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Here's how one head coach improved his team this summer: By starting a book club


The summer time is for running, lifting weights, some 7-on-7, and generally doing everything the rules allow to be prepared when fall camp opens. At St. Joseph Central Catholic in St. Joseph, Mo., the Indians have done all that, but without a doubt the best move head coach Jeff Wallace has made has nothing to do with football whatsoever.

Wallace has orchestrated a five-week study of Season of Life, Jeffrey Marx's book on the football-centric journey to manhood of former NFL player Joe Ehrmann.

"By far, I can easily tell you this is the best thing I've ever done in football," Wallace said.

When they're not running and lifting, the Central Catholic football team is sitting around talking about life and getting to know one another. And they believe it could make all the difference this fall. 

"It's really cool how we're able to not talk about so much 'oh did you see the hit I laid on that guy?' Or 'did you see that catch I made?' It's more about, we're getting more personal and I'm getting to know my teammates a lot better," said senior Eric Siemens.