Renowned college basketball coach Tom Penders revisits his successful, if tumultuous, career in a new autobiography Dead Coach Walking: Tom Penders Surviving and Thriving in College Hoops. One of the winningest head coaches in NCAA Division I basketball history, Penders reflects on four decades steering programs at 7 universities—Tufts, Columbia, Fordham, Rhode Island, Texas, George Washington and Houston. As he lifted them from depths of “death row” to winning glory, he enhanced his reputation as “Turnaround Tom.” Penders achieved success with distinction: he has coached more NCAA Division I basketball programs than any coach in history and has taken four different schools to the Division I Men’s Basketball Tournament. He also retired in 2010 ranked 4th total among active coaches in games-coached, trailing only Connecticut’s Jim Calhoun, Duke’s Mike Krzyzewski and Syracuse’s Jim Boeheim. In Dead Coach Walking, Penders talks about the teams he led and how he dealt with athletic directors, conference commissioners, assistants, AAU coaches, the NABC and the NCAA. The book also goes behind the scenes, revealing game strategies, coaching personalities, locker room stories, and experiences on the recruiting trail. Penders’ perspective, while sometimes controversial, is riveting not to mention entertaining. Dead Coach Walking is truly as unique, quirky, and remarkable as its subject.
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About the Author
Penders, who played basketball and baseball at the University of Connecticut from 1964 to 1967, is also one of eight coaches to have taken four different schools (Rhode Island, Texas, George Washington, and Houston) to the Division I NCAA Tournament. At his latest stop, Houston, Penders engineered the Cougars’ first NCAA Tournament trip in eighteen years. He is the only coach in Houston history to win eighteen games or more six straight seasons.
Steve Richardson, a Dallas-based freelance writer, has covered college and pro sports since the late 1970s. He worked at the Kansas City Star and later at the Dallas Morning News for more than twenty years combined. He has written, collaborated, or edited twelve previous books. His latest release was in the fall of 2010, The Cotton Bowl Classic Football Vault: The History of a Proud Texas Tradition.
His other titles are University of Texas Football Vault: A Story of the Texas Longhorns; A Century of Sports: The Centennial Book of the Missouri Valley Conference; Ricky Williams: Dreadlocks to Ditka; Kelvin Sampson: The OU Basketball Story; and Tales from the Texas Longhorns. Richardson has had three books released by Triumph Books: Then Osborne Said to Rozier, Then Pinkel Said to Smith, and 100 Things Oklahoma Fans Should Know and Do Before They Die.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I thoroughly enjoyed reading Dead Coach Walking by Coach Tom Penders and sports writer Steve Richardson. The book is aptly subtitled "Surviving and Thriving in College Hoops", and you'll have an even greater appreciation for the world of college hoops, the difficulties of being successful as a college coach, and what Coach Penders had to deal with throughout his impressive career, including a serious heart condition and the inherent pressures in coaching college basketball. You'll get an appreciation that coaching is far from a November through March job, and the NCAA could use some major improvements - and Penders makes his own suggestions on how to improve the game. The book is an interesting and quick read, written in third and first person by the co-authors. The book takes the reader through Coach Penders' career - coaching at 7 NCAA schools and taking 4 to the NCAA tournament. For those familiar with his career, you'll be even more impressed after reading his book. The book also provides an illuminating insider view of college hoops, covering topics from the AAU influence to the NCAA selection committee to RPIs and APRs, and of course, the media! Penders is quite candid with his views and he doesn't mince words. He tells is like it is and does so with a sense of humor. For those interested in Penders' career or an inside view into college hoops and college sports, this is a must read. Even novice hoops fans will find the book entertaining, and those fighting serious ailments like heart disease will find the book inspiring.
If you want to truly understand what college basketball coaches go through on a day to day basis, this book tells it like it is. Penders and his co-author Richardson take you through his early playing days at the University of Connecticut in the mid 60's and through all of his coaching stops, Tufts, Columbia, Fordham, Rhode Island, Texas, George Washington, and Houston. He never was an assistant coach and credits his college coach, Fred Shabel, and his father Jim, who was also a high school coach, for much of his inspiration and success. He was one of the youngest head college coaches when he began his career at Tuft University. He talks about everything from his coaching philosophy to recruiting, and how to survive in this brutal business. His passion for basketball is real and his story of survival is inspirational.