Thursday, November 10, 2011

Dan Kellams Explores Coach's Power in New Edition of Popular Biography

WAS COACH HIPPLE BUILDING CHARACTER -- OR BEING CRUEL TO HIS ATHLETES?

"'A Coach's Life' has been selected for inclusion in the iUniverse Star program, which recognizes excellence in writing and commercial success"

South Kent, CT (PRWEB) November 9, 2011

Author Amy Chua set off a firestorm earlier this year with her bestselling book, "Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mom," in which she described the rigid methods she used to demand obedience and accomplishments from her children.

Was she cruel and abusive? Or distributing tough love? Some readers were appalled; others praised her denunciation of lenient parenting.

Exploring these same issues from a different perspective, Dan Kellams delivers "A Coach's Life: Les Hipple and the Marion Indians" (published by iUniverse), the true life story of a tough high school coach in a small town in Iowa.

Hired in 1945 to bring discipline to high school athletes in Marion, Iowa, Les Hipple applied strict rules and enforced them relentlessly. Among them: no drinking or smoking, no cursing, no staying up past 10:00 p.m., no go steady with girls, no driving cars except on Sunday. Hipple turned out championship teams in football, basketball, track and cross-country, and the town celebrated his achievements.

But as time passed and social values shifted, the town grew and the attitudes of parents and school administrators changed--while the coach did not. Caught in the vise of his own principles, Hipple lost his job, fired in 1965 for the same reason he had been hired 20 years earlier--his tough approach to coaching.

Thus, the book tells the story of a man whose deeply held principles lifted him to great success--and then led to his failure and humiliation. But it is also about a vanished time in America and the cultural shifts that changed the country.

"A Coach's Life" has been selected for inclusion in the iUniverse Star program, which recognizes excellence in writing and commercial success."

(Text of a news release issued by iUniverse announcing the availability of the new edition of "A Coach's Life.")