Against the Grain: A Coach's Wisdom on Character, Faith, Family, and Love

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In Against the Grain, Bill Courtney shares his convictions on the fundamental tenets of character, commitment, service, leadership, civility, and others that, in his decades of success as an entrepreneur and educator, have proven to be the keys to a winning and meaningful life and career. Each chapter tells the story of one of these tenets through compelling anecdotes of the colorful characters in Bill’s life, leading to a deeper understand of the meaning of each and how to employee these fundamentals in all ...
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Overview


In Against the Grain, Bill Courtney shares his convictions on the fundamental tenets of character, commitment, service, leadership, civility, and others that, in his decades of success as an entrepreneur and educator, have proven to be the keys to a winning and meaningful life and career. Each chapter tells the story of one of these tenets through compelling anecdotes of the colorful characters in Bill’s life, leading to a deeper understand of the meaning of each and how to employee these fundamentals in all aspects of one’s life. Against the Grain intertwines inspiring and thought-provoking anecdotes, lessons, and amazing real life examples. Bill’s passion for us all to reconsider our own approach to life and constantly improve upon it comes across on every page.
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Praise for Against the Grain
Phil Jackson, NBA Coach and New York Times bestselling author of Eleven Rings, from the foreword
"His success serves as a moving example of what can happen when people in authority care about others - not just about winning the next game or securing the next client.”

Ron Shelton, director of Bull Durham
"The old fashioned values of Coach Courtney come across as revolutionary in the cynical contemporary world, full of detail and anecdotes worthy of a Southern Preacher, but without the guilt.”

Jeanie Buss, President of the LA Lakers
“Sports is not the only realm where coaching counts. Bill Courtney has written a book that demonstrates to the beaten down executive that by peeling down to the values of character, commitment and leadership you can find your way back to a successful business and a meaningful life.”

Pam Shriver, International Tennis Hall of Fame & ESPN Broadcaster
“I was as inspired, especially by the chapter on perseverance. Everyone faces adversity and if you persevere through the tough times, you will become resilient which will lead to success. ”

John Feinstein, sportswriter and bestselling author of A Good Walk Spoiled
"Bill Courtney has nothing to prove to anyone as a football coach, as a businessman and as a human being. But if you want proof that his life has been fascinating, Against The Grain gives you all need. Enjoy the ride."

Praise for Bill Courtney
Yogi Roth, Former QB coach at USC and New York Times bestselling co-author of Win Forever and From PA to LA
“The role for a coach is often defined by wins and losses. Coach Courtney is a unique coach who understands that his role is not about a trophy, but about developing the next generation of leaders across the globe.Against The Grain speaks directly to that audience, both young and old, and is a must read for anyone who strives to impact others.”

Pete Carroll, Head Coach of Superbowl XLVIII Champions Seattle Seahawks and New York Times bestselling author
“Coach Courtney is an ultimate competitor with a passion for excellence. He continues to be an inspiration to coaches and players all around the football world – from high school to college to the pros – and also those from off the gridiron as well.”

Esquire
“The star of a new documentary is a leader for our times.”

Jimmy Kimmel
“Bill Courtney is a special person with an inspiring and incredible story.”

From the Publisher

Yogi Roth, Former QB coach at USC and New York Times bestselling co-author of Win Forever andFrom PA to LA
“The role for a coach is often defined by wins and losses. Coach Courtney is a unique coach who understands that his role is not about a trophy, but about developing the next generation of leaders across the globe.Against The Grain speaks directly to that audience, both young and old, and is a must read for anyone who strives to impact others.”

Pete Carroll, Seattle Seahawks Head Coach and New York Times bestselling co-author of Win Forever
“Coach Courtney is an ultimate competitor with a passion for excellence. He continues to be an inspiration to coaches and players all around the football world – from high school to college to the pros – and also those from off the gridiron as well.”

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781602862241
  • Publisher: Weinstein Publishing
  • Publication date: 5/13/2014
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 128,697
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author


Bill Courtney is a volunteer football coach and the owner and operator of Classic American Hardwoods, a $40 million lumber company and Memphis Small Business of the Year. He is a sought-after motivational speaker and consultant for organizations such as the USOC Paralympic Leadership Conference, the FedEx Leadership Live Conference, and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. Courtney lives with his wife and three children in Memphis, Tennessee.

 

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  • Posted May 17, 2014

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    Rating:   4 1/2 of 5 stars (excellent) Review: Bill Courtney

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    4 1/2 of 5 stars (excellent)




    Review:
    Bill Courtney gained fame and recognition as the assistant coach in the Oscar-winning documentary “Undefeated” about a Memphis high school football team that became a winning program through hard work, faith and the teachings of a volunteer part-time coach.  That coach was Courtney who also turned an abandoned piece of property into a thriving business.  These successes helped Courtney decide to write this book in order to “coach” even more people on his vies of character, faith and family.




    In the book, Courtney shares his values and reasons for his success in small doses.  He shares many stories about his players at Manassas, his employees, his family and himself on many topics that other books of this nature will cover: hard work, keeping one’s word, service to others, dreams, responsibility and other similar topics. While reading the book, the reader will be caught up in the moment and feel the joy of success or the occasional heartbreak of failure as Courtney’s subject will either learn a valuable lesson or at times even make Courtney stop and think that maybe he could learn from the player or employee.




    My favorite story in the book is an example of Courtney pausing for a moment and thinking about these values he is trying to teach his players.  I believe that makes the message that he is trying to deliver even more powerful, as it shows we all have room for growth in these areas.  




    In the chapter about service, Courtney was having trouble connecting with his players and speaks privately to one of the seniors on the team, asking what he needs to do in order to get the team to listen to him. The player simply said to keep doing what he was doing.  Pressing for details, the player eventually told the coach that the team was trying to figure out if he was a “turkey person.”   The player went on to explain that he and his teammates would often see 
    “folks who look just like you” drop off turkeys and other gifts and then leave, never to be seen again.   Courtney’s players were trying to figure out if he was a turkey person, according to this player. It made Courtney reassess how he was coming across to his team and as a result, the team responded by playing some of its best football.  




    Stories like that make this book a terrific read for anyone looking for a little positive news, for some uplifting and helpful advice or just some nice stories on football and life.  I wish to thank the publisher for providing an advance review copy in exchange for an honest review. 








    Did I skim?
    No.  




    Pace of the book:  
    Because the stories are fairly short, consistent throughout the book and are varied in topic, the reader will fly through the book.  While I didn’t read it at one sitting due to other commitments, the total time to read all 206 pages was not very long at all. 
      
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    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 25, 2014

    Bill Courtney writes, like he lives his life, from the heart.  

    Bill Courtney writes, like he lives his life, from the heart.   The young men Bill coached at Manassas were
    ultimate authenticators of Bill's values.  Edgar Guest, in his poem, "Sermons We See", rightly notes
    that most of us would "rather see a sermon than hear one any day" and that the "best of all preachers are
    the men who live there creeds for to see good put in action is what everybody needs."  Having coached
    with Bill at Manassas, I can attest to the fact that Bill walked his walk and that the values of character,
    commitment, discipline and servant leadership espoused in Against the Grain were lived out by Bill
    on and off the field.

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