2022 Book Recommendations

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January’s Round Table question is:  If you could recommend one book for other coaches to read in 2022, what book would it be and why?

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January’s Round Table question is:  If you could recommend one book for other coaches to read in 2022, what book would it be and why?

Our Coaching Lineup this month:

·  Erik Buehler – Chatfield (CO) High School

·  Tyler Coston – PGC Basketball

·  Joe Harris – Lake Chelan (WA) High School

·  Liz Kay – Wahconah (MA) High School

·  Peter Lonergan – Basketball Australia

·  Matthew Raidbard – Author of Lead Like a Pro

·  Nate Sanderson – Thrive on Challenge & Mount Vernon (IA) High School

·  Nick Schauf – Monticello (IA) High School

·  Don Showalter – USA Basketball

·  Joe Stasyszyn  – Unleashed Potential

·  John Willkom – Author of Walk On Warrior

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Let’s hear from our coaches about which books they think should definitely make your reading list for 2022.

[00:04:29] Mike Klinzing: Erik Buehler, Chatfield Senior High School, Littleton, Colorado.

[00:04:35] Erik Buehler: Hey, what’s going on Hoop Heads? This is Eric Buehler at Chatfield senior high. And this week we were asked, what book would we recommend for a coach to read in 2022? And my new favorite that I read last year that I think everybody should read is mindset by Carol. Very, very applicable to coaching. It talks a lot about parents.

But if you work with kids, I think you can take a lot from that and you can use it to make yourself a better coach. And there’s lots of lessons that you can take to change your kids’ mindsets on and view the world and view being a basketball player and how to become a better basketball player.

So that’s my recommendation guys. Hope everyone out there is doing good. And talk to you guys later.

[00:05:25] Mike Klinzing: Tyler Coston PGC basketball.

[00:05:31] Tyler Coston: Hey, all Tyler Coston in here with a book recommendation. I suggest everyone immediately read the go giver. The go giver is an essential mindset. It kind of plays on the idea of being a go getter on a cheap. A high achiever. In fact, instead of going out and trying to Sue, you can go and get for yourself in order to achieve success or achieve the dreams.

It really flips the whole concept on his head and says, okay, what are five laws for unbelievable impact where you can go with the mindset to go out and give. And if you were to choose to re I think it will change the way that you approach your coaching change, the way you approach your family, it really change the way I think you will approach your leadership.

Just mind changing concept is to always offer more in value than you ever taken payment. And I think that concept of always expecting it to do more than your share, not your fair share that as little as it takes, but more than your share is an unbelievable mindset to model as a leader. Because when those that follow, you can imitate that.

It’s really unbelievable what your team can accomplish. So that’s it. I’m Tyler here to help go giver, check it out. And I hope it helps you.

[00:06:47] Mike Klinzing: Joe Harris, Lake Chelan High School, Lake Chelan, Washington.

[00:06:54] Joe Harris: Hello Hoop Heads This is Joe Harris from lake Chelan high school with this month’s round table question. If you could recommend one book for other coaches to read in 2022, what book would it be and why?

Honestly could not just come up with one title. So I’m going to give you two of my all time favorites. The first is blind your ponies by Stanley Gordon west. This is a remarkable book that I’ve read, and re-read a number of different times. It’s a story about the human spirit and the underdog basketball team in a small town in Montana.

In blind, your ponies, you’ll read about facing and overcoming setbacks in both sport and life. It gets you thinking with hard work and good friends. Maybe we can change the tide. And then if you just hang in there and fight, we might just win this thing. The other book that I truly recommend is unscripted.

The unpredictable moments that make life extra ordinary by Ernie Johnson. One of the best books I’ve ever read. From the moment you open the cover of unscripted, you’ll find Ernie’s passion for life is, is truly infectious. And his dedication to family and friends is evident throughout each chapter. He talks about struggles, compassion, and so much more than makeup everyday life.

And I believe after reading unscripted, you come away wanting to make the most of what’s been given to you and to cherish. No matter where it takes you, especially when it takes you to places you didn’t expect at all. Unscripted as a book, every parent coach or teachers should really have on their shelf.

