Pete Strobl has been around the European basketball scene for 20 years having had a stellar professional basketball career and was an assistant coach for German easyCredit BBL team ratiopharm Ulm this season. He played at Niagara (NCAA) from 1997-2000 and then had a 9 year professional playing career that took him to countries like Germany, Austria, France, Ireland, Iceland and Switzerland. He founded The Scoring Factory in Pittsburgh and wrote a must read book called Backspin. He is a very interesting basketball mind that doesn´t shy away from speaking his mind especially on Twitter. German Hoops and Pete Strobl will team up every so often talking basketball with the title “Current basketball affairs with Pete Strobl. You can follow Pete Strobl on twitter @petestrobl
We recently learned that you won’t be coaching in ulm next season. Why are you leaving and where are you headed next?
My family and I love the city of ulm, the organization and the people. It’s not easy to leave a place that checks all those boxes and it’s been a wonderful experience for all of us. We have had an amazing 3 years here. But now it’s time for a new challenge. I’ve reached the level at which I know I’m ready to be the head coach. That doesn’t mean that I’ll never be an assistant coach ever again, but it means that I trust myself to lead a team and make the important decisions that bring a team success. I’m sure that many assistant coaches eventually find themselves at this point and I’m happy to see that friends like Pedro Calles and Chris O’Shea received the chance to lead playoff caliber teams. That gives me hope that a GM will give me the chance to show what I can do. I’m not yet sure what the future holds and where I’ll be next season. All I can say is: stay tuned.
You’ve developed a great reputation in player development, is that directly related to your time with The Scoring Factory?
I love every aspect of the game including defensive tactics and game strategy, but most people have only had a chance to see my work on the court. I appreciate the compliment and people that know me understand how passionate I am about my craft. I’m not shy and don’t try to hide my desire to be one of the best player development coaches in the world. But just so we’re on the same page, it’s important to know that I also want to be the best at everything I do! There’s a lot of good work being done in player development behind the scenes in Germany. I think Carlos Frade does a fantastic job in Berlin for example. However, I would hope that in the next couple years I’m given an opportunity to showcase some of my other abilities and I can develop a reputation and showcase my other strengths as well.
Where do you see yourself in the next 5-10 years?
My primary goal is to simply be proud of the person looking back at me in the mirror. I take pride in knowing that I do everything in my power to be a great husband, father and friend. I’ve been called a “positive disciplinarian” in the past and I think that somewhat summarizes who I am and my overall approach to life, leadership and relationships.
On the basketball coaching side, I would like to be in a position to help people reach their potential and achieve their goals. Only time can tell if that will happen in Europe or in America. Our season just finished and my agent is already updating me with options and possibilities. I’m willing to be patient to make sure my next stop is a great situation with a chance to chase greatness. I love Germany and will always have an affinity for the league here. At the same time, I’m always open to trying something new if it’s with a club that has big dreams that align with my own.
I envision The Scoring Factory having multiple locations around the states run by former players that share in our passion to teach and give back. Ryan Thompson and Jason Thompson are opening our first franchise outside of Pittsburgh this summer serving the greater Tri-State area of New Jersey. Over the years we’ve created a fairly sophisticated curriculum and teaching approach and I know that we’ll be able to have a huge impact on the next wave of talent. It’s become a natural progression for former pros that want to stay involved in the game and I’m proud to be able to provide that platform.
My kids also play basketball and my wife and I are obviously both very supportive of their paths. It’s exciting to think about all of the possibilities on the horizon in all of the areas mentioned above that consume our lives. I’m naturally a planner, but it’s also important to really stay in the moment. As long as I keep doing what I love and attack each day with passion, I’m pretty confident that great things will continue to happen!