"What might've been a merely inspiring tale is
also troubling and soul-baring and brave....This extraordinary coach
has helped hundreds of young men face up to their fears; with this
book, he is courageously facing his own."
—Tracy J. Gates, Squeaky
Feet blog, February 2011
"Few books I have read in my life have stirred
such a strong emotional response in me....This is a story of pressure,
passion, courage and victory. This is a human story and is less about
squash and more about what it takes to successfully lead a bunch of
young men to overcome their fears and achieve greatness....This is
an epic story that will be told for generations."
Squash Blog, January 2011
"It is amazing, educating and inspiring. It truly is a book
with something for everyone...This is a story of humanness, community,
family and the search for excellence."
Sports Psychology Symposium Blog, December 2010
"This is a remarkable story of a remarkable man, "coach,"
as he is called by his players. This is a book about the true meaning
of what it means to make sacrifices for your passions in life....I
applaud this book immensely because it seems, probably like many who
will read it, a book about being human."
Dashers & Bashers Blog, December 2010
"Comes with life lessons that exceed expectation."
Daily Beast, November 2010
"This book is a much bigger book than simply a squash book,
or a book about coaching. That's why I would recommend it without
qualification for anyone who is a squash fan, a sports fan, a person
interested in the philosophy of life, or a parent. Particularly a
Squashist, November 2010
“Run to the Roar is one of those rare sports books,
like Michael Lewis’s Moneyball, that quite effortlessly start
you thinking about life far beyond the confines of the sport itself.
Assaiante provides a lesson in twenty-first-century global psychology.
He describes how he turned athletes from nineteen countries and every
continent on the globe except Antarctica, all of them ambitious and
many of them hot-dogging egotists, into brotherly-loving, team-spirited,
one-for-all-and-all-for-one creatures within their own ranks . . .
and implacable warriors on the court.”
—Tom Wolfe, from the Foreword
“Winning is difficult. To win all the time is amazing. In Run
to the Roar Paul Assaiante shares with us the passion, preparation,
and execution necessary to be an incredible winner. It is certainly
a read worth savoring.”
“We get an inside look at Paul Assaiante’s winning attitude,
his commitment to excellence, and his formula for creating champions
on and off the court.”
—Billie Jean King
“The genius of Paul Assaiante is not what he understands about
squash, which is spectacular enough, but what he understands about
people. Reading this book he wrote with James Zug will make you better
at something. Maybe squash. Likely life.”
—Michael Bamberger, senior writer, Sports
“Assaiante knows how to tap into the winner inside each of
his players. The gripping story of his team’s victory is a testament
to the power of truly inspired leadership. When his players come together
and face their fears head-on, the sky is the limit!”
—Kenny Dichter, founder and CEO, Marquis Jet