"It's not the destination, it's the journey. Ready? Wrestle!"
“Bob Darrah had IT. Everybody doesn’t have IT...” —Jim Miller, former Wartburg College coach
COACH BOB DARRAH never wrestled in high school or college, but in coaching over 30 years of high school wrestling his teams won 95% of their matches. Coach Darrah’s teams compiled a dual meet record of 340-17-2. That career winning percentage is the best for Iowa high school wrestling coaches. Few coaches in any sport can claim this level of success over three decades and at three different high schools. After coaching at Morning Sun, Urbandale, and Dowling high schools, Darrah was recruited to the collegiate level by the administration and boosters of Simpson College in Indianola, Iowa. At Simpson, he coached men’s wrestling, and took on women’s golf. With five decades of teaching behind him, Coach has chosen to share what he feels shaped his personal and professional development. His readiness to learn and innovate helped him show others how hard work and desire could bring rewards. The gold standard of achievement in wrestling in a wrestling-crazed state came through fierce dedication. Coach was known for being tough. Here, Coach’s stories expose the root of that toughness growing up in rural Iowa during the Great Depression. Included in this book are interviews and essays from some who were motivated by Coach’s belief in them. Coach’s gifts include the ability to focus on the unique talents of individuals and to foster the individual’s desire to elevate that talent. He pointed to goals that seemed unattainable to doubters but were within reach for those who believed and would commit to hard work and sacrifice. Coach Darrah was as inspired by these athletes as they were by him. A celebration of both the coach and the athletes who believed.
Format: 6 x 9 Color Dust-Jacketed Hardback, 312 pages
Publisher: Outskirts Press (Dec 20, 2017)
Genre: BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Sports