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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
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.