Recommended Reading

All great coaches or great people in any field are life-long learners. Here are some books, podcasts, and other blogs that we recommend.



The Art of Smart Football: Chris Brown

The Essential Smart Football: Chris Brown

Adapt or Die: Dub Maddox

From Headset to Helmet: Dub Maddox

Cautious Aggression: Cody Alexander

Coaching Philosophy:

Win Forever: Pete Carroll

The Score Takes Care of Itself: Bill Walsh

They Call Me Coach: John Wooden

Culture Defeats Strategy: Randy Jackson

Above the Line: Urban Meyer

The Classroom: Clint Rutledge 

How Good Do You Want to Be: Nick Saban


Good to Great: Jim Collins

Great by Choice: Jim Collins

Built to Last: Jim Collins

How The Mighty Fall: Jim Collins

The Culture Code: Daniel Coyle 

The Talent Code: Daniel Coyle

Extreme Ownership: Jocko Willink 

The Dichotomy of Leadership: Jocko Willink 

Water The Bamboo: Greg Bell

You Win in the Locker Room First: Jon Gordon 

The Education of a Coach: David Halberstam

Psychology/ mentality:

Man’s Search for Meaning: Viktor E.  Frankl

Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion:  Robert B. Cialdini

Mindset: Carol Deweck

Resilience: Eric Greitens

Relentless: From Good to Great to Unstoppable

The Slight Edge: Jeff Olson

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Stephen R. Covey 

Sports Psych

The Champion’s Mind: Jim Afremow 

Mind Gym: Gary Mack

The Inner Game of Tennis: Timothy Gallwey & Pete Caroll 


Coach & Coordinator podcast with Kieth Grabowski

Finding Mastery: Conversations with Michael Gervais

Jocko Podcast with Jocko Willink & Echo Charles


Revisionists History: Malcom Gladwell


Coach Curtis Wideout Solutions

Coach Hoover Football

Match Quarters

Smart Coaching Blog

Smart Football

USA Football Blog