PODCAST: S3:EP25–Martin Davis, Author

Join us for S3:EP25 of the Sports Philanthropy Podcast as Martin Davis, a Coach, Journalist, Podcaster, and Author of 30 Days With America’s High School Coaches, sits down with our host Roy Kessel, to discuss the value and excellence of coaching, his new book coming out in 2021 and much more.

Martin has 20+years of experience in journalism. His writings have appeared in PGA Tour Magazine, US News & World Report, National Review, Philanthropy Magazine, the Washington Post, and Read the Spirit Magazine, among many others. 

His new book is 30 Days with America’s High School Coaches. It takes readers beyond the playing field to the schools, practice fields, and homes of high school coaches to examine how they successfully mold the characters and shape the spirits of the next generation of American leaders. The podcast “Time Out for Better Coaching” is an outgrowth of his book. It shines a light on great coaching and those who have information coaches need and want to do their jobs better.

When he’s not writing, you can usually find Martin on the football practice fields at Riverbend High School, where he coaches Special Teams.

Every day, in thousands of ways, high school coaches are working to shape the characters of the millions of young men and women they work with. Who are these people, and how do they do the work they do?

Martin Davis’ book explores the lives of 30 successful high school coaches across the nation in a dozen varsity sports. Through their stories, you’ll discover the ways they relate to players, build successful programs, strengthen community relationships, approach their craft, and grow as leaders. ​This book provides the unique opportunity to learn from the people we all admire, but rarely get to know beyond what we see on the sidelines of the fields, gyms, and courts of our local high schools.

Martin Davis joins our host Roy Kessel on S3:EP25 of the Sports Philanthropy Podcast


  • 00:00 Introduction
  • 01:40 Martin’s Interest in Coaching
  • 05:45 Studies and Thereafter
  • 11:30 Overstepping Boundaries as a Parent
  • 15:05 Learning How to Coach Effectively
  • 17:25 What Brought Martin Back to the Sports World?
  • 20:50 The Pressure of High School Sports
  • 26:50 Martin’s Favorite Stories in His Book
  • 34:15 SPN Bonus Question and Parting Words


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