Trace ‘N Chase was glad to welcome last week Greek Basketball Coach and Professor in the School of Physical Education of Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Mr. Stefanos Perkos.
The Coach holds a Bachelor Diploma in Physical Education, an MSc in Coaching and a PhD in Sports Psychology applied in Basketball and his current teaching subjects include Basketball Skills, Effective Coaching and Applied Sport Psychology.
An assistant and head basketball coach for over 20 years, he has collaborated with many basketball clubs in Greek Division II and IIi, including Iraklis BC, Makedonikos BC, Trikala BC, Ermis Lagada BC, G.S. Olympia Larissa BC, G.S.Farsala, G.S. Ermis Agias-Larissas and Ikaroi of Serres BC. Coach Perkos has been instrumental in the development of plenty current or former professional athletes who have played across many top-tier leagues, including, Thanasis Kamariotis, Apostolos Apostolidis, Filippos Kalogiannidis, Alexandros Stamatogiannis, Ntinos Nikolopoulos, Tasos Spiropoulos, Raphael Tsourakis, Theodoros Tsiloulis, Nikos Kalles and many more!
Apart from coaching he has organized multiple training basketball camps while also participating in many more as a guest speaker, while he is the author and co-author of multiple books regarding Basketball Teaching, Effective Coaching, Basketball “Step-to-Success” (translation), Wheelchair Basketball Guide, Sport Psychology in Basketball and Sport Psychology in Team & Individual Sports.
Coach had the chance to talk to us about his coaching style and specifically about the modern fast-tempo style with a lot of transition which he applies to his teams, as well as pressing defenses, whether man-to-man or zone coverage, while he emphasized on the importance of a healthy rotation during games in order to keep a team’s spirit in high levels, giving simultaneously the chance for younger players to develop.