Coaching Wisdom

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This powerful book, based on firsthand interviews with legendary coaches and their players, reveals their secrets for success that apply to sports, business, and life. Mike Harrity, an Associate Athletics Director at the University of Notre Dame, has had remarkable access to the top coaches of our time. In Coaching Wisdom, he presents the results of his one-on-one interviews with these leading coaches in college athletics and professional sports and shows how they have helped their players to fulfill their peak ...
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Coaching Wisdom: Champion Coaches and Their Players Share Successful Leadership Principles

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Overview

This powerful book, based on firsthand interviews with legendary coaches and their players, reveals their secrets for success that apply to sports, business, and life. Mike Harrity, an Associate Athletics Director at the University of Notre Dame, has had remarkable access to the top coaches of our time. In Coaching Wisdom, he presents the results of his one-on-one interviews with these leading coaches in college athletics and professional sports and shows how they have helped their players to fulfill their peak potential, both on and off the field. This illuminating guide, filled with more than 30 photos, provides an up-close and personal look at the motivational styles and winning leadership principles of such coaching greats as Tony Dungy, Brad Stevens, Sue Enquist, John Wooden, Don Shula, Scotty Bowman, Anson Dorrance, and Lou Holtz. Packed with colorful stories from the coaches and the players they inspired, Coaching Wisdom covers such topics as creating a caring environment, going the distance to connect and communicate, and building a team-first culture. This is an essential playbook for anyone leading a team to achieve sustainable success. Below is a complete list of the coaches in this book:

Scotty Bowman, all-time winningest Head Coach in NHL history 9 Stanley Cup championships.
Anson Dorrance, Head Coach, North Carolina Women s Soccer 21 national championships.
Tony Dungy, former NFL Head Coach, Indianapolis Colts 1 Super Bowl championship.
Sue Enquist, former Head Coach, UCLA Softball 11 national championships.
Dan Gable, former Head Coach, Iowa Wrestling 15 national championships.
Dick Gould, former Head Coach, Stanford Men's Tennis 17 team national championships.
Lou Holtz, former college football Head Coach, Notre Dame 1 national championship.
Andrea Hudy, Head Strength and Conditioning Coach, formerly at UCONN and currently at Kansas 9 national championships.
Tom Osborne, former Head Coach, Nebraska Football 3 national championships.
Don Shula, all-time winningest Head Coach in NFL history 2 Super Bowl championships.
Brad Stevens, Head Coach, Butler Men s Basketball 2 national championship game appearances.
Frosty Westering, former Head Coach, Pacific Lutheran University Football 4 national championships.
John Wooden, former Head Coach, UCLA Men s Basketball 10 national championships.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
University of Notre Dame associate athletic director Harrity sat down for one-on-one interviews with some of the most respected coaches to dissect their playbooks and strategies. Rather than discussing Xs and Os, Harrity encouraged folks like former NFL coaches Tony Dungy and Don Shula, Butler University men's basketball coach Brad Stevens, former Notre Dame football coach Lou Holtz, and the late UCLA men's basketball coach John Wooden to share their motivational styles and winning leadership principles. With chapters like "Creating a Caring Environment" for players, "Communicating Effectively," "Building Team-First Unity," and "Motivating and Inspiring Your Team," Harrity targets leaders of any group—whether on the field or in the boardroom. Holtz warns to "criticize the performance, never the performer," and University of Nebraska athletic director (and former football coach) Tom Osborne emphasizes the importance of each player understanding his or her role on the team. "Chalk Talk" sections at the conclusion of each chapter review key points, and in between chapters, the author provides profiles of his subjects, focusing on such topics as teaching players to "Deal With Adversity," Wooden's "Pyramid of Success," and "Learning From defeat." Additionally, Harrity catches up with some of these coaches' former players, giving readers a greater understanding of these coaches' impact. Photos. (Mar.)
Irish Underground
Although Coaching Wisdom is based on firsthand interviews with coaches and their players, (author Mike)Harrity explained that it is about more than athletics. "This isn't a book about sports. It's a book for anyone who is a leader - of a family, a school, an organization, or a team."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781416206552
  • Publisher: Sellers Publishing, Inc.
  • Publication date: 3/12/2012
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 518,885
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Mike Harrity earned a Master of Science in Education/Sport Management degree and a Bachelor of Science in Journalism/News Editorial from The University of Kansas (KU). After serving seven years in the athletics department at his alma mater, Harrity is now an Associate Athletics Director at the University of Notre Dame. His career has helped him become well-connected with some of the top athletes, coaches and administrators in the world of sports. While a journalism major at KU, Harrity wrote national award-winning articles on college and professional athletics and was a recipient of the prestigious NCAA Foundation Sports Journalism Scholarship. His many stories have been published in The Kansas City Star and the San Jose Mercury News and carried by the Associated Press. Harrity lives in South Bend, IN with his wife, Dr. Megan Brent Harrity, who formerly served as the KU athletic department's Counseling and Sport Psychologist, and their daughter, Grace Estelle.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments 6

Foreword Brad Stevens 8

Preface Lou Holtz 9

1 Creating A Caring Environment 11

2 Communicating Effectively 43

3 Keep It Simple 73

4 Building Team-First Unity 93

5 Motivating and Inspiring Your Team 135

6 Finding Your X-Factor 165

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 27, 2012

    Coaching Wisdome

    Mike Harrity did an unbelievable job digging up items that people in everyday life can take from this book. This is not your normal leadership/coaching book. This is a book that brings the small items of being successful to life with real in depth stories from successful people. It shows the effort, sacrifice and time given to build a great foundation for life, your company or team. So many of the items Mike touches on are often forgot in today's world. If you want to be successful and have a great understanding of what it takes, this is a must read!

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