Scott Thom is currently the Head Men’s Basketball Coach and Director of Strength and Conditioning for the University of Marin in California. He has been in this role since 2017. Prior to his current position Thom was the Director of Strength and Conditioning for Washington State University. He began his collegiate coaching career in 2010 as an assistant strength and conditioning coach at the University of California-Berkeley working with Men’s Basketball and Track. A short time later Thom was promoted to Head Strength and Conditioning Coach/Director of Player Development for the Bears Men’s Basketball program.
Coach Thom began his coaching career at Vintage High School in his hometown of Napa, California, in 2003. He taught physical education and weightlifting, in addition to various coaching duties. He is a graduate of Chico State (physical education) and obtained a master’s degree in coaching and athletic administration from Concordia University Irvine.
Thom describes his transition from college strength and conditioning to head basketball coach at Marin and gives insights on how he ties the weight room to what he expects on the court as a head coach. He also chats about ideas for using the weight room to build and enhance communication, motivation, and overall culture for his program.
In this podcast, Coach Scott Thom and Joel discuss:
- Using verbiage that is consistent in the weight room and in practice.
- Creating weight room challenges to build team unity and cohesion.
- Keeping athletes engaged in the process.
- Building team culture.
- Methods to transfer confidence from the weight room to practice.
Podcast total run time is 50:00.
Scott can be found on his website.
Keywords: basketball strength, culture, motivation