CoachUp founder Jordan Fliegel is a true “Renaissance Man.”
First, he was an athlete, playing his high school ball at the Cambridge Rindge and Latin School, and later playing professionally in Israel. He then became an entrepreneur, starting CoachUp, which connects private coaches with athletes of all ages. Now, he is trying his hand at being an author, publishing “Reaching Another Level,” a book about the merits of—you guessed it—private coaching.
The full title of the ebook is actually “Reaching Another Level: How Private Coaching Transforms the Lives of Professional Athletes, Weekend Warriors, and the Kids Next Door,” and it is now available on Amazon for $1.
The book includes some great little anecdotes from some major sports personalities including first hand stories from Cam Neely and Harvard basketball coach Tommy Amaker, as well as tales of the player/coach relationships of people like Michael Phelps, Mike Tyson, Pete Sampras, Jennie Finch, and Dirk Nowitski.
One of the best sections of the entire book is the description of the relationship between Tom Brady and College of San Mateo coach Tom Martinez.
Martinez, who passed away in 2012, made an early impact on Brady — making him focus on the mechanics of throwing. Even after Brady became arguably one of the greatest quarterbacks ever, he still worked with Coach Martinez, who still offered advice and criticism for the future Hall of Famer.
Fliegel even recounts an interview that Brady gave after Martinez’s death, when he was asked if he still kept any of Martinez’s advice. Here’s what he said:
“I have probably 14 or 15 mechanical points on my Blackberry. I always keep them handy. Sometimes when I’m sitting on the bus, going to the game, I will scroll through them and say, OK, that’s how my stride needs to be, that’s where my right arm needs to be, that’s where my shoulder needs to be. So all those things just continue to reiterate all the lessons that he’s taught me over the years.
“All those students who were lucky enough to be coached by him really got the same amount of love and coaching and support from him that I did. I think that’s what everybody really appreciates.”