A Fire to Win

The Life and Times of Woody Hayes

John Lombardo

St. Martin's Griffin/Thomas Dunne Books

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Woody Hayes was one of the greatest football coaches in history---and one of the most fascinating.   More than a brilliant coach, he was a complicated, contradictory man.   The former history teacher ran his football empire as an absolute monarchy, but   had a surprisingly altruistic side, hidden from the public,. and author John Lombardo uses his extensive sports-writing experience to craft an accurate portrait of one of the most complex and fascinating figures in football.   
      First and foremost, Woody Hayes was a coach---and his achievements are stunning.   While at Ohio State, he won five national titles, and thirteen Big Ten Conference championships, made eight Rose Bowl appearances, and earned two national Coach of the Year awards.   Moreover, Hayes’s lifetime coaching record, 238--72--10, puts him in the first rank of college coaching immortals.   No other coach won more games in a shorter period.
      Countless interviews of former players, assistant coaches, and friends shape the image of Hayes and his career, which spanned the mid-1940s to the late 1970s during a tremendous period of change in American society.   A Fire to Win is an honest and revealing biography of Hayes, a man who ranks in the pantheon of football coaches.
 
“An easy-to-read, objective look at one of Ohio’s most powerful, complex, admired, feared, and contradictory figures.”
---The Columbus Dispatch
 
“A sympathetic yet evenhanded examination of a modern coaching giant.”
---Booklist
 
“Insightful and comprehensive biography.”
---The New York Sun
 
“Contradictions, of course, are what make Hayes fascinating. And Lombardo delves into those contradictions with a cell biologist’s eye for detail and a landscape painter’s eye for perspective.”
---Chicago Tribune

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John Lombardo

John Lombardo, a sportswriter based in Chicago, is the author of Raiders Forever: Stars of the NFL’s Most Colorful Team Recall Their Glory Days.  Lombardo lives in Winnetka, Illinois, with his wife and two daughters.  

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A Fire to Win
The Life and Times of Woody Hayes
John Lombardo

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St. Martin's Press
St. Martin's Griffin/Thomas Dunne Books
September 2006
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9780312360368
ISBN10: 0312360363
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 304 pages, Includes sixteen pages of black-and-white photographs
$18.99

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St. Martin's Press
Thomas Dunne Books
April 2007
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ISBN: 9781429906623
ISBN10: 1429906626
288 pages
$7.99
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