'Pete Has Nailed' Essence of Coach James' Speeches All of you who may be intrigued by The Thursday Speeches, having heard 18 years worth of those from Coach James as an assistant at two different universities (at least 200 speeches with bowl games), I can honestly attest to the fact that Pete has nailed these in this book. I appreciate the many great principles and life lessons that he shares from those "Thursday Speeches." I speak to many businesses and organizations around the country about "Winning, Losing and Lessons Learned," and the meat and potatoes comes from all those years of learning from Coach James! - Skip Hall, former head football coach at Boise State University, assistant head coach at University of Washington and University of Missouri, and assistant coach at Colorado and Kent State. 'This Book Is So Don James . . . a Great Coach and Teacher Until His Last Breath' This book is so Don James. He was a great coach and teacher until his last breath and passed his legacy on to every coach and player he touched. His attention to detail and commitment to excellence are here on these pages and continue to inspire those who had the good fortune to work with him, coach with him, play under him, or just be lucky enough to be a fan in his stands on game day. Thank you, Don, we love you! - Rick Redman, Seattle, former Husky All-American linebacker. Joe Steele: Book Reveals Secrets of 'The Master' "Husky football fans will want to read Peter Tormey's book for the behind-the-scenes thinking that went into development of the program from the mid-1970s, to the '80s and early '90s. The Thursday Speeches reveals the 'secret sauce' that DJ used to resuscitate the program and power the Huskies to the National Championship. Aspiring coaches at all levels should read the book to learn from 'The Master' about leadership, commitment to success, organization, teamwork, player discipline, and how to get the most from players' talent." - Joe Steele, former Husky record-breaking tailback.
About the Author
Peter Tormey is a writer, editor, and educator who holds a Ph.D. in Leadership Studies from Gonzaga University. A former journalist for United Press International, he has won numerous awards for his news and feature stories. Peter's doctoral dissertation examined the language and leadership of former University of Washington football Coach Don James. Peter played football for Coach James for four years at Washington, and earned a bachelor's degree in English literature. A first-generation Irish-American, Peter directs the Gonzaga University News Service, which he started more than 20 years ago. Peter is an avid cyclist and loves to fish the lakes, rivers, and streams of the Pacific Northwest. He and his wife live in Spokane with their two daughters, a son, and a dog.
5.0 out of 5 starsExcellent book and insight about a Great Man, Coach and Husky Legend!
December 22, 2014 - Published on Amazon.com
What a great compilation of stories from such a coaching icon. I was actually a student at the UW when Don James was hired as the Husky Head Football coach. Over the years, it was very obvious that Coach James was excellent at football X and O's, attention to detail and motivation. Although I lived with many of the players mentioned in the book, including Pete Tormey, the author, I never heard or realized how Coach James was so successful in the motivation arena. "Thursday Speeches" takes you back and explains how Coach James utilized his teaching, philosophy, history and leadership skills to motivate his players and coaches. The book is an excellent read. It took me back to my fondest memories of my college years. My University of Washington student and Husky Football experience started with the firing of Jim Owens, the hiring of Don James and ended with a trip and a win in the Rose Bowl my Senior year. Not much else you could ask for being a Husky student and fan. Great job Pete and very proud of you!!!!
5.0 out of 5 starsCoach James motivates others to build for life
August 5, 2015 - Published on Amazon.com
The speeches presented by Mr. Tormey present a side of coaching that few people ever see. One might hear a coach speak at a banquet or two, but to acquire a collection such as this is much more meaningful. Truly, the foundation of a commitment to sports can carry one thought life if properly applied. "The objective--so bold, so outrageous, and so unrealistic--shocked the players and became a mantra that would catalyze the program's rise from mediocrity to a national power" is an objective each one of us should carry every day, to rise above daily reluctance and commit ourselves to dare to challenge the status quo, to challenge history, and build a winning program for life. Life requires dedication and periods of total concentration to achieve greatness, something each of us can do on a daily basis. Mr. Tormey's insight as a player in the program, and as an author today, lends well to the message Coach James delivered to the young men on his teams.