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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 […]



101 Concepts for Effective Offense by Steve Axman

101 Concepts for Effective Offense By: Steve Axman Steve Axman is a coaches’ coach. He has had more stops than the Dyer Avenue Subway in the Bronx and has been successful at all of them. I consider Axman a true offensive mastermind. I have known “Ax” for over thirty years and he’s always coming up […]



Coaching Football’s Special Situations by Al Groh and Bob O’Connor

Coaching Football’s Special Situations By: Al Groh and Bob O’Connor Every summer I would always re-read certain books to prepare for the upcoming season. This is one of those books. It’s written by two well respected coaches and it covers situations that have a direct bearing on winning and losing. Bob O’Connor has been a […]



Martin Luther King Jr. on Leadership by Donald T. Phillips

Some men are great leaders and some are heroes. You can be a great leader and not a hero, but Martin Luther King Jr. was both. Martin Luther King Jr. was a hero because he gave all he could give without expecting anything in return. He was not one of these so-called leaders or activists […]



Talent is Overrated

Talent is Overrated By: Geoff Colvin I am a big fan of the book The Talent Code by Daniel Coyle which I reviewed earlierhttp://tonydemeo.com/book-reviews/the-talent-code-by-daniel-coyle/. I would again highly recommend it to any teacher or coach. Geoff Colvin also goes into the question of where does great performance come from. Every coach in America or around […]



When Pride Still Mattered by David Maraniss

When you talk about great coaches, of any sport one name that is sure to surface is Vince Lombardi. Of course there are other great coaches like John Wooden, Bear Bryant, Red Auerbach and Joe Paterno who are also icons. But Vince Lombardi was something special. He transcended the game of football. Lombardi’s tedious rise […]



Lead for God’s Sake by Todd G. Gongwer

Lead for God’s Sake is a great little book that was given to me by Keith Tyler. Keith is the head of the West Virginia Fellowship of Christian Athletes. Keith was also an outstanding athlete. He ended his basketball playing days at The University of Charleston as their second all time leading scorer. In my […]



Paul Brown by Andrew O’Toole

Paul Brown By: Andrew O’Toole The term “genius” is tossed around pretty lightly these days. If a coach has one good season some ESPN type is likely to tag the label “genius” to him. However, Paul Brown is truly worthy of that label. Brown literally re-invented professional football. He was so good they named the […]