Dare To Dream: How James Madison University Became Coed And Shocked The Basketball World by Lou CampanelliDare To Dream: How James Madison University Became Coed And Shocked The Basketball World by Lou Campanelli

Dare To Dream: How James Madison University Became Coed And Shocked The Basketball World

byLou CampanelliAs told byDave Newhouse

Paperback | November 30, 2015

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In 1971, Madison College was a small-town teachers college with around 3,000 students, most of them female. To elevate the college’s visibility and to appeal immediately to males, new president Dr. Ronald E. Carrier sought to build a solid men’s collegiate athletic program. He hired a young, energetic, ambitious, and fast-talking yet untested basketball coach from New Jersey--Lou Campanelli.

Dare to Dream, a collaboration between Campanelli and veteran sports writer Dave Newhouse, tells the amazing Hoosiers-like story of how Campanelli, within ten years, created a basketball program out of almost nothing, building it into a powerhouse. Coach Lou’s teams were known for their innovative flex offense, relentless half-court man-to-man defense, and a never-give-up attitude that led not only to conference, state, and division championships but also to historic and nationally significant upsets in the NCAA tournament against Ohio State, West Virginia, and Georgetown--as well as a down-to-the-wire two-point loss to the University of North Carolina national championship team whose roster included future NBA stars Michael Jordan, Sam Perkins, and James Worthy.

In this fast-paced and compelling book, we share in the passion, integrity, and dedication with which Coach Lou recruited, coached, and mentored his players--most of whom were overlooked or passed over by the traditional basketball powers.

Dare to Dream is the story of how sports transformed not only the lives of student-athletes but also a small, largely female school in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia into a major regional university within just one decade. It is a story of how academics and basketball provided the foundation for JMU’s current legacy as one of Virginia’s most distinguished public institutions of higher learning, just as Dr. Carrier and Coach Lou had dared to dream, more than forty years ago.

Distributed for George F. Thompson Publishing

As Head Basketball Coach at James Madison University and the University of California, Berkeley, Lou Campanelli took his teams to the NCAA tournament six times and to the NIT three times. Following his coaching career, he worked as an advance scout for both the Portland Trailblazers and the Cleveland Cavaliers and as Coordinator of Men...
Title:Dare To Dream: How James Madison University Became Coed And Shocked The Basketball WorldFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:240 pages, 9 × 7 × 0.68 inShipping dimensions:9 × 7 × 0.68 inPublished:November 30, 2015Publisher:George F. Thompson PublishingLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1938086341

ISBN - 13:9781938086342


Editorial Reviews

Appealing to both the casual sports fan and diehard Dukes, Dare to Dream tells the underdog story of JMU’s program as only a coach can: passionately, with all the painful details of each loss included.... [A] unique history... [and] a quick read for sports fans that’s bound to cure the April blues and return them to March Madness.

- Roanoke Times