Either these books will leave you with people, need to have faith and hope and sometimes athletics can provide both. Appreciate you having me on. Thanks. Thanks so much.

[00:08:41] Mike Klinzing: Liz Kay from Wahconah High School, Dalton, Massachusetts.

[00:08:47] Liz Kay: Hey, Hoop Heads! This is Liz Kay from Wahconah Regional High School in Dalton, Massachusetts. And to answer this month’s round table question on a book, I would recommend in 2022, I’m on the coaching side, I would definitely recommend anything in the what drives, winning a series by Bradley.

They have several books in the series, but they also have workbooks to go along with it. I’ve found that they have a lot of practical information and suggestions on building culture and team building within your program. Great, great. If you’re looking for more of the leisurely sit on the beach stuff, I really as a diehard duke fan, I’m an ACC fan.

I really enjoyed the legends club by John Feinstein. Those are two great ones. Hope you’re all well and happy. New year,

[00:09:36] Mike Klinzing: Peter Lonergan, Director of High Performance Coach Development for Basketball Australia.

[00:09:45] Peter Lonergan: Peter Lonergan from Australia. If. Recommend one book for coaches to read. It certainly be the Tough Stuff like Cody Royal. Cody talks about the challenges of being a head coach. Some of the pitfalls, some of the things that you’ve gotta be aware of as a head coach that you weren’t aware of as an assistant coach.

Really easy rage, great clarity and great things to add to your toolbox. So for me, it would be the tough stuff from Cody Royal.

[00:10:21] Mike Klinzing: Matthew Raidbard, author of Lead like a Pro

[00:10:27] Matthew Raidbard: Hey Hoop Heads’ listeners. This is Matthew Raidbard. Glad to be back here for another hoop heads round table. Happy new year to everybody. Hope everybody had a great holiday season, but glad to be back on the podcast, talking about a book that I would recommend to everyone to read in 2022. It’s a book that I recently finished and really enjoy.

Definitely think everybody should read it. It’s by Chris Bosh, it’s called letters to a young athlete, a really amazingly introspective. Where Chris talks about, you know, what he learned during his playing career that he wishes he could tell himself as a young athlete, what do you learn from other basketball legends like LeBron and Kobe, the great coaches that he played for, like pat Riley and coach K.

You know, really gets in depth on a lot of things, talks about, you know, the power and importance of leadership and being a great teammate, working hard, kind of staying on, on, on your path, not straying, you know, really acknowledging the importance of being who you are valuing yourself, listening to your inner voice, but also taming it, understanding that you are your own ally.

So just a lot of great stuff in the. Really recommend it for everybody. I definitely you know, I, I’m glad that I had the opportunity to read it. I learned a ton from it that I’m going to be taking with me into my own leadership practice and just how I kind of view myself and everything I’m working towards moving forward.

So definitely a valuable read. I encourage everybody listening to go out and, and pick it up, support Chris and everything. He’s doing, doing a lot of awesome stuff as well. If you read more about him Chris Chris Bosch letters to a young athlete definitely recommend it for everybody.

[00:12:15] Mike Klinzing: Nate Sanderson Thrive on Challenge.

[00:12:21] Nate Sanderson: Hey, Mike, this is Nate Sanderson from Thrive on Challenge. The one book that I would recommend that coaches check out in 2022 actually is not a sports book, but as everything to do with coaching. And that is a book by Dr. Bruce Perry and Oprah Winfrey, who wrote a book called what happened to you? And in this book, it’s really the story of how traumatic experiences oftentimes in our childhood and our upbringing can affect the way that we interact with people and interact with.

As we continue to grow even into adulthood. And what’s fascinating about this book and the research behind it is that there are things that get programmed into the brains of our players, that we have absolutely no idea that this wiring has taken place that caused some stress responses, their fight or flight mechanisms to trigger.

In ways that, that we have no real understanding of, because we don’t know where aren’t aware of the trauma that’s happened in their past. And I’ll just give you one example, JP Durban. And I actually use this book for a lot of the content at our transformational coaching retreat in 2021. And we told this story of an elementary school teacher who had a student that refused to read children’s books in the third year.

