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Using Pressure Defense to Get a Winning Edge

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Using Pressure Defense to Get a Winning Edge

Using Pressure Defense to Get a Winning Edge

Run a suffocating defense that forces tough shots and turnovers!

  • Utilize warm-up and half court shell drills that create good habits while defending common offensive attacks
  • See how Cooley coaches his players to defend ball screens and prevent penetration to the middle of the court
  • Ramp up pressure in the full court to force turnovers and come from behind in late game situations

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with Ed Cooley,
Providence College Head Coach;
2014 Big East Tournament Champions;
2011 MAAC Coach of the Year;
2010 Ben Jobe National Coach of the Year

With over 20 years of coaching experience, Ed Cooley has had plenty of time to absorb all of the concepts he deems as the best to build a complete pressure defense. In this video, he passes along some of the best drills and techniques he's amassed so you can improve your team's effectiveness while playing man-to-man D.


The best defensive teams aren't built on schemes, but rather on players that are willing to sacrifice their bodies and work hard.

Coach Cooley begins by explaining the importance of proper positioning and defensive slides, which are often the difference between stopping a defender and getting beat. He shows different warm-up defensive drills that cover defensive slides, recovering, and getting back in front of the basketball. These drills not only instill instincts in your athletes, but also get competitive and require players to utilize great discipline on defense.

Fly Drill

Rotations and communication on defense are taught in Cooley's Fly drill. The Fly drill is a variation of the shell drill, but has the defense at a disadvantage. Your players will work on multiple skills at once, including closeouts, communication, rotation, gap concepts, and pressuring the basketball. Progressions can be used by adding box outs and dribble penetration.


Coach Cooley's drills build a competitive environment and can set your program apart from others. Loose balls, rebounds, passing lanes, ball pressure, and rotations are based on effort. By building a competitive environment, your team's effort, encouragement, and energy will get better. Cooley instills a tenaciously competitive mindset, which is evident in the drills shown in this video.

If you're seeking some good drills to build better defenders, then this presentation from Coach Cooley will help you foster a competitive environment that ensures your pressure defense excels!

74 minutes. 2019.

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