The inspirational true story of a highly-successful CEO who quits at the top of his corporate game to go back and pursue his lifetime passion -- to become a college football coach. As a kid growing up in a rough-and-tumble neighborhood, Joe Moglia had always dreamed of coaching football -- not of being a corporate titan. He was more excited about X's and O's and touchdowns and field goals than corporate goals. And for his early years out of college and into his 20s, Joe coached high school and college football with a real passion. But as he got into his 30's, when faced with the hard choice between his lifelong dream and supporting his wife and four young kids, Joe did the honorable thing. He quit coaching and went to Wall Street to try and find a decent paying job in finance so he could help pay the bills at home. Turns out Joe was good with numbers, and even though he had no MBA or any real formal training in business, Joe eventually rose to become the CEO of TD Ameritrade.
Forbes writer Burke combines snappy magazine prose with the natural drama of football coach Joe Moglia's unlikely career arc to make this a captivating biography. Raised in a rough New York City neighborhood in the 1950s, the former stutterer became a successful high school and college coach, with an eye on eventually leading a major college program. But when Moglia realized he needed to provide greater financial stability for his family, he walked away from football and took an entry-level job at Merrill Lynch before eventually becoming CEO of TD Ameritrade and changing the way Wall Street operates-all with no formal financial training. Then, 25 years later, in 2011, Moglia walked away again, once more in search of the head coaching job that had always eluded him-it was with the Omaha Nighthawks of the fledgling United Football League-and was later hired as head coach at Coastal Carolina University. Burke previously profiled Moglia for Forbes and here provides extensive insight from Moglia, family members, friends, and former colleagues while navigating the sports and financial worlds with ease. Agent, Richard Pine. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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September 18, 2012
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