Learning About Life and Leadership from Christian Coaches

John Wooden

Wooden, John with Steve Jamison. My Personal Best: Life Lessons from an All-American Journey. New York: McGraw-Hill, 2004.

Wooden, John with Steve Jamison. Wooden: A Lifetime of Observations and Reflections On and Off the Court. Chicago: Contemporary Books, 1997.

Wooden, John and Steve Jamison. Wooden on Leadership. New York: McGraw-Hill, 2005.

Tom Landry

Landry, Tom with Gregg Lewis. Tom Landry: An Autobiography. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1990.

Tom Osborne

Tom Osborne and John E. Roberts. More Than Winning: The Story of Tom Osborne. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 2009.

Osborne, Tom. Faith in the Game: Lessons on Football, Work, and Life. Colorado Springs: WaterBrook Press, 1999.

Osborne, Tom. Beyond the Final Score: There’s More to Life than the Game. Ventura, CA: Regal/Gospel Light, 2009.

Joe Gibbs

Joe Gibbs with Jerry Jenkins. Game Plan for Life: Your Personal Playbook for Success. Carol Stream, IL: Tyndale House, 2009.

Joe Gibbs with Ken Abraham. Racing to Win: Establish Your Game Plan for Success. Sisters, OR: Multnomah Publishers, 2002.

Lou Holtz

Holtz, Lou. Winning Every Day: The Game Plan for Success. New York: HarperBusiness, 1998.

Holtz, Lou. Wins, Losses, and Lessons: An Autobiography. New York: William Morrow/Harper Collins, 2006.

Tony Dungy

Dungy, Tony with Nathan Whitaker. Quiet Strength: The Principles, Practices, & Priorities of a Winning Life. Carol Stream, IL: Tyndale House, 2007.

Dungy, Tony with Nathan Whitaker. Uncommon: Finding Your Path to Significance. Carol Stream, IL: Tyndale House, 2009.

Dungy, Tony with Nathan Whitaker. The Mentor Leader: Secrets to Building People and Teams that Win Consistently. Carol Stream, IL: Tyndale House, 2010.

Bobby Bowden

Bowden, Bobby with Mark Schabach. Called to Coach: Reflections on Life, Faith, and Football. New York: Howard Books, 2010.

Wisdom from Coach Wooden

John Wooden learned important lessons from his father, Joshua Wooden. Below are Joshua Wooden’s Two Sets of Threes and his Seven-Point Creed.

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Two Sets of Threes

  1. Never lie
  2. Never cheat.
  3. Never steal.
  1. Don’t whine.
  2. Don’t complain.
  3. Don’t make excuses.

Seven Point Creed

  1. Be true to yourself.
  2. Help others.
  3. Make each day your masterpiece.
  4. Drink deeply from good books, especially the Bible.
  5. Make friendship a fine art.
  6. Build a shelter against a rainy day.
  7. Pray for guidance, and count and give thanks for your blessings every day.

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