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It’s Not About Winning

Jack Rightmyer writes about his journey from being the worst runner on his high school team to becoming the school 2-mile record holder and a Division 1 college athlete. This book describes the teachers and coaches who changed his life, the influence his dad had on his athletic career, and the struggles and joys of being a dad to athletic children of his own. His first book A Funny Thing About Teaching (2008) was popular with teachers across the country, and this book will appeal to parents, coaches, teachers, athletes, runners and all of those who dream big and never want to give up.


Victory is sweet, but sweetness alone isn't enough to call sustenance. "It's Not About Winning: One Runner's Reflections on Fatherhood, Coaching, and Athletics" is a combination of memoir and coaching guide as he recalls his status as a coach to many young athletes as well as a father, two jobs similar in that they call for imparting good values and ethics. With a certain and direct assortment of values for fatherhood and sports leadership, "It's Not About Winning" is worth considering for any coach or father of an athletic child, highly recommended.

Midwest Book Review

It s Not About Winning is a terrific read for all runners. Jack Rightmyer has captured the feeling of those first days and weeks of starting to run which is something not many have written about. It captures the glory and struggles of high school running, and the struggle between kids and parents to understand each other in such an incredible time in their lives. I love Jack s attitude about running, coaching and teaching. All coaches should read this book. --Bill Rodgers, 1976 Olympian, Four-time winner of the Boston Marathon and the New York City Marathon

"Jack Rightmyer set out to write a modest memoir for his two children, but he accomplished much more. He wrote a little book that's positively bursting with love for sports, running, coaching, family and fatherhood. Every word rings deep and true." --Amby Burfoot, Editor-at-large Runner's World Magazine, 1968 Boston Marathon winner

"It's Not About Winning is a sweet story of a running father's love and tenderness through sports--a tapestry of everyday life that takes on power as the author finds enlightenment in his every stride. It's a winner." --Marc Bloom, Runner's World Senior Contributor and award-winning NY Times writer. Publisher of The Harrier high school cross-country and distance running magazine.

Editorial Review

A Funny Thing About Teaching: Connecting With Kids Through Laughter…and Other Pointers for New Teachers

InĀ A Funny Thing About Teaching: Connecting With Kids Through Laughter…and Other Pointers for New Teachers, Jack Rightmyer tells the story of his journey as a new teacher and how he came to see the importance of humor in his classroom. He also gives valuable advice on discipline, testing, bullying, and even coaching.The book teaches through personal narrative, engaging readers in a real-life story about what the author has learned in his 28-year teaching career working in both urban and suburban schools and teaching at every level from sixth grade through college.With humor and common sense, the author tells personal stories that impart practical advice in an engaging, nonthreatening manner. Even readers who are not in education will enjoy reading about his experiences, because of his theme of living a life of humor and learning how to not let the little things become bothersome.This book is ideal for teachers of any subject and any age, though it is probably most appealing to teachers of 6th grade on up.



This book reads like a conversation with the author, Jack Rightmyer. While reading A Funny Thing About Teaching, I noticed that the truisms about using humor with students work in actuality. I am a middle school teacher, so I know that the safe, fun environment the author writes about defuses behavior problems and enhances learning. The experts who are quoted back up the tenants of this book, that learning can be fun!!! I only wish I had read this book when I started teaching.

Aosta B. Edelman