Heart of A Lion- The Life, Death And Legacy Of Hank Gathers
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Heart of A Lion- The Life, Death And Legacy Of Hank Gathers [Hardcover]

Kyle Keiderling
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Editorial Reviews


Hank Gathers was an extraordinary player. He was a young man who dared to dream in a place where dreams go to die. Hank's dream ended tragically but his teammates carried on in his honor. Together they provided one of the greatest stories in NCAA tournament history. Hank has been gone 20 years, but the dream is alive. —Jim Nantz, CBS Sports.

Keiderling has written an elegant and stirring account of the life of a young man most recalled for his passing. This masterful, thoroughly researched account of Hank Gathers' short life is a long overdue tribute to an extraordinary individual. You may think you know the ending—but you don't. A great read. —David Diles, former ABC Sports broadcaster.

This is a real Philadelphia story about a young man who used the game to help his family while setting an extraordinary example for all to witness. Hank's life was a model for student athletes to emulate; he eschewed drugs, honored his family and university and earned his diploma. Hank made every player around him better and he enriched the lives of all those he touched. —Bill Raftery, ESPN college basketball analyst.

Read Heart of a Lion. Kyle Keiderling has left no stone unturned to tell the magical tale of Loyola Marymount's breathtaking rise through the ranks of men's college basketball in the late 1980s, and the tragedy that awaited its superstar Hank Gathers. This is not just another basketball book. Be good to yourself, and buy it. —Bob Kuska, author of Cinderella Ball: A Look Inside Small College Basketball in West Virginia.

Kyle Keiderling's book is a great read. He has profiled Hank Gathers as the real person he was: great sense of humor, dedicated to basketball and his family, and driven to succeed. Kyle doesn't make Hank bigger than he really was. Hank was that big a person in physicality and mentality.—Barry Zepel, former LMU Sports Information Director.

"an inspiring story"

-          Wendell Maxey, USA TODAY


"your heart aches..."

-          Ron Kantowski, The Las Vegas Review- Journal


"A terrific book..."

-          Stan Hochman, The Philadelphia Daily News



-          Tom Hoffarth, The Los Angeles Daily News


"... took me right down on the court...incredibly well done.."

-          Chris Ello, Sports Xtra, San Diego


"an extraordinary story…"

-          Pat Williams, WORL, Orlando, Florida


"riveting account of an unforgettable moment in sports history."

-          Chris Plank, The Big Show, Tulsa Oklahoma


"a gripping page turner, you can't put it down..."

-          The Zone, KPUG, Bellingham,Washington


"a sensational book..."

-          Brian Berger, Sports Business Radio, Sirius Satellite Radio


 “a required read… magnificently portrayed…”

-          William S. Husak, Athletic Director, LMU

About the Author

Kyle Keiderling is a free lance writer and the author of the critically acclaimed, Shooting Star: The Bevo Francis Story.
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