Synopses & Reviews
SWING YOUR SWORD is the first ever book by one of the most fascinating and successful coaches in sports today. A maverick who took an unlikely path to coaching through law school, Mike Leach talks about his unorthodox approach to coaching and the choices that have brought him success throughout his career. A lover of the game who started creating formations and drawing his own plays as a kid, Leach took his Texas Tech Red Raiders to numerous bowl games, achieving the #2 slot in national rankings and being voted 2008 Coach of the Year before being unceremoniously fired at the end of the 2009 season. The scandalous nature of his dismissal created a media frenzy and began a personal battle between Leach and his accusers that remains unresolved.
SWING YOUR SWORD! is the first book by one of the most fascinating and successful coaches in sports today. A maverick who took an unlikely path to football through law school, Mike Leach never played a snap of organized ball beyond high school and has still emerged as an annual winner with the most potent offense in college football. A lover of the game who started creating formations and drawing his own plays as a kid, Leach was immensely successful, taking his Texas Tech Red Raiders to numerous bowl games, achieving the #2 slot in national rankings, and being voted 2008 Coach of the Year. Despite his school’s medium size, Leach consistently beat the larger state and university programs year in and year out.
In his first ever book, Mike Leach talks about his unorthodox approach to coaching. Whether it is picking personnel, maintaining team spirit, creating a game plan, making play calls in the heat of battle, Leach sees his role as 1) a problem solver, and as 2) someone who must lead the attack. Together with his strong analytical skills, Leach relies on a life philosophy based on resilience, resourcefulness and a strong ability to motivate individuals. Some of this came from a nomadic childhood where he was forced to make friends in multiple cities, dealing with the competitive situation in the classroom, as well as a strong willed mother who taught him the power of communication. It all adds up to an unique approach to life and work that has enabled Leach to reach the very top of his profession. He is a complete original who personifies "thinking outside the box," and his book will reflect that philosophy.
About the Author
After stints at Kentucky and Oklahoma, Mike Leach took over a subpar Texas Tech program that had one of the worst graduation rates in all of major college football. A decade later, Leach had guided Tech to unprecedented on-field success and the highest graduation rate of any public university in major college football. He is now a TV analyst for CBS College Sports and hosts the daily College Football Playbook show on SiriusXM. He is native of Cody, Wyoming, and graduated from Brigham Young University. He earned his J.D. from Pepperdine Law School in 1986. Leach and his wife, Sharon, have four children.
Bruce Feldman is a writer for ESPN. He has written two books, Meat Market: Inside the Smash-Mouth World of College Football Recruiting and Cane Mutiny. His work also has appeared in three editions of the Best American Sports Writing series. He has worked for ESPN since 1994.
Michael Lewis is the author of bestsellers The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine, Liar's Poker, The New New Thing, Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game, The Blind Side: Evolution of a Game, Panic and Home Game: An Accidental Guide to Fatherhood.