Glory Road: My Story of the 1966 NCAA Basketball Championship and How One Team Triumphed Against the Odds and Changed America Forever

ISBN: 1401307914
ISBN 13: 9781401307912
By: Don Haskins Daniel Wetzel

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Timed to the release of Jerry Bruckheimer's movie, the moving autobiography of Hall of Fame basketball coach Don Haskins and his storied team of players, the Texas Western MinersIn 1966, college basketball was almost completely segregated. In the championship game for the NCAA title that year, Don Haskins, coach of the then little-known Texas Western College, did something that had never been done before in the history of college basketball. He started five black players, and in the now legendary game, unseated the nationally top-ranked University of Kentucky. Broadcast on television throughout the country, the Miners victory became the impetus for the desegregation of all college teams in the South during the next few years.Now, for the first time, Hall of Fame coach Don Haskins tell his story. Beginning as a small-town high school basketball coach, Haskins was known for his tough coaching methods and larger-than-life personality. As a child growing up during the Dust Bowl in Oklahoma, he developed a strong set of values and discipline that he would instill in his players throughout his coaching career. With recollections from his former players, including those of the 1966 team, along with Haskins's own Seven Principles for Success, Glory Road is the inspiring story of a living legend and one of the most respected coaches of all time.With a foreword by basketball legend Bobby Knight, and coinciding with the release of the film Glory Road, the story of Don Haskins and his championship team is sure to become a classic for sports fans and historians.

Reader's Thoughts

Rashad miller

When I was reading this book I learned how to keep working hard and let stuff just happen and stay forces. This book really would help a lot of basketball and other sports that people play to and trying to get to that next level, because it helps you and leads you the right way,and when your reading the book it make you want to make a change in you life after high school and whats your next step that your going to take. Its helping me stay on top of my grade now and understanding that school is not a game it a place were you go to learn and get better at different things every day and if you really want it you have to go get it and work hard for it. I think a lot of people should read this book.

David Ward

Glory Road: My Story of the 1966 NCAA Basketball Championship and How One Team Triumphed Against the Odds and Changed America Forever by Don Haskins, Daniel Wetzel (Hyperion Books 2006)(Biography) is the biography of how Coach Don Haskins led Texas Western to the 1966 NCAA Basketball Championship over the University of Kentucky which was coached by Adolph Rupp, the legendary "Baron of the Bluegrass." This Texas Western team was the first NCAA program to start five black players. According to the book, "Back then, there was a simple coaching axiom. You can play two blacks at home, three on the road, and four if you were losing. But never, ever five at once." Glory Road, page 8. Don Haskins was the coach who changed the rules. My rating: 5/10, finished 11/29/12.

Kyon Simon

it was good but it wasn't like the movie because it talked more about the coach


This book is a true story about the first team and coach to have ever played five starting black players on a team. The Coach who had put together this championship winning team was named Don Haskins and the college was Texas Western College. The five black players were from places like Michigan, New York and Indiana. This college wasnt well known so they couldnt get the best players in high school because they wouldnt come. Instead Don sends some recruits to the street courts from states in the north. They find the most talented not the most well known white players. The five starters on the team were named Bobby Joe Hill, David Lattin, Orstin Artis, Willie Worsely, and then Willie Cager. This team went 23-1 in the regular season in the NCAA and went on to the NCAA tournament with a top 5 ranking. They had to beat teams like Cincinatti and Kansas who the UTEP Miners beat in double overtime 81-80 (Kansas) Then in then NCAA championship game they had to play the legendary Kentucky Wildcats who were the top ranked team overall coached by the legendary Adolph Rupp. Kentucky was an all white team who didnt like the fact that a team had five starting black players. There was no overtime the UTEP Minors won 75-67.

Andres Cruz

Don Haskins’ Glory Road amused me with an interesting and surprising story. I thought the book was very fascinating; it was both humorous and exciting.The theme in the story is hard to see because it is nonfiction and told in first person, but the theme is mainly to not judge people, and treat everyone equal. Haskins writing style is in first person and can be very humorous and straight forward. There are many characters throughout the book, but Haskins talks a lot about almost character some more than others but he talk mostly about their personality traits. The setting takes place in small town in west Texas and is mostly talked about the college campus. The setting is important to the story because it shows how big of under dogs Texas Western was.Haskins talks about many interesting and somewhat funny stories; there is really not one set plot throughout the whole book.I would recommend the book because it very interesting and humorous and can teach the reader about the history of a city and a college and legendry coach.


Coach Don Haskins realizes that the society is corrupted by racial discimination and feels it is his need to put an abrupt hault to this. Through the duraion of the book he goes through numerous obstacles coaching a team with numerous black players on his team and makes it clear of his opinion when he starts five black players in the championship game. He revolutionizes the sport as well as the world. All are equal, no one person should be treated differently because of race. This book please me. It was interesting and i enjoyed every page of it

Jaymond Kelly

Don Haskins and his Texas Western team won the 1966 NCAA Championship,by starting five African Americans.

