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E ten as he walked door to door with his demanding father gathering players for a Pop Warner football team A team meeting that deterred his plans to attend a student rally at Kent State that would later make history His rapid and at times rocky ascent up the assistant coaching ranks His complicated relationship with one of his coaching mentors Bill Belichick The birth of his now famous “Process” and the unlikely man who became its co architect His dramatic and controversial departures from three different high profile football teams The building of championship programs at Louisiana State and AlabamaSaban paints a portrait of a complex and compelling man fundamentally shaped by both his past and the game he loves in a way that no previous book h. I d rather read about college football than watch it at this point

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Saban by Monte Burke

In the tradition of When Pride Still Mattered Paterno and Joe DiMaggio The Hero’s Life the definitive biography of Nick Saban the influential and controversial University of Alabama football coach who not only transformed college football but might be the best ever at winningAs the head coach of the University of Alabama’s football team Nick Saban is perhaps the most influential and controversial man in the sport Unpredictable in his professional loyalties uncompromising in his vision and unyielding in his pursuit of perfection the highest paid coach in college football has changed the face of the game His program building vision has delivered packed stadiums rabid fans legions of detractors countless NFL draft picks and a total of four national. Though I m somewhat embarrassed to admit it Saban is a fascinating figure to me The first hand accounts in this book suggest he s every bit the aloof jerk he s made out to be And yet he consistently gets the most out of his coaches and players often pushing them to grow in ways they never imagined possible So while I wouldn t take my cues from him as a husband father or general human being I do think there are some valuable leadership lessons to be learned from his process oriented approach to developing people

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Championships including three in the last five years Monte Burke’s Saban the first definitive biography of the man who has come to epitomize the game presents this towering figure with a never before seen human depthThough a great deal is known about Nick Saban the coach not much is known about Nick Saban the man Little is written about his early climb through the coaching ranks as an assistant in college and in the NFL or his head coaching stints at Michigan State and Louisiana State and his struggles as a pro coach with the Miami Dolphins Through unprecedented interviews with than 250 friends coworkers rivals former players and others Burke reveals the defining moments of the coach’s life including The beginning of his recruiting career at ag. While I m not a fan of the Alabama Crimson Tide or Nick Saban I love college football and good biographies so this book was right up my alley Monte Burke does far than just give a rundown of Nick Saban s coaching career he lets you see Saban the person with all of his genius drive and many flaws Burke has a theory of what drives Nick Saban a passionate uest for unattainable perfection instilled in him by his father who who could never entirely please This biography doesn t get into the minutia of many specific games but rather gives a bird s eye view of both Saban and his famous process


10 thoughts on “Saban by Monte Burke

  1. says:

    I've never read any books about football football coaches or programs in general The only two I have ever been interested enough in have been Alabama and Auburn and my entire life I've grown up with the history and news around those

  2. says:

    Though I'm somewhat embarrassed to admit it Saban is a fascinating figure to me The first hand accounts in this book suggest he's every bit the aloof jerk he's made out to be And yet he consistently gets the most out of his coaches and players often pushing them to grow in ways they never imagined possible So while I wouldn't take my cues from him as a husband father or general human being I do think there a

  3. says:

    Thanks to the author and publisher for allowing me to read an advanced copy for reviewFirst and foremost I am a Bama fan then a college football fan and then a Saban fan So I was excited that a new book is being released about this legendMy excitement was a little watered down after realizing that the author had no intention of writ

  4. says:

    Geez I hate Bama but you can't dispute this guy's success Great unauthorized biography The man is beast

  5. says:

    Always fascinated by someone who can be successful in different places so you've got to respect Saban's track record As to the book not so muc

  6. says:

    While I'm not a fan of the Alabama Crimson Tide or Nick Saban I love college football and good biographies so this book w

  7. says:

    An excellent read here to start off the football season If you've ever wondered how a coach can be so dominant and make so much money this is an insightful look into the world of football coachingBesides the general view

  8. says:

    This book on Nick Saban's career is insightful but somewhat superficial A reader will find several interesting facts and insider's stories on Coach Saban's career However these stories never go deep and it would need a bit of Saban's opinion and explanation I really enjoyed knowing about his personality and his career before the 90's I think this book is very informative for young coaches and young athletes but that older coaches probabl

  9. says:

    I'd rather read about college football than watch it at this point

  10. says:

    Here's an alternate title Sympathy for the Devil