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2006.02.21. - Katarina Tepesh

21. veljaca 06. Katarina Tepesh - tekst - Book Review “THE EDUCATION OF A COACH” by David Halberstam -... Ivan Bilicic came to America in 1897 from the area near Karlovac. While still in Croatia, Ivan married Marija Barkovic. They were supposed to stay in touch, but because he had never been to school, which were several kilometers away, Ivan could neither read nor write, and so he could not contact her.....

Book Review “THE EDUCATION OF A COACH” by David Halberstam
 
By Katarina Tepesh
 
 
Through thirty-one years in the NFL, Bill Belichick has proved himself to be one of the most formidable and highly intelligent coaches in football history. He has worked his way up from the very bottom, serving with seven different teams (including a brief, flawed term as head coach in Cleveland) before becoming the head coach of the New England Patriots in 2000. His work has always been defined by the exceptional preparation of his team and his almost unique ability to break down opponents’ game film and to anticipate their next moves. Belichick has shied away from media and remained an elusive and inscrutable figure, implacable and focused wholly on the game. Now, Pulitzer-Prize-winning journalist, national bestselling author, and world-renowned historian David Halberstam has turned his incomparable love and knowledge of American sports to football in THE EDUCATION OF A COACH.
 
Halberstam writes not merely a biography of Belichick, but a rigorous examination of the ways in which his intelligence, discipline, and abilities have made him so successful despite the ever-changing face of football and the media scrutiny that accompanies it.
 
With rare cooperation from Belichick, Halberstam starts the story with Belichick’s childhood and the impact that his father, Navy coach Steve Belichick, one of the most respected scouts of his era, had on him. Steve started teaching his son how to break down film at the age of nine, instilling in Bill the work ethic of his immigrant family.
 
Ivan Bilicic came to America in 1897 from the area near Karlovac. While still in Croatia, Ivan married Marija Barkovic. They were supposed to stay in touch, but because he had never been to school, which were several kilometers away, Ivan could neither read nor write, and so he could not contact her.
 
Marija set out for America with her brother Nick to find Ivan. Not speaking a word of English, the two arrived here and started searching the Croatian enclaves of western Pennsylvania, the coal mining and steel manufacturing part of the country. They went town by town, looking for Ivan, until they found him by luck and hard work in Monessen, a tough steel town just south of Pittsburgh, where he worked for Pittsburgh Steel. All five of the Bilicic children were born in Monessen, including Steve in 1919. Anna, the first family member born in the United States, told her first-grade teacher that her last name is Bilicic. The teacher changed it to Belichick, thereby earning the undying hatred of Marija Barkovic Bilicic for corrupting the family name.  
 
Steve was a lifetime member of the Croatian Fraternal Union www.CroatianFraternalUnion.com   from Pittsburgh.  
 
“The Education of a Coach” by David Halberstam published by Hyperion $24.95

 

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