Tibaldi an important cog for Missouri men's basketball team

Wednesday, December 19, 2012 | 7:22 p.m. CST
MU forward Alex Oriakhi, center, is congratulated by video coordinator Bryan Tibaldi, left, and assistant coach Dave Lietao during the Missouri vs. South Carolina State game on Monday. Missouri defeated South Carolina State 102-51 at Mizzou Arena.

COLUMBIA – Every morning, Bryan Tibaldi makes a checklist. He hardly ever gets to finish it. 

Video editing, opponent scouting, meetings with coaches, paper work, coordinating travel and team managers are just some of the things on Tibaldi’s list.

The Missouri men's basketball program needs Tibaldi, its video coordinator, to juggle an assortment of jobs.

During the offseason, Tibaldi will be an air traffic controller of sorts for the assistant coaches while they’re traveling to meet or watch recruits. He stays sharp on the latest recruiting articles because he might get a call from one of the Missouri coaches heading to a high school asking for a coach’s number or a recruit’s latest stats.

“It’s good to come in early and get things checked off,” Tibaldi said. “Because from about nine to three, I’ll be getting calls from the assistants on the road, and next thing I know, the day’s winding down.”

After he hangs up, head coach Frank Haith will sometimes come into Tibaldi’s office asking him to diagram some plays he can teach at the next practice. The dry-erase board in Tibaldi's office is always covered with drawn-up plays. Before the calls come in, Tibaldi might work on a highlight tape of the previous season to show potential recruits. He posts highlight tapes to the Missouri basketball YouTube channel, which has more than 200 subscribers.

During the season, players sometimes come in early to get the previous game on their iPads. Tibaldi has all the games stored on his computer.

Players will also come in to break down film of previous games, focusing on things they've been struggling with. For example, Negus Webster-Chan was struggling with his shooting early in the season. Tibaldi was aware that Webster-Chan was coming later that afternoon, so he opened his Macbook and used software to edit all of the minutes into one file. He then passed that along to an assistant coach, who then watched the film with Webster-Chan and explained how to improve.

The night before games is especially intense for Tibaldi and the rest of the basketball staff.

“When it comes down to getting in the trenches and preparing for an opponent, we’ll stay in the office until two in the morning,” associate head coach, Tim Fuller, said. “He (Tibaldi) will stay until four or five getting done what he needs to get done, and then he’ll be back at eight ready to work.”

Once the game starts, Tibaldi sits among the assistant coaches on the bench. He's the only one with blond hair. Tibaldi doesn't lack intensity throughout games: Spit flying from his mouth, arms flailing, clipboard tightly grasped.

While the game is being played, the live feed is being transmitted into his office and onto his computer. Once the game is finished, he distributes the game tape to the players and staff.  

At some point after the game, Tibaldi goes home, usually forgetting about the checklist he made that morning.

When he arrives at Mizzou Arena the next morning, it's time to make another checklist.

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