About the Book

"I never cared what a boy thought of me while I was coaching him. But I cared a lot what he would think of me later." -- Les Hipple

He was one of the greatest high school coaches the state had ever known.  Les Hipple imposed strict rules on his players and enforced them unsparingly. He turned out championship teams year after year in not just one sport, but four. Although his rules were extreme, the boys in the small Iowa town longed to become "Hipplemen." Townspeople praised the coach and admired his teams for their gritty, disciplined play and their modest behavior.

He made the town famous during the 1940s and 1950s.  Then, when everything began to change, the coach did not.  This is the story of an extraordinary man who unflinchingly lived according to the principles he taught, even when it meant losing a game, a championship, or the job he loved.

Author Dan Kellams, a former Hipple athlete, recalls a vanished time in an American small town.  He offers an admiring but tough-minded look at what happened to a man who imposed stern disciplines on hundreds of boys and turned them into champions.

The book, 380 pages including 13 pages of photos, was published in a revised second publication in the summer of 2011 and is available through major bookseller websites such as Barnes & Noble and Amazon.