Gary Gerson found great success as head football coach at Crownlake, leading his academically-charged team to an unlikely undefeated regular season in 2004. Four short years later, he found himself out as coach, pushed aside by a wealthy and well-connected assistant. The administration was powerless to intervene since the survival of the school was at stake. Alma mater to a Heisman Trophy winner, a Pulitzer laureate, and many giants in technology and the arts, Republican Presidential candidate Mink Rodgers graduated from Crownlake in 1965. While much has changed over the last 50 years, the plight of Crownlake, and all private schools, remains in a fine balance between idealism and solvency. With football is a subtext, this book is about men who take what they want and the institutions that must tolerate them. This true story is Gerson's search for understanding.
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After growing up in Morristown, Tennessee, Gary Gerson is in his 26th year of teaching science at Cranbrook Schools in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. He lives on the campus with his wife Shelley and three beautiful and smart children. He has written another book about playing football called Scoring Points: Love and Football in the Age of AIDS, and he has authored and edited a lab and exercise book called PHYS IX. Gerson also has an educational video channel on YouTube EDU. His essays have appeared in Vanderbilt Magazine, Versus, Independent School Magazine, and MetroParent. Gerson played four years of walk-on football at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, a season for the Amsterdam Rams of the Netherlands American Football Federation, and an additional two years for the University of Windsor Lancers in Ontario, Canada, last putting on the pads at the age of 31.
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