Perhaps, but the
two coaches didn't account for Welling, whose pursuit of the prize was
relentless. In 2005, after first hearing about Walberg's offense at the Pete
Newell Big Man Camp in Las Vegas (where his stepson was a camper), Welling
started breaking down game tapes that Walberg had sent him. Then Welling met
Duane Silver, a retired high school coach in Waco, Texas, who had written a
booklet on the drive-and-kick offense and maintained a coaching website. Silver
introduced Welling to John Jordan, the coach at St. Francis High in La Ca�ada,
Calif., who attended Walberg's clinics and drove six hours nearly every week to
scout his games and practices in Fresno.
Welling a 100-page dossier on Walberg's offense and defense, which landed, in
turn, on Hurley's desk in New Jersey. "Then I got various materials that
they don't even know I have," says Welling. "We had about every clinic
that Walberg's ever done. We had his practice booklet and a lot more. It would
blow you away, but then I'd have to shoot you."
The Minister of
Information also has Walberg's lingo down cold, from drop zones to Blood
drills. And that's only the start. Last summer Welling made two DDM
instructional videos—one with the offense and one with practice drills—that
sell for $39.95 each or $71.95 together (plus shipping and handling) through
Sysko's, the basketball-video retailer. "It's the Number 1 seller out of
our catalog over the last year," says Sysko's executive Jim Blaine,
"and it's only been out for seven of those 12 months."
That's right: Herb
Welling, a security guard from Omaha, is outselling videos by Wooden, Carril,
Duke's Mike Krzyzewski and North Carolina's Roy Williams. Told of Welling's
success with his invention, Walberg—who turned down a Sysko's offer—manages
only a thin smile. "Well," he finally says, "I guess that's
The way Walberg
sees it, though, that's the least of his concerns at this point.
From: Ray West
Date: Sat., Jan.
19, 2008, 11:28 p.m.