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The gifts of Jimmy V : a coach's legacy
Valvano, Bob.
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Publication Information:
Chicago : Triumph Books, [2001]

Physical Description:
xv, 176 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
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Includes index.
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GV884.V34 V35 2001 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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Jim Valvano was a man whose life had an unforgettable impact on those who knew him. When he died of cancer on April 28, 1993, after a long, heroic, and very public struggle, his spirit, vibrancy, dreams and passions did not die with him; they live on in the people he touched. Looking at the lives through the eyes of the people who loved him most, The Gifts of Jimmy V reveals the heart of Jim Valvano present in them all. Through dozens of interviews with family, friends, coaches, players, and colleagues, authors Valvano and Hill not only reconstruct the life of this unusual man, but also capture the essence of his unique ability to lead, galvanize, inspire, and motivate others.

Author Notes

Bob Valvano is a sportscaster based in Louisville, Kentucky. He is a basketball analyst for ESPN and the color analyst for University of Louisville men's basketball games on both radio and television. He formerly coached the Bellarmine University Knights men's basketball team in Louisville. He is also a radio talk-show host on both the national and local level. Mike Krzyzewski is the head basketball coach at Duke University. He has led the team to four NCAA championships and is the coach with the most victories in NCAA Division I men's basketball history.

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Booklist Review

Jimmy Valvano was a high-profile college basketball coach whose underdog North Carolina State team won the NCAA tournament in 1983. He was fired in 1990 under a cloud of scandal but reentered the national spotlight as a basketball commentator. His heroic battle with cancer and subsequent death led to his virtual sanctification within much of the sports community. Bob Valvano, Jimmy's younger brother, does his best to set the record straight. Jim Valvano was neither a saint nor a coaching outlaw. He was a charismatic coach who let his program at NC State slip out of his control. He was also a decent man who helped many more than he harmed. This memoir vividly captures Jimmy V's humor, compassion, and street-smart coaching techniques. It also reprises his genuinely inspirational struggle with cancer, which motivated friends and colleagues to form the Jimmy V Foundation, which in turn has raised millions for research. A moving tribute recommended for most sports collections. --Wes Lukowsky

Library Journal Review

Jim Valvano was a larger-than-life college basketball coach and broadcaster who died of cancer in 1993 at age 47 but who lives on through the V Foundation for cancer research. In this book, his brother Bob, also a basketball coach and broadcaster, tells the story of Jim's life through a collection of reminiscences from colleagues and friends who knew him. This scrapbook approach is woven into Bob's own personal narrative and covers both career highlights (NCAA tournament triumphs) and troubles (being fired from North Carolina State under a swirl of allegations). It also includes the speech he made at the ESPYs just two months before he died. What emerges is an affectionate portrait of a boisterous but flawed man who loved life, his family, and basketball and who fought a gallant battle against terminal cancer. Recommended for college basketball collections. John Maxymuk, Rutgers Univ. Lib., Camden, NJ (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.