Swing Your Sword: Leading the Charge in Football and Life

Swing Your Sword: Leading the Charge in Football and Life

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by Mike Leach, Bruce Feldman
     
 

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SWING YOUR SWORD is the first ever book by one of the most fascinating and successful coaches in sports today. A maverick who took an unlikely path to coaching through law school, Mike Leach talks about his unorthodox approach to coaching and the choices that have brought him success throughout his career. A lover of the game who started creating formations and

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SWING YOUR SWORD is the first ever book by one of the most fascinating and successful coaches in sports today. A maverick who took an unlikely path to coaching through law school, Mike Leach talks about his unorthodox approach to coaching and the choices that have brought him success throughout his career. A lover of the game who started creating formations and drawing his own plays as a kid, Leach took his Texas Tech Red Raiders to numerous bowl games, achieving the #2 slot in national rankings and being voted 2008 Coach of the Year before being unceremoniously fired at the end of the 2009 season. The scandalous nature of his dismissal created a media frenzy and began a personal battle between Leach and his accusers that remains unresolved.

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Peter Berg
I think he’s brilliant. Mike Leach is a renaissance man through and through. The commercials about the World’s Most Interesting Man—that’s Mike Leach. I love him so much. I aspire to live a full and rich life and he’s doing it. He’s as interested in literature as he is in football. He’s just a very complicated, well-rounded individual. He’s a real maverick and an inspiration.
Donald Trump
Mike Leach is a great leader and an amazing motivator of men. And he got screwed. He’s got fantastic ingenuity, not only on the football field, but what he did with Texas Tech. The guy was on the cover of the New York Times Sunday Magazine as the head coach of Texas Tech. Think about how unusual that is. He is just so smart and really is a great guy, and a great coach.
Bob Stoops
I could tell that our players liked him right away. What really struck me was how sure of himself of what he wanted to do. He had such conviction and confidence in his way of doing it and there wasn't any second guessing it: "This is what we're going to do. It is going to work. It has worked everywhere we've been." I remember feeling great. This is exactly what we needed to do.
Matthew McConaughey
He’s one of the most unique people I’ve ever met. He’s infinitely curious about everything. He doesn’t come in there and meet new situations with an agenda. He likes to walk straight up and ask the tough questions. He loves it when someone is real as can be. He wants to learn something new. He wants to hear another point of view on something. Mike Leach is an infinitely interesting guy. His free association is epic. Nobody has the ability to free associate like this guy. He starts going and you’re thinking, ‘O.K., where are you going with this?’ I love his re-set. His re-set line is always, ‘well, the thing is.’ Whenever he switches gears to another subject, that his comma, it’s ‘Well, the thing is. . . ‘
Dan Jenkins
Mike Leach has proved he can write a book that's as good as his passing schemes. I might add that it also ranks up there with his leadership and communication skills. Don't miss this eye-opening entertainment.
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I think he’s brilliant. Mike Leach is a renaissance man through and through. The commercials about the World’s Most Interesting Man—that’s Mike Leach. I love him so much. I aspire to live a full and rich life and he’s doing it. He’s as interested in literature as he is in football. He’s just a very complicated, well-rounded individual. He’s a real maverick and an inspiration.
-Peter Berg, filmmaker, director - Friday Night Lights

I could tell that our players liked him right away. What really struck me was how sure of himself of what he wanted to do. He had such conviction and confidence in his way of doing it and there wasn't any second guessing it: "This is what we're going to do. It is going to work. It has worked everywhere we've been." I remember feeling great. This is exactly what we needed to do.
-Bob Stoops, Mike’s former boss at Oklahoma

He’s one of the most unique people I’ve ever met. He’s infinitely curious about everything. He doesn’t come in there and meet new situations with an agenda. He likes to walk straight up and ask the tough questions. He loves it when someone is real as can be. He wants to learn something new. He wants to hear another point of view on something. Mike Leach is an infinitely interesting guy. His free association is epic. Nobody has the ability to free associate like this guy. He starts going and you’re thinking, ‘O.K., where are you going with this?’ I love his re-set. His re-set line is always, ‘well, the thing is.’ Whenever he switches gears to another subject, that his comma, it’s ‘Well, the thing is. . . ‘
-Matthew McConaughey

Mike Leach has proved he can write a book that's as good as his passing schemes. I might add that it also ranks up there with his leadership and communication skills. Don't miss this eye-opening entertainment.
-Dan Jenkins

“Mike Leach is a great leader and an amazing motivator of men. And he got screwed. He’s got fantastic ingenuity, not only on the football field, but what he did with Texas Tech. The guy was on the cover of the New York Times Sunday Magazine as the head coach of Texas Tech. Think about how unusual that is. He is just so smart and really is a great guy, and a great coach.”
-Donald Trump

