How A Minnesota Powerhouse uses Data to Win

NHSCA Coach of the Year Dave Flom uses a data-cen­tric approach to guide the Eden Prairie boys’ bas­ket­ball pro­gram to the promiseland.

How A Minnesota Powerhouse uses Data to Win

NHSCA Coach of the Year Dave Flom uses a data-cen­tric approach to guide the Eden Prairie boys’ bas­ket­ball pro­gram to the promiseland.

Whether it’s set­ting the tone on defense or instill­ing the right cul­ture, data plays a piv­otal role in Flom’s day-to-day coach­ing routine.

In fact, Flom boasts robust scout data on every team the Eagles face. The key is pre­sent­ing infor­ma­tion in a clear, digestible for­mat for ath­letes. But sim­ply hav­ing data isn’t enough. Setting clear, attain­able goals is essen­tial. The key stat he focus­es on? Points-per-pos­s­e­sion.

Younger teams require spe­cif­ic goals as a struc­ture to instruct their play. These goals inform prac­tice habits, lead­ing to in-game per­for­mance. For Flom and his Eagles’ tough­ness is always top of mind thanks to a game-spe­cif­ic goal of 4 charges taken.

Any coach worth their salt will tell you that to win games teams must val­ue pos­ses­sion. Flom pays close atten­tion to each player’s assist-to-turnover ratio. This stat will spur some tough con­ver­sa­tions but ulti­mate­ly helps play­ers take account­abil­i­ty for their decision-making.