual player. College coaches at all levels are looking for “team” players and not “me” players. I know that you fit what I am looking for in a competitor.
I am continually reaching out and making contact with schools for you. I am sharing video. I am providing evaluations. I am a relentless worker for you, always doing things and making decisions that is in your best interest. You should be working on getting self-chosen highlights compiled during the season and frequently updated for certain sites that I use to get you moved on to 4-year institutions.”
—Coach Chuck Nelson
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