The Education of a Coach

The Education of a Coach

by David Halberstam
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The Education of a Coach by David Halberstam

Bill Belichick’s 31 years in the NFL have been marked by amazing success -- first with the Giants, then with Cleveland, and most recently, his three out of the last four Super Bowl wins with the New England Patriots have made him surpass Vince Lombardi in his record for playoff victories and achieve the highest postseason winning percentage in NFL history. In this groundbreaking new book, David Halberstam explores the nuances of both the game and the man behind it. He uncovers what makes Bill Belichick tick both on and off the field, as a coach and a son. "I’ve been fascinated by Bill Belichick for more than 20 years, going back to the time when he was a young coach in his early 30s working with the linebackers on the Giants. "Halberstam writes. "There was, I thought, a certain signature to a Belichick game -- whatever it was the other team’s offense was doing in the first half, the team coached by Belichick tended to take it away in the second half. I was fascinated by that, and by the fact that he seemed so un-coachlike, or perhaps the prototype for a very different kind of modern coach in what is an increasingly complicated game. He wasn’t in any way charismatic, and he made no attempt to be charismatic -- if anything, quite the reverse, but he always seemed to be one step ahead of everyone else. If anything, that made him even more interesting to me -- a man who had no interest in the celebrity culture, but had been projected into the epicenter of it because of the nature of his job and his success with it." Set apart by his Wesleyan education, Belichick approaches coaching differently than anyone else in the NFL. Here, for the first time, we learn why and how.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781401301545
Publisher: Hachette Books
Publication date: 11/01/2005
Pages: 288
Product dimensions: 5.87(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.87(d)
Age Range: 13 - 18 Years

About the Author

David Halberstam is one of America’s most distinguished journalists and historians. After graduating from Harvard in 1955, he covered the beginnings of the Civil Rights movement, then was sent overseas by the New York Times to report on the war in Vietnam. He won the Pulitzer prize for his Vietnam reporting at the age of 30. His last fourteen books (which include The Best and the Brightest and Hyperion’s Firehouse and Teammates) have all been New York Times bestsellers. He lives in New York City.

Date of Birth:

April 10, 1934

Date of Death:

April 23, 2007

Place of Birth:

New York, New York

Place of Death:

San Francisco, California

Education:

B.A., Harvard, 1955

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Education of a Coach 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
An entertaining book that covers the influences, mentors, and thinking processes that has shaped a truly great coach. Focuses on his upbringing, and how his father, a Navy offensive coordinator, taught him as a young teen to 'break down film' and discover an opponent's tendancies. Describes New England's approach in upsetting the Rams to win his first Super Bowl as a head coach (attack their strengths). Provides a roadmap for those wanting to be great at their craft as well as a sobering tale about how personal losses can arise where career demands get too intense. If you love football or sports strategy, you'll love this book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
 I selected this book as my summer reading book because football is one of my favorite sports, and I am a big Patriots fan. I also thought it would be interesting to learn about how Bill Belichick became one of the best N.F.L coaches of today. I would not recommend this book to a high schooler because David Halberstam states a lot stats and facts, that a high school reader would get bored of. But, on the flip side, Belichick shows many traits that a high school students should have. For example, while he was working his way up, many other coaches did not believe in him and told him he would never make it due to his lack of social skills. However he had perseverance during those difficult times which made him the successful N.F.L coach he is today. Other ways important values are shown in this book is when Bill is having trouble with a player’s behavior and deals with the problem, showing good composure. However he knew when it was the right time to discipline the star player of the team. These values can teach a high school student how to become a better communicator when problems arise and how to never give up on their dreams.  This book did meet my expectations. I expected this book to state a lot of facts about Bill Belichick's prestigious career as a football coach. I expected this book to be in chronological order according to Bill's life. 
Guest More than 1 year ago
A private no frills personality makes it to the top of his profession on what seems to be his terms. Bill Belichick, sure to be a Hall of Famer is profiled in a very in depth but short read. He is a true example of how hard work and dedication to a profession can pay off in the biggest reward that occupation has to offer.Although it is an excellant profile as well as a great inside view of the coaching world it leaves one to wonder whether it is worth the sacrifices.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Suggest borrow first to decide if a keeper biographies of sports personalities have limited appeal as do many bios
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Education of a Coach by David Halberstam is a great story of how Bill Belichick became one of the greatest coaches in N.F.L history. I selected this book as my summer reading choice because I love and play football. I'm also a huge patriots fan and wanted to learn more about the team and Coach Belichick. I also wanted to learn of how Bill Belichick became one of the greatest coaches in N.F.L history because one day I might want to try to be a football coach. I knew Bill Belichick was different then most coaches and I selected this book to learn more about how he is so different compared to other coaches. I would recommend this book to any high school reader that loves football. If you love football then you will love this book because it talks about famous coaches and players throughout the entire book. I also recommend the book even if you don't love football it teaches readers valuable lessons. For example the book teaches to never give up even when everyone doubts you and to be patient in life because great awards can come from it. So many people doubted Belichick but he kept pushing and eventually became a great N.F.L coach. Belichick also was a very patient man and had a lot of composure and because of that he was able to become a great mentor and coach to his players. The Education of a Coach met my expectations because I expected a great football book that taught about Belichick's career and how he became successful. The book also went above my expectations because I learned valuable life lessons that don't even have to do with football. Such as never giving up and having a lot of patience.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A: I selected this book as my summer reading choice because football is one of my favorite sports. I also thought it would be interesting to learn about how Bill Belichick became one of the best N.F.L coaches of the modern football era. The final reason I selected this book is because I am a Patriots fan and wanted to learn more about my favorite players and their relationship with their coach. B: I would recommend this book to a high school reader because the story shows important values in life like perseverance and composure. Bill Belichick started coaching football when he was very young and worked his way up the ranks. While he was working his way up, many other coaches did not believe in him and told him he would never make it due to his lack of social skills. However he had perseverance during those difficult times which made him the successful N.F.L coach he is today. Other ways important values are shown in this book is when Bill is having trouble with a player’s behavior and deals with the problem for a while, showing good composure. However he knew when it was the right time to discipline the star player. These values can teach people how to become a better communicator when problems arise and how to never give up on their dreams. C: This book went above my expectations because I expected to just learn about football and great coaching which I did but I also learned important values in life in order to be successful.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Tell tom brady that he stinks you need to put julian edelman at qb
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I havn't read it yet. It seems very good and belichek is awesome, but isn't ot to early to write a biography on belichek? For all we know he could win a championship again............
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sfmays34 More than 1 year ago
Great book overall B+.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is very quick reading, and fairly lite. I'm amazed that it's been written since Belichick is still coaching, but it is a pretty good biography of the guy. It does jump around a little...from his work, to his father growing up, etc. But towards the middle of the book or so, it is pretty much chronological. I am surprised that Romeo and Charlie have only one paragraph in the book, but it's not at all about the types of plays he made in games, but more of how he learned from his mistakes.