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Publisher's Summary

Lessons on leadership and team building from Ohio State's head football coach, drawing heavily on the 2014 season and his team's remarkable run to the championship in the face of adversity.

Since he took over at Bowling Green 14 years ago, Urban Frank Meyer III has established himself as one of the elite coaches in the annals of college football. With three national championships and a record of 142-26, he has achieved remarkable results with many teams. But it is Meyer's recent work at The Ohio State University that has elevated him into the realm of such iconic coaching names as Paul (Bear) Bryant, Knute Rockne, and OSU's own Woody Hayes.

Never was that work more successful than in the 2014 season, which ended with Meyer's Buckeyes capturing the inaugural College Football Playoff Championship with a 42-20 victory over Oregon. That the triumph came with a third-string quarterback at the helm - and after OSU had suffered a brutal early season loss and endured the tragic loss of a teammate - only made the achievement that much more extraordinary.

How did Ohio State, a school many thought did not even deserve to be in the playoffs, end up at the summit of college football? In Above the Line, Urban Meyer answers this question and many more. Pulling back the curtain on the high-profile, high-pressure world he operates in, he offers listeners a groundbreaking game plan for creating a culture of success that engages and inspires the people around them - the very game plan he followed every day in the Buckeyes' historic 2014 season.

A student of psychology long before he became a coach, Meyer believes that trust is the bedrock of great achievements and healthy relationships and explains how to build it, step by step - whether in a team, a family, or a Fortune 500 company.

©2015 Urban Meyer (P)2015 Penguin Audio

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  • John Hirsch
  • 14-03-2016

Great for any coach at any level

The concepts are common denominators no matter the sport or level. It's an excellent combination of philosophies and specific stories/anecdotes that further explain why Coach Meyer has been successful everywhere he's been. I took away specific, useful ideas to apply to the teams I coach.

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  • Greg
  • 26-12-2015

Urban

It was very powerful and straight to the point . Wish urban would have given a conclusion or even an introduction. To the book

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  • Charles
  • 10-11-2015

Must a read for anyone serious about leading!

An excellent lead for a true leader! Coach Meyer lays the foundation for influencing and changing lives.

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  • mackhary
  • 11-09-2018

great read

The story ties football strategies, and real world events. I would put this in my top 10 football great reads.

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  • John
  • 27-08-2018

Impressive Coach and Teacher!

Go Buckeyes!

Love the principles , strategies and techniques outlined to provoke the potential of oneself and those around you!

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  • Brent Grablachoff
  • 20-08-2018

Tremendous

Excellent book with loads of good content. Fast read. Took away 4 or 5 main points to better my coaching and leading young men.

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  • Nate in Herriman
  • 11-08-2018

incredible book

All the insider football stories are great but what is even better is the leadership lessons. Urban is a genius.

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  • Chase
  • 10-08-2018

Excellent insights on coaching and leadership

Wow! I have been an Urban fan for a while and this book makes me even more so. As a football coach of many years, I wish I read/listened to this book LONG ago.. I actually bought the paperback for a reference. I am having my 13yr old football player read it. I highly recommend this book to any new coaches or managers.

There could have been more locker room and team talk in the book. There are some personal stories in the book that add to the narrative, but they could have been demonstrated in "on the field" accounts. All in all, great book highly recommend.

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  • zach
  • 03-08-2018

Excellent Read!

Wonderful points to leading a team. Great insight and use of application.
Would not recommend if you do not know football lingo...may get lost in the details.

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  • Jennifer
  • 24-07-2018

great.

really enjoyed the book. lotta lessons on leadership and culture. reinforced with football and life stories. read it.