2019 National Conference

Steve Orris

Basketball Training- Does Style of Play Change the Plan?

There is no template that we can use for all sports. We will not train Basketball players with the same plan that we use for Tennis players. This is not a new concept; sport specificity is why we have jobs. Energy systems, movement patterns, and work to rest ratios are very unique to Basketball. Can we draw some similarities across all Basketball teams, or, does the style that the Basketball coach uses require different training adaptations in order to be successful. This presentation will attempt to illustrate different methods of training that will illicit improvements that are specific to the demands of playing styles.

Steve Orris is the Assistant Athletic Director for Sports Performance and Student Athlete Wellness at Nova Southeastern University. In his position, he oversees the strength and conditioning, sports nutrition and supplement education, body composition analysis, drug and alcohol education, and mental health awareness programs for 17 intercollegiate athletic teams and over 375 student-athletes.

Throughout his career, Orris has designed programs that have helped produce 13 Conference Player of the Year awards, six conference championships, four consecutive trips to the Women's College World Series (2008-2011), two trips to the Men's College World Series (2005, 2016), four trips to the National Championship game (2005, 2009, 2011, 2016), one National Championship and several All-American awards.

Orris spent the beginning of his career at the University of Florida, where he worked as an Assistant Strength and Conditioning coach. During his time at UF, he worked with the Baseball (2004-2009), Softball (2004-2011), Women's Basketball (2009-2011) and Football (2003-2004) teams. He also oversaw the direction of the internship program, as well as the coaches'; clinics and youth camps. He began his work experience by completing internships with the Miami Dolphins and Houston Astros.

Coach Orris received his Bachelor's Degree in Exercise Science from Florida Atlantic University. He received his Master&s degree in Health Education while serving as a Graduate Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach at Hofstra University.

In 2016, Orris was recognized as a Master Strength and Conditioning Coach (MSCC) by the Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Coaches Association (CSCCa), earning the highest level of certification in his field. He also holds certifications through the National Strength and Conditioning Association (CSCS), the National Academy of Sports Medicine (CES) and the International Society of Sports Nutrition (CISSN) while being recognized by USA Weightlifting as a Sports Performance Coach. Orris also works as an Adjunct Professor in the Health and Human Performance department at NSU, and has presented at the CSCCa and ISSN National conferences on the topic of collegiate sports nutrition and performance training.

Orris is married to the former Michelle Ortega of Miramar, Florida. The couple has three daughters, Meilani (10), Kami (7), and Leila (4).