Inspiration

It’s safe to say that my own philosophy has been influenced over the years by many sources, but here’s one clear way I know I have been influenced. My reading list in no particular order. I don’t agree with everything from every one but I’ve tried to pull something from all the people I admire.

BOOKS
TITLE AUTHOR

SPORTS:
1. KNIGHT MY STORY
BOB KNIGHT
Insight into the complex man and his philosophy.

2. LEADERSHIP IN ACTION
BRUCE SNYDER
Coach Snyder has some valuable tips on leadership.

3. THE COACHES LITTLE PLAYBOOK
GEORGE HETZEL, JR.
A fun book with lots of quotes and anecdotes.

4. THE LION IN AUTUMN
FRANK FITZPATRICK
Joe Paterno fighting through adversity.

5. “KNUTE ROCKNE, MAN BUILDER” HARRY STUHLDREHER
For all you football historians.

6. “COACH” ANDREW BLAUNER
A series of stories from different coaches with some excellent insights.

7. “THE EDUCATION OF A COACH (BELECHECK) DAVID HALBERSTAM
Gives some insights into what makes coach Belechek tick.

8. “LEAHY’S LADS JACK CONNOR
Stories about the legendary Notre Dame coach.

9. “SEASONS OF LIFE” (PULITZER PRIZE) JEFFREY MACK
This is outstanding. I required all my assistant coaches to read it.
Compassionate coaching style that works.

10. “WOODEN” STEVE JAMISON
Coach Wooden’s pyramid of success and much more.

11. “NEVER GIVE UP” (TEDDY BRUSCHI) MICHAEL HOLLEY
Insights into the player and the man.

12. “LEADING WITH THE HEART” MIKE KRZYZEWSKI
His story from high school to West Point and Duke.

13. “BEYOND BASKETBALL” MIKE KRZYZEWSKI
Valuable lessons about life skills and how to develop them.

14. “WHEN PRIDE STILL MATTERED” ” (VINCE LOMBARDI) DAVID MARANISS
A succinct look at one of the great coaches in our history.

15. “THE LAST COACH” (BEAR BRYANT) ALLEN BARRA
From a small berg in Arkansas to one of the great coaching legends.

16. “COACH K’S LITTLE BLUE BOOK” BARRY JACOBS
Tidbits from coach K.

17. “WOODY HAYES & THE 100 YARD WAR” JERRY BRONDFIELD
One of my favorite books dealing with the complex personalities of a
Historian and football coach. They don’t make them like Woody any more.

18. “WINNING IS A HABIT” VINCE LOMBARDI
Direct from the coach his philosophy and his methods. Excellent.

NON SPORTS:
1. “IACOCCA” (AUTOBIOGRAPHY) LEE IACOCCA
A great book to help organize your plan with a lot of thoughtful hints.

2. “WITNESS TO HOPE” POPE JOHN PAUL II GEORGE WEIGEL
Uplifting, a great read about a great man.

3. “AMERICAN SOLDIER” (GENERAL TOMMY FRANKS) MALCOLM McCONNELL
How discipline and dedication works in the real world.

4. “PAUL NEWMAN, A LIFE” SHAWN LEVY
Great insights into the man, much more than an actor, Paul Newman.

5. “FDR, A BIOGRAPHY” TED MORGAN
A good read about one of our great presidents.

6. “TRUMAN” DAVID McCULLOUGH
He inherited an impossible job and made historical decisions. History
will move him up the presidential ladder

7. “DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER” TOM WICKER
A simple Kansas man who lead us to victory in war and became President.

8. “THE RISE OF THEDORE ROOSEVELT” EDMUND MORRIS
I think we need more like him in the white house.

9. “THE BULLY PULPIT” (QUOTATIONS) H. PAUL JEFFERS

10. “KERNELS FROM A CRACKED NUT” FOSTER CARLYLE
Tales of life humor that will keep you laughing all night.
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