Amanda Gibson

Texas Western Coach Don Hakins broke racial boundaries when he started five African American students and led them all the way to the 1966 NCAA Basketball Championship. Throughout the entire season the players and himself were faced with tremendous challenges that forced them overlook race as a whole. Because of their teamwork they overcame all of the racial and prejudice boundaries that were placed in front of them. Glory Road is an excellent story that students can relate to for numerous reasons. Race and prejudice still exists today and this book help demonstrates how teamwork and motivation will help you overcome many problems. In the field of management teamwork is a highly focused subject that is key to succeeding and I feel that this book helps illustrate just how important it really is.


I love stories behind the story. Great book.

Jacob Lewis

The book Glory Road is about the team from El Paso Texas. The teams was name Texas Western college. The season before their hall of Fame coach reterea and then Texas Western College hire a coach name Don Haskins. In the season they were ranked in the top 25 to started the season. DOn Haskins rectruit some more black kids. Then the 1966 season no one if think the Texas Western would have made it to the title game and win the whole thing. In the title game it was 1vs.2. Texas Western was the first team in the title game that 5 black players started in the title game. Texas Western finished the year of 28-0 and ranked #1 in th eland. Don Haskins later went to the Hall of Fame in college Basketball. With the 5 black player open the rule book to allow black player to started a basketball game. The story is a real life story and now turn into a movie called Glory Road. The title game now will ever be in NCAA college basketball classic moment because of the starting 5 black player. The Miner 1966 players jersey are now restire and Don HAskines will never be forgotten in Miners basketball history. Now today Texas Western team has never ever won anotger title season that 1966 season.


I'm biased since I graduated from UTEP (Texas Western used to be it's name) where Don Haskins continues to be an institution.


i read this book in pretty much one sitting. it was that easy to read. i didn't really care for the movie (it was kind of boring), but the book had a flow to it that just made you want to finish reading it. it's really and incredible story, and don haskins seems like an incredible guy.


The book I read was Glory Road. The author, Don Haskins, wrote this story to not only tell his life as a basketball star and coach but to show that when he coached he broke the NCAA rulings by starting 5 black players against an all-white Kentucky team demonstrating the importance of desegregating college basketball and change the civil rights movement around the country. The theme of this book is to never judge someone by the color of their skin because you never know how much talent they may hold until you have faith in them and allow them to show what they are made of. Starting 5 black players in the championship game may have caused conflict with other people, but by doing that, Don Haskins played his best players which happened to be black and won a National Championship that year and helped desegregate college basketball. I feel this book is written in a descriptive style. Don Haskins tells the story from the start of when he played basketball in Oklahoma and the hardships he went through as a player to get to where he was as a coach in Texas. He told how he worked his kids just as much as he did, and he told everything in order as how it went in his life until he coached his kids to win the NCAA Championship in 1966. I think this was an excellent book. It’s a life changing story and teaches you lessons along the way as well as learning about racial discrimination. I wouldn’t change anything in this story. Don Haskins did a great job of describing his life stories and made it as if it were a movie walking through everything as you read on.

Emily mathews

This is good! There's a movie, also


Don Haskins memoir, Glory Road: My Story of the 1966 NCAA Basketball Championship and How One Team Triumphed Against the Odds and Changed America Forever, he recalls back to his season at Texas Western. Back in 1966 college basketball was primarily white. There had been many African-American basketball players prior to this team, and even started games at the division one level. This team, though, was slightly groundbreaking in the fact they were the first to start five black athletes in a national NCAA championship game.But first, the book begins with Mr. Haskins coaching a small town, high school basketball team. Haskins developed tough minded drills and techniques, which he credited to his lessons he learned from living through the dust bowl in Oklahoma. Haskins eventually developed what was referred to as the Seven Principles of Success that he, his coaching staff, and players strived to achieve/help achieve. Haskins eventually took the college coaching job at Texas Western in El Paso, Texas. This college is now called the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP). Back in 1966, this college wasn't known by many around the country, unlike college powerhouses such as Kansas, Kentucky and Iowa. This little known college ended up deifying an assumed college system of the time; black basketball didn't start, or even play, college basketball. Texas Western won their first 23 games of the regular season, but lost the last one. They made the tournament and won their first 4 games, one game against Cincinnati in overtime and another versus Kansas in double overtime. This ended up pitting the Texas western squad against Kentucky, where they would break history and change the college game forever.I love this story because it’s the underdog, lesser known, lesser liked team overcoming the obstacles and achieving ultimate success that wouldn't just affect them but all of college basketball after that. This is a very historical event in terms of sports. I wasn't so much fond of the more autobiography type route this book takes, but it does give better insight on what actually happened. This book should be reader by older high schools students who are interested in sports and adversity.

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