The Vision of a Champion: Advice and Inspiration from the World's Most Successful Women's Soccer Coach

The Vision of a Champion: Advice and Inspiration from the World's Most Successful Women's Soccer Coach

by Anson Dorrance, Gloria Averbuch
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The Vision of a Champion: Advice and Inspiration from the World's Most Successful Women's Soccer Coach by Anson Dorrance, Gloria Averbuch

"From the beginning I knew I made the right decision to attend the University of North Carolina...I went there because it is through this game that we learn the importance of human relationships." — Mia Hamm, UNC, Olympic and World Cup Champion

"Anson inspired me to play and gave me the mentality that I was going to be the best." — Tisha Venturini, UNC, Olympian and World Cup Champion

"Anson was a great motivator...I had the time of my life at North Carolina. I dearly miss it. I'd go back in a heartbeat. The whole experience was awesome" — Lorrie Fair, UNC, Olympic and World Cup Champion

In Vision of A Champion, Anson Dorrance has teamed with Gloria Averbuch, an accomplished heath and fitness writer, to create a passionate and inspiring formula for success in soccer, and in life. On fields all over the country millions dream of becoming the next Mia Hamm - one of Anson's former players. This book will show them how to do it!

Soccer is the fastest growing youth sport in the United States with nearly 20 million participants. An unprecedented 47 percent are female. Now, Anson Dorrance, the winningest women's soccer coach of all-time, gives youth players, parents and coaches the secrets of over 25 years of success, developed as a collegiate (University of North Carolina) and U.S. National Team coach.

Vision of a Champion is a unique blend of technical advice and powerful inspiration. Young players, male and female, parents and coaches alike will gain enormous insight into how to develop high-level athletes, who also carry the values and lessons of competitive sports with them off the playing field.

Take yourself to the highest level:
• Learn the renowned UNC system
• Become a champion on the playing field and in life
• Succeed with coaches and selectors
• Identify and improve your weaknesses in the game
• Get inspiration form top players like Mia Hamm
• Stay healthy and injury free
• Sharpen your mental edge
• Achieve total fitness
• Maximize performance in games and tournaments
• Master skills for all levels of play

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781932399103
Publisher: Huron River Press
Publication date: 02/18/2005
Pages: 332
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Anson Dorrance is the legendary women's soccer coach at the University of North Carolina. His program is commonly referred to as "The Dynasty." He is not only the most successful coach in the women's game - a four-time National Coach of the Year - but an ambassador of the game, a highly sought-after motivational speaker, a major force in training young players through wildly popular soccer camps, and a successful television broadcaster. His teams have won 18 NCAA National Championships, and many of his former players have gone on to become the most accomplished players in the world, including superstar Mia Hamm.

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Vision of a Champion: Advice and Inspiration from the World's Most Successful Women's Soccer Coach 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
After reading this book, it's no wonder that many of the women trained by Anson Dorrance are wonderful role models as well as amazing soccer artists. The game of soccer is not just about good technique, but also how the female soccer player develops into a responsible person, challenging herself physically, mentally, socially and emotionally. Dorrance and Averbuch have combined here to write the definitive work on growing a soccer player. This book is for the players, their parents and their coaches. If there is anyone who believes that coaching girls is no different than boys-this will prove otherwise. Bravo to the authors!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the best soccer book that I have ever read. That was the first book that i had read by Anson Dorrance, and i loved it! i appreciate all the hard work he has done to create some of the best soccer players in the world! this book is such an inspiration to young girls everywhere! He teaches you the importance of human relationships. his environment at UNC, is the best in the country!
Guest More than 1 year ago
For all those girls who have aspired to achieve the highest possible in the fastest growing sport in america, Anson Dorrance has put together a highly detailed and motivational book that truely gives a clear picture of what it takes to be the best in womens soccer. Very readable for the younger reader and very inspirational. A MUST for anyone who is half serious about any kind of college soccer career and how to achieve the best!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am a professional youth soccer coach, with my own company. I also played semi-professional soccer in my native England. I read this book--twice--and was so impressed, I bought 50 copies for my players. I have loved the flair of this game all of my life. My emphasis as a coach is bringing that love of the game, with all of its skill, to American youth soccer. This book communicates the essence of the game, and more, it's a great guide for soccer and life!
A_Sloan More than 1 year ago
Great soccer book The vision of a champion is bent over, drenched in sweat, at the point of exhaustion, when nobody else is looking." This is a great quote that was cooked up by the dynamic duo of Anson Dorrance and Mia Hamm. Dorrance's understanding of the female soccer psyche is unparalleled by any other male coach, in my opinion, and this book is extremely valuable for players and parents. It describes the philosophy of how to become a champion in soccer and in life by challenging oneself physically, mentally, socially, and emotionally.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was fantastic... Hands down. No review is andequate description of the power this book has. It will change how you feel about the game. Anson Dorrance's use of personal experience, stories of past UNC leaders, and personal notes and recounts from UNC alumni is brilliant and his understanding of the game allows him to provide the reader with descriptions and concepts otherwise difficult to express and easy to miss. If you are a serious soccer player who wants to improve her game and achieve her soccer goals, read this book, it will change your entire experience.
Guest More than 1 year ago
as a 12 year old soccer player and as a person that has met anson dorrance on several occasions I look forward to reading this book. While at UNC camp in greensboro, durin our 8:45 lecture Mr. Dorrance would share stories about Mia Hamm and Heather Orielly, etc and that is also why i look forward to reading this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
When it comes to soccer...there has never been a more knowledgeable pair than Anson Dorrance and Gloria Averbuch. If Dorrance's insight into the sport of soccer (and her career as a coach!) isn't enough to interest you, Averbuch's unique view on the scene might. With two daughters of her own playing competitively, Averbuch has the "other side" experience and perspective that made reading "Vision" (even in bits and pieces) worth my while.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a story about someone who is passionate about building a team and building character. It is inspiring to read about Anson Dorrance's own search for excellence in his field and in the lives of the young women who play for him. Bravo to all those involved in producing this excellent book!
Guest More than 1 year ago
The book is inspirational. I've ordered several copies to give as gifts to business friends where I know thay have college age girls who play and are passionate about soccer. One such gift got into the hands of a coach who remarked that it gave him greater insight into coaching women.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A simply wonderful book chocked full of practical advice for aspiring young female players, their parents as well as all coaches. The book details specifics on how to become a complete soccer player. Specifically, the technical, tactical, mental and physical challenges involved are discussed thoroughly in an easy to comprehend manner, with numerous first hand accounts from Dorrance, and U.S. Womens national team and UNC players, recounting their own experiences in the process, are informative, compelling and inspiring.