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Product Details

  • Paperback: 162 pages
  • Publisher: Coaches Choice Books; DVD Video edition (March 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 158518876X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1585188765
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 7.1 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #665,515 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Kathleen DeBoer is the commissioner of general services for the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government. Prior to that, she was the senior associate athletics director at the University of Kentucky.

DeBoer has worked in and around athletics all of her life. One of the first women offered a college athletics scholarship at Michigan State University, she went on to play professional basketball in the WBL, one of the first women’s leagues.

Following her playing career, she was a successful collegiate coach at Ferris State University and the University of Kentucky, earning National Coach of the Year honors in 1987.

DeBoer served as an advisor to the USA National Team from 1988 to 1996 and assisted with the 1996 Olympic Volleyball Team. She was a member of the NCAA Management Council and served for 10 years as the chief fund raising officer of the University of Kentucky Athletics Association.

The author of numerous articles and videos on the subjects of gender, competition, and coaching, DeBoer is a sought-after speaker.


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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By M. Georgopulos on August 17, 2005
Format: Paperback
For men coaching women (which is happening frequently these days), this is a must read. After watching a disastrous high school male coaching flop that led to humiliation for most of the girls on the team last year, (and having been a former high school standout athlete coached by a woman), the author hits every legitimate point in the difference of the sexes with regard to competitive sports. I really appreciate her honesty in her earlier years thinking that women could be men, and realizing as she matured that women can be as competitive as men, but they are definitely wired differently in their approaches to it. And it's not just about sports. Her observations about work have also helped me deal with my husband and my boss on a whole new level. Vive la difference!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jim on January 25, 2007
Format: Paperback
A good read for coaches but...

There are so few good life lessons out there for young female athletes trying to establish themselves in the world that when one comes along it is best that the gals can access it.

This book's title portends portentously and so it is likely that most of those who will read it will be coaches, educators and maybe a few parents.

That is the big problem with this book's title.

Kathy's lessons are more valuable than that!

This book should be read by female athletes! ...those female athletes who are trying to establish themselves as athletes and people in our world.

& then if the role models, educators and care givers want to talk it over with their young ladies, so be it.
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I have heard the author speak and was impressed before but this book gives very good insight into the difference between coaching male and female athletes. I recommend it for all coaches.
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