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About the Author

John Giannini, PhD, is the head men's basketball coach at La Salle University, which competes at the Division I level in the Atlantic 10 Conference. He has led La Salle to its best Atlantic 10 record in school history. Giannini accepted the job at the Philadelphia-based school in 2004 after a successful eight-year stint at the University of Maine, where he became the winningest men's basketball coach in the school's history and turned the Black Bears into a perennial force in the America East Conference. Prior to that, Giannini amassed a remarkable 168-38 record in 7 seasons as head coach at Rowan University. He also brought a Division III national championship to the Glassboro, New Jersey, school and was named Coach of the Year.

Giannini's collegiate basketball career began as a player at North Central College in Naperville, Illinois. He continued his education through graduate school and in 1992 earned a doctorate in kinesiology with a specialization in sport psychology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. While at Illinois he served as a graduate assistant coach for two years, including the 1989 season when the Fighting Illini made it all the way to the Final Four.

Coach Giannini applies many innovative motivational, communication, and instructional techniques with his players. As a result, his teams have been known for their effort, teamwork, and attention to the fundamentals.

Giannini, his wife, Donna, and their two daughters reside in Mullica Hill, New Jersey.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Human Kinetics; 1 edition (October 19, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 073604423X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0736044233
  • Product Dimensions: 9.8 x 6.9 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #894,751 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By mtl on November 17, 2008
Format: Paperback
John Giannini's book is a must read for coaches and athletes of all sports at all levels. COURT SENSE (as its name implies) gives practical advice that can be applied to help provide a structured system for individual and team success. Specific goal setting techniques and methods for measuring progress are particularly helpful.

As a young coach, this book was exceptional in helping provide strategies for building more than just an effective team, but a program that can achieve success year after year -- the type of success that reaches far beyond the court or playing field.

Athletes who read this book will be challenged with anecdotes and ideas designed to increase understanding of how to approach maximizing one's abilities. I plan on making this book required reading for my team.

Giannini collaborates with some of the best coaching minds in college basketball to provide insights into various principles and values that come up again and again in our efforts to get the most out of our competitive experiences. Reading this book is certain to help you on your journey to learn through sports and life. Any sports library is incomplete without it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Dan Seidman VINE VOICE on April 26, 2013
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I am so excited to come across Giannini's book. My personal rule and the rule I have my kid's abide by is BE THE SMARTEST PLAYER ON THE FLOOR.

This book does that, at a level, I've never encountered.

How think, act, attitude and much, much more.

Prior to this, my favorite bball intelligence author was the late Dick DeVenzio (Stuff, Think Like a Champion, Running the Show). Court Sense is more detailed and covers much more ground.

If you coach this sport or play or or have kids who play, this book is mandatory reading.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Harris on October 28, 2008
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Court Sense teaches you all the different aspects of basketball. It is a great and easy read and I enjoyed learning from John Giannini's teachings, along with the excerpts from all the other coaches throughout the book. I would highly recommend this book to both men and women of all ages who want to learn more about the game of basketball.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By John Jacobbe, Jr. on August 11, 2012
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Haven't finish reading the book yet but some good stuff about the mental game. Good for players and coaches but you have to know when you buy this book you have to be willing to put in the time in a book about the mental game and not x and 0.s
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