Between the White Lines: Coach W.T. Johnston's Determined Pursuit of Ultimate Victory

Between the White Lines: Coach W.T. Johnston's Determined Pursuit of Ultimate Victory

by Dave Burchett

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Overview

Winning the state championship in football-crazed Texas is the holy grail for high school coaches. Newton, Texas, is a sleepy little town nestled in the piney woods of southeastern Texas where the residents live for what they lovingly call “Friday night church.”

In December 2018 a video of the Newton Eagle coach went viral on sports and non-sports platforms as millions of people watched. In his emotional postgame interview, W.T. Johnston recounted how he had been given only a few months to live. But during his long coaching career, every one of his teams heard the same message. “I told them I was going to teach them football, but I was going to teach them something more important. How to live until you die.”

This is the story of a remarkable coach and the miracle that allowed him to pursue championship dreams. Between the White Lines is a story of courage, faith, and community that will inspire and challenge you.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780578223308
Publisher: Paul David Burchett
Publication date: 08/26/2019
Pages: 188
Sales rank: 157,221
Product dimensions: 5.51(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.43(d)

About the Author

Dave Burchett has been a successful television sports director for nearly forty years. His experiences have included the Olympic Games as well as professional and collegiate sports. Dave has directed television coverage of Texas Rangers baseball for thirty-seven years. He has collected a national Emmy and two local Emmys over his career.
His first published book was the well-received When Bad Christians Happen to Good People. He followed that with the acclaimed book on church healing, Bring 'Em Back Alive.
Stay: Lessons My Dogs Taught Me about Life, Loss, and Grace details the spiritual lessons he learned from two rescued Labrador Retrievers. Waking Up Slowly is a 21 day journey to become more connected to God and one another. Between the White Lines is Dave's first foray into telling the true story of another person.
Dave is happily married to his bride of forty-three years Joni and is the proud father of three grown sons and two amazing daughter-in-laws. Joni and Dave are blessed with six spectacular grandchildren (pictures available upon request and sometimes anyway).

Table of Contents

Foreword...........................................................................................1

1. Growing Up Southern.....................................................................3

2. Mama Tried...................................................................................11

3. Diary of a Football Nomad............................................................21

4. On the Move Again … and Again.................................................29

5. The Town That Time Forgot.........................................................33

6. A Diamond in the Rough...............................................................41

7. Something Is Terribly Wrong.........................................................45

8. That’s the Stupidest Thing I’ve Ever Heard....................................49

9. The New Normal.........................................................................55

10. Learning from a Legend..............................................................63

11. A Tough Act to Follow...................................................................71

12. A House Divided Cannot Stand...................................................75

13. The Valley of the Shadow of Death..............................................85

14. A Mysterious Visitor....................................................................91

15. Live ’til You Die...........................................................................99

16. Back in the Saddle Again.......................................................... 103

17. Last Chance?.............................................................................107

18. Lord, Let Me Finish This..............................................................121

19. The Second Season...................................................................125

20. Championship Week................................................................133

21. Championship Day....................................................................137

22. The Big Stage........................................................................... 141

23. First Quarter............................................................................145

24. Second Quarter....................................................................... 149

25. Third Quarter...........................................................................153

26. Fourth Quarter.........................................................................157

Afterword......................................................................................163

The White Lines..............................................................................171

Author’s Note.................................................................................175

Acknowledgments.......................................................................... 177

Special Thanks...............................................................................178

About the Author........................................................................... 181

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