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Bench Bosses: The NHL's Coaching Elite Hardcover – October 27, 2015

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“A fascinating book on coaching personalities and their careers.” – Scotty Bowman
Bench Bosses takes you beyond the bench and into the minds of some of hockey’s greatest Generals. A great read for anyone and everyone who loves hockey and watching coaches lose their minds on referees.” – Jay Onrait, Fox Sports Live anchor, and bestselling author of Anchorboy
"If you are looking for a well-researched, comprehensive look at many of the best coaches ever to have coached in the NHL, check out
Bench Bosses: The NHL's Coaching Elite by Matthew DiBiase." Metroland

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MATTHEW DIBIASE is a member of the Society for International Hockey Research and works for the National Archives-Mid Atlantic Region located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where he handles reference requests from businesses, politicians, foreign citizens and special interest groups. He holds a M.A. in American History from Rutgers-Camden University and earned his journalistic chops at writing for his college newspaper. Matthew DiBiase has published numerous op-ed pieces with local newspapers in the South Jersey area and is a regular columnist at Inside Hockey Magazine, where his analyses, retrospectives, and think-pieces about the NHL can be read throughout the regular hockey season.

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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ FENN-M&S (October 27, 2015)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 544 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0771025084
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0771025082
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 1.8 pounds
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 6.25 x 1.68 x 9.25 inches
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Matthew Heavener DiBiase was born in Camden's Cooper Hospital but was raised first in Atco and then in Delran, New Jersey. His father Frank (the child of Italian immigrants who came to America during the early 20th century) was a cement mason who had served both in the Army and the Navy. His mother, Maryann (whose ancestors came to America in the 17th century and settled in North and South Carolina) was a housewife who taught her children to become voracious readers, amassing a library of books ranging from science fiction to military history to sports history to biography.

The youngest of three sons, Matthew spent his K through 12 years in the Delran school system where he was forced to endure constant physical, verbal, and psychological abuse at the hands of his peers and teachers. Despite all this Matthew began writing at the age of 17: mostly poems and song lyrics.

Matthew spent seven years attending college at Rutgers University-Camden College of Arts and Sciences as an undergraduate and graduate student; earning his B.A. in World History in 1986 and his M.A. in American History in 1991. In between Matthew continued to develop as a writer, becoming an op-ed columnist for the college newspaper in 1987 and writing a weekly column which discussed politics, sports, historical think pieces, and human interest stories until 1989.

Matthew was hired by the National Archives and Records Administration in 1991 and has worked at its regional branch located in Northeast Philadelphia since that time.

In 1992 Matthew moved to Bellmawr, New Jersey and spent 20 happy years there before moving to Northeast Philadelphia where he resides today.

Matthew was and remains an avid traveler. He also was a "Jeopardy!" Contestant appearing on the show on March 12, 1992, losing by $1.00 even though he amassed a total of $14,400.

He is also a member of the Highpointers club of America and the Society of International Hockey Researchers.

Matthew is also the host of "The Packaged Tourist" podcast which airs Tuesday nights after 10:30 PM EST on the Anchor Network by Spotify.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Great Book with all sorts of coaching history.
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