Chasing Excellence: The Remarkable Life and Inspiring Vigilosophy of Coach Joe I. Vigil (Paperback)

Chasing Excellence: The Remarkable Life and Inspiring Vigilosophy of Coach Joe I. Vigil By Billy Mills (Foreword by), Pat Joseph Melgares Cover Image
By Billy Mills (Foreword by), Pat Joseph Melgares
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Winner, Best Sports Book, International Latino Book Awards; Best Biography, Independent Book Publishers Association

Dr. Joe I. Vigil—known simply as “Coach” to virtually everybody he has ever met—rose from poverty to become a towering figure in the running world. Coach has won 19 national championships and coached 425 All-Americans, 22 Olympians…and an army of “Vigilantes” who seek to emulate his unique blend of compassion, competitive spirit, and commitment to others.

In this long-overdue biography about America’s preeminent distance-running coach, author and Vigilante Pat Melgares shares Coach Vigil’s tale not just through the consummate storyteller’s own words but also through those of more than 50 family members, friends, former runners, and foes who have been shaped by his presence over a lifetime.

Coach Vigil is driven by a persistent desire to learn, a deep faith in people, and an unwavering loyalty to his hometown of Alamosa, Colorado. His life is an American dream—a must-read for anyone who loves an underdog or seeks to understand the timeless qualities that forge a leader.

“Chasing Excellence” has been Coach Vigil’s mantra for decades, for himself and those he teaches. Now in his 90s, he’s as relentless as ever in that quest.

“If you are a teacher, a coach, an administrator . . . or anyone in a leadership role . . . read this book! If you are an athlete or anyone in pursuit of achieving excellence in your field . . . read this book! – Ryun G., verified purchaser

About the Author


Born in Alamosa, Colorado, Pat Melgares was raised on the south side of town just three blocks from where Joe Vigil grew up. Pat graduated from Alamosa High and Adams State College, and was a four-time All-American from 1985 –1989. Pat was also on four NAIA cross country championship teams and two The Athletics Congress (TAC) junior cross country championship teams. Pat studied journalism and began his career at the hometown Alamosa Valley Courier. He became public information officer at Adams State and is now a communications specialist and public information officer at Kansas State University.

Foreword author Billy Mills was the 1964 Olympic gold medalist in the 10,000m with one of the most stunning underdog performances in track and field history. An Oglala Sioux member and US Marine, Mills is co-founder of the nonprofit Running Strong for American Indian Youth and a well-known speaker and activist on Native American issues.

Praise For…


“Coach Vigil is the ultimate mentor no matter the sport and has the philosophy to ever-learn and ever-share. No matter where you feel you are starting your journey, this book is your gateway to creating purpose and fulfilling your life goals.” —Deena Kastor, Olympic medalist, American record holder in the marathon, New York Times best-selling author

 

“Coach Vigil is an inspiration to me, and now others will get the chance to see the passion and compassion of this remarkable man. I was fortunate to be with him at a time when my life and athletic career were blossoming. He believed in me and he instilled the importance of the nine inches above the shoulders: anyone can get ready physically for a race, but the mental component is also just as important.” —Meb Keflezighi, 2014 Boston Marathon winner, 2009 New York City Marathon winner, Olympic medalist

 

"When I rode with Coach Vigil to my first altitude-training camp, he drove from Tucson, Arizona, to Mammoth Lakes, California, and told me lots of stories all the way. Now, everybody can enjoy Coach’s stories and discover what a great mentor, person, and friend he is. He’s the coach of every distance runner of my generation. We all have our own coaches, but Coach Vigil is the one we all share.” —Abdi Abdirahman, oldest U.S. distance-running Olympic qualifier; only five-time U.S. men's Olympic distance runner

 

"There are few distance coaches in the world who have as broad of an impact on distance running as Coach Vigil. Like so many, my program was based off the backbone structure of Coach's training philosophy. I am certain that I would have never run at the level I achieved had it not been for Coach Vigil's influence. He is a sage in our sport who has empowered us all to break through, and Pat Melgares has given all of us the opportunity to better know this amazing man and coach." —Ryan Hall, U.S. record holder in the half marathon, two-time Olympian
 

“What I admire most about Coach Vigil is the compassion he has to help others with the knowledge he has gathered over 50 years of coaching. Coach’s life story being brought to life in this book will inspire others to follow in his footsteps.” —Brenda Martinez, Olympian, 2013 World Championships 800m silver medalist
 

​“I have known Coach Joe Vigil since 1968 and for more than 50 years have observed his many different roles—running coach, life learner, teacher, and compassionate human being. His story and his example are an inspiration to all. This new book will spread his approach and knowledge to many more. There is much to be gained.” —Amby Burfoot, 1968 Boston Marathon winner, longtime editor, Runner’s World magazine

