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Retired Football Coach Shares Leadership Philosophy in New Book


Dog Ear Publishing releases “Go Ahead and Break Your Child’s Heart” by Bob Springer.

A retired high school football coach offers tips for parents to help their children succeed in this new book released by Dog Ear Publishing.

Successful parental leadership is the key to winning or losing on or off the athletic field. That’s the claim in a new book written by a former high school football coach and human resources executive. Bob Springer aims to provide parents and leaders of student athletics with a new perspective on managing middle and high school athletes. Fictional stories within the book illustrate different styles of leadership designed to help parents raise children to be successful.

 “Go Ahead and Break Your Child’s Heart” urges parents to step into that role proudly, providing guidance and discipline when needed instead of avoiding hurting their child’s feelings or being worried they can’t spend time with friends. Springer refers to this as putting kids first, writing that although both adults and peers are critical in shaping student athletes, “the role of the parent is that of the critically important glue: the record keeping, celebrator and disciplinarian.” A series of Leadership Considerations lets parents assess and develop their own leadership style. Springer urges parents to use tough love on their children when necessary, asking them to maintain and exceed performance standards in order to keep their students on the path to a winning life.

Author Bob Springer retired in 2011 after coaching high school football for 14 years in Ohio and West Virginia school systems. He coached teams to the state championship and earned Coach of the Year honors at another school. He served as assistant coach and head coach after retiring from Allstate Financial, where he spent 26 years, eventually becoming Vice President of Human Resources. Before Allstate, the 1964 Marietta College graduate had coached football for five years.


For additional information, please visit www.bobspringerbooks.com.

Go Ahead and Break Your Child’s Heart

Bob Springer

Dog Ear Publishing

ISBN: 978-1-4575-2156-0                        144 pages                        $14.95 US

Available at Ingram, Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble and fine bookstores everywhere.

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