Praise for Sounders FC: Authentic Masterpiece
So much football lore has emanated from the underappreciated annals of Historically Black Colleges and Universities, and this previously untapped gem is glorious in its audacity: A black athletic director and a white head coach who tuned out the noise from their contemptuous critics and forged their own path to victory. Mike Gastineau and Joe Purzycki bring this redeeming story to life and make us all smarter along the way.
This is a GREAT story. It’s worth your time.
Great story of how Joe Purzycki partnered with Athletic Director Nelson Townsend to turn around a faltering program
The book reads like a movie script and you feel all the emotion as the hard work and sacrifice begin to pay off in the win column. But this book is also as much about race relations and how Joe Purzycki adapts when he finds himself to be a minority in an environment initially full of resentment. Athletic Director Nelson Townsend draws upon his own life experience facing racial prejudice to help his struggling new coach understand how to deal with this unfamiliar world.
“Riveting…fans will be enthralled…this needs to be made into a movie.”
I am so glad Coach Purzycki and Mike Gastineau have come together to tell this amazing story.