Hamilton’s coaching style makes its way to the Nigeria sideline

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — Luke Loucks’ career at Florida State was notable for setting the school record at the time for most games played on the cusp of Garnet and Gold ( 136). And helping lead FSU to its first ACC Championship in 2012. Throughout, Loucks soaked up insight from one of the best coaches to ever do so.

When he left Florida State, training was not on Luke’s immediate radar. But when his professional playing time abroad ended, he recalled all the times Leonard Hamilton would have urged him to give coaching a shot. Now finding himself on the sidelines for the Nigeria men’s basketball team, Loucks is set to implement one of the biggest takeaways he has garnered while playing under Coach Hamilton.

“I always come back too and we talk about it all the time with the Warriors and even the Nigeria team just the defensive intensity he demanded of you. So from day one it’s something that I I learned playing for coach (Leonard) Hamilton,” says Loucks. “And that’s something I’ll always have wherever I coach. It doesn’t matter what kind of athletes I have, if you go on the court, you’re going to keep in. And to me, that’s why Florida State is always so tough to play.