Liberty Ranch High School Leverages Krossover for More Wins
After graduating five starters and coming off a 27-6 season that landed them just short of the league championship, new Liberty Ranch Asst Coach John Williams was looking for a leg up to continue the legacy of the program.
In the past, parents would film Liberty Ranch games and burn them onto DVD’s for the coaches and players to see how they did, but players graduated and the team faced turn over, the filming of games was a luxury that was no longer available to the program.
Enter John Williams, head coach Josh Williams’ father who became an assistant coach following that spectacular 27-6 season. “I asked myself, what is it going to take to get these boys over the hump and winning championships?” Coach Williams noted. The performance was there, 27-6 is certainly not a record any coach would be ashamed of, but at some point, the culture shifts from just winning games, to consistently winning championships.
As someone with a strong belief in analytics, Coach Williams realized that the staff needed to dig deeper to take their program to the next level. “I realized, we’ve got to start filming this stuff and utilizing analytics to get us to the next level.”
As an administrator for the Sac-Joaquin Section of the California Interscholastic Federation for the previous 14 years, John dipped into his contacts to find out how other successful programs were using film and analytics to help win championships. A league rival had recently shocked the conference with a major upset of a top-ranked team in the playoffs. “I reached out to their coach to see what he and his program had going for film breakdown, and he let me know about his success with Krossover, and even attributed the big win to it. He told me straight up that Krossover was the difference.”
After speaking with other coaches and learning about his success using Krossover, John and his program at Liberty Ranch got started with Krossover and a film breakdown package for the upcoming season.
The results were unbelievable…
In the three seasons since implementing Krossover as their film and analytics provider, Liberty Ranch has gone on to win back-to-back-to-back league championships, including an incredible 27-0 regular season campaign in their first year with Krossover, becoming the first team in the Sac-Joaquin Section to go undefeated in 18 years. Overall, the team has gone 78-17 in the last three years, fourth-most among all Section schools.
Coach Williams attributes the incredible run to Krossover’s analytics, which allows him to isolate specific stats to present to his players. As well as the talent and dedication of the players that come through the Liberty Ranch basketball program.
As a big believer in Dean Oliver’s Four Factors, Coach Williams hones in on rebounding and efficiency rates and uses Krossover’s resources to provide statistical feedback to his team after each game. He notes that Liberty Ranch’s personnel decisions are primarily rooted in analytics rather than the traditional “eye test.”
Coach Williams and Liberty Ranch will start this season armed with a game plan steeped in analytics, in search for a fourth straight title.