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What are Bret and Bo reading?

What are Bret and Bo reading?

Justin Doherty (Assistant AD for Communications)

The final part of our three-part mini-series on what the folks here in UW Athletics are reading this summer features 14 more entries, including Coaches Bielema and Ryan. Enjoy!

Dick Arndt, Welcome Center

“Wisdom of Our Fathers” by Tim Russert
(A collection of letters he received from sons and daughters after writing about his father in “Big Russ and Me”)

“The Downhill Lie: A hacker's return to a ruinous sport” by Carl Hiaasen
(A humorous look at golf following a 32-year layoff)

“Beautiful Boy” by David Sheff
(The very painful journey of a father through his son's addiction)

Nancy Kreklow, Office Manager, Fetzer Center (McClain)

"A Child Called 'It' " by Dave Pelzer
(A captivating true story testing the willpower of a child)

"A Man Named Dave" by Dave Pelzer
(The story continues along with the many challenges he faces into adulthood)

"Cuba" by Stephen Coonts
(A power struggle with suspense throughout)

Joe Robinson, Director of Men’s Basketball Operations

"Hold Tight" by Harlan Coben

"Double Cross" by James Patterson
(the most recent in a long mystery series by Patterson who is a big Wisconsin athletics fan and makes several Badgers references in a lot of his books)

Sheli Kuhl, Director of Championships and Special Projects

“Standing Tall:  A Memoir of Tragedy & Triumph” by C. Vivian Stringer
(One of the best books that I've ever read. It only took me two days to read it because I couldn't put it down!)

“The Last Lecture” by Randy Pausch

Oties Epps, Assistant Women’s Basketball Coach

"Beyond Basketball" by Mike Krzyzewski
(inspiring book for all coaches)

"How Good Do We Have to Be" by Harold Kushner
(an understanding of guilt and forgiveness)

"When Bad Things Happen to Good People" by Harold Kushner
(an attempt to understand and help individuals dealing with grief)

Todd Oehrlein, Head Women’s Golf Coach

“The Last Lecture” by Randy Pausch

“Season of Life” by Jeffrey Marx
(Excellent - already looking forward to reading it again)

“Quiet Strength” by Tony Dungy

Patrick Herb, Athletic Communications

"The Blind Side" by Michael Lewis
(The author of “Moneyball” sets out to write the evolution of the left tackle, but finds a story of human triumph and sociological inequities)

"A Long Way Gone" by Ishmael Baeh
(The war in Sierra Leone described through the eyes of a child soldier)

"How Soccer Explains The World" by Franklin Foer
(This book gives a window into soccer culture all over the globe and how it impacts societies everywhere)

Marija Pientka, Associate Athletic Director

"March" by Geraldine Brooks
(Winner of the 2006 Pulitizer Prize for Fiction … told from the perspective of the absent father, March, from Louisa May Alcott’s classic Little Women, who leaves his family behind to aid the Union cause in the Civil War. Great piece of historical fiction)

"Three Cups of Tea" by  Chris Mortenson with David Oliver Relin
(Autobiographical account about Greg Mortenson, a homeless mountaineer who, following a 1993 climb of Pakistan's treacherous K2, was inspired by a chance encounter with mountain villagers and promised to build them a school. Over the next decade he built 55 schools, especially for girls, that offer a balanced education in one of the most isolated and dangerous regions on earth. Really inspiring)

"Five Dysfunctions of a Team" by Patrick Lencioni
(Analysis on what makes a team work effectively; identifies common issues and gives good suggestions on how to address/solve them)

Brian Bott, Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach

“Anatomy Trains” by Thomas Meyers
(Book on Myofacial Meridians … Basically we as a people always look at an injury and treat the injury and forget about the cause. This book dives into what may cause many injuries in sport and how the body works as a unit)

“Ultimate Back Fitness and Performance, 2nd Edition” by Stuart McGill
(The obvious, low back injuries are so prevalent in sports and Dr. McGill is the leading authority on core stabilization and prevention)

“Magnificent Mobility” by Eric Cressey and Mike Robertson
“I watch so many kids (my kids in particular) put their bodies in these awkward positions and wonder where and why college athletes lose that mobility. Plus I am a movement hound and believe movement is the key to sports. Efficiency breeds effectiveness)

Paul Capobianco, Athletic Communications

"Jitterbug Perfume" by Tom Robbins
(Great novel about the search for immortality, and beets)

"Wilderness and the American Mind" by Roderick Nash
(Defining wilderness and its history in America)

"The Year of Living Biblically: One Man's Humble Quest to Follow the Bible as Literally as Possible" by A. J. Jacobs
(An agnostic tries to follow the Bible, literally)

Justin Doherty, Athletic Communications

“Einstein: His Life and Universe” by Walter Isaacson
(I still can’t explain the theory of relativity, but an interesting biography nonetheless. The author had access to all kinds of original correspondence between Einstein and his family and friends)

“The Art of Power” by Thich Nhat Hanh
(Buddhist master re-defines power)

Bret Bielema, Head Football Coach

“The Measure of a Man: A Spiritual Autobiography” by Sidney Poitier

Bo Ryan, Head Men’s Basketball Coach

“Rome 1960: The Olympics that Changed the World” by David Maraniss
(I'm reading it for the second time because I liked it so much the first time)

“The 90 Second Lawyer” by Robert Irwin and David L. Ganz
(If you have any questions, this book has all the answers)

Shawn Eichorst, Executive Senior Associate Athletic Director

"Good to Great" by Jim Collins
(This is third time I’ve read the book. On my annual summer reading list)

"Five Dysfunctions of a Team" by Patrick Lencioni

Brian Mason, Athletic Communications

"The Secret Man" by Bob Woodward
(An insiders' reflections on the Watergate era)

"The Best American Sports Writing 2007" edited by David Maraniss
(A collection of great sports stories from on and off the field)
 
"I Am America (And So Can You!)" by Stephen Colbert
(Everyone can benefit from a little truthiness)

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UW Athletics Summer Reading, Part 2


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