- Paperback: 288 pages
- Publisher: Hachette Books; 1 edition (Aug. 8 2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1401308791
- ISBN-13: 978-1401308797
- Product Dimensions: 13.7 x 1.9 x 21 cm
- Shipping Weight: 295 g
- Average Customer Review: 2 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #112,841 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Education of a Coach Paperback – Aug 8 2006
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From Publishers Weekly
With the snappy delivery of a play-by-play commentator, Conger ably performs Halberstam's reverent biography of New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick. Chronicling Belichick's tutelage at the hands of his sharp college coach father, Halberstam moves through Belichick's trail of internships and promotions, augmenting his narrative with engaging anecdotes and succinct illustrations of the tactical genius that propelled him through the ranks of the NFL. Conger doesn't have to stretch much in terms of characterization; he's simply a good choice for the project, with a smart, clean delivery that goes just as well with a description of a tender exchange between Belichick and his father as it does with a detailed breakdown of the Patriots' unorthodox defensive strategy in the Super Bowl. The production's one shortcoming is the strange choice of musical snippets for the beginnings and endings of different sections. None of the widely varied music fits in very well with the reading and proves to be much more of a puzzling distraction than an effective accompaniment. Still, it's not enough to overshadow an engrossing portrait of one of the NFL's best coaches, or a reading that hits just the right note.
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Bill Belichick is the head coach of the New England Patriots and a second-generation descendant of a determined Croatian immigrant family. The Pats have won three of the last four Super Bowls, an extraordinary accomplishment in an NFL that is structured to prevent extended dominance by one team. Celebrated investigative journalist Halberstam, who likes to do a sports book now and then, was first drawn to Belichick when he was a young linebacker coach with the New York Giants in the mid-eighties. He tells Belichick's story as part of the larger context of his family's acclimation to America during the Depression, and he spends as much time on Belichick's high-school and college years as he does on his career as a professional coach. Belichick learned his trade early on (his father was a football coach, too) and began breaking down opponents' film when he was nine years old. The natural affinity for x's and o's meshed with a passion for the game and, as Halbertsam tells it, produced a brilliant tactician and an effective leader who draws from the styles of other coaches he has encountered in his career, from a my-way-or-the-highway high-school coach to Andover Academy's Steve Sorota, the quintessential player-empowering coach-as-teacher. As he's done in the past, Halberstam takes the classic sports-bio formula--one stellar performer's rise to the pinnacle of American sport--and transforms it into a nuance-rich story of individual triumph and social history. Wes Lukowsky
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This is not a simple "How To" book. Halberstam is too good an author for mere outline. From his heritage, through his youth to his evolution as a head coach in the NFL Halberstam details Belichick's environment and the development of Belichick's philosophy or strategy that he brings to the game of football.
Belichick studied game films hard. He put in extra hours. He became and expert in his field. He understood the importance of being organized, networked and professional in everything you do. Belichick is a master at thoroughly researching and understanding your opponent before beating them. While this book is a great sports read .... dig a little bit deeper and you have a great how to succeed in business book on your hands here.
A must read for anyone who likes to win.
The only shortcoming from the book was that I was hoping to hear a little bit more from Belichick the man himself ... Perhaps more first hand accounts of his low points (being fired at Cleveland) to his successes (first Super Bowl win over the Rams). Nonetheless, a great read.
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The book also talks about his incredible journey from listening to his dad to become one of the greatest coaches of all time. Bill started at a prep school in Andover and then went to Wesleyan College to finish his college life. Although he wasn't head coach at any of these schools, they were building blocks to help achieve his dream. After college, he got an internship with the Baltimore Colts where he would learn from the coaches and take note o what they do. After he became defensive coordinator for bill parcell. Belichick succeeded at defensive coordinator and many people believe he was one of the best defensive coordinators ever. This created another stepping stone for Belichick because after he was offered a job to coach for the Cleveland Browns. This job was not a great as he thought it would be. He coached the Browns from 1991-1995 which he was not successful during those years. He was soon fired and became defensive coordinator again. Finally Belichick was signed to the Patriots and maybe could of been of the best descisions the patriots organization ever made. He currently is still the coach of the Patriots and has won four superbowls.
I would recommend this book to anyone who loves bill Belichick and to anyone who wants to be a professional coach when they are older. This book is very inspiring and brought many facts that I had no idea about. The author did a wonderful job and was one of the best books I have ever read
This first deployment of the author's considerable skills on American football is the literary equivalent of a successful Hail Mary pass. Offered late in the game with but perhaps one chance to win the battle, a high-risk throw is tossed into the air with the hope that somebody down there might make the unlikely victorious grab.
The reader does.
Bill Belichick, the now-legendary head coach of the New England Patriots teams that dominated the NFL at the midpoint of the new century's first decade, comes under Halberstam's gaze. This cerebral, obsessively disciplined anti-celebrity with his passion for building a team on good value from the ground up is not at first glance a compelling subject for a professional biography. Yet Halberstam's gift is for discerning just how a key persona decided to move against the grain of a profession's received wisdom without necessarily calling attention to his methodological heresy.
Quietly building up 'Belichick University' while traversing the serial failures that are the calling card of professional coaching and coaches, Coach Belichick built a different kind of team and did the Thing that can almost not be imagined: he changed the NFL.
As he tells the story, quickly convincing his reader that it is a fascinating tale that merits his readers attention even as civil wars, terrorist alarm, and global warming conspire to argue that sport is an irrelevance, Halberstam scatters observations and knowing turns of phrase that leaders of any profession are likely to find invaluable.
Even if you thought the Patriots were a missile defense system, read this book.
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