“THE CONVERSATION” Episode #35, With Hal Wissel, Former College & Pro Basketball Coach

March 30, 2020

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Dr. Hal Wissel has a wealth of experience in the National Basketball Association including coaching, scouting and working in the front office. Hal was assistant coach for player development for the Golden State Warriors (2006-07), assistant coach with the Memphis Grizzlies (2002-05) and an advance scout for the Dallas Mavericks (2001-02). He served as an assistant coach for the New Jersey Nets (1996-99) and as director of player personnel for the Nets (1995-96). Hal was also a special assignment coach/scout with the Milwaukee Bucks (1990-95) and assistant coach/head scout with the Atlanta Hawks (1976-77).

In addition to serving in the NBA, Coach Wissel compiled more than 300 wins as a collegiate head coach. Hal turned losing programs at Trenton State and Lafayette into conference champions. He led Florida Southern to four straight trips to the NCAA Division II Tournament and three straight trips to the Division II Final Four (’80, ’81, and ’82), winning the NCAA Division II National Championship in 1981. In 1972, Hal coached Fordham into the NIT Tournament. Hal also coached the Dominican Republic National Team in 1975.

In 1972, Coach Wissel founded Basketball World, a venture that conducts basketball camps and clinics and produces and distributes books and videos. Basketball World’s highly successful SHOOT IT BETTER Mini Camps are conducted worldwide for players at all levels. Basketball World is now owned and operated by Hal’s son Paul.

Hal received a bachelor’s degree in physical education from Springfield College, a master’s degree from Indiana University, and a doctorate in physical education from Springfield College. He is the author of two books. Basketball: Steps to Success is a best selling basketball book and has been translated into thirteen languages. Becoming a Basketball Player: Individual Drills has been made into a DVD. Dr. Wissel has produced five other instructional DVDs including, Basketball Shooting: Confidence, Rhythm and MechanicsBasketball Shooting: Off the Pass, Off the Dribble and In the PostBasketball Shooting: Make Your Shot AutomaticBasketball Shooting: Creating Your Shot Off the Dribble and Basketball Shooting: Post Moves and Drills.

Hal Wissel’s honors include being named Coach & Athlete magazine’s Eastern Coach of the Year in 1972, Sunshine State Conference Coach of the Year (’79, ’80, ’81), and Division II National Coach of the Year by the National Association of Basketball Coaches in 1980. Coach Wissel has been inducted into the Florida Southern College Athletic Hall of Fame and the Sunshine State Conference Hall of Fame. In 1998, Hal was named Sunshine State Con­ference Silver Anniversary Coach. In 2009, he was inducted into the New England Basketball Hall of Fame.

Hal and his wife Trudy have five grown children and one granddaughter.

Check out Coach Wissel’s website: BasketballWorld.com

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