Tony DeMeo


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Peaks and Valleys by Spencer Johnson

There’s not many professions that has more peaks and valleys than coaching football. Not only do you have peaks and valleys during the course of the season but each individual game has an abundance of peaks and valleys and numerous momentum swings. This book, Peaks and Valleys by Spenser Johnson seemed like a good fit […]



Racing to Win by Joe Gibbs

Racing to Win By: Joe Gibbs There was no better team in the NFL in the 80s than the Washington Redskins coached by Joe Gibbs. The Hogs as they were called had one of the most diversified offenses in the league. The other dominant team was The San Francisco 49ERs coached by Bill Walsh. I […]



The Four Obsessions of an Extraordinary Executive by Patrick Lencioni

Every head coach is in essence the executive of his program so Patrick Lencioni’s book The Four Obsessions of an Extraordinary Executive can be extremely helpful to any head coach or to any aspiring head coach. I reviewed one other book by Patrick Lencioni earlier & I found it to be extremely helpful and easy […]



Bear Bryant on Leadership by Pat Williams

One of the most iconic leaders in the history of sport was the legendary Paul “Bear” Bryant. Coach Bryant turned around four college football programs and influenced the sport of college football as much as anyone ever has. So I’ve read as much as I could get my hands on about The Bear. I reviewed […]



The Essential Smart Football by Chris Brown

The Essential Smart Football By: Chris Brown I can count on one hand how many thought provoking football books there are out there. That’s not to say there not a lot of good football books around but most deal with some technical aspect of the game. But this book, The Essential Smart Football by Chris […]



See You At The Top by Zig Ziglar

SEE YOU AT THE TOP By: Zig Ziglar Zig Ziglar passed away on November 28, 2012 but his legacy and influence will live on. Zig was a great motivational speaker and author. I love listening to his audio books while driving; it always makes the trip go faster and more pleasant. The Wall Street Journal […]



Resurrection: The Miracle Season That Saved Notre Dame Football by Jim Dent

I stumbled upon this book by accident and I was very pleasantly surprised. I’ve always been a Notre Dame fan but never realized what a great job Ara Parseghian did in restoring The Fighting Irish back to football supremacy. Jim Dent goes into detail about how the great Notre Dame Football program built by Rockne […]



Execution by Larry Bossidy and Ram Charan

Execution                                                                                     By: Larry Bossidy & Ram Charan Whether in business or athletics the […]



Swing Your Sword by Mike Leach

Swing Your Sword By; Mike Leach Mile Leach has to have one of the most creative, innovative offensive minds in college football. Swing Your Sword is one of the most entertaining and informative sports autobiographies that I have read. In the age of political correctness Mike Leach is a breath of fresh air. The first […]



The Greatest Coach Ever by The Fellowship of Christian Athletes

I have been a big fan of John Wooden ever since his undersized UCLA Bruins won the NCAA National Championship in 1963. Since then I have read just about everything I could lay my hands on that was about Coach Wooden. They Call Me Coach was one of my early favorites, I read it cover […]