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The Education of a Coach Paperback – August 8, 2006
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Pulitzer-winning journalist and author Halberstam focuses on Bill Belichick, one of the NFL's most successful coaches, and the game of football as a team sport with rich detail, exacting research and colorful anecdotes. He reveals what fans of the head coach of the New England Patriots have always known: the roots of Belichick's coaching lie in the essential mentoring by his father, an excellent teacher and college coach who taught his son how to scout players and teams, instructing the author on how to study films of players when he was just nine years old. As an assistant coach working with Bill Parcells's New York Giants in the 1980s, Belichick's "football first" credo was born of precision and discipline. He went on to guide the Patriots to win three Super Bowls in four years (2002, 2004 and 2005). Halberstam brings to his seventh sports book an encyclopedic knowledge of football, a firm grasp on the inner workings of effective coaching, an understanding of the systematic roles of the players and a shrewd psychological analysis of Belichick himself as a man and team leader. His book reminds readers that "residence at the top [is] as much a product of good fortune as it [is] of talent, willpower and planning." (Nov.)
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Bill Belichick is the head coach of the New England Patriots and a second-generation descendant of a determined Croatian immigrant family. The Pats have won three of the last four Super Bowls, an extraordinary accomplishment in an NFL that is structured to prevent extended dominance by one team. Celebrated investigative journalist Halberstam, who likes to do a sports book now and then, was first drawn to Belichick when he was a young linebacker coach with the New York Giants in the mid-eighties. He tells Belichick's story as part of the larger context of his family's acclimation to America during the Depression, and he spends as much time on Belichick's high-school and college years as he does on his career as a professional coach. Belichick learned his trade early on (his father was a football coach, too) and began breaking down opponents' film when he was nine years old. The natural affinity for x's and o's meshed with a passion for the game and, as Halbertsam tells it, produced a brilliant tactician and an effective leader who draws from the styles of other coaches he has encountered in his career, from a my-way-or-the-highway high-school coach to Andover Academy's Steve Sorota, the quintessential player-empowering coach-as-teacher. As he's done in the past, Halberstam takes the classic sports-bio formula--one stellar performer's rise to the pinnacle of American sport--and transforms it into a nuance-rich story of individual triumph and social history. Wes Lukowsky
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The book also talks about his incredible journey from listening to his dad to become one of the greatest coaches of all time. Bill started at a prep school in Andover and then went to Wesleyan College to finish his college life. Although he wasn't head coach at any of these schools, they were building blocks to help achieve his dream. After college, he got an internship with the Baltimore Colts where he would learn from the coaches and take note o what they do. After he became defensive coordinator for bill parcell. Belichick succeeded at defensive coordinator and many people believe he was one of the best defensive coordinators ever. This created another stepping stone for Belichick because after he was offered a job to coach for the Cleveland Browns. This job was not a great as he thought it would be. He coached the Browns from 1991-1995 which he was not successful during those years. He was soon fired and became defensive coordinator again. Finally Belichick was signed to the Patriots and maybe could of been of the best descisions the patriots organization ever made. He currently is still the coach of the Patriots and has won four superbowls.
I would recommend this book to anyone who loves bill Belichick and to anyone who wants to be a professional coach when they are older. This book is very inspiring and brought many facts that I had no idea about. The author did a wonderful job and was one of the best books I have ever read