Home » Uncategorized » Toronto Maple Leafs coach uses iPad for coaching

Toronto Maple Leafs coach uses iPad for coaching

When the NFL season kicked off a few weeks ago I had a brief discussion with my brother about how great it would be if the coaches on the sidelines used iPads (or some other tablet) rather than regular playbooks. It just seems to make so much sense, and it turns out that the Toronto Maple Leafs agree.

Leafs coach Ron Wilson has become an advocate for technology on the team. The iPad, when standing behind the bench, can be used to view replay footage and review other coaching-related items much more efficiently than the old dead-tree style playbooks. The video can be used to dissect his own players as well as their opponents.

Since the iPad has an Internet connection, he could very easily access real-time stas, replays, and other information that can aid him in coaching. You don’t coach based on yesterday’s news; you need the newest information right now. Despite this, Wilson is hesitant to bring the iPad to the bench during games.

“What we’re doing now is watching every power play and every penalty kill around the league and putting together what we think would be the best power play and what is the best penalty kill for our team,” said Wilson. “All players can pull up all shifts, instantly, at work stations we have set up around the ACC. It helps players scout themselves, like in football, and makes a coach’s job easier because we’re not always coming at them with something negative about the way they’re playing.”

With software coach Wilson developed on his Apple OSX computer, he intends to take his team to the next level. The Leafs are innovating the league once again, as did Roger Neilson, the coach who changed the NHL by bringing video replays to analyze opponents some 30 years ago.

[The Star]

About Michael Kwan

A freelance writer and tech geek from Vancouver. Find me at michaelkwan.com and follow me on Twitter @michaelkwan.

Check Also


Try Oculus Rift And Wii To Roam Around On The Back To The Future Hoverboard

Check out how you can fly in virtual space by using an Oculus Rift and a Wii Balance Board.


Amazon Appstore for Android Holiday Deals, Including Free Apps

There are tons of deals from the Amazon Appstore that will be offered starting now and throughout the holiday shopping season. They say that they will have "hundreds of titles that are eitehr free... or available between 50-90% off" the regular price.


Black Friday: Google Play Store Apps, Games and Content on Sale All Weekend

Case in point, if you head over to the Google Play Store right now, you'll find that Google is celebrating all Cyber Weekend with discounts on all sorts of content. This includes many popular apps and games


Black Friday Deal: Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 10.1-Inch for $100 Off

Did you manage to score any epic Black Friday deals this morning? Are you still ...


Arduino Co-Creator Releases Plans for $200 DIY Mobile Phone

Mellis was one of the people who came up with the now hugely popular Arduino platform and now he has come up with plans for people to build their own cell phone for about $200 in parts.


No Discounts for Apple Black Friday, Just Free Gift Cards

If you were hoping to save yourself some cash as you brave the Black Friday shopping crowds, you'll want to go somewhere other than the official Apple Stores.