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Football Family
The Story of Jim Algeo and the Rare Breed of Lansdale
by M. Bridget Algeo View author's profile page

Overview


Faith. Family. Football.  And the greatest of these is Faith.

 “Growing up in a home where your father is a football coach offers unique perspectives in life. Football Family tells the story of legendary Pennsylvania high school coach Jim Algeo, and how his family went along for the ride as he built the powerhouse Lansdale Catholic football program on the foundation of faith, commitment, and hard work.”

~ Mark Wolpert, Executive Director of the Maxwell Football Club

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Description


Come along for the ride with Coach Jim Algeo, his family, and the Rare Breed of Lansdale, one of Pennsylvania's most storied high school football traditions. In Football Family, readers are invited to join the nearly fifty-year journey as told by the fifth of his nine children. From her earliest memories as the child of a high school football coach, Bridget Algeo meanders through the celebrated career of one the state's most respected coaches, as well one of its strongest sports programs. Readers will meet the Algeos of Lansdale, as well as their big Irish clan and their highly successful football family, the Rare Breed. Driven by the "Faith, Family, Football" mantra of a young boy with a dream to coach high school football, this memoir describes a love story on which a team was built. With come-from-behind wins, miracle plays, Thanksgiving Day battles, quests for championship titles, and all things that bind fans of the unique experience that is high school football, Football Family journeys through more than four decades of lasting memories. As readers will discover, Football Family, more than anything is not just about football and family, but a story of faith.

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About the author


Bridget Algeo is an avid sports enthusiast who, in Football Family, brings readers along for the ride that details the storied career of Pennsylvania High School Football Coach Jim Algeo and his wife Mickey. As one of their nine children, she learned the joy and value of sports from a very young age, and her particular interests included football, gymnastics, basketball, and lacrosse. A graduate of Ursinus College, Algeo was a member of the 1989 Division III NCAA National Championship Lacrosse Team. She later became a feature writer for the Philadelphia area's premier source of lacrosse news, www.phillylacrosse.com. Algeo, who has spent over twenty years in education, also enjoys movies, nature, photography, art, technology, and writing. She is the creator of www.rarebreednationllc.org, which maintains the legacy of the Rare Breed tradition she describes in Football Family and also features her blog highlighting the invaluable lifelong lessons of sport. She enjoys spending time with her family and friends, and especially hanging out with her son and dogs.

Mike Stern has written about, reported on, and served as an in-game announcer for competitive athletics at the scholastic, collegiate, and professional level in a career spanning five decades.  Beginning his journalistic career at The Reporter in Lansdale, Pennsylvania, Mike has gone on to serve as Media Relations Director for the Fort Worth Texans Hockey Team, as well as serve as a reporter and color commentator for various outlets, such as Time Warner Cable Sports Channel, the National Federation of High School Associations, Friday Night Glory, and the Dallas Morning News.

Mike is a 1973 graduate of Olney High School. He is also a 1977 alumnus of Temple University in Philadelphia, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications.

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Book details

Genre:SPORTS & RECREATION

Subgenre:Football

Language:English

Pages:300

Format:Paperback

Paperback ISBN:9781543973914


Overview


Faith. Family. Football.  And the greatest of these is Faith.

 “Growing up in a home where your father is a football coach offers unique perspectives in life. Football Family tells the story of legendary Pennsylvania high school coach Jim Algeo, and how his family went along for the ride as he built the powerhouse Lansdale Catholic football program on the foundation of faith, commitment, and hard work.”

~ Mark Wolpert, Executive Director of the Maxwell Football Club

Read more

Description


Come along for the ride with Coach Jim Algeo, his family, and the Rare Breed of Lansdale, one of Pennsylvania's most storied high school football traditions. In Football Family, readers are invited to join the nearly fifty-year journey as told by the fifth of his nine children. From her earliest memories as the child of a high school football coach, Bridget Algeo meanders through the celebrated career of one the state's most respected coaches, as well one of its strongest sports programs. Readers will meet the Algeos of Lansdale, as well as their big Irish clan and their highly successful football family, the Rare Breed. Driven by the "Faith, Family, Football" mantra of a young boy with a dream to coach high school football, this memoir describes a love story on which a team was built. With come-from-behind wins, miracle plays, Thanksgiving Day battles, quests for championship titles, and all things that bind fans of the unique experience that is high school football, Football Family journeys through more than four decades of lasting memories. As readers will discover, Football Family, more than anything is not just about football and family, but a story of faith.

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About the author


Bridget Algeo is an avid sports enthusiast who, in Football Family, brings readers along for the ride that details the storied career of Pennsylvania High School Football Coach Jim Algeo and his wife Mickey. As one of their nine children, she learned the joy and value of sports from a very young age, and her particular interests included football, gymnastics, basketball, and lacrosse. A graduate of Ursinus College, Algeo was a member of the 1989 Division III NCAA National Championship Lacrosse Team. She later became a feature writer for the Philadelphia area's premier source of lacrosse news, www.phillylacrosse.com. Algeo, who has spent over twenty years in education, also enjoys movies, nature, photography, art, technology, and writing. She is the creator of www.rarebreednationllc.org, which maintains the legacy of the Rare Breed tradition she describes in Football Family and also features her blog highlighting the invaluable lifelong lessons of sport. She enjoys spending time with her family and friends, and especially hanging out with her son and dogs.

Mike Stern has written about, reported on, and served as an in-game announcer for competitive athletics at the scholastic, collegiate, and professional level in a career spanning five decades.  Beginning his journalistic career at The Reporter in Lansdale, Pennsylvania, Mike has gone on to serve as Media Relations Director for the Fort Worth Texans Hockey Team, as well as serve as a reporter and color commentator for various outlets, such as Time Warner Cable Sports Channel, the National Federation of High School Associations, Friday Night Glory, and the Dallas Morning News.

Mike is a 1973 graduate of Olney High School. He is also a 1977 alumnus of Temple University in Philadelphia, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications.

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