The first five books here are my top 8 recommended books for coaches.  They are in order from what I consider to be the best.

The Talent Code  by Daniel Coyle (best book I’ve ever read about practice and practice philosophy)

Think Like A Champion by Mike Shanahan  (best book I’ve ever read about program philosophy)

Competitive Leadership by Brian Billick (one of the best books I’ve ever read on leadership as a coach)

Competitive Leadership: Twelve Principles for Success

The Fighter’s Mind by Sam Sheridan (best book I’ve ever read about the mental side of sport)

21 Laws of Leadership by John Maxwell

A Fighter’s Heart by Sam Sheridan

Do You Love Football by Jon Gruden

The Last Season by Phil Jackson


The following books were recommended by coaches via twitter.  I have some but not all of these.  If you’d like to add to this list, send me a tweet or email!

Eleven Rings by Phil Jackson

Coaching The Pattern Read 4-3 Defense by Coach Keith Albers

Inside Out Coaching by Joe Ehrmann

Seasons of Life by Jeffrey Marx

Lead…for God’s Sake by Todd Gongwer

Start With Why by Simon Sinek

Win Forever by Pete Carroll

The Assembly Line by Milt Tenopir




  1. Joe Daniel

    I’ll throw another one in… The Carolina Way by Dean Smith is a great book on leadership, whether it’s your team or your business.

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  3. Will Brown

    Where are coaches finding the Assembly Line? Seems like it is a pretty expensive book on Amazon

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