This Issue's Featured Book(s)
Books to be Featured in Later Issues
- ACC Basketball. Peter Bjarkman
- The Elements of Scoring. Raymond Floyd
- An Olympic Journey: LeRoy T. Walker.
- I Can't Accept Not Trying. Michael
- This Game's the Best! George Karl
- Every Shot I Take. Davis Love III
- The Golf Doctor. Bill Mallon
- The Carolina Panthers. Joe Menzer and
- Four Corners. Joe Menzer
- The End is Not the Trophy. David Odom
- The Soul of Michael Jordan and
Company. Gerald Sprayregen
Coach K, Building the Duke Dynasty
Doyel, Gregg. Coach K, Building the Duke Dynasty. The
Story of Mike Krzyzewski and the Winning Tradition at Duke
Addax Publishing Group, Lenexa, KS, 1999.
This is an excellent overview of Coach K's success at Duke University
and his methods to winning. The author of the book says, "Along the
way Krzyzewski has ruffled (UNC's basketball coach Dean) Smith's
plumage, bucked heads with former mentor Bobby Knight of the Indiana
and offered no apologies to anyone." A brief story of Coach K's
years is provided along with some of his experiences at Army. It
is a superb book for Duke fans, but suffers from a lack of
The book is written in chronological fashion and finds few faults with
either the Duke program or Coach K. His stressful time in the early
1990's is discussed as his return to the 1995-96 season. The human
interest side of Coach K is provided along with his relationships with
his players. The writer does an excellent job of detailing Coach
K's relationship with The Chronicle, Duke's student newspaper and
of his excellent basketball records. This book is a must-read for
Duke fans and a must-have book for basketball coaches.
Go For the Goal
Hamm, Mia. Go For the Goal: A Champion's Guide to Winning
in Soccer and Life. Harper Collins, New York, 1999.
Mia Hamm needs no introduction to excellence and to women's soccer,
where she has become a spokesperson and a role model for young female
In this book, she provides some of her philosophy towards soccer and life,
and ties the two together quite well. This inspiring story is filled
with personal anecdotes and excellent instructional photographs.
Mia, who has been U.S. Soccer's player of the year for five consecutive
years, is superb in her philosophy and in her teaching/coaching
The book is a marvelous read, and in it, she introduces herself and her
military family to us. But more important, she tells how she became
a soccer legend. She mentions her older brother Garrett, who died
in 1997, as her major source of inspiration, and cites coach Anson
as the most influential person in her life. This book is a tribute
to Mia the person, Mia the athlete, and Mia the role model. Soccer
coaches, parents, and soccer players will love this book. It should
be in every soccer coach's library.
Why We Win
Packer, Billy and Roland Lazenby. Why We Win: Great
American Coaches Offer Their Strategies for Success in Sports and
Masters Press, Chicago, Illinois, 1999.
Billy Packer interviews sixteen top coaches and explains why and how
they win in sports and in life in this most readable book. The
and answer technique, used throughout the book, has been compiled into
segments by the co-author, Roland Lazenby. The legends of coaching
are listed, including John Wooden (UCLA Basketball), Dean Smith (Univ.
of North Carolina Basketball), Joe Paterno (Penn State University
Mike Krzyzewski (Duke University Basketball), and Bobby Knight (Indiana
University Basketball). Anson Dorrance (UNC Women's Soccer) is
as another outstanding coach. One female coach is included in the
group; Pat Head Summit of Tennessee Women's basketball. The book
reaches the objectives of appealing to the general public and to business
and professional leaders. This reviewer recommends it to the
community and to sports fans at-large. A synopsis of the common
at the end of all of the great coaches might have been helpful, but
it is an excellent book and should be on every coach's library shelf.
See How She Runs
Rapoport, Ron. See How She Runs: Marion Jones and the
Making of a Champion. Algonquin Books, Chapel Hill, NC, 2000.
She is the outstanding female track star in the world today, and this
book documents how Marion Jones got to this most elevated position.
