Pivotal Basketball Christian Mueller As Lead Instructor and “Chief Post Advocate,” Coach Mueller has nine years experience as both a head coach and assistant at the Division 1, 2 and NAIA levels. Most recently, Coach Mueller directed post play at the University of the Incarnate Word. In the 2011-12 season, he was instrumental in the team’s march to the Lone Star Conference title game. Mueller’s specialty is coaching post play. In his first four years coaching in college, five of his post players were recognized as 1st- Team All-Conference. Two eventually signed professional contracts to play overseas. One was an honorable mention All-American. And still another finished her career ranked 18th all-time in career FG percentage. After working with the Cardinals in 2011-12, Mueller took over the head coaching duties at Round Rock Christian Academy, serving as boys’ varsity coach. He turned around a program that had gone 1-19 the previous year and led them to 18 wins, a district championship, and an Elite 8 TAPPS 3A finish.
Christina Harvey Coach Harvey is currently the assistant women's basketball coach at Gannon University (NCAA D2). During her collegiate career she was definitive proof that "it’s not the size of the dog in the fight, but the size of the fight in the dog." As a 5’10" perimeter player out of high school, she was asked to play post for Pfeiffer University (NCAA D2). While never the tallest player on the floor and rarely, if ever, the fastest, she committed to the Pivotal Methods and became the most dominant post player in Conference Carolinas. Harvey amassed 1,200 points in slightly more than three seasons. Plus, she garnered 1st-Team All-Conference accolades while ranking 11th nationally in FG %. In 2013 she lead her team to the regional round of the national tournament. Coach Harvey finished her career as the seventh leading scorer in school history.
Jill Thomas Jill Thomas is currently the head women’s basketball coach at Henderson State University. Prior to that, Coach Thomas spent four seasons as head coach at Pfieffer University in North Carolina. In 2013 she was named the Conference Carolinas Coach of the year after guiding the Lady Falcons to a 27-5 record and their first ever NCAA regional tournament win.
MISSION: Pivotal Basketball exists for one reason: To fill the void in quality instruction available to post players and coaches. Before Pivotal Basketball, post play was the most poorly taught part of basketball. Why? We believe it’s because the majority of coaches were perimeter players during their careers. This is not a slight on their expertise, but instead a spotlight on the fact that most coaches have received the majority of their education in techniques that develop perimeter skills. Of the few post players who go into the coaching profession, the likelihood that they played for a coach who taught post play well is extremely slim. Therefore, the cycle of mediocre instruction and underutilizing post players continues. We intend to break that cycle by delivering the most effective instruction offered anywhere. Our goal is to equip post players with the essential skills needed to experience greater individual success and, ultimately, give them the best opportunity to be noticed by college recruiters. If you've ever felt like you sprint the floor in vain and work too hard maintaining your post position — yet see little reward for your effort — you need to work smarter, not harder. Our proven techniques give post players the Pivotal Knowledge and Skills necessary to always be in the best scoring position possible, increase scoring average significantly, get to the foul line more often, and shoot a higher field goal percentage.
Why us? Because we specialize in one thing and one thing only — post play. It’s less effective when trainers or camps work with both guards and posts. I believe there are few phrases truer than this: A jack-of- all trades is master of none. Here at Pivotal Basketball, we don’t dabble in instruction that we haven’t already implemented. We only teach techniques with proven results; instruction that has coached players to success and recognition. As mentioned above, great post play coaches are a small minority. Back in 2004, legendary basketball coach, Don Meyer, introduced Pivotal Basketball's Christian Mueller to his unique and proven methods of post play success. Coach Meyer was responsible for developing the all-time college scoring leader, John Pierce — a post player who scored more than 4,000 points while at Lipscomb University. When Coach Meyer retired in 2012, he was the all-time wins leader in men’s college basketball coaching history. Drawing from the techniques of the famed coach while he was an assistant and head coach at various colleges, Christian Mueller began adding his own unique teaching methods, while paring away ineffective aspects of post play instruction. The finished product is now the most effective system for teaching post play at all levels. Since 2004, few coaches have had as much success with post players as Coach Mueller. During his first four years as a college coach he developed five 1st-Team, All-Conference post players. Two of those players signed professional contracts overseas. One was an honorable mention All-American. And still another finished her career ranked 18th in all-time career FG percentage.