"Coach Summers' leadership and coaching skills have had a tremendously positive impact on my life and I am sure the lives of many others. Many of the concepts he taught me in basketball: hard work, hustle, preparedness, work ethic have carried over to my life after basketball."
St. Henry High School
Al coached high school basketball in Ohio for 31 years. An advocate of skill development and defense, he spent much time working with players on fundamentals. "Teach them to play, don't teach them plays" was a motto he built his coaching on.
In his final year with boys, he took a team with no player over 6'2" and ended up playing for the state championship. He was named co-coach of the year by the Associated Press. His team featured a defense he had spent 12 years perfecting, the Pressure Switching Man to Man.
After several years of retirement from coaching, he was asked to help bring a HS girls' program back to life. In the third year of using this defense, the team went to the state final four—with no girl over 5'9"!!
Coach Cache Hill of Minco (OK) HS bought the video and started implementing the defense starting on October 4. Here is what he has to say about the defense after a little over a month- after the first four games.
The DVD takes you step by step through the various aspects of teaching the defense:
“Al did a fantastic job and it felt like he was part of our staff!!!!!”
J. E. Robins Elementary School
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