“If I would say if anything: pick up a book. Pick up a book and learn more about yourself. There are so many great books that coaches, athletes, leaders have written. I tell you the lost art in our gym is leadership. [As coaches] We’re reading more and more books on leadership for athletes, to try to help get leaders in our gym.Â Look for those things that are going to help you be better.”Â -Deitre Collins-Parker, San Diego State University Head Coach
We asked our 2018 Coach Panel what book(s) they’d give every graduating high school athlete. Here’s the books they’d gift:
- The Energy Bus by Jon GordonÂ “Is a fun, easy read and a great story.” Deitre Collins-Parker
- Quite Strength by Tony DungyÂ “Of course it’s football, but I can parallel it a lot with volleyball… Just a great, great read.” Erin Conley
- Legacy byÂ James KerrÂ “It’s about a rugby team in New Zealand, the All Blacks. Read it.” Andrea Leonard
(Shout out to SoCal 13s Coach Dave Faleumu, who played for the All Blacks!)
- The Mindful Athlete by George MumfordÂ “Great book.” Andrea Leonard
Photo byÂ Emily MarieÂ onÂ Unsplash.