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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Sellers Publishing Inc (February 29, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1416206558
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416206552
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6.9 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #345,447 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I think Mike's book will help readers learn about what goes on before and after the team is actually playing the effort that goes into building confidence and setting standards and expectations. Coaches will learn a lot from this book, and so will athletes. In fact, I think there are lessons here that everybody can use. --From the preface to Coaching Wisdom by Lou Holtz, national championship-winning football coach

I am honored to be included amongst the terrific coaches in Coaching Wisdom....If you want to know how these coaches got the best from their personnel and teams, you'll find out here. --From the Foreword to Coaching Wisdom by Brad Stevens, head coach, men's basketball at Butler University

Although Coaching Wisdom is based on firsthand interviews with coaches and their players, (author Mike)Harrity explained that it is about more than athletics. 'This isn't a book about sports. It's a book for anyone who is a leader - of a family, a school, an organization, or a team.' --Irish Underground

Harrity encouraged folks like former NFL coaches Tony Dungy and Don Shula, Butler University men's basketball coach Brad Stevens, former Notre Dame football coach Lou Holtz, and the late UCLA men's basketball coach John Wooden to share their motivational styles and winning leadership principles. With chapters like 'Creating a Caring Environment' for players, 'Communicating Effectively,' 'Building Team-First Unity,' and 'Motivating and Inspiring Your Team,' Harrity targets leaders of any group--whether on the field or in the boardroom. --Publishers Weekly

About the Author

Mike Harrity earned a Master of Science in Education/Sport Management degree and a Bachelor of Science in Journalism/News Editorial from The University of Kansas (KU). After serving seven years in the athletics department at his alma mater, Harrity is now a Senior Associate Athletics Director at the University of Notre Dame. His career has helped him become well-connected with some of the top athletes, coaches and administrators in the world of sports. While a journalism major at KU, Harrity wrote national award-winning articles on college and professional athletics and was a recipient of the prestigious NCAA Foundation Sports Journalism Scholarship. His many stories have been published in The Kansas City Star and the San Jose Mercury News and carried by the Associated Press. Harrity lives in South Bend, IN with his wife, Dr. Megan Brent Harrity, who formerly served as the KU athletic department's Counseling and Sport Psychologist, and their daughter, Grace Estelle.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Justin M Bauman on February 26, 2012
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Mike Harrity did an unbelievable job digging up items that people in everyday life can take from this book. This is not your normal leadership/coaching book. This is a book that brings the small items of being successful to life with real in depth stories from successful people. It shows the effort, sacrifice and time given to build a great foundation for life, your company or team. So many of the items Mike touches on are often forgot in today's world. If you want to be successful and have a great understanding of what it takes, this is a must read!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Brad on April 10, 2012
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As a former Division 1 athlete I experienced a myriad of coaching styles during my college career. I think what Mike has done here is to give a different view of how to achieve success in any position of leadership that differs from the Bear Bryant way of tearing people down. This isn't a book about Xs and Os on the court or field. Instead it's about empowering your athletes or subordinates to achieve at their full potential. The best game plan won't matter without execution. I found this book to be not only informative but also inspiring. I've bought copies for many friends and will continue to recommend it based on the high quality interviews and journalistic coverage.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Paul Buyer on April 3, 2012
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I really enjoyed Coaching Wisdom by Mike Harrity. It is a beautiful book and very well-written, jam packed with incredible inspiration and information on leadership and life. The author does an excellent job blending his own personal insights and experience while paying homage to the great coaches in the book such as John Wooden, Brad Stevens, Lou Holtz, Tom Osborne, and many others. I especially enjoyed the information on Brad Stevens since that has been harder to find in other coaching leadership books.

Each coach is featured throughout the book in several "Profiles," exceptional tributes to the principles and values the coaches live by and teach their players. I found myself highlighting these like crazy and have already shared Brad Stevens' "The Culture of We" with my students.

There are many books that have been written featuring a compilation of coaches, but Harrity's book is among the best. If you love sports and are passionate about leadership and want to find out exactly how and why these coaches are the best of the best, pick up Coaching Wisdom.

Dr. Paul Buyer, Professor of Music, Clemson University, author of Working Toward Excellence
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Betsy Boo on March 22, 2012
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What a great, thoughtful read. Well-written, with a look into the minds of some of the best coaches around. I highly recommend it for any leader in your life.
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By Matt on May 16, 2012
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Mike does a fantastic job of introducing the reader to these extraordinarily accomplished figures and showing us all what it takes to reach the heights -- not just of their profession, but of any profession. The lessons, tactics and knowledge gleaned from some of sports' biggest leaders can be translated to all walks of life, something Mike does a great job of illustrating through his writing and reporting. I recommend this to all sports fans and then some, as there are lessons for leaders in jobs both big and small.
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