The Head Coach of Doane University, Ian McKeithen, knew adding the Dr. Dish CT to use alongside their All-Star model was going to be game-changing for the players.
On top of holding a variety of high-level coaching positions over his career, now at Doane University, Coach McKeithen brings something unique to the table. A love for technology and software. "I'm always looking for the next best thing, whether it be a program to more easily help us break down film or a shooting machine." Coach continued, "I always want to push the envelope in resources available and find a better way to do things."
His dedication to leveraging new technology did not go unnoticed, in just a short 4 weeks of having their CT, his team put up over 34,000 shots.
We love nothing more than seeing our customers put their machines to work, so we sat down with Coach McKeithen to hear more about his process.
When he went to put together the team's spring workouts, Coach searched our training library for workouts that all of his players could do so that it would be even across the board. "I focused on workouts that weren't 3-point heavy so my big guys could complete the same workouts as my guards." He was then able to compare the player's results as a whole and deeper by position using our online training management system.
We discussed the common challenge of college players juggling spring classes and finding time to get into the gym. "Even if us coaches could get on the floor with them there isn’t enough time to get into footwork breakdown or skill development. I wanted the guys to get up reps quickly on their own". Within a week, the program found a system to make that work. Every Tuesday and Thursday Coach McKeithen would assign them new workouts to complete for the week. "The guys got the hang of this system rather quickly and the time it took for them to get in, get their shots up, and get back to class kept decreasing".
His favorite part, he didn't have to be on the floor with his players to see the results thanks to TMS.
(Player stats displayed on ScoreVision Video Board to increase accountability and friendly competition).
On top of the technology being next-level, Coach McKeithen was appreciative of our attempts to always adapt to our customer's needs. Ian has already suggested some new feature requests to make his job easier, and our product better. "You guys are available for hearing what coaches are trying to do, developing on the fly, providing communication and support and not charging us extra for it." Our response to feature requests is usually "not yet, but we're working on it". And that's the best part about going with a Dish, we are always innovating.
What's next for Doane?
Coach McKeithen is looking forward to using his Dr. Dish machines in a practice setting in the fall. He plans to look at the shooting drills they already do in a team setting and see how the Dish can make them faster and easier, with more reps.
Overall, he encourages more Coaches to use TMS to its full capacity. Using the assignments feature, and taking a deeper look into the results to provide players feedback. "The Dr. Dish and the stat tracking provides another layer of room for growth for my players, on top of weight training and conditioning it will be a big part of my off-season training plans for them."
Thanks for being a part of the Dr. Dish family Coach McKeithen, we can't see what you come up with next!