The Thursday Speeches: Lessons in Life, Leadership, and Football from Coach Don James

Two days before Christmas 1974, Don James seized the reins of a University of Washington football program in disarray. In his third season, Washington advanced to the Rose Bowl and beat the heavily favored Michigan Wolverines. In 18 years at Washington, James used these compelling stories in his pregame speeches to help transform the Huskies from mediocrity to national champions. More

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About Peter G. Tormey

Peter Tormey is a writer, Indie author, and educator who holds a Ph.D. in Leadership Studies from Gonzaga University. A former journalist for United Press International, he has won numerous awards for his news and feature stories. Peter's doctoral dissertation examined the language and leadership of former University of Washington football Coach Don James. Peter played for Coach James for four years at Washington, and earned a bachelor's degree in English literature. Peter's book "The Thursday Speeches: Lessons in Life, Leadership, and Football" demonstrates how James used language to slay the football giants of his day and to transform a program from mediocrity to the pinnacle of American college football. A first-generation Irish-American, Peter directs the Gonzaga University News Service, which he started more than 20 years ago. Peter is an avid cyclist and loves to fish the lakes, rivers, and streams of the Pacific Northwest. He and his wife life in Spokane, Washington, with their two daughters, a son, and a dog.

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