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Coach's Challenge: Faith, Football, and Filling the Father Gap [Hardcover]

By Mike Gottfried (Author) & Ron Benson (Author)
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Exceptional NCAA coach and ESPN college football analyst Gottfried gives insights into his life on and off the field as he shares his inspiring tale about rising above hard circumstances and achieving great goals.

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Coach Mike Gottfried's professional life took him from college football coach to TV sports analyst. As you read stories of great moments in football, you'll feel like you're in the press box with Coach. Coach's desires to also score big in his personal life led him to found an organization to help fatherless boys. He encourages you to leave a legacy worthy of scoring those extra points in life.

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  • Christian Retailing - 09/03/2007 page 18

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Studio: Howard Books
Pages   266
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.2" Width: 5.84" Height: 1.06"
Weight:   1 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Sep 11, 2007
Publisher   Howard Publishing
ISBN  1416543554  
ISBN13  9781416543558  

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More About Mike Gottfried & Ron Benson

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Mike Gottfried is an ESPN college football analyst for "Saturday Primetime". Gottfried began his sports career as a high school football coach in his early twenties, then eventually moved to the college level where he served as head coach for twelve seasons with Murray State, Cincinnati, Kansas, and Pittsburgh. In 1990, Gottfried left the sidelines with a winning record to take up his new career with ESPN.

But Gottfried's story is not only about football -- it's also about filling the "father gap" for fatherless boys. When he and his two brothers lost their father in 1957, Gottfried longed for someone to fi ll a father's role. The men in his life who consistently stepped up to the plate to take an interest in him were coaches. As his own dreams of coaching became reality, he decided to reach out to other young men who were missing fathers.

In 2000, Gottfried founded the Team Focus program for boys age nine to seventeen whose fathers had died, left home, or were in prison. Today, nearly five hundred boys participate in Team Focus, which provides fatherless boys with leadership skills and guidance, through summer camp programs, ongoing relationships with mentors, and guidance counselors who help keep track of their grades.

Gottfried and his family live in Mobile, Alabama.

Mike Gottfried was born in 1948.

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Reviews - What do customers think about Coach's Challenge: Faith, Football, and Filling the Father Gap?

Man with a passion  Sep 25, 2008
Mike Gottfried grew up with a overriding dream in his life--to coach college football. And that is just what he did, and very successfully, until he was unexpectedly fired. Toward the end of a stint as a college football analyst at ESPN, he discovered an even greater thing than a passion--a purpose. Gottfried started and continues to head an organization that seeks to fill the hole in a boy's spirit that is left when he has no father to fill that hole. Gottfried knows that hole well, it is one he has himself. His father died of a heart attack when he was 11. A number of coaches, a brother and other men help fill that void in his own life, but he knows many boys are not that fortunate. Gottfried makes it plain that he knows what he does is a ministry and the purpose that God put on his life and not something he merely stumbled onto by himself. This is an excellent testament to how God can use a person's hurt to bless someone else, and they both win.
You MUST read this if you grew up without a Dad or know someone who did!  Oct 27, 2007
This book made me laugh and cry and brought a deeper understanding of all the emotions of growing up without a Dad. I'm so thankful for Mike Gottfried and the work of Team Focus! Go Coach!
Very Moving Read  Oct 17, 2007
This book takes you to small town USA into a boy's life who has suddenly lost his father. It shows an overcoming spirit and the ability to reach through his own pain to touch other's lives. I think Mike Gottfried can reach young men world wide with his Father's heart.
mlagace  Oct 5, 2007
The coach tells a very inspiring story and informs us with some very good stats on the power of fathers. This is an excellent read for any father - football fan or not.
Outstanding!!  Sep 18, 2007
Mike Gottfriend speaks from his heart in this inspiring book. I intend to buy more books to share with school personnel and church ministers so they can have insight on what my sons go through on a daily basis. Anyone who wants to learn more on fatherless boys and the struggles they have must read this book. It encourages and motivates me as a mother and I'm grateful that Mike truly understands and cares. My sons love Mike and wish they could find more men like him. They now have a book that they will treasure for a lifetime!

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