She could read at grade level, she was proficient. It wasn’t a learning disability or anything of that nature, but for whatever reason, there were certain. That she just refuse to engage in. And so over the course of time, psychologists began to uncover what this young eight year old girl, what it is that was keeping her, what her fears were that were being triggered.

When she was asked to read some of these books in class. And it turns out that when her grandmother died. So when she was three or four years old, she was really close to her grandma and her grandmother had died and her family didn’t really know how to break the news to her. The evening, the day after she was gone, a lot of the family was gathered in the house.

And nobody had told that the young girl what had happened yet. And so one of her aunts grabbed a book that had a story. It was a children’s book and it had a story about a character that dies in the story. And so she sat down with this young girl, she was reading the story to her in which she got to that point in the story where the character died.

She said, that’s what happened to grandma. That’s why she’s not here today. And in that moment, her brain. Immediately starts to see children’s books as a reminder of not necessarily grief, not necessarily even her grandmother, but they see it as a threat because it’s associated with the loss of someone close to them.

And so that was the thing that was keeping her from being able to engage in reading in her third grade grade class, some five years later. But there’s lots of crazy stories that are like this, but you can see how those patterns. Can affect us as coaches when we’re interacting with players and have no idea what kind of traumatic experiences, big or small that they’ve had in their past and what Dr.

Perry and Oprah Winfrey do a great job of in this book is really unpacking. First of all the research. So it’s easier to understand exactly number one, how the brain works and why this has kind of been part of our survival process, but also for educators, for parents and for coaches, there’s a lot of very applicable and practical solutions and strategies that can help you as a coach to be able to number one, be a little bit more aware of our own coaching and perhaps some of our own triggers, but also be able to recognize.

When some of those things happen in the lives of your players and what to do when you had stumble upon some traumatic triggers,

[00:15:55] Mike Klinzing: Nick Schauf, Monticello High School.

[00:16:02] Nick Schauf: Everybody just wanting to give a shout out to Hoop Heads Podcast here really done a great job as over the years, they’ve kind of created some great content here. I enjoy listening to them and fortunate to be a part of this podcast in the past, and really want to share with you a book that I really enjoy.

I think every coach. My name is Nick Schauf, currently principal at Monticello high school in Iowa. Long time, snow valley, basketball clinician youth coach. And now I’m a former 17 year head coach. So moving into administration, I given up the high school head coach and duties, and now just coach a lot of youth teams.

And but the book I would recommend that coaches read is called Lead for God’s sake by Todd. It’s a powerful book that really has changed my life. Not only in coaching, but really in leadership in general. This book is about a coach, actually basketball coach that develops a relationship with Joe.

The janitor. And really learns through a lot of different conversations and life experiences. What truly is important? I think this book talks about purpose and really in my mission and journey through my own life. It’s really changed my purpose. And in that mission that I kind of go through now.

I referenced this book all the time. This book really puts faith and heart at the forefront of leadership and purpose and kind of diving into what you think and what your heart thinks, and maybe what, what God thinks. And I’ve read the book probably around four times now, and each time I find a little different nugget and a little different thought to apply to my own life and how I lead.

So I really highly recommend Lead for God’s sake.

[00:17:46] Mike Klinzing: Don Showalter USA basketball.

[00:17:52] Don Showalter: Hi, Don Showalter from USA basketball. The question for this month is what books would you recommend to coaches? And why? I think one of the first ones I would recommend is a book by J bill is toughness. For me, that was really a good one. Just to just to relate to the fact that toughness is so important and how that, how that transcribes over to your players.

And I think it gives, it gave me some real insight as to the many different facets of what toughness is really like. Of course, J does a great job of, of writing as well. I think the other book I always read I always tried to read it somewhere. Usually in the summer before seized, as they call me coached by John wooden.

This was an excellent book. Just, just to get your frame of mind, right. To get your priorities straight as a coach, just to, just to see and make sure that you have. Things kind of checked off that you need to get done. They call me, coaches is really a informative book, but it’s also one that makes you think my coach, John wooden, and I, I think that’s really one of them, one of the most important books I’ve read every year.

