Coach-to-Coach Recommendations

Books for Coaches


Chop Wood Carry Water: How to Fall in Love with the Process of Becoming Great, Joshua Medcalf

Guided by “Akira-sensei,” John comes to realize the greatest adversity on his journey will be the challenge of defeating the man in the mirror. This powerful story of one boy’s journey to achieve his life long goal of becoming a samurai warrior, brings the Train to be Clutch curriculum to life in a powerful and memorable way.

Recommended by: Jane Wells, John Hopkins University


Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead, Brené Brown

From thought leader Brené Brown, a transformative new vision for the way we lead, love, work, parent, and educate that teaches us the power of vulnerability.

Recommended by: Shelly Behrens, Millersville University


The Culture Code, Daniel Coyle

In The Culture Code, Daniel Coyle goes inside some of the world’s most successful organizations—including the U.S. Navy’s SEAL Team Six, IDEO, and the San Antonio Spurs—and reveals what makes them tick.

Recommended by: Carolyn King-Robitaille, Saint Anselm College

Books for Teams


Imperfect: An Improbable Life, Jim Abbott, Tim Brown

In this honest and insightful book, Jim Abbott reveals the challenges he faced in becoming an elite pitcher, the insecurities he dealt with in a life spent as the different one, and the intense emotion generated by his encounters with disabled children from around the country. 

Recommended by: Becca Main, Quinnipiac University


The Captain Class: A New Theory of Leadership, Sam Walker

The seventeen most dominant teams in sports history had one thing in common: Each employed the same type of captain — a singular leader with an unconventional set of skills and tendencies. Drawing on original interviews with athletes, general managers, coaches, and team-building experts, Sam Walker identifies the seven core qualities of the Captain Class — from extreme doggedness and emotional control to tactical aggression and the courage to stand apart.

Recommended by: Jane Wells, Johns Hopkins University


The Mindful Athlete: Secrets to Pure Performance, George Mumford

With a charismatic teaching style that combines techniques of engaged mindfulness with lessons from popular culture icons such as Yoda, Indiana Jones, and Bruce Lee, Mumford tells illuminating stories about his larger than life clients. His writing is down-to-earth and easy to understand and apply.

Recommended by: Sally Starr, Boston University



Finding Mastery

Host and high performance psychologist, Dr. Michael Gervais, interviews people excelling in the most hostile environments to discover the mental skills used to push the boundaries.

Each episode features inspiring stories from the world’s best athletes, brilliant business minds, and the musicians and artists changing our perspective of what’s possible. Thoughtful, spontaneous, and engaging, Dr. Michael Gervais provides insights to help listeners live connected to their potential and pursue their very best.

Recommended by: Jarred Martin, Ohio State University

Shows and Movies


All or Nothing: Manchester City, on Amazon Prime

In this ground-breaking docu-series, follow Manchester City behind the scenes throughout their Premier League winning, record-breaking ‘17-18 season. Get an exclusive look into one of the best global sports clubs, including never-before-seen dressing room footage with legendary coach Pep Guardiola, and delve into the players’ lives off and on the pitch.

Recommended by: Steve Jennings, American University

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