Coaches Summer Reading List

There are lots of ways for coaches to learn and grow in the summer and especially this summer with most coaches sheltered in place for the foreseeable future. One of the best ways is to through reading so we have put together our summer reading list of 50 books for you to consider. Many of the books are available as audio books and e-books if you prefer either of those formats to actually having the book in your hand. Those who prefer to have the book may be surprised to find how inexpensive they are through Amazon, Ebay and other booksellers. You can shop online and have them delivered to the door quickly. Why not get started today and take another step towards personal growth. Happy reading!

Name of BookAuthor
Relentless: From Good to Great to UnstoppableTim Grover
Measure What Matters: Objective Key ResultsJohn Doerr
Why the Best are the Best: 25 Powerful WordsKevin Eastman
Eleven Rings: The Soul of SuccessPhil Jackson
Toughness: Developing True StrengthJay Bilas
Sum It Up: A Life in PerspectivePat Summit
Getting to Us: How Great Coaches Make Great TeamsSeth Davis
Geno: In Pursuit of PerfectionGeno Auriemma
The Wisdom of Wooden: A century of Family, Faith, and FriendsJohn Wooden
Players First: Coaching from the Inside OutJohn Calipari
The Energy Bus: 10 Rules to Fuel Your Life, Work, and Team with Positive EnergyJon Gordon
Coach Wooden’s Pyramid of Success: Building Blocks for a Better LifeJohn Wooden
Conscious Coaching: the Art & Science of Building Buy-InBrett Bartholomew
The Culture Code: The Secrets of Highly Successful GroupsDaniel Coyle
The Score Takes Care of Itself: My Philosphy of LeadershipBill Walsh
The Power of a Positive Team: Proven Principles and Practices That Make Great Teams GreatJohn Gordon
Attitude: Develop a Winning Mindset On and Off the CourtJay Wright
Quiet Strength: The Principles, Practices, and Priorities of a Winning LifeTony Dungy
The Talent Code: Greatness isn’t Born. It’s Grown. Here’s How.Daniel Coyle
Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates UsDaniel H. Pink
The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal ChangeStephen R. Covey
Good To Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap … and Others Don’tJim Collins
Inside Out Coaching: How Sports Can Transform LivesJoe Ehrmann
Chasing Perfect: The Will to Win In Basketball and LifeBob Hurley
Outliers: The Story of SuccessMalcom Gladwell
The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big DifferenceMalcom Gladwell
Basketball on Paper:Rules and Tools For Performance AnalysisDean Oliver
The Inner Game of Tennis: The Classical Guide to the Mental Side of Peak PerformanceW. Timothy Gallwey
Coaching Your Kids To Be Leaders: The Keys to Unlocking Their PotentialPat Williams
The Rules of Management: A Definitive Code For Managerial SuccessRichard Templar
Beyond Basketball: Coach K’s Keywords For SuccessMike Kryzyewski
The Gold Standard: Building a World Class teamMike Kryzyewski
Leading with the Heart: Coach K’s Successful Strategies for Basketball, Business, and LifeMike Kryzyewski
The Little Red Book of Selling: 12.5 Principles of Sales GreatnessJeffrey Gitomer
Coach: Lessons on the Game of LifeMichael Lewis
Coach: Reflections on People Who Made a DifferenceAndrew Blauner
Brad Stevens: The Inspiring Life and Leadership Lessons of One of Basketball’s Greatest Young  CoachesClayton Geoffreys
Old School Grit: Times May Change But the Rules For Success Never DoDarrin Donnelly
Steve Kerr: The Inspiring Life and Leadership Lessons of One of Basketball’s Greatest CoachesClayton Geoffreys
Lead With Love: How Steve Kerr Turned the Golden State Warriors Into the NBA’s Most Dominant TeamJackson Carter
Win Forever: Live, Work, and Play Like a ChampionPete Carroll
Stuff Good Players Should Know: Intelligent Basketball from A to ZDick DeVenzio
Lead Like Butler: Six Priciples for Values-Based LeadersJudith Cebula
Training Camp: What the Best Do Better Than Everyone ElseJon Gordon
Tribes: We Need You To Lead UsSeth Godin
The Winner Within: A Life Plan For Team PlayersPat Riley
A Passion to Lead: Seven Leadership Secrets for Success in Business, Sports, and LifeJim Calhoun
Wooden on Leadership: How to Create a Winning OrganizationJohn Wooden
The Basketball Encyclopedia of PlaysVonn Read
Five-Star Basketball Coaches’ PlaybookMultiple

We hope you can find something in this blog to help you for this off-season as well as for future seasons. Please feel free to contact us with any questions you may have.

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