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"I know that I'll be evaluated in Seattle with wins and losses, as that is the nature of my profession for the last thirty-five years. But our record will not be what motivates me. Years ago I was asked, 'Pete, which is better: winning or competing?' My response was instantaneous: 'Competing. . . because it lasts longer.'"

Pete Carroll is one of the most successful coaches in football today. As the head coach at USC, he brought the Trojans back to national prominence, amassing a...

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"I know that I'll be evaluated in Seattle with wins and losses, as that is the nature of my profession for the last thirty-five years. But our record will not be what motivates me. Years ago I was asked, 'Pete, which is better: winning or competing?' My response was instantaneous: 'Competing. . . because it lasts longer.'"

Pete Carroll is one of the most successful coaches in football today. As the head coach at USC, he brought the Trojans back to national prominence, amassing a 97-19 record over nine seasons. Now he shares the championship-winning philosophy that led USC to seven straight Pac-10 titles. This same mind=set and culture will shape his program as he returns to the NFL to coach the Seattle Seahawks.

Carroll developed his unique coaching style by trial and error over his career. He learned that you get better results by teaching instead of screaming, and by helping players grow as people, not just on the field. He learned that an upbeat, energetic atmosphere in the locker room can coexist with an unstoppable competitive drive. He learned why you should stop worrying about your opponents, why you should always act as if the whole world is watching, and many other contrarian insights.

Carroll shows us how the Win Forever philosophy really works, both in NCAA Division I competition and in the NFL. He reveals how his recruiting strategies, training routines, and game-day rituals preserve a team's culture year after year, during championship seasons and disappointing seasons alike.

Win Forever is about more than winning football games; it's about maximizing your potential in every aspect of your life. Carroll has taught business leaders facing tough challenges. He has helped troubled kids on the streets of Los Angeles through his foundation A Better LA. His words are true in any situation: "If you want to win forever, always compete."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781591843238
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 7/13/2010
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 9.38 (w) x 6.70 (h) x 0.87 (d)

Meet the Author

Pete Carroll is the coach of the Seattle Seahawks. He previously spent nine years as the head coach of the USC Trojans football team. Before coming to USC, he was the head coach of the New York Jets and the New England Patriots and defensive coordinator of the San Francisco 49ers. Carroll is also known for his charity work and will donate a portion of his proceeds to A Better LA, his nonprofit organization devoted to reducing gang violence in the most crime-plagued neighborhoods of Los Angeles. He and his wife, Glena, have three grown children.

Kristoffer A. Garin is a journalist who has written for the New York Daily News and the Journal News in Westchester, New York.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1

Part 1 Before the Philosophy

1 Beginning to Compete 9

2 Learning to Coach 18

3 The Inner Game of Football 30

4 Hard Lessons in New York 39

5 The 49ers Way 50

6 Getting Closer in New England 58

Part 2 The Power to Win Forever

7 Philosophy as the Foundation 77

8 Always Compete 84

9 Practice Is Everything 90

Part 3 Win Forever at USC

10 Getting the Job at USC 95

11 Laying Ground Rules 102

12 Coach Your Coaches 116

13 Coaches Are Teachers 127

14 Our Approach to Practice 138

15 Fourth and Nine 152

16 Our Recruiting Promise 161

17 Making It Fun 167

18 Playing in the Absence of Fear 177

19 Setting a Vision and Seeing It 183

20 Winning Forever On and Off the Field 189

Part 4 Win Forever Beyond the Field

21 Not Just Football 199

22 You Can Win Forever 207

Conclusion 215

Bonus Chapter: Competing in Seattle 219

Acknowledgments 229

Index 233

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    Love Pete's philosophies. I have adapted many of the lessons I learned from this book into my daily life

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