The Most Successful Coach in NCAA History
Andrew Maloney and John McDonnell
biography of legendary track coach
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is a big one. It has more than 400 pages of copy and photos,
another 21 pages of records and seven pages of footnotes.
In other words, it’s a track junkie’s delight.
It should also find its place on the bookshelves of thousands
of Razorback fans statewide even if track
isn’t their favorite sport."
—Rex Nelson, Sporting
fascinating inside look at the life and career of John McDonnell,
the greatest NCAA coach ever in any sport.”
—Alberto Salazar, three-time winner of the New York
Marathon and author of 14 Minutes: A Running Legend’s
Life and Death and Life
McDonnell is not only one of the greatest track and cross-country
coaches ever but a national treasure whose influence on the
sport and on the young men he's nurtured will last for generations.
McDonnell's life story illuminates the subtle ways in which
he acquired and expanded on the knowledge that led to a record
number of NCAA titles while gaining insights into both the
psychology and physiology that produced peak performances.
A fascinating book."
—Marc Bloom, track and field journalist and author of
God on the Starting Line
McDonnell began his coaching career in 1972 at the University
of Arkansas at Fayetteville—choosing it over Norman,
Fayetteville reminded him of his native Ireland—he could
imagined that he would become the most successful coach in
of American collegiate athletics. But, in thirty-six years
at the university, he
amassed a staggering resume of accomplishments, including
championships (eleven cross country, nineteen indoor track,
and ten outdoor track), the most by any coach in any sport
in NCAA history. His teams at Arkansas won the triple crown
(a championship in cross country, indoor track, and outdoor
track in a single school year) five times.
also won eighty-three conference championships
(thirty-eight in the Southwest Conference and forty-six in
Conference), including thirty-four consecutive conference
in cross country from 1974 to 2008. McDonnell coached 185
All-Americans, fifty-four individual national champions, and
twenty-three Olympians. And from 1984 to 1995, his Razorback
teams won twelve consecutive NCAA Indoor Track Championships,
the longest streak of national titles by any school in any
sport in NCAA history.
biography tells the story of the great coach’s life
from his childhood growing up on a farm in 1940s County Mayo,
to his own running career, to the beginnings of his life as
a coach, to all the
great athletes he mentored along the way.
Maloney coaches track and field and cross
country at the
University of Guelph following six seasons at the University
of Tulsa. He is the editor of Tnfnorth.ca and has contributed
extensively to Canadian Running and Athletics Illustrated.
He currently works as a hockey agent with Maloney & Thompson
Sports Management in Guelph, Ontario.
McDonnell was the head coach of the Arkansas
Razorback track-and-field teams from 1978 until his retirement
in 2008, during which time he
won an unprecedented forty national championships. He currently
spends his time in Fayetteville and on his ranch in Oklahoma.
7 x 10 • 458 pages, 45 photos
$34.95 cloth • 978-1-55728-992-6
e-book • 978-1-61075-520-7