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Coach Dru has shared some valuable principles in life with us in Beyond Championships. My son, Jibri, came to Coach Dru's program at St. Vincent-St. Mary as a junior in high school and has become a better person and a better player. I am grateful for Coach Dru's mentoring and the leadership he is providing for so many young people. Beyond Championships reveals the heart and soul of a good man and a good coach. It's a must-read for young people, as well as for older people. After graduating from high school, the number one question I received was, 'What was it like playing with LeBron?' The second most-asked question was, 'What kind of coach did you have?' The first question was easier to answer than the second. But now you can read this book and begin to understand how great a man Coach Dru is! For Coach Dru, living a full and productive life has always been about more than just basketball. It's about relationships and being a Christian man and being a great father. It's about how to treat women, how to compete, how to be a student athlete, and so much more. Coach Dru is the best coach I've ever had. Not just because he's so good at the X's and O's, but also because he knows how to help a young person be the best person he can be. Coach often asked, 'Are you prepared for the game of life? Because it never stops, even when the clock on the scoreboard hits 00:00!' One of my favorite maxims is 'serve the underserved,' and few people put these words into practice like Coach Dru Joyce does. We all know the incredible work he did in helping LeBron James develop into the player and, more importantly, the individual he's become. I'm excited that in Beyond Championships, Coach Dru shares the principles that helped mold so many other young lives as well. Coach Dru's story should inspire all readers, both young and old alike, to have the faith to chase their dreams, no matter what obstacles they perceive to be in front of them. - Russell Simmons, cofounder of Def Jam Records and author of Super Rich: A Guide to Having It All. Anything that Dru Joyce has to say is important, because he is a quality man who cares about young men! - Bishop F. Josephus Johnson II, presiding bishop of The Beth-El Fellowship of Visionary Churches. Coach Dru's teachings on faith, family, and character are an inspiration to athletes and nonathletes alike. Beyond Championships transcends sports the way Coach Dru's influence on young lives reaches far beyond the basketball court. - Kristopher Belman, writer/director of the documentary More Than a Game. Beyond Championships is what happens when one of the nation's most influential high school coaches lets us in on his secrets to success. Whether or not you love sports, this book and the life lessons herein are invaluable to both young and old. Sit down, read, enjoy, and learn! - Harvey Mason Jr., music/movie producer; producer of More Than a Game --Cameron Joyce , assistant coach at Northwood University in Midland, Michigan, and youngest son of Coach Dru

Thanks, Coach Dru, for sharing with us some lifetime lessons we can all use on our journey. --Mel Blount , four-time Super Bowl champion and member of the NFL Hall of Fame

Thank you, Coach Dru, for all you have done to prepare me for the game of life. --Willie McGee, Fab Five member of the St. Vincent-St. Mary basketball team (1999 2003)

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Coach Dru has shared some valuable principles in life with us in Beyond Championships. My son, Jibri, came to Coach Dru’s program at St. Vincent-St. Mary as a junior in high school and has become a better person and a better player. I am grateful for Coach Dru’s mentoring and the leadership he is providing for so many young people. Beyond Championships reveals the heart and soul of a good man and a good coach. It’s a must-read for young people, as well as for older people. Thanks, Coach Dru, for sharing with us some lifetime lessons we can all use on our journey. -- Mel Blount, , four-time Super Bowl champion and member of the NFL Hall of Fame

After graduating from high school, the number one question I received was, “What was it like playing with LeBron?” The second most-asked question was, “What kind of coach did you have?” The first question was easier to answer than the second. But now you can read this book and begin to understand how great a man Coach Dru is! For Coach Dru, living a full and productive life has always been about more than just basketball. It’s about relationships and being a Christian man and being a great father. It’s about how to treat women, how to compete, how to be a student athlete, and so much more. Coach Dru is the best coach I’ve ever had. Not just because he’s so good at the X’s and O’s, but also because he knows how to help a young person be the best person he can be. Coach often asked, “Are you prepared for the game of life? Because it never stops, even when the clock on the scoreboard hits 00:00!” Thank you, Coach Dru, for all you have done to prepare me for the game of life. -- Willie McGee, , Fab Five member of the St. Vincent-St. Mary basketball team (1999–2003)

One of my favorite maxims is “serve the underserved,” and few people put these words into practice like Coach Dru Joyce does. We all know the incredible work he did in helping LeBron James develop into the player and, more importantly, the individual he’s become. I’m excited that in Beyond Championships, Coach Dru shares the principles that helped mold so many other young lives as well. Coach Dru’s story should inspire all readers, both young and old alike, to have the faith to chase their dreams, no matter what obstacles they perceive to be in front of them. -- Russell Simmons, , cofounder of Def Jam Records and author of Super Rich: A Guide to Having It All

Anything that Dru Joyce has to say is important, because he is a quality man who cares about young men! -- Bishop F. Josephus Johnson II, , presiding bishop of The Beth-El Fellowship of Visionary Churches

Coach Dru’s teachings on faith, family, and character are an inspiration to athletes and nonathletes alike. Beyond Championships transcends sports the way Coach Dru’s influence on young lives reaches far beyond the basketball court. -- Kristopher Belman, , writer/director of the documentary More Than a Game

Dad, you have been an ongoing leader in my life. I value what you taught me both on and away from the basketball court. You’re a man of many quotes to live by. Each morning as I was growing up, you would always remind me, “Be a leader and not a follower today.” Well, I would follow your lead any day. Proud to be a former player, a student to your lessons, and, most of all, I am proud to call you my dad. -- Dru Joyce III, , Fab Five member of the St. Vincent-St. Mary basketball team (1999–2003)

