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Agnus Berenato: Man-to-Man Defensive Breakdown Drills

Agnus Berenato: Man-to-Man Defensive Breakdown Drills

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with Agnus Berenato, University of Pittsburgh Head Women's Coach; over 400 career wins; 2 Sweet Sixteen NCAA appearances

Reinforce the basic concepts of your man-to-man defense with the help of Agnus Berenato. Coach Beranato's teams at Georgia Tech and Pitt have been know for their intense player-to-player defense. In a clinic setting, Berenato demonstrates a series of drills that can be implemented into your daily practice plan that can improve your man-to-man defensive scheme. These drills can be customized to fit any coach's individual philosophy and maximize your team's time in practice.

Watch how Coach Berenato takes a team through the following drills -


The first set of drills focuses on defensive pressure on the ball. Using these drills, your players will develop the:

Ability to pressure the ball

Footwork needed to control dribble penetration

Mindset to contest shots without fouling



A warm-up drill used primarily at the start of practice. Use this drill to:

Emphasize rebounding, outlet passing and the importance of running the court

Improve your players' ability to catch and finish on the move

Increase awareness of offensive rebounding in transition



This defensive drill teaches players to deny the pass to the wing. Players will:

Maintain vision of the ball while denying pass

Defend back door cuts

Maintain pressure on perimeter shots

Learn the importance of help side defense on back cuts and dribble penetration



This is a post defense drill that focuses on defending offensive cuts. This drill will:

Teach players how to effectively stop cuts to the high and low post areas

Show post players how to force the offensive player to catch ball away from basket

These drills are simple enough to be used at any level from middle school on up, but Beranato's insistence on executing the fundamentals precisely make them valuable for any team looking to put pressure on the ball in their half court man-to-man defense.

Produced at the Spring 2010 Verona (NY) clinic. 63 minutes. 2012. DVD.