Coach : lessons on the game of life /

by Lewis, Michael (Michael M.).
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: New York : W.W. Norton, c2005Edition: 1st ed.Description: 93 p. : ill. ; 19 cm.ISBN: 0393060918 (hardcover) :.Title notes: $12.95 6-2005 (SPM)Subject(s): Lewis, Michael (Michael M.) -- Childhood and youth | Baseball coaches -- Louisiana -- New Orleans -- Anecdotes | Conduct of life
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"There are teachers with a rare ability to enter a child's mind; it's as if their ability to get there at all gives them the right to stay forever." There was a turning point in Michael Lewis's life, in a baseball game when he was fourteen years old. The irascible and often terrifying Coach Fitz put the ball in his hand with the game on the line and managed to convey such confident trust in Lewis's ability that the boy had no choice but to live up to it. "I didn't have words for it then, but I do now: I am about to show the world, and myself, what I can do." The coach's message was not simply about winning but about self-respect, sacrifice, courage, and endurance. In some ways, and now thirty years later, Lewis still finds himself trying to measure up to what Coach Fitz expected of him.

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"Old school" coaches like Billy Fitzgerald-tough, intractable, obsessed with perfection-are increasingly rare in American life. In Coach, Lewis, author of the best-selling Liar's Poker, tells a brief but highly memorable story about his high school baseball coach, "Coach Fitz." Legendary among his former players, Fitz applied his typically old-school rigor for decades at the Isadore Newman School in New Orleans, once an institution for the children of Jewish parents. When Lewis, an alumnus of the school and one of Fitz's former pupils, begins his narrative, the institution finds itself caught on the horns of a dilemma especially revealing of our times. While one group of alumni raises money to build and name a new field house in honor of Fitz, another group of parents of current players attempts to have the coach fired for his unreconstructed severity toward their sons. According to the author, Fitz is and has always been the kind of teacher who comes along once in a lifetime (if we are fortunate) and transforms forever the lives of those in his charge by demanding nothing less than total sacrifice in the pursuit of success. Recommended for all libraries.-Vince Brewton, Univ. of North Alabama, Florence (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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