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First and Ten
by Gary J. Kirchner

What do you do when your first season as head coach has been a disaster? If you are Arne Viimets, a brilliant but controversial iconoclast who likes to discuss football strategy with his dog, you ignore the advice of your alumni, your coaching staff, and, critically, your athletic director. You bench experienced starters in favour of undersized and unproven back-ups. You put together a team which features a rush end who ritually sprinkles antler ash on his head, an offensive tackle who plays the cello, a running back who listens to lectures by Richard Feynman before games, a rugby player from England who views Canadian football and his teammates with contempt, and a preternaturally gifted receiver whose discipline problems threaten to scuttle everything. And you dress Kevin Willister, who has nothing to offer except heart and attitude. It’s the second season. First and ten.

“Through his vivid descriptions and compelling characters, Kirchner paints a picture of college football that is both authentic and inspiring.” —JP Darche, nine-year NFL veteran: Seattle Seahawks, Kansas City Chiefs. “Highly engaging and entertaining storytelling by a terrific writer.” —Eric Macramalla, TSN and Forbes Sports Legal Analyst. “Kirchner has done a terrific job conveying a ‘behind the curtain’ look at what it’s like to be a USport Head Football Coach . . . A must-read for anyone with an interest in college football.” —Pat Sheahan, former USport Head Football Coach, National Champion 1987, 2009, 2019.

Gary J. Kirchner played linebacker for the McGill Redmen, served as team captain, and was a two-time winner of the Fred Wiggle Memorial Trophy for sportsmanlike play. He coached with the Redmen for twenty-seven years, receiving Football Canada’s Gino Fracas Award in 1995. Along with his coaching career, he taught physics at John Abbott College, and in 2014 was given La Mention d’honneur de l’Association québécoise de pédagogie collégiale. Gary is the author of the dystopian novel Cromby’s Axiom. He lives in Dorval, Quebec, with his Estonian wife Hille.


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