You know, he also has a lot of other books that are really informative and very good, good as well. So any book by John wooden, I would certainly recommend those are the two that I think would be beneficial. For coaches and we’d get a lot of, we get w coach would get a lot of help from them, but also would be very interesting to read.  Thank you!

[00:19:23] Mike Klinzing: Joe Stasyszyn, Unleashed Potential, Carlisle, Pennsylvania

[00:19:30] Joe Stasyszyn: Joe Stasyszyn, Unleashed Potential. This month’s question is if there was one book that you can recommend for other coaches to read. In 2022, what would the book be? I would say the book for me that I would recommend for other coaches to read.

Is why the best are the best by Kevin Eastman. And there are really hard choice or a number of books that I could recommend. But this one is probably at the top of my list for a couple of reasons. First of all coach Eastman is a great friend and mentor of mine. I’ve been working with him and, and been close to him since he was a, the assistant coach.

For the Boston Celtics back in 2008, when they won the world championship with a doc rivers and I’ve worked closely with Kevin and I’ve seen him live the things that are in his book. And he is certainly one that, that, that has been around the best of the best. So another reason that I think this is a great book, because this isn’t just a.

Athletics or basketball. The lessons in this book that coach has picked up from the tremendous experience that he has had and the people that he has been around is something that you could take and use in your everyday life. And I really liked those kinds of books, the best, because. You know, there’s more to, there’s more to to life than just basketball and athletics.

And this is something that you can apply to all aspects of life. So really the, the best part about the book and the, and the part that I really use all the time in my professional and personal life are the 25 power words of champions. That coach goes into great detail in this. And I think if you, if you, from time to time, look at those 25 words and read how coach has applied them in different aspects, not only in his professional life, but personal life.

I think there are, there are definitely things that you can take and use and are very beneficial. For instance, you know, the first one in the list, he talks about truth, you know, and that’s one of the things that as a coach and now as a player development coach and working with players all over the country, in the world, That’s one thing that I live by in terms of my coaching ability, you know, always, we always talk about telling players the truth and being honest with, with people and, you know, one thing that coach always talks about and he mentions in his book, you know, people say that the truth, the truth hurts.

You hear people say that, but it’s not. Coach Eastman has a different take on that. And he says the truth doesn’t hurt. The truth helps. So if you follow that, like by telling people the truth, you’re not, in fact you’re not hurting. But you’re actually helping them in whether it’s a game of basketball or the game of life.

So that’s just, that’s one of those things he talks about, you know, taking the truth, living the truth and telling the truth. And I think, you know, as you develop relations with people that that is something that I try to do the better relationship that you have with someone, the more truthful you can be with them.

So that’s just one of the words he talks to. I think is really, really big. Also talks about circles. And who are the people who you surround yourself with? You know, I think that’s something that he has done through his career in his life that has helped him to succeed is by being around successful people and keeping your circle close and, you know, not allowing, not allowing people who are going to be negative.

And to your circle who have a negative impact on you and your life or your career. So that’s something that I think can be applied to basketball and life also also talks about competing, being able to compete. I think in any aspect of life, whether it’s athletics or career, you have to learn how to compete.

You know, we have this discussion all the time and, you know, coach Eastman goes into detail. In his, in his book about what that looks like. Think sometimes you have to show people what it looks, what competition looks like and what it feels like to compete. I think that’s the only way they truly can figure out you know, how to be competitive in all aspects, whether it’s athletics or in their practice.

And also urgency. I I got this, you know, I use this a lot when I speak for USA basketball, their coach academies, or anywhere I speak. Talk about the sense of urgency. Not only having a sense of urgency on the floor for players and coaches, but having a sense of urgency in life. And that doesn’t mean having a sense of urgency that you’re out of.

I think it has to be a controlled urgency. But having a sense of urgency in everything that you do, you know I just think that’s really, really important that, you know, a lot of people go through life and they never have a sense of urgency. And I think, I don’t think you can be at the top of your profession.

