"People often forget the road to greatness is rarely a smooth ride. The Other Side of Glory reminds us of the enormous power of persistence and what can be achieved when a group of young athletes takes the journey and finds that a 'team-first attitude' can navigate the rocky road that leads to the ultimate prize."
--Tim Miles, head men's basketball coach, San Jose State University. A compelling story of teamwork and commitment in the competitive world of girls' high school basketball
When the Waconia Wildcats embarked on the 2019 season, their motto was simple: FINISH. It was a mandate to follow through on every play at the basket and a promise to address unfinished business from the previous season, when a one-point loss was all that kept them from reaching the state tournament for the first time in school history. The Other Side of Glory
is a sensitive and riveting portrait of youth basketball in small-town Minnesota, a world familiar to many but brimming with its own characters, quirks, and challenges.
Readers will get to know the players--girls with nicknames like Sauce, Salsa, Raptor, and Snake--as they navigate high school life, struggle to accept their roles on the team, wrestle with self-doubt, and ultimately band together with the goal of vanquishing a 45-year legacy of coming up short. Inspirational and relatable, this is a must-read for athletes, coaches, and parents everywhere.Author:
Carl J. PiersonPublisher:
Triumph Books (IL)Published:
8.90h x 5.98w x 0.79dISBN:
About the AuthorLindsay Whalen
Carl J. Pierson enjoyed 17 seasons as a head high school girls basketball coach and currently serves as the executive director of the Minnesota Girls Basketball Coaches Association. His first foray into writing, The Politics of Coaching: A Survival Guide to Keep Coaches from Getting Burned, has earned acclaim as a "must-read" for high school coaches. A high school government teacher, Carl lives in Minnesota with his wife, Jean, and their sons, Boston and Colton.
is a two-time Olympic gold medalist, four-time WNBA champion, and current University of Minnesota women's basketball coach.