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Coach: 25 Writers reflect on people who made a difference in their lives Hardcover – Oct 27 2005

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  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Warner Books (Oct. 27 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0446577456
  • ISBN-13: 978-0446577458
  • Product Dimensions: 3 x 17 x 23.2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 476 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,711,049 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Ohhhh.... they meant THAT kind of Coach! Jan. 28 2006
By Julie Jordan Scott - Published on
Format: Hardcover
I picked up this book because I thought it was

about Creativity Coaching, one of the Life Coaching

specialties I use in my professional life.

Then I saw it was about ATHLETIC coaches - and

writer's relationships with SPORTS coaches.

I rolled my eyes at myself at making such an


I decided I would read some of the selections


I turned first to John Irving - a writer whose

work I especially enjoy. His quote, "When you

love something, you have the capacity to bore

eveyone about why - it doesn't matter why." and

decided that quote may be the very reason this

book called out to me.

The other selection I found incredibly compelling

was from writer Lauren Slater. I was in tears

as I sat in Barnes and Noble reading this

lush, evocative entry. She allowed us to witness

her trip to Summer Camp and the deep sadness and

horrible inner battle she had as she separated

herself from her mother, as well as the movement

from it thanks to Coach Kim.

This would be inspiring to any kind of teacher

and any kind of writer, though those who actually

ARE athletic coaches may find it the most

helpful of all.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Not what I first thought, but some gems March 15 2011
By crumbum - Published on
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I bought this after reading the Preface by David Duchovny in the Wall Street Journal. Thought it was about how coaches influence lives. George Vecsey's essay on Casey Stengel immediately let me know I approached the book in the wrong manner. Not the book's fault. Just read a true gem by John Edgar Wideman, pure poetry for anybody who has played pickup basketball. One or two more like that one, and I'll forget all about why I thought I was purchasing it.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
A Decent Coaching Clinic March 19 2007
By Z. Blume - Published on
Format: Paperback
This is an anthology of articles about coaches who influenced each of the writers in the book. The pieces themselves are hit and miss with some great stories by George Vecsey, Benjamin Cheever and Frank DeFord among others, but there are also several that just aren't that interesting. The benefit is that you don't have to read any of the chapters that don't interest you and the good ones are worth the price of the book. I would recommend this for a quick read of some inspirational stories, but not as a comprehensive anthology about the greatness of coaches or what makes them special.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
You never know the effect you're having... Aug. 25 2006
By T. Faranda - Published on
Format: Hardcover
This book was given to me while I was in Sloan Kettering in January, by Steve Valerio and his wife Jennifer. For a couple of years while I was coaching the North Jersey Rugby Club, Steve was the president of the club. He wrote a really lovely sentiment in the front of the book, for which I am greatly appreciative.

Coach is not the type of book I'd buy for myself, but it was pretty good! I really enjoyed it. There are 25 reminiscences by a variety of people - mostly professional writers and authors - about coaches who deeply influenced them. Of course some of the essays were pretty average - to be expected when there are 25 of them - but some of them were really quite brilliant.

My favorite was by Jane Leavy (never heard of her before reading this book) entitled "Coaching Bob" and it's different from the rest of the essays. In it she describes coaching Bob - a man suffering from AIDS - on how to live his life and face his impending death.

The last three essays were by well-knwn sports writers and commentators Bob Wolff, Ira Berkow, and Bud Collins. All very good.

The fellow who gave me the book, Steve Valerio, is your typical great guy rugby player. When I started coaching North Jersey, Steve, who was called "Flash" because of his (lack of) speed, was playing wing, the speed position on the rugby field. After a while, having discerned his (lack of) speed, we moved him to wing forward, where he never let us down.
Inspiring and Memorable Aug. 7 2012
By B.J. Rudell - Published on
Format: Paperback
This is a profound collection of essays about how college coaches have affected people's lives. These individuals are often overlooked, especially as we busy ourselves with family and professional pursuits. But they have had tangible--and very positive--impacts on many of us. This is a very worthwhile read, and sparked many terrific memoris of the impact coaches have had on me.