"Chasing Excellence: The Remarkable Life and Inspiring Philosophy of Coach Joe Vigil, by journalist Pat Melgares (a former Adams State runner), documents Vigil’s life from his modest beginnings to success as a teacher and track coach at Alamosa, Colorado High School and then to Adams State where he forged a true NAIA distance dynasty over a 29-year period, and to co-coaching at Mammoth Lakes, guiding Deena Kastor to Olympic marathon bronze and other successes. Much of the story is told via testimony from his former athletes and fellow coaches. From their reports Vigil can walk on water; he is a demigod, mentor, friend, universally loved and respected." —Track & Field News

"Chasing Excellence by journalist Pat Melgares (a former Adams State runner) documents Vigil’s life from his modest beginnings to success as a teacher and track coach at Alamosa, Colorado High School and then to Adams State where he forged a true NAIA distance dynasty over a 29-year period, and to co-coaching at Mammoth Lakes, guiding Deena Kastor to Olympic marathon bronze and other successes. Much of the story is told via testimony from his former athletes and fellow coaches. From their reports Vigil can walk on water; he is a demigod, mentor, friend, universally loved and respected." —Ed Fox, Track and Field News
Product Details
ISBN: 9781733188739
ISBN-10: 1733188738
Publisher: Soulstice Publishing
Publication Date: June 15th, 2020
Pages: 320
Language: English

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How To Read More

If you love reading, but for some reason you read less and less, know that everything is fine. It happens.
Our lives today have so many things that distract us - how can we not put books away when all these movies, TV shows, YouTube videos, social networks and endless surfing in online stores are around ...
Yes, it's really hard to resist, but you certainly can!

In this article, we want to share with you some tips to read more often and more successfully.
These are some notes and some practices that we have collected for our SUNDOG BOOKS readers club.
And maybe it will bring more books into your life!

Why do we want/need to read more?

To start reading more, you have to understand why you need it.
And you will be surprised, but your goals can be quite varied:

- for work
If you read a lot on duty, then you definitely need to speed up the process. The logic here is simple: read faster → work faster → more time for books for yourself.

- for education
you need this for your educational career or sometimes you just want to read to learn. And, with all the new alternative ways to gain knowledge (podcasts, online courses and videos), the book still does an excellent job of this task too.

- for self-development
all exercises for increasing speed, one way or another, improve cognition and memory.

- for fun
because good books always = fun!

Book lovers have an additional special goal for reading more often. If you love literature, you will understand what we mean: you want to catch everything - to follow modern literature, and not forget about the classics, look into non-fiction and children's publications. And there’s so much you want to reread! The goals are ambitious, but attainable if you read a lot.

 

And so - How to read more:
We will tell you about the methods that we use ourselves. Perhaps some will suit you as well.

 

15 minutes a day

You've probably already heard this rule: if you want to start a healthy habit, devote 15 minutes a day to it. Once upon a time, we all read irregularly, in jumps and starts. Sometimes we cannot open a book we have begun weeks ago. Therefore, you should decide to create a rule: devote at least 15 minutes a day to reading. Try reading before bed, or maybe during lunchtime, or even when you are having your morning coffee.

You will see progress immediately. You will notice that almost always your 15 minutes will grow into half an hour or more. But the most remarkable thing is that in three weeks your hands themselves will be looking for a book.

 

50 First Pages
This method advises - If the book hasn't hooked you from the first 50 pages, put it aside! Life is too short to read uninteresting books.

It is necessary to change the approach to books. At first it will be hard for you to stop and put the book down. Even if we put the book away, it will seem to reproach us from the shelf, mocking us as quitters. But in the end we should come to one simple thought: if it doesn’t hook your attention, you should not force yourself to read it.

***Fifty pages is not a bad test. Not the most objective, but definitely effective. It helps to determine whether it interests you or not, and whether to spend time on things that do not excite.

 

Reader's Diary

This should be used to improve the quality of reading - to make it more conscious. For starters, it can be a simple notebook with headings:

  • Author
  • Year of publication
  • Main characters
  • Scene
  • Plot
  • Theme
  • Quotes

And, yes, a reader's diary is not a thing about quantity, but about quality. But, it can also motivate. When you open your diary and start looking at quotes (especially quotes), you immediately really want to read.

 

Maybe a Book Bet?
Several people can participate. Members of the betting group can come from friends, family, and also your colleagues. And of course you can set your own rules for participation, but we'll give you a simple example:

Everyone in the group should read and review a book over the course of a month with weekly updates. Anyone who does not finish a review buys the book for all other participants for the next month.

 

Speed Reading

Another effective way to increase the amount you read is speed reading. The logic here is simple - the faster you read, the more books you can enjoy.

*There are many online courses on speed reading, and you can also study on your own using instructional books. But, it is worth noting that this is a serious learning process that will require some effort on your part.

 

Outcome

Reading every day is quite attainable, the main thing is to try to make it a habit.
Sometimes, instead of heading for Facebook, try opening a book and soon you won’t even remember why you needed to wander around social media.
And also - don't forget about audiobooks. They are a cool way to take the load off your eyes sometimes and just immerse yourself in the story. Some books are really strong in voice acting.

 
 
 

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