101 Influential Books for Coaches

by Thad Wells


Books have changed my life as a coach.

Several years ago I started to notice a pattern among the world's most successful people throughout history. Over and over again I would hear stories about how important reading was to their success. So I decided to follow suit and it has turned out to be the best decision I could have made for my career.

I now read about 75 to 100 books a year. Most people think this is impossible for a coach who is married and has three kids, but I make it a priority. I wake up at 2:59 every morning in order to get 2 to 3 hours of reading in before I start my day. I mostly read non-fiction books on a wide range of topics.

I put together my list of the 101 most influential books that I have read so far in my life. They are ordered in terms of importance for me. The point of the list is to not encourage you to go out and read all of these books. Instead, I just want to provide an idea of all the different types of books that I believe could potentially help a coach. Pick one and just get started. After you read a few, stop looking at the list and just ask questions. Then go find a book that can help you answer the questions you face.


The Coach


Thad Wells

2018 AFCA 35U Selection and State Champion Head Football Coach


Thad Wells is the head high school football coach at Mooresville High School in North Carolina. Thad is known for his creativity and thoughtful approach to life and the game of football. The way he runs his program is unique, his offense is unique, and how he teaches the game is unique.

Thad was a 2018 AFCA 35 Under 35 selection and he won a state championship in just his 2nd year as a head coach.

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