Celtic Prideby Brian Fitzsimmons
St. Patrick High School, a small, no-frills Catholic institution located in a rough urban area of New Jersey, houses one of the nation's most storied high school basketball programs. Kevin Boyle, a leader who garnered multiple National Coach of the Year awards, cultivated that winning tradition, and brought the team to the top of its sport over the course of two
St. Patrick High School, a small, no-frills Catholic institution located in a rough urban area of New Jersey, houses one of the nation's most storied high school basketball programs. Kevin Boyle, a leader who garnered multiple National Coach of the Year awards, cultivated that winning tradition, and brought the team to the top of its sport over the course of two decades.
In Celtic Pride, sportswriter and author Brian Fitzsimmons chronicles a group of teenagers forced to juggle friendship and the immense pressure of being on the nation's best team throughout the 2010-2011 season, while unmasking the man behind it all.
This biography narrates how, with the help of a close support system and famous alumni now making headlines at the collegiate and professional levels, Boyle orchestrated a rags-to-riches story. Despite being hampered by a budget shortfall strong enough to present a potential death blow to his school's existence, Boyle not only produced a number of high-achieving players but also earned the reputation of being one of the most respected high school basketball coaches in the United States.
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im not big on basketball, but i purchased & read this book and i must say that this book is awesome!! the story itself & how the book is written & put together is just simply amazing! i would def have coach boyle coach my childs team especially with how he took st patricks high school basketball to the top! its a 'cant put it down' type of book and i highly recommend this book to everyone! whether your a basketball/sports fan or not!
I generally love books on sports but there are a few that separate themselves from the pack and turn into "must-read" and "must-recommend". Celtic Pride is that book. With its captivating story, the journey of Kevin Boyle's program told through the eyes of Brian Fitzsimmons became something I could not put down. In fact, the story is told so well that it transcends the general lot of "sports books" and I personally would recommend this book to anyone seeking a great read.
I couldn't put this book down. Such an easy read. Fitzsimmons does an amazing job of incorporating past and present moments of St. Pats basketball effortlessly to convey the growth of a coach and his program. Great inspirational story for both players and coaches. I even cried at the end, and I am not a cry-er!
Highly Recommended!! As an Alumnus of St. Patrick’s High School I can tell you that Brian Fitzsimmons accurately documents The St. Patrick’s Program. I was present at many of the games he writes about in the book and it was like I was there cheering for the Celtics all over again. It’s a great read and anyone interested in High School Basketball, Sports, or a great underdog story will love this book.
This incredibly well-researched story uncovers one of the great tales about sports and life in inner-city New Jersey. Fitzsimmons documents the incredible run of Kevin Boyle and the St. Patrick's high school basketball team in Elizabeth New Jersey with a unique gift for storytelling. The reader is taken on a journey on the court and off with some of the most amazing student-athletes in the country, many of whom are destined for huge success if they can survive their tough surroundings and the pressure of national stardom. A must read for any sports fan or fan of a huge Cinderalla that wins big!
Brian Fitzsimmons brilliantly tells the story of this uniquely successful basketball program in vivid detail; utilizing his behind-the-scenes access and creative flair of story telling. It provides the reader a candid look at how a few NBA stars and future ones excelled at this small school, located in the shadow of Newark Airport - no matter how dire the circumstances. It is a great read on a special subject.