Coach: The Greatest Teachers in Sports and Their Lessons for Us All (Hardcover)
Every great sports coach is a life coach. This book identifies 168 outstanding coaches who have much to teach us about optimizing our performance, our character, and our lives.
Coaches build winning teams and enable each athlete they mentor, guide, cajole, and nurture to achieve top performance. More than this, every great sports coach is first and last a life coach. Sportswriter Justin Spizman identifies and profiles 168 of the greatest coaches and managers of all time. They have much to teach us about optimizing our performance, our character, and our lives.
Coach: The Greatest Teachers in Sports and Their Lessons for Us All profiles coaches in every significant sport, from football, basketball, baseball, and hockey to gymnastics, skating, rowing, rugby, soccer, and more. From field to court, diamond, rink, and pitch, the big leagues to the Olympics, college, and high school, Coach delivers the most teachable moments and methods—for play, for competition, and for life. Rich in quotations, each profile ends with lessons for top performance on and off the field, in and beyond the arena.
Justin Spizman tracks all the relevant stats—for every sport keeps score—but he seeks first and last to disclose the mind, the heart, and the force of character that drive each of the indispensable men and women behind the world’s most envied and admired athletes. His profiles range from the likes of Cardinals manager Tony La Russa (already an MLB legend), to Aimee Boorman and Cecile Canqueteau-Landi (who both coached gymnastics phenom Simone Biles), Bill Belichick (the take-no-prisoners field general of the New England Patriots), Pat Summitt (who racked up 1,098 wins as coach of the University of Tennessee Lady Vols basketball team from 1974 to 2012), Marián Vajda (the coach behind tennis titan Novak Djokovic), and David Leadbetter (golf guru to champions Kathy Baker, Nick Faldo, and Michelle Wie).
Justin Spizman is an award-winning, best-selling author who has collaborated with five-time Heavyweight Boxing Champion Evander Holyfield, NCCA Championship–winning basketball coach Jim Valvano, former Denver Broncos GM Ted Sundquist, and sports agent Molly Fletcher (“the female Jerry Maguire”), among others.
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Justin Spizman has captured the very definition of what it means to be called “Coach” and then conveys this through the personal stories of some of the most widely respected and successful examples to have ever carried the title. His book will make you reflect upon your own life’s influences and the many coaches that may have helped you along the way. I know it did for me— thanks, Coach.
— Ted Sundquist, General Manager of the Denver Broncos (2002-2008)
Coach is a wonderful collection of the best coaches of our time, their inspiring stories, and a useful application of their greatest teachings.
— Molly Fletcher, entrepreneur, keynote speaker, and former sports agent CNN and ESPN dubbed the “female Jerry Maguire”
Justin Spizman has hit a home run! All the wisdom from the giants in sports will leave you mesmerized. Reading this book is like being in the greatest locker rooms of all time.
— Joey Reiman, the “King of Corporate Purpose,” founder and chairman, Brand New World Studios