Carol Stream, IL—Auburn University head football coach Gene Chizik will be releasing a new book, All In: What It Takes to Be the Best, with Tyndale House Publishers, the Illinois-based publisher announced today. The book, which is scheduled to release July 5, 2011, chronicles the remarkable journey of Gene Chizik, who in two short years went from the maligned 5–19 coach of the Iowa State Cyclones to the undefeated, AP SEC Coach of the Year of the 2010 National Champions Auburn Tigers. David Thomas, author of Remember Why You Play and senior writer and sports columnist for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, is collaborating on the book. University of Texas head football coach Mack Brown will write the foreword.
“We are thrilled to be working with Coach Chizik,” says Carol Traver, Senior Acquisitions Editor. “He has such an incredible story, and because he is typically so private, I think a lot of people are going to be fascinated by what he has to say about his career, his faith, the way he runs his program, the 2010 championship run—everything. Seriously—football fan or not, this book really is a terrific read.”
All In: What It Takes to Be the Best is filled with never-before-told stories from Chizik’s controversial coaching career—from his highly contentious departure from Iowa State and his heavily criticized appointment at Auburn, to his historic 2010 championship run, and all of the extraordinary twists and turns along the way. Coach Chizik opens up about the pivotal role his faith has played in his life and career and shares his time-tested secrets to success, both on and off the field.
"I want to thank Tyndale House Publishing for giving me a chance to tell my story, which I hope will be a source of inspiration and encouragement to others,” said Chizik. “I especially want to thank David Thomas for collaborating with me and for doing what it took to make this project possible, including numerous late-night phone conversations. David is a consummate professional who deserves my deepest gratitude, along with the entire Tyndale team."
All In will feature a comprehensive marketing campaign and extensive book tour.
Tyndale House Publishers has had great success with sports-related titles in recent years.
Just last year, New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees’s memoir, Coming Back Stronger, reached No. 1 on the Wall Street Journal Best Sellers List and No. 3 on the New York Times Best Sellers List. It has sold more than 200,000 copies.
Tony Dungy’s memoir, Quiet Strength: The Principles, Practices, and Priorities of a Winning Life, rocketed to the top spot on the New York Times Best Sellers List in August 2007 and, more importantly, impacted countless lives. With more than 1,000,000 copies sold, Quiet Strength is one of the bestselling sports-related titles in history. His second book, Uncommon: Finding Your Path to Significance, reached No. 2 on the New York Times Best Sellers List in February 2009 and has sold more than 300,000 copies, while his third book, The Mentor Leader, also reached No. 2 on the New York Times list in 2011.
In 2008, Don’t Bet Against Me!, the memoir of Deanna Favre, wife of NFL great Brett Favre, spent ten consecutive weeks on either the New York Times hardcover nonfiction primary list (top 15) or expanded list (top 35). It is now in its eighth printing.
In 2009, Super Bowl–winning coach and NASCAR team owner Joe Gibbs’s book Game Plan for Life reached as high as No. 3 on the Times’s “Advice, How-To” list in August. First Things First: The Rules of Being a Warner, by Kurt and Brenda Warner, reached No. 10 on the Times’s hardcover nonfiction list in July.
Tyndale House Publishers was founded in 1962 by Dr. Kenneth N. Taylor as a means of publishing The Living Bible. It is now one of the premier publishing houses in the industry. Tyndale products include numerous New York Times bestsellers, including the popular Left Behind series. Tyndale also publishes the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, and many other resources for church and family. Tyndale House Publishers is located in Carol Stream, Illinois, a western suburb of Chicago.