One Small Town, One Crazy Coach


One Small Town, One Crazy Coach

by Mike Roos

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.

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324 pages, 8 b&w illus., 6 x 9       

Paper ISBN 978-0-253-01028-5 $26.00

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Publication Date: September 19, 2013 

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