He transformed the game of football, gained a legion of followers, and inspired a generation. In Coach for a Nation, the reader sees Knute Rockne’s rise from immigrant child to Notre Dame coaching legend to revered national figure speaks to the endless possibilities of the human spirit. Rockne’s visionary genius and engaging personality made Notre Dame football a household name from coast to coast. He helped create a new game, wide open and more appealing to fans, then taught it to coaches everywhere. Upon his shocking death in 1931, the outpouring of sentiment was unprecedented. In Coach for a Nation, we learn what caused this emotional bond between Rockne and his adopted country.
WINNER – BRONZE MEDAL 2014 INDEPENDENT PUBLISHER BOOK AWARDS (THE IPPY’S) SPORTS/
“Rockne is one of this nation’s greatest, most inspiring and yet tragic sport stories. Jim Lefebvre has thoroughly researched and written the definitive piece on this American hero.” ~ Kent Stephens, Curator, College Football Hall of Fame
Jim Lefebvre is an award winning journalist, author, and sports historian. His book Loyal Sons was honored with three national awards for excellence, including an IPPY Bronze Medal in 2009. Jim is founder and curator of the online magazine Forever Irish, which celebrates the heritage of Notre Dame football, and is editor of the e-newsletter Irish Echoes. He is a member of the Intercollegiate Football Researches Association and the Biographers International Organization.