Holiday Sports Book Reviews
Part-motivational tome/part- memoir, this book from Duke Men's Basketball Coach Mike Krzyzewski, as the title "Beyond Basketball" suggests, is a blending of sport and life lessons learned during Krzyzewski's twenty-year coaching career.
"I am a believer in the power of words," says the author and the book reflects this in its organization of the book through words--such as passion, excellence, and integrity-- that Krzyzewski often employs his players to visualize during a game.
In "Blind Side: Evolution of the Left Tackle"
author Michael Lewis illustrates the fascinating transformation of this anonymous blue-collar position to that of a highly- paid football rock star.
But the most interesting aspect of the book is its narrative of young high school left tackle, Michael Oher, who, despite his Memphis housing-project background and lack of rudimentary scholastic skills becomes the focus of a controversy involving college boosters serving as legal guardians and an NCAA investigation. A fascinating read for anyone interested in the lengths some people will go to get a 'quality' left tackle.
Teamwork, Trust and Confidence by Dr. Andrew Jacobs
So what will it take to be a champion beyond natural physical talent and ability?
(Reprinted Courtesy of Kansas City Sports and Fitness)
The administrative part of being a Baseball Coach by Chip Baker, Florida State
The administrative side of a baseball coach can be as important as a 'game winning hit in the bottom of the seventh!' Proper planning will make a difference in how your team will play as well as affect fan support. Plan the little things in advance and assign people not involved in the actual game to help out the program.