High School Sports Coaches - book project

So much has happened since the journey to publish 30 Days with America's High School Coaches.  Even though the book is still about 4 months away from release, it has begun to garner national attention. 

In October I was invited to speak at the Sports Philanthropy World Conference on the topic of training better coaches.  Then, in November I was interviewed by Play Like A Champion Today about the book, the stories it contains, and what I've learned about good high school coaches. Listen to that interview here.

I still need your help, however, to raise the money needed for publication

Thanks to everyone who has supported my book project, 30 Days with America's High School Coaches.

30 Days with America's High School Coaches
examines the "Hows" of high school coaching through the eyes of thirty coaches and players in 13 varsity sports. The book is divided into six sections :

1. How Coaches Relate to their Players
2. How Coaches Approach Their Craft
3. How Coaches Build Programs
4. How Coaches Improve Themselves
5. How Coaches Affect Their Communities
6. Players on Their Coaches

The subjects of this book come from across the country. Here are just some of the people you will read about.

Dave Yarema (Brother Rice High School - Michigan - Football): Yarema won a state championship at Brother Rice under legendary coach Al Fracassa. Yarema went on to a stellar career as the quarterback of the Michigan State Spartans - what many don't know, however, is how Fracassa continued to shape Yarema as a player and as an adult well after his days at Brother Rice.

Barry Wortman (Blackman High School - Tennessee - Basketball): With 500+ career victories, Wortman is a legend in Tennessee. What sets this coach apart from his peers, however, is not his collection of wins. It's his program that involves as many freshmen and sophomores who want to be involved, the character-building program that elevates teachers and school workers, and the sideline programs that create space for nonathletes who want to benefit from the mentorship that Wortman offers.

Allie Kinniard (Lancaster High School - Ohio - Field Hockey): Kinniard was tapped to resurrect a  field home team that was on the chopping block. Interestingly, Kinniard had no experience with the sport. She'd never played it. Never coached it. And for the first three years, she never won a game. Instead, she won the little battles that led the young women to begin to believe in themselves, and to create something that transcended what was happening at the moment. Any coach can shine when winning. Great coaches shine even when they aren't.

Maurice Henriques (Niwot High School - Colorado - Track and Field): As a four-year letterman in football at the University of Colorado, Henriques hit bottom when he blew up his shoulder on the last play of spring football. His coach, Bill McCartney, found just the right words. Since that time, Henriques has spent his career finding just the right words for the athletes both at Niwot and in his club program - REAL Training. Recognized by the Positive Coaching Alliance as one of the best coaches in the country, Henriques doesn't just train athletes, he "pours into kids." 

Gail Maundrell (Turpin High School - Ohio - Gymnastics): The world of women's gymnastics skims the cream of the crop early and takes the best young men and away to high-pressure training centers. As a result, many high schools have dropped gymnastics, because they can't attract the "best of the best." Maundrell finds more of value in the sport than churning out Olympic champions. For her, it's about teaching young people to set goals and achieve them. One small mastered move at a time.

Michael Groves (Monterey High School - California - Baseball): Groves does everything right on the field, and he has the trophies and rings to prove it. It's what he's accomplished off the field, however, in building a one-of-its-kind-of-relationship with nearby Monterey Peninsula College that makes his story so compelling. A relationship that benefits players and non-players alike.

The book will be published by Front Edge Publishing - a medium-sized publishing house in Detroit, Michigan. This publishing house uses a "hybrid" model. In this publishing approach, authors cover the costs associated with editing, jacket design, and marketing. Front Edge Publishing pays the costs of printing and distribution. 

For a Contribution of 

$25 - You'll receive a colorful wristband with an inspiring quote from the book

$50 - You'll receive two wristbands - one for you and one for a friend

$100 - You'll receive two wristbands and a Zoom call with the author

$250 - You'll receive two wristbands, a Zoom call with the author, and a free copy of the book 

$500 - You'll receive two wristbands, a Zoom luncheon with the author, and a free autographed copy of the book.


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