Thole: Book ‘veers’ into cyberspace with online edition


Back in 2004, the sage Jerry Foley and this writer penned a five-star book titled “From Veer to Eternity: Coaching a Football Dynasty”. The book of techniques, motivating athletes, building a championship program and strategies for the winning veer option offense sold more than 2,200 copies, including the second printing.

“Coaching the Veer Offense” by George Thole and Jerry Foley, which includes much of the same material found in the the book’s first edition “From Veer to Eternity” is now available in digital form.

After landing firmly in the black, we sold the rights to our book to the largest publisher of coaching books and videos and DVDs in the United States. We signed with Coaches Choice out of Monterey, Calif., and they released the second edition in 2009.

Coaches Choice changed the title to “Coaching the Veer Offense” and it continues to sell to coaches and fans across the nation. It has found its readers, sports fans, and we are proud of those five-star book reviews.

Well, Jerry and I have joined the 21st century and our book “Coaching the Veer Offense” is now offered online through the Coaches Choice website. The easiest way to find it is to google “Coaches Choice George Thole book” and this link will come up: Coaches Choice — George Thole, Jerry Foley. For those of you reading this online, just click on the link and you will be taken directly to the site. The Coaches Choice website offers a hard copy version of the book and also a digital version. You can also purchase a signed hard copy version from moi.

This is the link:

Geez, does this look like pandering?


In the huddle

It was nice to see the Stillwater girls’ tennis team off to a solid start after placing second in last week’s McGuire Invitational under head coach Dave Kahl. Natalie Phippen led the way with a first-place finish at first singles while the Ponies also placed second with Aliza Deming and Jenna Sherrick at third and fourth singles. In doubles, Shelby Ahrendt and Hannah Quinn were the runner-ups at the No. 2 spot and a trio combinations matched them with a second-place effort at third doubles…. Fear of failure is a common ingredient often leading to low self-esteem, hence resulting in sub-par performances. Overcoming this fear of failing is a step in the right direction when developing a winning attitude. Positive self-imaging, high expectations, combined with continued reinforcement, are important aspects when creating a winning formula. Mindset and mental toughness can be developed and play a major role in the equation of success. A “winner” will never lose sight of victory and will treat a loss as merely a temporary setback. Mediocrity is not a word in his/her vocabulary. Anything short of all-out effort, enthusiasm, hustle and total involvement by players and staff alike are unacceptable…. The apple theory revisited: Vickey (Cummings) Weiss ’90, a former diver on the Ponies girls’ swim team, has a daughter Emily who is a candidate for coach Brian Luke’s squad…. The 41st Annual Minnesota Old-Timers Football Hall of Fame Banquet will be held on Sept. 18 at the Prom Center in Oakdale. This year’s inductees include: Mahtomedi’s Bob Meslow, Frank Seidl of Harding, Mike Svendsen of Roosevelt, Tom Turk of Edison and Dick Walker of Richfield. I will emcee the event and festivities begin with the huddle (social hour) at 5:30 p.m., followed by a delicious steak dinner, including dessert. Because we do not allow time for individual responses, our induction ceremony is dynamic and moves along swiftly to ensure a quality evening of football entertainment. For tickets, contact Foley at 651-439-1379 or Gary Gustafson at 651-777-0286. Tickets go for $30 per copy…. Former ISD 834 board member John Uppgren ’76 is the owner of Tech Barn. He and his wife, Melissa, reside in Stillwater with sons John, Turner and George, who have or are enjoying outstanding lacrosse careers at Choate Academy in Connecticut. John Jr., plays at Tufts and Turner is being recruited by several eastern colleges. The elder Uppgren was a defensive back and punter for the 1975 (12-0) Ponies state championship team. Another key member of that historic team was quarterback Mike Nolan, who led the Ponies on that nail-biting 73-yard drive that was culminated with a 6-yard TD pass from Todd Butterfield to Bobby de St. Aubin in the closing seconds of a 20-17 victory in the state title game at Parade Stadium in Minneapolis. Nolan lives in Stillwater with his wife, Deb, and is business support manager for the transportation division of CHS Inc. The couple has sons Gregg, 27, and Matt, 25, both SAHS grads. That 63-member historic grid team will be among those honored by the St. Croix Valley Athletic Association at its hall of fame banquet on Wednesday, Sept. 26 at the Grand Ballroom in Stillwater. Tickets go for $30 per copy. Since the team members received their diplomas 37 years ago, we are trying to get the word out to as many players who contributed to our first state champion football team as possible. Help us out if you can. Thanks…. Looking for something interesting this Saturday morning? Check out coach Beau LaBore’s second edition of the Ponies taking on Elk River, Bloomington Jefferson and St. Paul Johnson in a scrimmage at 9 a.m…. Don’t tread on me, because I’m a teddy bear…. finis


Today’s rumination #580

You should never consent to creep when you feel an impulse to soar.

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George Thole retired as head football coach at Stillwater after the 1999 season. He ranks among Minnesota’s top coaches in history with a 285-69-2 record (.805 winning percentage), including four state titles and two state runner-up finishes among 22 championship seasons. He co-authored (with Jerry Foley) “Coaching the Veer Offense,” second edition. His column appears Thursdays in the Gazette. To contact the hall of fame coach e-mail: [email protected]