This is a list of my favorite books. I highly recommend adding them to your coaching library.

Coaching Team Basketball
by Tom Crean and Ralph Pim
One of the best basketball books I have read when it comes to the complete development of your players.

Quiet Strength
by Tony Dungy with Whitaker
This captures the high character leadership of one of my favorites.

The Mentor Leader
by Tony Dungy with Whitaker
Coach Dungy lends his advice on one of the most important skills we can provide as leaders.

by Carol Dweck
Describes what separates the best from the rest.

Inside Out Coaching
by Joe Ehrmann
Joe’s message about transformational coaching should be heard by every coach.

The Energy Bus
by Jon Gordon
Jon is a terrific motivator and his unique writing style is great for leadership.

Coaching Wisdom
by Mike Harrity
Summarizes the leadership principles of a handful of coaches from various sports

Winning Every Day
by Lou Holtz
Not many get me motivated any better than Lou Holtz.

Championship Team Building
by Jeff Janssen
Jeff was one of the first people’s work I used when I began studying leadership development for athletes. His work is tremendous.

Developing Relentless Competitors
by Jeff Janssen
Okay, okay, I like it especially because I made a contribution to it.

The Team Captain’s Leadership Manual
by Jeff Janssen
This resource is what I use to mentor my team leaders.

The Gold Standard: Building a World-Class Team
by Mike Krzyzewski with Spatola
A sensational account of Mike Krzyzewski’s leadership in building the gold-medal winning 2008 US Olympic Basketball team.

Developing the Leaders Around You
by John Maxwell
A tremendous resource to help develop leaders in your program

Everyone Communicates, Few Connect
by John Maxwell
A great resource on how to communicate effectively from one of the leadership masters

The Chosen Ones: The Team that Beat LeBron
by Tony Meale
I love this one because it’s about one of my all-time favorite teams and a program near and dear to my heart.

How Lucky You Can Be: The Story of Coach Don Meyer
by Buster Olney
The inspirational tale of the ultimate coaches’ coach

by Daniel Pink
Gives great insight on what motivates people.

Bo’s Lasting Lessons
by Bo Schembechler
This is one of the best I have come across on how to develop your program.

The Score Takes Care of Itself: My Philosophy of Leadership
by Bill Walsh with Jamison and Walsh
One of my favorite reads on leading a team from one of football’s best

Coach Wooden’s Pyramid of Success
by John Wooden and Jay Carty
The leadership philosophy of the most successful men’s college basketball coach of all-time.


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