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  • Best book about a coach?

    One of my assignments this fall is to write a review on a book about a coach.

    Suggestions?

  • #2
    Track coach, or ANY?

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    • #3
      Without waiting for your answer, and without actually having read the book itself (just snippets), I can't imagine you can do better than Kenny Moore's The Men Of Oregon.

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      • #4
        Champions for Life
        A biography of Payton Jordan by Jack Scott and Jim Ward

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        • #5
          ever the homer

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          • #6
            Originally posted by gh
            ever the homer
            ops: . . . it's still good!

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            • #7
              Great (out of print?) biography on Percy Cerruty.
              Couple on Arthur Lydiard that are half bio/half training guides.
              Many great ones on John Wooden.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by tafnut
                Originally posted by gh
                ever the homer
                ops: . . . it's still good!
                Only if they fixed all the bad stats that were in the early drafts.

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                • #9
                  When Pride Still Mattered by David Maraniss - out about 3 years ago, a bio on Vince Lombardi

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by gh
                    Track coach, or ANY?
                    Well any coach, but I would prefer track/XC as I figure that would be of more interest to me.

                    Or gymnastics. Not that any of you would know any good books on gymnastics coaches.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by polevaultpower
                      Not that any of you would know any good books on gymnastics coaches.
                      Ya got me there, but Mr. Google do!

                      Feel No Fear: The Power, Passion, and Politics of a Life in Gymnastics by Bela Karolyi and Nancy Ann Richardson (Paperback - Jul 1996)

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by polevaultpower
                        Or gymnastics. Not that any of you would know any good books on gymnastics coaches.
                        Little Girls in Pretty Boxes: The Making and Breaking of Elite Gymnasts and Figure Skaters - Joan Ryan is an interesting read.

                        cman

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by cullman
                          Originally posted by polevaultpower
                          Or gymnastics. Not that any of you would know any good books on gymnastics coaches.
                          Little Girls in Pretty Boxes: The Making and Breaking of Elite Gymnasts and Figure Skaters - Joan Ryan is an interesting read.

                          cman
                          I think I own that, I know I have read it. It's not really about any one coach though, more about the system, and I don't think it would fit with what my teacher wants.

                          It is an interesting read, but it's kind of like reading a book that accuses everyone in track of doping.

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                          • #14
                            There are two books that I know of that are more specifically on gymnastics coaching or coaches. One is How To Create Champions: Theory and Methodology yadda, yadda, something or other by the great Russian coach, Leonid Arkaev...and it's in English. I've read a couple of pages and it's quite technical and waaay over my head.

                            edit: How To Create Champions - Leonid Arkaev

                            Another is Gymnastics co-written by Peter Vidmar and Karen Cogan. It more for kids but it deals with the mental side of the sport.

                            edit: Gymnastic (Sports Psychology Library) Karen D. Cogan, Peter Vidmar

                            One of my ex's was a former elite junior gymnast and the sport still intrigues me.

                            cman

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                            • #15
                              This is all making me wish there were more hours in the day and that I had the time and energy to get into coaching gymnastics. I have to remember that I have the rest of my life to get back into that world if I find the time.

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