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Parcells by Bill Parcells & Nunyo DeMasio

Bill Parcells is one of the elites in the world of NFL coaches. His accomplishments are extraordinary and include 2 Super Bowl victories. The second with a backup quarterback. What intrigued me about Parcells is that he turned around four NFL franchises with basically the same formula, which I call “The Parcells’ Way” This book […]



Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance by Angela Duckworth

This is one book that I would consider a must read for every coach regardless of the sport or of any organization. I was familiar with Angela Duckworth’s work long before this book was released. I was very familiar with her “Grit Test” & even used it during my meetings with my players. In the […]



Book Review – The Perfect Pass

The Perfect Pass By: S. C. Gwynne If you are a football coach, football fan or simply a guy who likes a good story, S.C. Gwynne scored a touchdown with his book The Perfect Pass. It’s the story of Hal Mumme’s quest for “The Perfect Pass” Mumme started the quest like a Don Quixote with […]



David and Goliath by Malcolm Gladwell

I enjoy Malcolm Gladwell’s books. They have been huge best sellers over the years. Gladwell is a thought provoking author & his David and Goliath certainly provokes a lot of thought and will be a big help to coaches. Gladwells earlier books were also helpful to me in my coaching career: 1. The Tipping Point […]



The Forward Pass by Phillip Brooks

I picked up this book with the idea of learning a little about the history of the great game of College Football but I got much more than I bargained for. Phillip Brooks does a great job explaining how The Forward Pass basically saved college football which was on the brink of extinction but also […]



Paterno by Joe Posnanski

This book, Paterno by Joe Posnanski was completed after Joe Paterno’s death. So it brings a completely unique perspective to the life of one of College Football’s greatest coaches. The book is in no way meant to be a defense of JoPa nor does it make any attempt to glorify Coach Paterno. Joe Posnanski merely […]



Bounce Back by John Calipari

Bounce Back by John Calipari is an interesting book because of the success Coach Cal is currently experiencing in college hoops. It’s easy to forget the humiliating firing he experienced with the New Jersey Nets in 2000. This is a great story and a great lesson for all coaches. Everyone is eventually going to have […]



Earn the Right to Win

Tom Coughlin had a tough season in 2014 & not too good a season in 2013 but make no mistake he is a very good football coach. Tom paid his dues over the years and developed a system for producing winning football teams. This system has worked for him at every stop that he has […]



Ron Jaworski and Meaningful Stats

Ron “Jaws” Jaworski is one of my favorite NFL analysts. I especially enjoy his NFL Matchup Show on ESPN. Though he lost his mind for a while on Johnny Football, he is usually on target. So when his book The Games That Changed the Game came out, I picked up a copy & read it. […]



Win Forever by Pete Carroll

I had never been a big fan of Pete Carroll and would have never read his book if it were not for my friend Carl Lee. Carl was an All Pro DB for the Minnesota Vikings and Pete was his secondary coach. Carl has nothing but good things to say about him. So I read […]