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The Education of A Coach

By David Halberstam

Narrated by Tom Stechschulte

Copyright 2005 The

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Book Review by Brent Herrick

March 22, 2009

Bill Belichick is one of the most successful coaches of the Modern Era of the NFL.

A Strong Work Ethic Prevails

Start with an upbringing in an industrial town and later at the Naval Academy in Annapolis and the requisite love of the game nurtured by his father, Frank Belichick, Bill learns to see the game through the eyes of a coach as a young boy by watching football film with his father who was a college coach.  By the time Bill Belichick entered college himself, he probably already had the 10,000 hours needed to master his craft of analyzing game film to plot strategies and to train players.


If you are learning to master any discipline, the example by Belichick demonstrates that total commitment to your purpose without deviation will almost guarantee success and excellence. This book gives a tremendous insight into the making of a great coach, attributes and commitment to the game needed to compete at the highest levels. 

The story is well written and it has the advantage of being a great story to tell, so the craft of writing about it almost seamlessly disappears while you become immersed in a life story of achievement. The narrator has a voice and way of speaking that makes for easy listening.

 If you are a football enthusiast, or simply into coaching, this book is highly recommended.

Reprinted with permission given by the reviewer: Brent Herrick

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