Beyond Championships is what happens when one of the nation’s most influential high school coaches lets us in on his secrets to success. Whether or not you love sports, this book and the life lessons herein are invaluable to both young and old. Sit down, read, enjoy, and learn! -- Harvey Mason Jr., , music/movie producer; producer of More Than a Game

Heartfelt and inspiring, Beyond Championships is a book for people of all ages and both genders. The teachings from my father---Coach Dru---apply not only to sports but to life as well, and that’s what makes this book so good. Through sports, we’re able to see real-life situations and how they tie in both positively and negatively in our lives. -- Cameron Joyce, , assistant coach at Northwood University in Midland, Michigan, and youngest son of Coach Dru
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Zondervan (March 10, 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0310340527
  • ISBN-13: 978-0310340522
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 0.9 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #906,687 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In Beyond Championships, Coach Dru Joyce writes about the lessons he has learned, along with the values he has strived to instill in his players, through basketball.

To Joyce, coaching and life are both about serving others:

“Growing up doesn’t mean getting bigger or getting older. It means coming out of the delusion that we are here just for ourselves, just to have our own needs met. It means realizing we were put on this earth to make a difference. It means stepping further and further away from the misconception that we deserve things and more into the idea that we are here to serve.”

Joyce has been a successful coach in two ways. First, he has had some outstanding players and teams and has won a lot of championships. Second, and more importantly, he has shaped a lot of lives in a positive way.

One of the young men who Joyce coached—LeBron James—wrote this in the book’s forward:

“On the court, the goal will always be to win a title. But off the court, the more important goal remains to shape the lives of young people in the community in the same way that Coach Dru shaped mine. And if I can do that, even just a little bit, then I will have accomplished something that means so much more to me than any championship.”

I both enjoyed and benefitted from this book, and I recommend it to anyone who works with young people in any way.

I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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Such a lovely book from an equally lovely man. I was so happy to read this book by Coach Dru, as it provides a very open account of a life well lived (and sometimes not so well!) and lessons learned along the way. While many readers may pick up this book to learn the secret of his coaching success, they should be advised that Dru's success as a coach is an amazing by-product of the life he has lived, the commitments he has made to his family, his community, and the many children and young men he has mentored through the years. There are probably things in it that other coaches may learn about technically, I don't know, I'm not a coach. The lessons he offers to other coaches and middle aged housewives alike are so much more than a basketball playbook. LeBron James provides the forward for the book, and there is no doubt that LeBron learned a lot from from this thoughtful, gentle man. I don't read sports books. Ever. But having met Coach Dru over the years, and watching some of the kids he's coached become strong, committed, successful men, I knew this would be a fascinating book, and I was not disappointed. In these days of spoiled, self-centered athletes and untethered young people struggling to find a place in the world, it is a restoration of faith in humanity to know that there are people like this in it, and are helping to encourage more of them! Congratulations on a remarkable book, Coach!
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Coaching whether it is a basketball team or a group of scholars is a heavy burden. We have all read the stories about how coaches overstepped their position of trust. We don't hear much about the coaches that go beyond the role of "coach" and make positive changes in their team. In the book, Beyond Championships, Coach Dru Joyce writes about the lessons he has learned, along with the values he has worked to instill in his players, through coaching basketball.

To Joyce, coaching and life are both about serving others:

Growing up doesn’t mean getting bigger or getting older. It means coming out of the delusion that we are here just for ourselves, just to have our own needs met. It means realizing we were put on this earth to make a difference. It means stepping further and further away from the misconception that we deserve things and more into the idea that we are here to serve.

Coach Joyce has had a long and successful career in coaching for a couple of reasons. The list of championships that he has led teams to win is certainly impressive. He clearly knows the sport and how to encourage players to achieve the skills necessary to win. But secondly, and more importantly to me, are the stories his players share about how he has been the most important force in their lives and is the one responsible for helping them to make the needed changes to be successful both on and off the courts.

One of the young men who Joyce coached—LeBron James—wrote this in the book’s forward:

On the court, the goal will always be to win a title. But off the court, the more important goal remains to shape the lives of young people in the community in the same way that Coach Dru shaped mine.
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I’m a member of the Family Christian Bloggers and they provided me with a free copy of Beyond Championships for this review.

In Beyond Champions, Coach Dru II shared ten powerful principles he learned in his life and how they have influenced him as a coach. Some of these included, “The Beauty of Rock Bottom”, “The Power of Words”, “Dare to Dream”, “Take Charge of Your Mind”, and much more. He began the book about how decisions create the environment in which we are living in and they have an impact on the rest of our lives. He worked for a business corporation, ConAgra for 25 years and he was making a good living. He eventually discovered he wanted more and he wanted to follow his true passion, coaching basketball, and working with the young. Leaving his good paying job and changing careers was a tough decision but he realized this choice changed his entire life. He strongly believes in teaching his players the importance of making right decisions and asking themselves where they want to be in the next few years and making sure they plan for their futures.

One of my favorite chapters was, “Use the Game; Don’t Let the Game Use You” because this one he opened up about his son, Dru and how he encouraged his son to press on even when it looks impossible. Dru had a dream of playing basketball but he is only five foot two and he struggled with insecurity. People would constantly criticize him for being short and they thought he wouldn’t be able to effectively play basketball. In the Divison III state championship game, when Dru was a freshman, his coach decided to send Dru out into the game. His team was three points down and Dru shocked the audience when he scored seven three pointers and won the game with 21 points. He now plays professional basketball in Germany.
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