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Below are some of my favorite books on coaching. They are in no particular order.
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Quiet Strength - Tony Dungy
2008 Retailer's Choice Award winner!
Tony Dungy's words and example have intrigued millions of people, particularly following his victory in Super Bowl XLI, the first for an African American coach. How is it possible for a coach―especially a football coach―to win the respect of his players and lead them to the Super Bowl without the screaming histrionics, the profanities, and the demand that the sport come before anything else? How is it possible for anyone to be successful without compromising faith and family? In this inspiring and reflective memoir, now updated with a new chapter, Coach Dungy tells the story of a life lived for God and family―and challenges us all to redefine our ideas of what it means to succeed.
Above the Line - Urban Meyer
Urban Meyer has established himself as one of the elite in the annals of his sport, having lead his players to three national championships. In Above the Line, he offers readers his unparalleled insights into leadership, team building, and the keys to empowering people to achieve things they might never have thought possible. Meyer shares his groundbreaking game plan—the game plan followed every day in the Ohio State Buckeyes’ championship season—for creating a culture of success built on trust and a commitment to a common purpose. Packed with real life examples from Meyer’s storied career, Above the Line delivers wisdom and inspiration for taking control and turning setbacks into victories for a team, a family, or a Fortune 500 company.
How Good Do You Want to Be? - Nick Saban
He guided LSU to its first football championship in forty-five years. He turned down countless offers from professional teams to stay with the job he loves. Now Nick Saban reveals the secrets that will help you lead and succeed at work and in life.
Excellence doesn’t happen overnight. It comes from hard work, consistency, the drive to be the best, and a passion for what you do. Few understand this better than Nick Saban, the hottest college football coach in the game. Now, in How Good Do You Want to Be?, Saban shares his winning philosophy for creating and inspiring success.
Eleven Rings - Phil Jackson
During his storied career as head coach of the Chicago Bulls and Los Angeles Lakers, Phil Jackson won more championships than any coach in the history of professional sports. Even more important, he succeeded in never wavering from coaching his way, from a place of deep values. Jackson was tagged as the “Zen master” half in jest by sportswriters, but the nickname speaks to an important truth: this is a coach who inspired, not goaded; who led by awakening and challenging the better angels of his players’ nature, not their egos, fear, or greed.
Leading with the Heart - Mike Krzyzewski
In this informative and inspirational book, Coach K, Duke University's head basketball coach, tells readers how he coaxes peak performances from his team, relying on lessons he learned as a captain in the U.S. Army.
Duke University's head basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski has proved himself a leader both on and off the court. He's led the Duke Blue Devils to five straight Final Four appearances, culminating in back-to-back championships in 1991 and '92. He has received five National Coach of the Year Awards—and many of the players he coached in college have gone on to NBA stardom.
Sum It Up - Pat Summitt
Pat Summitt, the all-time winningest coach in NCAA basketball history and bestselling author of Reach for the Summitt and Raise The Roof, tells for the first time her remarkable story of victory and resilience as well as facing down her greatest challenge: early-onset Alzheimer's disease.
Pat Summitt was only 21 when she became head coach of the Tennessee Vols women's basketball team. For 38 years, she broke records, winning more games than any NCAA team in basketball history. She coached an undefeated season, co-captained the first women's Olympic team, was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame, and was named Sports Illustrated 'Sportswoman of the Year'.
Reach for the Summitt - Pat Summitt
Pat Summitt, head coach of the Tennessee Lady Vols, was a phenomenon in women's basketball. Her ferociously competitive teams won three NCAA championships in a row--1996, 1997, and 1998. The 1997-98 Lady Vols posted a historic 39-0 record, prompting the New York Times, among many others, to proclaim them "the best women's college team ever." In this groundbreaking motivational book, Pat Summitt presented her formula for success, which she called the "Definite Dozen System." In each of the book's twelve chapters, Summitt talked about one of the system's principles--such as responsibility, discipline, and loyalty--and showed you apply it to your own situation. Along the way, she used her own remarkable story as a vehicle for explaining how anyone can transform herself through ambition. Pat Summitt's story will motivate you to achieve in sports, business, and the most important game of all--life.
Quotes from the Summitt - Pat Summitt
This is a thoughtful collection of empowering quotations used by Pat Summitt to help mold and energize her players. Although an iconic, history-making basketball coach, Pat Summitt viewed herself as a teacher and educator first. It is precisely her penchant for offering profound advice, words of wisdom and instruction that serves as the foundation for Quotes from the Summitt. It is a must read for people of all ages and in all walks of life. Readers will not only learn from Pat's profound insights but also become challenged to act on many of the quotes inasmuch as each is focused on growth, improvement, fulfillment and success. This book demonstrated how much Pat cared at all levels to help people, especially women, to achieve their life goals. As Pat would often say, nobody cares how much you know until they know how much you care.