"BEYOND WINNING: MEMOIR OF A WOMEN'S SOCCER COACH by S. S. Hanna has become one of my favourite books ever. . . I loved the book because it's not about the superstars and how they become superheroes by acquiring super powers: it's about how and what sports can contribute to normal people's lives. To me, that's what sports is all about."
Dağhan Irak, September 18, 2011, Women's Soccer United.com
"I picked up the Hanna manuscript two nights ago, thinking that I would get a small start on it, but I simply could not put it down. The book has plenty of charm, wit, and humor while making a significant contribution to a much neglected but potentially vital field: the history of women's team sports. In the telling of this compelling story, he has offered important commentary on both the reform of college athletics and the struggle for gender equity."
Dr. Ken Bain, Northwestern University. (From a reader's report to the University Press of Colorado cited on the book's dust jacket.)
"Hanna maintained a journal while coaching and included detailed conversations and recollections of the season in the book. The reader feels like a passenger in the van as the team travels to road games, eavesdropping on dialogues about
everything from the afternoon's opponents to the music on the radio."
Ms. Lois Thomson in a two-page feature article (with pictures of the team) that appears in the Sunday magazine supplement of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review,
March 23, 1997, pages 6-7.
"I just read BEYOND WINNING and enjoyed it very much; you have an exquisite talent for weaving a message with humor. Once I started, I could not put the book down. Your views on college sports are provocative."
Dr. C. Eugene Walker, Professor in the College of Medicine, University of Oklahoma. (The quote comes from an email to the author dated July 10, 1997.)
"Hanna's writing is comic . . . "
Jeremy Cramer, Shadows and Stadium Lights,
a Master of Arts thesis submitted in 2010 to the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, page 24.
"A cute memoir... Hanna, an English teacher and comic writer, spices the chronicle with literary references..." -- Reference and Research Book News/ July 1997
"BEYOND WINNING is the story of Dr. S. S. Hanna, an English professor by trade, and his successful attempt to start a women's soccer program from scratch at tiny Geneva College in Pennsylvania. [Hanna's]... story is one that we need to hear. It is the tale of a professor and students whose dedication to amateur athletics was so intense that they played on despite the lack of proper facilities and equipment, little funding, and almost no initial institutional support. It is, in short, a book that gives one a glimpse of college coaches, professors, and athletes acting the way they would if college sports were truly about education, personal growth, and amateur ideals." -- Sports: A Reference Guide and Critical Commentary, 1980-1999. Greenwood Press, Westport, Connecticut. London
"Beyond Winning is very rewarding reading for anyone interested in college athletics and a rousing good memoir..." -- Midwest Book Review Feb 1997
"Hanna advocates women's sports..." "The book lends insight into the struggle to establish a new team..." -- Choice, June 1997
From the Author
THANKS TO THE UNIVERSITY PRESS OF COLORADO
One day, shortly after I had finished work on the manuscript of BEYOND WINNING, our family (along with Muff, our poodle) climbed into our Dodge minivan and went on a picnic to celebrate the occasion.
We drove to a park located near a river. The four kids frolicked in the park, and my wife, Muff, and I hiked a nearby nature trail. At dinnertime, we gathered at the river, selected a picnic spot, unloaded the food from the van, and began to prepare the table.
While we ate, my wife (aware of my struggles as a writer) unfurled a disturbing assurance: an unsolicited assurance, I might add. "Your chances," she said, "of finding a publisher for the soccer manuscript don't have a prayer."
"You're probably right," I said and reached for a carrot. "That's sad but true."
She accentuated the sadness by tapping an equestrian analogy when she added: "A horse jockey is likely to play center in the NBA or tackle in the NFL before you find a publisher."
When I had worked on the manuscript, I suspected that to be the case, but I went ahead and completed the eighty-two-thousand-word narrative. The more I thought about the manuscript the more I realized that no commercial publisher or university press was going to be interested in an unknown author, writing about a little-known college, having a losing season in a minor sport played by women.
Fortunately, my wife and I were wrong. The in-house editors, the outside readers, and the faculty committee of the University Press of Colorado recommended publication, leading the press to issue a contract on the book. It was published in hardback and titled BEYOND WINNING: MEMOIR OF A WOMEN'S SOCCER COACH. The press sold all the copies printed, and the book is now out of print.
The press granted me the reprint rights (and other rights) to the book, and I registered the book in my name with the Copyright Office.