The Other Classroom
SKU: 978-1538118672

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High school sports programs are not simply one-dimensional after-school recreational diversions from the rigors of academic life. In The Other Classroom: The Essential Importance of High School Athletics, Michael J. Coffino showcases how high school athletics have a positive influence on the student athletes beyond just the sports experience itself. He argues that the lessons learned, tools acquired, and values instilled have an enduring impact that prepare young athletes for the many challenges they will face in life. Coffino reveals how a well-considered, value-based athletic program effectively works alongside the standard educational curriculum to teach athletes a wide range of beneficial behaviors—including self-advocacy, goal-setting, leadership, conflict resolution, and more.
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Odds-On Basketball Coaching
SKU: 978-1538101971

In basketball, as in most sports, a large part of a coach’s responsibility is to prepare his or her team for games. Yet, little time in practice is typically devoted to readying the players and coaches for specific game situations. For instance, what are the various ways to use dead ball moments to maximum advantage? What adjustments should be made to launch a comeback in particular circumstances? When is it favorable to purposefully miss a foul shot?
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Play It Forward
SKU: 978-1572841901

Play It Forward details the remarkable journey of Joan Barnes, founder and former CEO of Gymboree, and how she learned to align her inner life with outward success.

Forty years ago, Joan Barnes founded a play center in a church basement with $3,000. Determined to enable women to achieve personal and entrepreneurial success, Barnes led Gymboree to become an innovative leader in a new industry: activity-based early childhood development. The company eventually became a global billion-dollar brand.
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My Life: A Story of Resilience and Love A Memoir

My Life is a memoir that celebrates the beauty of how much self-expression resides in each of us. It is an uncommon saga of unique depth that tracks more than eight transformative decades, beginning with birth circumstances that dare the imagination and that became a personal marker for Tom Delebo, now 86. From childhood, Tom put his dreams into action with fearless individualism, expressing himself in one endeavor after another, a blueprint for how to live an engaged life. He would learn, too, that fueling his relentless drive was a profound quest for personal connection and love. It has been quite the ride.

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Prepping For Success: The Ultimate Handbook for the Beginner High School Basketball Coach

This book provides the building blocks and tools new and aspiring high school basketball coaches need to run their basketball programs successfully and become effective coaches with long-term impact. Easy to follow, it is succinct and comprehensive at the same time, an invaluable source for the young coach.

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Measuring Coaching Success

by Michael J. Coffino on Sep 17, 2018
Since retiring as a high school coach after 24 years, I muse from time to time about how to measure my coaching performance. The bottom line question is: was I successful? People consistently tell me I was and maybe, from their vantage point, that is so. But I am drawn to test that conclusion through a different lens.
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High School Athletics and the Job Market Advantage

by Michael J. Coffino on Aug 30, 2018

When I set out to write The Other Classroom: The Essential Importance of High School Athletics, I was focused on how the high school athletic experience contributes to personal development in various ways. I had in mind skills like self-advocacy, conquering comfort zones and embracing team roles and qualities like enhanced self-esteem, character development and citizenship identity. But I learned something else that, while not surprising, I hadn’t anticipated.

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Call to Arms

by Michael J. Coffino on Aug 15, 2018

My next book, The Other Classroom: The Essential Importance of High School Athletics (Rowman & Littlefield), gets released today.

On a personal level, pondering the task of writing book first required a deep look in the mirror to see the ways I and my coaching staffs over the years could have better served our student-athletes, not as athletes, but as people. That led me to want to provoke dialogue to build a renewed and better appreciation for the importance of high school sports as an essential educational tool. The more I dug into the subject matter, the more people I interviewed, and the more material I read and research I conducted, the more I discovered a wealth of educational nuggets buried beneath the rigors of the athletic battle field.

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Squeaky Wheels and High School Athletics

by Michael J. Coffino on Jul 30, 2018
When I was a young hoopster in the Bronx, I read a comment by legendary Oscar Robertson that stayed with me forever. A reporter asked the Big O why he was always chatting up officials. His pithy response was an American proverb: “The squeaky wheel gets the grease.” It would take me some time, but I eventually learned how essential those words are in terms of mentoring youth as a coach and living a productive life . . .
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The Sacred Trust of High School Athletics

by Michael J. Coffino on Jul 16, 2018
This is the first in a series of blog posts about the many challenges and opportunities in high school athletics, covered extensively in my forthcoming book, The Other Classroom: The Essential Importance of High School Athletics (August 15, Rowman & Littlefield). Writing The Other Classroom opened my eyes wide to what the late Coach John Wooden meant when he uttered these sage words: “It’s what you learn after you know it all that counts.”
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