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"One of the most insightful books ever written about college football."
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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781938120121
Publisher:
Diversion Publishing
Publication date:
08/07/2012
Pages:
274
Sales rank:
159,032
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

Meet the Author

After stints at Kentucky and Oklahoma, Mike Leach took over a subpar Texas Tech program that had one of the worst graduation rates in all of major college football. A decade later, Leach had guided Tech to unprecedented on-field success and the highest graduation rate of any public university in major college football. He is now a TV analyst for CBS College Sports and hosts the daily College Football Playbook show on SiriusXM. He is native of Cody, Wyoming, and graduated from Brigham Young University. He earned his J.D. from Pepperdine Law School in 1986. Leach and his wife, Sharon, have four children.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is the story of Leach's firing, but that occurs later in the book. It is an interesting travel thru the mind of an intelligent, though admittedly quirky football coach whose thinking is quite different from most coaches. His firing was a mark of shames on my alma mater and typical, I am afraid, of a lot of political intrigues that are happening now.
Michael Miller More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed every word! There is some really evil stuff going on with the higher ups in west texas.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As a coach and Tech graduate I was very interested in Swing Your Sword. I wanted to know about the shady dealings that forced Leach's departure, but also wanted to get some insight into his coaching philosophy and thought process. I was very pleased with how much Leach opened up in this book about his life, experiences, and football. I really enjoyed all the quotes embedded throughout the book from other coaches, players and friends. Reading this book makes me, as a coach, want to sit with Leach or follow him for a week and get as much knowledge from him as possible. Great read! I look forward to following his career and watching the success he will soon have at Washington State.
derbyboyjr More than 1 year ago
This is a great book about the lies that were being told by texas tech and the james family about this great coach. I loved this book very much, it was filled with 100% more facts than texas tech and espn were telling the world. It is worth reading, all the facts come in print. Overall it is a great bok, and easy to read, you will love it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Everyone who enjoys football will enjoy this book. If you are involved with coaching football, from the youngest little league to pro, there is a lot to learn from this book. A very enjoyable read. Like sitting across the breakfast table listening to Mike Leach as you discuss football and life with him. He is a very genuine, likable person with an amazing mind. The book is about working with and motivating people first of all. The book also documents the truth about a situation gone terrible wrong in Texas that has removed this amazing coach from his work and profession. Shame on you Texas Tech, ESPN and Spaeth Communication.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good book 565 pages long though
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This extremely insightful book not only discussing football but also discussing life and thought process makes Mike Leach not only a great coach, but a great role model and philosopher. Leach, through his quirkiness and charisma, takes you through his very entertaining life story and teaches you life lessons along the way. A must-read for any coach, leader, or just an everyday person. I highly recommend it.
buddy0 More than 1 year ago
Good ... not great. I really enjoyed it from a HS football coaches perspective. He is a very interesting man and has great innovative ideas.
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The title of this autobiography is Swing Your Sword by Mike Leach. In this autobiography Leach talks about his life and how he got into his career. Leach is a football coach and he takes us through his journey in this autobiography. Leach wrote this autobiography to share his story. I also believe he wrote this autobiography in an attempt to inspire his readers. This is a first person point of view book in which Leach is writing about his life and his occupation. This is in informally written book that shares information on Leach’s past. I read this book because I am interested in following Leach’s footsteps and becoming a football coach. After reading this book my interest in the field has grown. I think Leach did a great job in writing this book and I really enjoyed it. I would recommend you read this book if you are interested in coaching or if you just want to be entertained and inspired. I thought this book was very interesting. Leach has had an up and down career and he shares that in his book. There are a lot of misconceptions about Leach and I think he wanted to write this autobiography to clear up a lot of them. His intended audience is all those who want to hear Leach’s side of the story and to see how he thinks. In this Autobiography Leach takes us through his life, his rise to stardom, and a controversial event in his past. Leach does a nice job taking us through his life one step at a time. I recommend this book to anyone out there that is interested. This is a great book and something I really enjoyed reading.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Awesome book! I love the way this man thinks; he is very even-tempered and always in control of his thouggts and actions. Great for all fans of tge game of football, but more for those that enjoy watching and learning from people.
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Very interesting read....Mike Leach is an incredible person and coach.
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My respect for Leach has only grown after reading this book. A great coach at my former school, he writes about so much more of who he is than how he was portrayed by Tech's administration. It reads as if he's talking to you, and I'd recommend it to anyone who's ever loved the man or the game.
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