The biography of a most prominent track athlete in the United States and
probably the world is a good read and should be included in every coaches
library and every aspiring female track athlete's library. Her
in high school were only matched by her skills in college, and then in
track she exploded. In 1998, she took part in 37 different
and won 36 of them. Say what you want; the young lady aims
Her stated goal was to win five gold medals at the Sydney Olympics, and
while she did not accomplish this feat, her records speak for
She is a champion, and how she became the champion is well documented in
the book. Likewise, the story of how she met her husband,
is told. Her discussions with Coach Hatchell, the women's basketball
coach at UNC-Chapel Hill, about her competing in basketball or becoming
completely dedicated to track, is covered in detail with Marion seeing
the discussion in a different light than Coach Hatchell. While there
may be discussion about her staying and playing, there is no denying that
Marion Jones is a winner in anything she undertakes to do. Indeed,
many writers are now saying that Marion Jones ranks along with Pele in
soccer, Muhammad Ali in boxing and Michael Jordan in basketball, as a
hero. (If you add Mia Hamm, you will note that three out of five
attended UNC-Chapel Hill).
Her story is an inspiration to others, and her triumphs are victories
for all people. She has set herself in a different league in track
and she belongs in this league by herself. This excellent book is
a good introduction to her beginnings, and this writer predicts that other
books will follow on this most memorable track and field star. Great
book, great read, great inspiration.
Rawlings, Russell. Cyclone Country: The Time, The Town,
The Team. The Wilson Daily Times, Wilson, NC, 2000.
This is a marvelous book about football in small town North Carolina
and small town USA. It's a story of the Fike High School Cyclones
from Wilson, North Carolina and how they won three state championships
in spite of the fact they were a small school in the highest
of schools playing sports. Likewise, it is a story of a man, Henry
Trevathan, a competent coach who instilled discipline in his players and
respect in his fans. In 1967, 1968 and 1969, they won the high school
state championship back-to-back-to-back. This book is real Americana
because it tells about a relationship between a town and a team.
Like all good stories, attention is paid to individuals and credit is
to the players and their achievements. While another team, Richmond
County, has won three straight 4A championships, the Wilson story does
not seek to detract from them but in its own way pays homage to other
teams and their leaders.
The story provides a good background on the status of sports in Wilson
before Coach Trevathan arrived, and then describes in detail some of the
leadership traits which he possessed. Rightfully so, the book
on the players and their contributions, and their relationship to Wilson
and the communities that make up the area from which the students attend
Fike High School. There is nostalgia in the book liberally mixed
with on-field accomplishments of heroes at that moment who became leaders
in later life. The book is a story of dreams and dreams realized;
it is a story of answered prayers made possible by mixing a heavy dose
of inspiration with even greater doses of perspiration. The coach
dreamed and executed his hopes and his players executed his marvelous
Assistant coaches are given credit for the team's success as are the
players and the family. The team had as one of its players, arguably
one of the greatest high school football players in the state of North
Carolina, and perhaps the United States. His name was Carlester
and his football feats and exploits speak for themselves and are recorded
in the record books. Many of North Carolina's great high school
are cited along with their teams, and they too have the qualities in which
legends are made.
A word here about the author, who graduated from Fike High School and
Barton College, and was also a reporter and assistant sports editor on
the Wilson Daily Times. Occasionally he loses objectivity and his
spirit takes over, but he has done a marvelous job of telling a great
about a superb coach, his outstanding teams, and their relationship with
a great city. His knowledge, writing ability and enthusiasm help
make this book a major read. I predict that this book will be the
beginning of other books related to high school sports in North
There are other marvelous sports stories to be told and Cyclone Country
is a great kickoff and complete game in beginning this movement.
Well done coach Trevathan, well done Fike High School, well done Wilson,
and very well done Russell Rawlings.
Note: This reviewer admits up front that he may occasionally
lose his objectivity since he taught and coached at Atlantic Christian,
now Barton College, in Wilson for a year and has a deep love for that
and for the great city of Wilson and its people.
Note: These reviews compiled by Dr. Ron Hyatt. See disclaimer on