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About the Author
While baseball has traditionally been described as our “national pastime”, there is no question in recent times that American style football, especially pro football, has become far and away the most popular sport in the United States. Bob DeLuca was lucky enough to be on hand when the nascent American Football League upstart elbowed its way onto the scene in the 1960’s, and he has had a front row seat through the years as the National Football League has blossomed, boomed and exploded into the hearts of tens of millions of fans throughout the world. Early on he became fascinated by the head coaches and has spent a lifetime studying what it takes to have the “right stuff” to succeed in this most demanding profession.
For most of his adult life Mr. DeLuca has been fully engaged in a profession in the well-traveled world of real estate and finance, where successful outcomes can be reasonably predicted in terms of risks and rewards He toiled (and prospered) within tightly restrictive business parameters closely defined by market conditions, standards of conduct, government regulations, and many other restraining variables. As an author, however, he is pleased to be enjoying the incredible uplift of unbounded endeavor that is limited only by his own creativity and passion.
Mr. DeLuca has always had a strong interest in writing, which he cultivated through his formal education at Brown University and the University of Pittsburgh, where he earned BA and MBA degrees respectively. During his professional career, he called upon his written communicative skills on a daily basis. As an institutional lender he was required to prepare and present for approval comprehensive loan proposal requests. While an active real estate broker and developer he organized and arranged numerous feasibility studies, sales packages and new project requests for buyers, equity partners, planning boards, and other governmental agencies. In fact, his extensive business background provides a strong platform and fertile resource in support of his writing endeavors.
He served as a Captain in the United States Marine Corps in Vietnam and was subsequently awarded a letter of commendation. Upon leaving the service he initially joined the Mellon Bank and later moved to Citibank, where he was a lending officer involved in real estate transactions across the country. Eventually, he settled in Houston to become the chief financial officer for a residential construction company. Subsequently, he founded Desert Southwest Realty Services, which offered an array of industry services. Until recently he was a developer of affordable rental housing using low income tax credits.
In years past while actively pursuing business interests and raising a family that has produced four grown and professionally successful sons, there was scant time to focus on writing. Recently, however, he has completed three novels, a non-fiction work, and a memoir. He has just finished, “The Pact with the Devil”, which pits a head-strong Texas businessman against a vicious Mexican drug cartel baron. A previous novel, “The Sister Edith” centers on the dreadful dilemma of a man torn between his birth and blood brothers. “The Perfect Pro Football Coach”, which deals with the best and worst qualities of NFL head coaches and intriguingly ranks the proficiency of every incumbent during the past fifty years, is currently available through most E book retailers. ”Beatles, Books, and Bombs” is a self-account of life as an ROTC student on an ultra-liberal Ivy League campus during the turbulent 1960’s and then serving with the Marines in Vietnam. It is largely a tribute to fallen comrades.
A New Englander by birth and jarhead by choice, Mr. DeLuca left Boston before the Patriots stopped being a joke. After the service and spending several years in Pittsburgh, he landed in the Houston area, where he has been lamenting the Oilers flight and trying to resuscitate the Texans ever since. He resides with his awesome wife, grandchild-of-the-week, and bullmastiff in Friendswood, Texas.
Table of Contents
1 Is This Any Way to Run a Business? 1
2 Put a Sneaker on It 12
3 Chain Gang in the Snow 26
4 So What is Coaching All About? 34
5 Excuse Me, Lamar, Bud. May I Sit There? 48
6 Measuring the Best 56
7 The CASH™ Rating System 67
8 So, Who Are the All Time Best Ever? 72
9 The Type of Guys You Want 86
10 Now For The Lesser Lights 109
11 What About Minorities? 135
12 Bring On the College Hot Shots 146
13 Good Player - Bad Head Coach 154
14 Care to Dance Again? 164
15 Look For a Winner 170
16 The Blue Blood Factor 178
17 Introducing The Perfect Pro Football Coach 189
18 The Rubber Hits the Road 203
19 Looking Down Field 216
A Success Predictor Grid 223
B All Coaches Ranked by CASH tmBest to Worst 227
C All Coaches Listed by Name with CASH™ Score 233
D Selected Sources 239
E About The Author 240