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Undertaker's Son: Life Lessons from a Coach
     

Undertaker's Son: Life Lessons from a Coach

by Richard "Digger" Phelps, Jack Colwell (With)
 

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Do it yesterday.
Tomorrow might not come.

Richard “Digger” Phelps, the winningest men’s basketball coach in Notre Dame’s storied athletic history and a renowned basketball analyst for ESPN, tells his game plan for success—not just in sports, but in life. From overcoming his humble background to becoming coach of one of the nation&

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Do it yesterday.
Tomorrow might not come.

Richard “Digger” Phelps, the winningest men’s basketball coach in Notre Dame’s storied athletic history and a renowned basketball analyst for ESPN, tells his game plan for success—not just in sports, but in life. From overcoming his humble background to becoming coach of one of the nation’s most elite sports teams at age 29, Phelps writes of setting goals and striving to reach them. He describes how his Notre Dame team came from behind to end mighty UCLA’s 88-game win streak in 1974. But he goes beyond basketball coaching in relating other events that helped shape his philosophy for the generations in life. As an undertaker’s son, he learned as a child how death can pay an unexpected visit at any time.

Phelps also recounts his efforts to confront the problems of gangs and drugs and kids dropping out of school. He describes his White House work as director of Operation Weed and Seed, a national effort to weed out violence and seed positive programs in the worst of neighborhoods.

Brutally honest, inspirational, and often humorous, Phelps presents a message that will appeal to everyone—not just Notre Dame fans and sports enthusiasts. Readers will be fascinated by his childhood experiences, his philosophy of life, and his relationships with former president George H. W. Bush, Dick Vitale, former vice president Dan Quayle, Bob Knight, Rev. Theodore M. Hesburgh, John Wooden, and his friend Caesar.

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“Digger is not only a survivor, he’s an optimist who has made an indelible impression on everyone who has been lucky enough to know him. His book is a lesson in having the right attitude to not only overcome obstacles, but to contribute to society and our country in a big way. Undertaker’s Son is a terrific read, and a wonderful book to add to any collection.” —-Donald J. Trump “Digger was an outstanding basketball coach who cared greatly about both the game and his players. However, beyond that he is an extremely intelligent guy whose experiences with life and people go way beyond the dimensions of the basketball court. This in itself makes his book a great read for people in all walks of life.” —Bob Knight, Head Men’s Basketball Coach, Texas Tech University “Sound advice delivered in an entertaining context from a high-profile personality who doesn’t take himself too seriously.”—Booklist “Digger Phelps' life story inspires us to harness the best within ourselves and to help others do the same. Digger's life lessons can motivate each of us to identify and seek the very best outcomes. Whether you want to make the most of your life, your team or your community, Digger's game plan can tip the balance decisively in your favor.” —Thurgood Marshall, Jr.“Digger always has something to say and is worth listening to or even reading with pleasure.” —(Rev.) Theodore M. Hesburgh, C.S.C., President Emeritus, University of Notre Dame “Who better to write a game plan for life than Digger Phelps? Already a successful basketball coach and commentator, Digger takes on important issues like education with the combination of brains and bravado that has served him well. Digger’s many passions are reflected in this book as he goes beyond x’s and o’s to thoughtful solutions—a winning strategy.” —-Hannah Storm

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781599212098
Publisher:
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
09/01/2007
Pages:
280
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.20(d)

Meet the Author

Richard "Digger" Phelps is an ESPN college basketball analyst. Before joining ESPN, he was one of America's most visible college basketball coaches.The nickname "Digger" derives from his birthplace of Beacon, New York, where his father owned a funeral service.He began his coaching career in 1963 as a graduate assistant at Rider College, where he had played basketball. After a move to the high school ranks, he got his first full assistant job in 1966 at the University of Pennsylvania. His first head coaching job came in 1970 at Fordham University; after leading the Rams to a 26-3 record in the 1970-71 season, he was named head coach at the University of Notre Dame.During his 20 seasons at Notre Dame (1971-1991), his teams went 393-197, with 14 seasons of 20 wins or more. In 1978, Notre Dame made its only (men's) Final Four to date. However, his most-remembered game was on January 19, 1974, when the Fighting Irish scored the last 12 points of the game to defeat top-ranked UCLA 71-70, ending the Bruins' record 88-game winning streak.After retiring from coaching, he briefly worked for the Office of National Drug Control Policy, and also served as an observer in the 1993 elections in Cambodia. His broadcasting career began in 1993, when he did color commentary for that year's NCAA tournament for CBS. He joined ESPN the next season.

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