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Undertaker's Son: Life Lessons from a Coachby Richard Digg Phelps
Synopses & Reviews
Do it yesterday.
Tomorrow might not come.
Richard “Digger” Phelps, the winningest men’s basketball coach in Notre Dame’s storied athletic history and a renowned basketball analyst for ESPN, tells his game plan for success—not just in sports, but in life. From overcoming his humble background to becoming coach of one of the nation’s most elite sports teams at age 29, Phelps writes of setting goals and striving to reach them. He describes how his Notre Dame team came from behind to end mighty UCLA’s 88-game win streak in 1974. But he goes beyond basketball coaching in relating other events that helped shape his philosophy for the generations in life. As an undertaker’s son, he learned as a child how death can pay an unexpected visit at any time.
Phelps also recounts his efforts to confront the problems of gangs and drugs and kids dropping out of school. He describes his White House work as director of Operation Weed and Seed, a national effort to weed out violence and seed positive programs in the worst of neighborhoods.
Brutally honest, inspirational, and often humorous, Phelps presents a message that will appeal to everyone—not just Notre Dame fans and sports enthusiasts. Readers will be fascinated by his childhood experiences, his philosophy of life, and his relationships with former president George H. W. Bush, Dick Vitale, former vice president Dan Quayle, Bob Knight, Rev. Theodore M. Hesburgh, John Wooden, and his friend Caesar.
Phelpss eminently readable, inspirational, account chronicles how he rose from an unmotivated student to a nationally known figure who attracts attention wherever he goes. Brutally honest, inspirational, and often humorous, his message appeals to anyone seeking an edge in business or life.
Head basketball coach of Notre Dame at age 29, a position he held for more than two decades with a 100 percent graduation rate, an attention-getting figure in President George H. W. Bush’s anti-drug program, part-time ambassador, a nationally adored ESPN commentator, and a possible Presidential candidate, Richard “Digger” Phelps has done it all. Undertaker’s Son is an eminently readable, inspirational, account of how he rose from an unmotivated student in small-town Beacon, New York, to a nationally known figure who attracts attention wherever he goes. One lesson: Do it today, for tomorrow might not come—a hard lesson he learned while apprenticing at his father’s funeral home. In Undertaker’s Son, the irrepressible Phelps gives advice that really matters, whether it’s how to get getting ahead in business, make the right decision, or plan for the future. Here also is Phelps’s plan for a better America in these contentious times. Brutally honest, inspirational and often humorous, Phelps’s message will appeal to anyone seeking an edge in business or life.
This is the perfect gift for anyone who loves a turnaround story.
About the Author
Richard “Digger” Phelps is the winningest men’s basketball coach in Notre Dame’s storied athletic history. He is now a basketball analyst for ESPN. As the White House director of Operation Weed and Seed, Digger led a national effort to weed out violence and seed positive programs in the worst of neighborhoods, in addition to promoting mentoring and after-school programs.
Jack Colwell is a former longtime political columnist for the South Bend (Indiana) Tribune.
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