Well, the top of your athletic career, if you don’t have some type of sense of urgency to, to follow through and do the things that that you want to accomplish. And then a couple more things that he talks about of the 25 words would be talent. Okay. Talent. He talks about town a lot, and I use this a lot when working with players, like there are certain things that you, you, it doesn’t require any talent.

Okay. You, you, you can overachieve, if you do the little things that don’t require any basketball ability or same thing in life, just doing, doing your little things and being detailed oriented, and then you combine that with talent and then you really, really have something. So that’s another key word that he uses.

A lot. Another one that, that I would, I would say is accountable. When, when I, when I coach and we do player development, you know, we hold, we hold people accountable. I think a, I talk about this also a lot. And I got this, a lot of this from coach Cheesman, too, that, you know, you have to hold people accountable.

I, I know he talks to. When he went to the LA Clippers as vice president of basketball operations, after he left his socks, he joined doc rivers and he talked about, you know, the first day in his office, he wanted to change not only the culture in the office, but he was interested in holding people accountable UK.

And, and I think that that will take you a long way. Because people and players will do what you allow them to do. But I think for growth, I think for growth in any career or any profession, you got to, you got to hold yourself accountable. And you know, if you’re in a leadership position, you have to hold other people accountable.

So here again, there’s so much in his book. I take with me all the time. I keep this book, I refer back to it all the time. I know, you know, in my meetings with coach Eastman, he’s a learning. And, you know, the thing that’s amazing to me is, you know, he’s, he’s such a, such a great leader and has been around the best of the best.

And he’s always still willing to learn whether it’s from me or someone else. You know, he carries, he carries a book with him with these words in it. And again, he has been, he has a notebook with him all the time. He comes across something from someone that he feels can make him a better person or a better coach.

Or whatever the case may be, he will write it down. And that’s something that I, that I have learned to do a long time ago is to take from the best and refer to those, to those notes. So that’s why I really liked this book. And I think this is so much more than a book about basketball. It’s a book about life why the best or the best by Kevin Eastman.

So I highly recommend this one. Just to use from someone who has experienced being around the best and he has documented what are the things that these people do to make themselves the best. So I highly recommend this book does a great read and it’s something that can be looked at over and over and used over and over again.

Thank you very much.

[00:27:17] Mike Klinzing: John Willkom, author of Walk on Warrior.

[00:27:21] John Willkom: Hey everybody. This is Jon Willkom author, coach and all around just who peds enthusiast, wanting to weigh on this month around table regarding books, I’m gonna throw out three recommendations today. Really around three topics one for, for coaches and about coaching next one centered on just mentality and toughness and a third one from a player’s perspective.

So. First book on a recommend is my life on a napkin by Rick Majoris. Everybody knows the background, I’m a Jaris and kind of what made him unique and kind of the wild personality and just the quirks that made him such an interesting guy. This book is awesome, cause I think there’s a lot of books that are just about basketball.

But X’s and O’s, and maybe about seasons and recaps and kind of that journey. I feel like there’s just so much to this book then encapsulates who Rick was and it just it’s enjoyable. Cause just so authentic to his, his personality and who he was as an innovator. Second book I want to recommend is about mentality.

The book is called where men win glory by Jon Krakauer. I love John Krakauer, his books, you know, he wrote into the wild and a few others, but this book is about pat Tillman and pat Tillman walked away from an NFL career to join the army and was eventually killed in Afghanistan, serving our country.

It’s a phenomenal story. There’s just, there’s so much that story that I didn’t remember understand. And it’s one of those books that I read over the holidays and just couldn’t put down last, but not least want to touch base on players and a book written from a player’s mentality. And I guess shameless plug, but it’s my own book, a walk on warrior.

I wrote the book from a true player’s perspective. I want it to be authentic about, you know, how I saw the game as a college athlete and what it was like to play at that level. And so whether you’re a, you know, a young coach and kind of want to understand things from that side of the table or even just how, how kids think, cause I’m in the majority, that book was written.

When I was in 19, 20 years old I’d recommend checking it out. So those are my top three.

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