NorthStar's pursuit of excellence applies to coaches as well as players.

The NorthStar coaches are committed to learning and growing personally as well as soccer-wise. 

The following is a list of books that the club directors have found incredibly helpful on their own personal and professional journeys.  We have learned so much from these publications that we wish to share them with you, so you can join in our joy of discovery! 

Please email ([email protected]) if you have suggestions, from your own experience, of books that should be on this list.


The Coaches NightStand Favorites  Author(s) 
Attitude is Everything Jeff Keller
Catch Them Being Good: Everything You Need to Know to Successfully Coach Girls Tony DiCicco, Colleen Hacker, and Charles Salzberg
Coach Wooden's Pyramid of Success: Building Blocks for a Better Life John Wooden and Jay Carty
Coach: Lessons on the Game of Life Michael Lewis
Gender and Competition-How Men and Women approach Work and Play Differently Kathleen J. Deboer
Going for the Record Julie A. Swanson
Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap... and Others Don't Jim Collins
Good to Great: And the Social Sectors Jim Collins
Greater Expectations: Overcoming the Culture of Indulgence in Our Homes and Schools  William Damon
Learned Optimism: How to Change Your Mind and Your Life   Martin E. Seligman
Man's Search for Meaning Viktor E. Frankl
My Personal Best : Life Lessons from an All-American Journey  John Wooden and Steve Jamison
Season of Life: A Football Star, a Boy, a Journey to Manhood  Jeffrey Marx
The 17 Essential Qualities of a Team Player: Becoming the Kind of Person Every Team Wants John C. Maxwell
The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership John C. Maxwell
The 7 Habits Of Highly Effective Teens Sean Covey
The 8th Habit: From Effectiveness to Greatness Stephen R. Covey
The Beautiful Game: Sixteen Girls and the Soccer Season That Changed Everything  Jonathan Littman
The Man Watching: A Biography of Anson Dorrance, the Unlikely Architect of the Greatest College Sports Dynasty Ever  Tim Crothers
The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference Malcolm Gladwell
The Vision Of A Champion: Advice And Inspiration From The World's Most Successful Women's Soccer Coach Anson Dorrance, Gloria Averbuch, and Mia (FWD) Hamm
The Wonder of Boys  Michael Gurian
The Wonder of Girls : Understanding the Hidden Nature of Our Daughters  Michael Gurian
Training Soccer Champions Anson Dorrance and Tim Nash
Wooden on Leadership John Wooden