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Wasn't That Fun: Jim Butterfield, A Coaching Life.

WASN'T THAT FUN: Jim Butterfield, A Coaching Life

By Lois Butterfield.

Pp. 314. York, PA: Maple-Vail Book Mfg. Group, $21, hardcover.

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Over the last three-quarters of a century, we've reviewed all sorts of books, from team techniques to sport psychology to coaching manuals to encyclopedias in every sport from archery to wherever the alphabet ends. But this is the first love story we've ever included.

It's the story of Ithaca's legendary football coach, Jim Butterfield, by the person most qualified to write it, his wife Lois. It's a terrific tale about a coach's love for his sport, his players and, not incidentally, the woman with whom he shared it all.

Lois Butterfield's hymn to him is beautifully written and chock full of remembrances from Jim's players and coaching colleagues. Jim was the head coach at Ithaca for 27 years, compiling a 206-71 (.743) record, which is even more impressive when you realize his Bombers split the first 58 games of his career there. The rest of the numbers-14 times ECAC Team of the Year, eight Lambert Cups, 21-8 in II NCAA tournaments and, of course, three national championships--are simply amazing. His last two seasons at Ithaca were played in Butterfield Stadium, an honor that comes to few coaches.

Perhaps even more important, it's a memoir that should stir every football coach's wife, whose support has enabled her man to succeed in a profession he loves. Lois regrets that she didn't get it done soon enough to allow Jim to hold the book before he died. If that's so, it's the only thing she didn't get exactly right.--B.W.

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Date:Aug 1, 2004
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