February 10, 2024:
Eddie's Last Hurrah?
Eddie's Last Dual with SMU; Sterkel Invite
A significant portion of each book purchased will be donated to the Eddie Reese-Kris Kubik Legacy Campaign at The University of Texas.
Welcome! Celebrate the joy and compassion of Eddie Reese. Discover new insights into his genius and the success of the sports world's greatest dynasty. Immerse yourself in this chronicle of his life and feel the magic.
Eddie Reese's first season at Texas was 1978-79, 45 years ago. He has announced his retirement following this, the 2023-24 season. The Cambridge Dictionary defines "last hurrah" as a person's final effort after a long period of work. We can't imagine Coach Reese -totally- walking off a pool deck, and assume he will continue guiding and imparting wisdom and advice long after he no longer mans the UT helm in Austin, but this will be his final season as the Longhorns' head coach.
We are going to follow the 'Horns, meet by meet, and offer commentary after each competition. We feel it is only appropriate that we offer our views and reviews on the website www.eddiereesebook.com, because no one can truly fathom the impact of the genius and humor that guides Eddie's thoughts and actions if they don't have a deeper understanding and exposure to his entire life, and the best way to do that is to read the book, EDDIE REESE: Coaching Swimming, Teaching Life, and one can't -read- the book without buying the book!
These commentaries are available at www.eddiereesebook.com/commentary.
#1 analyzes the Oct 27 dual meet at the University of Virginia, a close meet that went down to the last relay. Yes, Texas came up just short of winning, but it's important to understand why, and for -that-, you need the analysis of America's best swimming author, Chuck Warner.
#2 (11/5/2023) looks at the Nov 3 meet in College Station with TAMU and Georgia Tech. UT has never worried about early- or mid-season shortcomings when they are in the middle of very hard training, because the payoff, as Eddie says, is at the end, and "the end doesn't lie."
#3 (11/19/2023) takes a magnifying glass to examine the impressive Hall of Fame Meet at UT on Nov 15-18, and we got really excited looking at the strong showing by the freshmen and sophomores! Take a look!
#4 (12/4/2023) reviews the relative quiet competition for most of the Texas men at the US Open Nov 29-Dec 2. Ducking the radar? Studying for exams? Read more to find out!
#5 (1/28/2024) examines the highlights and bright spots in a non-stop, fast-paced show of swimming speed and diving prowess from North Carolina.
#6 (2/10/2024) The Jill Sterkel Invite and the LAST Eddie Reese-coached dual vs SMU show indications of more of that mystifying magic from the Master, as well as continued stupefying performances from Matt Scoggins' diving crew.
Make plans to revisit after every Texas meet this season!
After 46 years as the craftsman of the most successful sports dynasty in collegiate history, and the caring fatherly affection he shares with his athletes, it will be hard to let go.
I wouldn't say it if I didn't mean it, He's a master of his craft. He works his sport better than anybody I've ever seen. He understands it. He gets it. He understands how it all comes together — mind and body. And he understands competition, what second is, and what it takes to be first.
Coach Eddie Reese is a legend in the coaching world and an icon at the University of Texas. He became a great friend to me during our time together at UT and he represents the best of what it means to be a coach and mentor. The lessons recounted in this book are invaluable for anyone interested in become a better leader.
An emotional and educational read. Although I swam for Eddie for eight years, I still learned more about him from reading this book.
This is a brilliant read…..insightful, warm, funny and filled with meaning…just like Coach Reese himself.
There are few times in a life when one is humbled by an exhibition of life and of its depiction. This is one. This book is a must read, not simply for those in the aquatic world, but for every human being searching for a compass in life and a value system that breeds irrefutable respect and unparalleled success. This is the living example. While this story is powerful and inspiring, its presentation is equally so. Chuck Warner is the preeminent author in the world of swimming and masterfully intertwines the extraordinary success of Coach Reese with the powerful virtues that laid the groundwork for that success.
Eddie Reese , no person a better coach and no coach a better person. This book says it all. A master class from a true genius in our sporting world.
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Hard Cover available with full color interior (65 pictures, 51 of which are color). The authors will donate a significant portion of the proceeds to The University of Texas Eddie Reese & Kris Kubik Men's Swimming & Diving Legacy Campaign.
Color soft cover. Sixty-five interior pictures are black and white. The authors will donate a significant portion of the proceeds of each copy to The University of Texas Eddie Reese & Kris Kubik Men's Swimming & Diving Legacy Campaign.
Audio Book available December 8, 2023. Read by the authors and Eddie Reese. Features new epilogue by Eddie Reese reflecting on his storied career.
Both authors were on Coach Reese's first coaching staff at Texas in 1978. They were there, each day, in the initial years of transformation of a "regional" program into one of sport's greatest dynasties ever. For each one, the experience was a "fork-in-the-road" of life, just as the Texas Swimming experience under Coach Reese has been for so many young men.
This is the third book that Chuck Warner has authored. The first two (Four Champions, One Gold Medal and ...And Then They Won Gold) have been highly acclaimed and continue to be popular reads. As a coach, Warner's swimmers achieved success at the highest level of the sport and his teams won national titles. He is a 3-time USA national team coach. He has served as past president of the American Swimming Coaches Association & on the Board of Directors for the International Swimming Hall of Fame.
Dana Abbott swam at Tulane University and coached in Mississippi and Alabama before starting grad school at Texas. After working 1978-80 with Eddie Reese, was head coach at Katy (TX) High School for 25 years, and 15 more years in Katy at St. John XXIII College Preparatory. He has been a speaker/clinician locally, nationally, and internationally, president of TISCA and twice president of NISCA. Has previously worked with Chuck Warner on "And Then They Won Gold" and several magazine articles.
We are very grateful to have the contributions of multiple photographers including Peter Bick (long-time premiere photographer for Swimming World Magazine), Andy Ringgold, Texas Sports, and Taylor Brien.