One Small Town, One Crazy Coach: The Ireland Spuds And The 1963 Indiana High School Basketball Season

byMike Roos

Paperback | September 17, 2013

One Small Town, One Crazy Coach: The Ireland Spuds And The 1963 Indiana High School Basketball Season by Mike Roos
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In the summer of 1962, the peripatetic and irrepressible Pete Gill was hired on a whim to coach basketball at tiny Ireland High School. There he would accomplish, against enormous odds, one of the great small-town feats in Indiana basketball history. With no starters taller than 5'10", few wins were predicted for the Spuds. Yet, after inflicting brutal preseason conditioning, employing a variety of unconventional motivational tactics, and overcoming fierce opposition, Gill molded the Spuds into a winning team that brought home the town's first and only sectional and regional titles. Relying on narrative strategies of creative nonfiction rather than strict historical rendering, Mike Roos brings to life a colorful and varied cast of characters and provides a compelling account of their struggles, wide-ranging emotions, and triumphs throughout the season.

Mike Roos is Professor of English at University of Cincinnati Blue Ash College. His website is http://www.mikeroos.com.
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Title:One Small Town, One Crazy Coach: The Ireland Spuds And The 1963 Indiana High School Basketball Seas...Format:PaperbackProduct dimensions:280 pages, 9 X 6 X 0.77 inShipping dimensions:280 pages, 9 X 6 X 0.77 inPublished:September 17, 2013Publisher:Indiana University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0253010284

ISBN - 13:9780253010285

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