What Others are Saying

"A poingant biography of the stern taskmaster. . . The historical background of the town grips the reader." -- Jim Ecker, president, Metro Sports Report.

"More than the story of a man and his accomplishments, [this book is] a thoughtful piece of small town history . . . Kellams speaks with truth and sympathy about his coach." -- Paul Ingram, Praire Lights bookstore.

"Compelling . . . an empathetic recollection of a man and a time that no longer exist. Dan Kellams has written a story both to enjoy and contemplate." -- ForeWord Clarion Reviews.

"In a class with Friday Night Lights." -- Patrick J. Gilpin, Houston attorney.

"Part Hoosiers and part Our Town . . . Marion, Iowa, becomes Hickory, Indiana, or Grover's Corners, New Hampshire . . . Kellams treats Hipple as Hipple probably treated him. Tough and to the point." -- Phil Grose, author of South Carolina on the Brink.

"[Marion athletes] were called 'Hipplemen,' and they still talk in reverent tones about the coach who shaped their lives. -- Iowa History Journal.

"You see the rules, meet the athletes and coaches, read the stories of championship seasons, learn of the coach's demise in the midst of school politics and parental outcries." -- Dave Rasdal, Cedar Rapids (Iowa) Gazette

"The mesmerizing story of Les Hipple and the Marion Indians is a must read for anyone who looked up to, or had a crush on, someone who teaches the correct values, no matter what. Kellams weaves a really good yarn. -- Judy Fremont, president, WVOX radio.

"A fantastic book." -- Scott Unash, program director, KGYM (ESPN) radio.

"A truly marvelous book.  There was only one Les Hipple. He had a positive impact not only on all the Marion community but on education and athletics in all Iowa and beyond." -- Don King, Hall of Fame Basketball Coach

"Sports fans and history lovers will appreciate the fine writing and research." -- Bob Brooks, KMRY Radio, Cedar Rapids.

"The book is amazing." -- Don Roby, president emeritus, Northeast Iowa Community Colleges

"A new and timeless treasure." -- LaNisha Cassell, Marion High School Alumni Director

"Every Marion Indian--past, present and future--should read this book." -- Steve Rucker

"A polished, thorough, intriguing and amazing work." -- Herb Ray

"An incredible read." -- Ed Reed

"I couldn't put it down." -- Tom Curtis

"A truly wonderful book." -- Steve Roth

A Coach's Life has been awarded the Star designation by its publisher, iUniverse, signifying a book of exceptional quality.