Lawrence Frank joins the International Coach Clinic “Giovanni Papini”

It will be a NBA-taste weekend, the last one of June in Pesaro: Lawrence Frank, former head coach of Detroit Pistons, will join the International Coaches Clinic “Giovanni Papini”, along with Mike Dunlap, former head coach of Charlotte Bobcats, Holger Geschwinder, personal coach and mentor of Dallas Mavericks Dirk Nowitzki, and European fame National Croatian Team head coach Jasmin Repesa, Cimberio Varese’s Frank Vitucci and Banco di Sardegna Sassari’s Romeo Sacchetti. Once again the Clinic, organized by the Italian Basketball Federation and Giorgio Gandolfi – Sport Marketing, Events and Communication, will be the number one in Europe for the presence of these great lecturers, becoming more and more international, with the registration of coaches from Greece, Israel, Latvia, Slovenia, Kuwait, United Arab Emirates and China.

FRANK, THE ENFANT PRODIGE – New York native, born in 1970 Frank grew up at Indiana University where he worked with Bobby Knight. After serving as assistant coach at Tennessee University, he became assistant coach of Brian Hill with Vancouver Grizzlies and then with the New Jersey Nets. In 2004 the Nets promoted him as head coach replacing Byron Scott, and he surprized the NBA achieving a 13-game winning streak which set a new NBA record for the most consecutive wins by a first time head coach. The streak was also the longest winning streak by any head coach in any of the four major professional sports. In 2010 he substituted Tom Thibodeau in the Boston Celtics’ staff, then in 2011 became head coach of the Detroit Pistons where he coached the last two seasons.

THE PROGRAM – The lessons’ program is finalized: after the registration from 10 to 13, on Friday 28th the former Pistons’ coach will open the seminar with two lessons talking about pick & roll offense and pick & roll defense, along with Vitucci’s lesson about early and secondary fastbreak. On Saturday there will be a full immersion of six lessons: two by Dunlap (1-1-3 match up zone and defensive transition) and two by Repesa (offensive moves of the centers after the picks and zone offense), another lesson by Frank (multiple offensive options for the same alignment) and the one by Holger Geschwindner named “Are we sure we teach the shooting?”. On Sunday morning the Clinic will end with Meo Sacchetti, who will talk about building an offense around a leader, Repesa (2- 3 zone defense) and Dunlap (perimeter players’ improvement).

REGISTRATION DEADLINE – For logistic reasons due to the presence of others international events in Pesaro, the enrollment will be limited to a maximum of 350 participants. We would kindly invite who is interested to fill the registration before June 18th. For more informations and for download the registration form and the hotel booking form, go on or Registration at National Coaches Committee ([email protected] – +39 06-3685.6548/6574). The fee is 150 euros and to the first 100 coaches registered, there’s the special gift of the 4 DVDs box with the lessons from 2012 International Coaches Clinic “Giovanni Papini”.


Friday June 28th


Registration from 10:00 am to 1:00 am


2:15 pm Introduction

2:30/4:00 pm First Lesson
FRANK: Pick & Roll offense

4:00/5:30 pm Second Lesson
VITUCCI: Early and Secondary Fast Break

5:30/5:45 pm Break

5:45/7:15 Third Lesson
FRANK: Pick & Roll Defense

Saturday June 29th


8:30/10:00 am First Lesson
DUNLAP: 1-1-3 Match-Up Zone

10:00/11:30 am Second Lesson
REPESA: Offensive Moves of the Centers after the Picks

11:30/11:45 am Break

11:45/1:15 pm Third Lesson
FRANK: Multiple Offensive Options from the Same Alignment


2:30/4:00 pm Fourth Lesson
REPESA: Zone Offense

4:00/5:30 pm Fifth Lesson
GESCHWINDNER: Are We Sure We Teach the Shooting?

5.30:/5:45 Break

5:45/7:15 Sixth Lesson
DUNLAP: Defensive Transition

SUNDAY June 30th


8:30/10:00 am First Lesson
SACCHETTI: Offensive Plays of a Team with a Leading Player

10:00/11:30 am Second Lesson
REPESA: 2-3 Zone Defense

11:30/11:45 am Break

11:45/1:15 pm Third Lesson
DUNLAP: Perimeter Player’s Improvement

NOTE: All the lessons will last 1 h e 30′ (with 15′ of questions & answers)

DOWNLOADS: Registration Form, Hotel Booking.