USC Football Associate Head Coach John Baxter To Release First Book On Education


    Aug 13, 2013

    For nearly 30 years coach John Baxter has been an inspirational leader for some of the nation's best college football teams. Despite the impact he's had on the field, his many works off the field has earned him an outstanding reputation on college campuses for dramatically improving academic scores and developing life skills.

    His first book, "I Hate School: How a College Football Coach Has Inspired Students to Value Education and Become Lifelong Learners", is an inspirational tale of his life's work and takes a hard look at problems with education in America today.

    "I never imagined writing a book," said Baxter, Associate Head Football Coach at the University of Southern California. "I didn't think many people would care about what a football coach had to say about education. But over the years so many people I value and trust have encouraged me to share my story and philosophy on education. We are at a cross roads in American education today. We need more people involved in the educational process and can't count on the government or the school boards to make sure our kids are getting their value out of education. It's just about the only place where we don't demand our money's worth. That needs to change. I hope my story and the success we've had with "Academic Gameplan" will inspire parents, teachers and students to achieve at a higher level."

    In 1999 Baxter introduced "Academic Gameplan", a program he developed over time to help young people of all ages become more effective students, and all-around people. His unique approach has worked for football players at schools like Iowa State, Arizona, Arizona State, Cal, Oregon, Maryland, Tulane, Fresno State, and most recently USC, where he's served as Associate Head Coach since 2010.

    Baxter began his college coaching career at Loras College as an undergraduate student. He went on to earn a Master's degree in Higher Education from Iowa State, while coaching for the Cyclones. It was there he first began to develop "Academic Gameplan" while working with some "at risk" student-athletes.



    A graduate of Loyola (Ill.) High School, Baxter was worked on college campuses from Maine to Southern California and at schools in in the ACC, Pac 12, Big 12 and WAC conferences. His most recent success at Fresno State and USC has earned him national acclaim, including feature stories in national publications like Sports Illustrated. Top academic schools like Stanford and Cal have also implemented the "Academic Gameplan" for student-athletes.

    Baxter's unique teaching style has led to record-setting academic accomplishments in the college programs where he's worked from high GPAs to NCAA Academic Progress Rates (APR) scores. His copyrighted "Academic Gameplan" program has proven successful for many high school and college sports programs across the nation. Baxter soon found out that the challenges faced by college football players transcended to all students regardless of age, race, gender, socio economic background or extracurricular activities.

    The book is part self-help, part teaching tool and fully entertaining. Baxter has taught more than 1,000 college football players during his storied career and shares successful experiences from students of every socio-economic and geographic background.

    For more information or ordering information on Baxter's book: "I Hate School: How a College Football Coach Has Inspired Students to Value Education and Become Lifelong Learners" click here.

    Click here for more information on "Academic Gameplan".