Coaches: What books would you recommend for other coaches this offseason?
Update >> About 30 coaches have now weighed in with their recommended reads.
With the regular season done for nearly everyone (except the FBS), college coaches are hitting the road to recruit, while high school coaches are enjoying a brief breather before getting back in the weight room.
While it’s far from an offseason of any kind, this time of year does leave coaches with some “down time” on their hands, even if that includes sleeping in hotels far away from family, or long nights on the open road.
That may help to explain why, over the last few days, we’ve fielded a number of emails, calls, and texts from coaches looking for some recommended reading material before next season creeps up. Plus, clinic season, when coaches are at their thirstiest for knowledge, is approaching quick.
Instead of responding to every coach personally with my own personal take on great reads, I thought I would instead provide my personal top three, and then open things up by taking recommendations from the coaching community to further help our colleagues in this great profession.
Leave your top 3-5 picks in the comments below, or shoot it to me @CoachSamz on Twitter, or at firstname.lastname@example.org, and I will update the article throughout the day. All genres are wide open, if you think it can somehow help a coach out there, send it over.
My list is as follows:
The Winners Manual - Jim Tressel
When it comes to creating a culture of winning and a championship mindset, coach Tres did it better than anyone in my opinion, and he lays it all out in The Winners Manual, especially the intangibles of a great program. In my first year of coaching I heard the quote “They don’t care how much you know, until they know how much you care” from coach Tressel, and I knew I had to read the book
Wins, Losses, and Lessons – Lou Holtz
Holtz shares his wealth of experience in this one, as well another book of his Winning Everyday. and has a ton of great advice. Reading either one of them means you won’t ever have to pay to hear him speak, because he covers everything in this book.
Win Forever – Pete Carroll
To be honest, I bought this book about a year ago, and had been chipping away at it up until recently taking a renewed interest in it. My advice for this one is to pick out a coach (who has a book out) who your coaching style most resembles and you’re bound to pick up a few good things from it. Pete Carroll is that guy for me.
Now time for your recommendations.
— J.D. Johnson (@CoachJDJohnson) November 25, 2014
@FootballScoop Book recommendation. Switch: How to change things when change is hard by Chip and Dan Heath
— Zach Rockford (@ZRockford22) November 25, 2014
@FootballScoop InsideOut Coaching by Joe Erhman, 3D Coach by Jeff Duke
— Grey Powell (@coach_powell) November 25, 2014
— Coach Vint (@coachvint) November 25, 2014
@FootballScoop Burn Your Goals, Mindset, Mind Gym, Toughness, In a Pit with a Lion.
— Jacob Gill (@Coach_JGill) November 25, 2014
1: Earn the right to win – Tom Coughlin: Much like Coach Carrol’s book, he talks about building a program, the stress it takes on a family, and the mistakes he made.
2. The Education of a Coach by Book by David Halberstam is a great read and very well written. Coach Belichick’s meticulous attention to detail is impressive.
– via email from Hans Straub
1. The Fred Factor by Mark Sanborn 2. Good to Great by Jim Collins 3. Built to Last by Jim Collins
– via email from Jason Aubry
Just had a coach email me to tell me “I wish I had never coached a down before reading 3D coach by Jeff Duke” http://t.co/KWvcwemTbq
— Doug Samuels (@CoachSamz) November 25, 2014
— Jim Salgado (@CoachSalgado) November 26, 2014
— Clay Stephens (@DClayStephens) November 26, 2014
@CoachSamz You have to read Talent Code, Relentless and Politics of Coaching. Great books!
— Lee Weber, CSCS (@coachlaw71) November 26, 2014
— Nick Gehrts (@Coach_Gehrts) November 25, 2014
Swing Your Sword by Mike Leach
Life is Yours to Win by Augie Garrido
The Life and Legend of Chris Kyle by Michael J. Mooney
Inside Out Coaching by Joe Erhmann
It’s the Will, Not the Skill by Herm Edwards
-Email submission from Gil Speer of the Indiana Football Coaches Association
Season of life by Jeffery Marx
– Email submission from John Morrison, HC at Francis Parker HS (CA)
“The Five Dysfunctions of a Team by Patrick Lenciconi is a must read, especially for coaches taking over a program.”
– Email submission from Tom Walsh
Ohio State’s hype video for Michigan reminds everyone that “Legends Live Forever”
Over the entire landscape of college football, very few rivalries have as much hate between them as Ohio State and Michigan.
As 21-year old college student from West Michigan, I remember going to grab some brews for the big game at a local gas station near where I went to college (in Ohio), only to be told that they weren’t going to allow me to spend my money there because my drivers license says that I’m a resident of the state of Michigan.
Earlier this week down in Columbus, Michigan week means the letter “M” is banned from just about everything, including social media.
Shoutout to all the students ju❌ping in ❌irror Lake tonight! pic.twitter.com/ugAuGX0fPv
— ❌ark Pantoni (@markpantoni) November 25, 2014
That’s just a brief glimpse at how serious the hate is between Ohio and “That Team Up North”.
Ohio State’s hype video for The Game should paint an even clearer picture.
“If you grew up a Buckeye, or if you grew up in the great state of Ohio…or if you are a Buckeye now, this is the real one.”
“This is the greatest rivalry in all of sports – not just college football – all of sport.” Urban tells his players at the beginning of the clip.
Ed Orgeron is ready
Ed Orgeron hasn’t officially recruited a player in nearly a year; but oh boy he hasn’t lost it.
Tuesday morning, Coach O spent some time talking with two of the best radio guys in the land in Jordy Culotta & Derek Ponamsky out of the powerhouse 104.5 ESPN in Baton Rouge, LA. Jump to the 1:00 mark of the interview below and have a listen to O respond to Culotta’s question about how do you handle the Thanksgiving holiday and this time of year with recruits. O puts on a 5 minute clinic in how to recruit!
O hasn’t lost a step. He’s hungry and he’ll be coaching again soon…and we’re all better for that.
As always, stay tuned to The Scoop for updates on Coach O’s future and every coaching job in America.
Watch Jon Gruden coach up a high school team in a GoPro
The profession’s most infamous out of work coach, Jon Gruden, is doing his part to try and save youth football by helping out at high school programs across the country prior to the start of this season.
“We’re really struggling at the grassroots level, and I wanted to offer my assistance…because I think we have a problem.” Gruden notes in the first clip.
The main motivation behind Gruden’s interest in getting back to the high school level is to help programs find cost-effective ways to improve their practices. Gruden teamed up with the people at GoPro to develop a series of techniques that coaches can use on a limited budget.
“Every year the budgets get smaller. They don’t have enough footballs, they don’t have enough pads, they don’t have enough helmets, and the coaches don’t get paid anything. Some teams are even abandoning football altogether, and the game is in real trouble.”
“I just wanted to be as informative as possible, and stay relentless…the Gruden way.”
The episode below details how Gruden, and the high school he gave a hand to, used GoPro’s to gain a competitive edge.
After watching him work time after time, it’s hard to believe that the last time Gruden was roaming the sidelines with a team was 2008. Just crazy.
(H/T Bleacher Report)
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Wednesday November 25, 2014
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