“Joe Ehrmann has a great message that coaches and young people really need to hear. . . . He has had a tremendous impact on our team, helping us to develop championship men on and off the field.”
—Tony Dungy, author of Quiet Strength
“Joe is a special person who has dedicated his life to helping young people. His message is powerful and makes a true impact. It is a message that we can all learn from.”
—Baseball Hall of Famer Cal Ripken, Jr.
“Joe Ehrmann’s message is inspiring, educational and eye-opening. He is an inspiration to me!”
—Jay Wright, Head Men’s Basketball Coach, Villanova University
“I highly encourage you to seize the opportunity to listen to these important values and concepts, which need to be applied to our society’s most important resource—our youth.”
—Joseph Castiglione, Director of Athletics, University of Oklahoma
“This is a must read for all coaches, athletic directors, and parents.”
—Dr. Jeanette Boxill, Ph. D., Director, Parr Center for Ethics, University of North Carolina
"The most important coach of the year" (Parade), named "Man of the Year" by the Baltimore Colts, the Frederick Douglass Society, and the National Fatherhood Initiative, and subject of Jeffrey Marx's best-selling Season of Life, Ehrmann tells coaches how athletics can make young men and women better, more responsible people. A no-brainer wherever sports are strong.
A retired football player makes the case for a kinder, gentler approach to coaching.
Who would have thought that Ehrmann (co-founder, Coach for America), the bruising defensive tackle who once played for the Baltimore Colts, would decades later offer a heartfelt template for coaches to be more compassionate leaders? After all, it was the author, an admitted drug abuser while he played, who once said he wanted to knock Jets quarterback Joe Namath's head clear off his shoulder pads. "I...was not trying to be entertaining. I meant it. I thought that way and I played that way," he writes. But inside the brute beat a heart of gold waiting to be psychoanalyzed. After his brother died of cancer, Ehrmann began to unlock his own narrative, understanding his motivations, and in turn those of so-called "transactional" coaches, who engage with players solely to win games or secure inflated contracts for themselves. That approach is antithetical to the author's "InSideOut" paradigm. "Being an InSideOUt coach," he writes, "means turning my struggles, errors, and misfortunes into lessons that will make me a coach who instills a sense of community; is a better classroom leader; is a clearer and more empathetic communicator; is an advocate of healthy and constructive competition; and is a mentor who turns sports into a ceremony of celebration for young people."
In the age celebrity coaches and a revolving door for"student athletes" who never graduate but bring in millions to their universities, it's a downright revolutionary message. Ehrmann delivers it with candor and courage.