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Bill Courtney

Subject of the Academy Award-winning Documentary, UNDEFEATED Author, Against the Grain: A Coach's Wisdom on Character, Faith, Family, and Love

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 Bill Courtney Biography

"His sucess serves as a moving example of what can happen when people in authoritiy care about others - not just about winning the next game or securing the next client." - Phil Jackson

Bill Courtney is a familiar name to those who saw him in Undefeated, the Oscar-winning movie about the high school football team he coached in a downtrodden section of North Memphis. The documentary, which The New York Times called "an irresistible story," follows the indefatigable coach as he tirelessly works to turn around a troubled inner-city football team, meanwhile putting out fires at his day job: a highly successful lumber company. Now, in his first book, Courtney, Esquire magazine's Coach of the Year in 2012, describes the key principles—including service, civility, leadership, character, commitment, and forgiveness—that have helped young people and adults to live better and more fulfilled lives.

Courtney has also passed along these values to his 120 employees at the lumber company he built from scratch. A former drug addict became a line manager and loving family man; an out-of-control cornerback is now a cadet at West Point; a star running back has discovered he can show his emotions and still be strong. Courtney shares these and other compelling stories—with pithy statements such as "True compassion is when you reach out to another person when there is no benefit to yourself," and "How we treat those we disagree with says more about us than our opinions"—to illustrate how readers can enrich themselves, their families, their businesses, and their communities.

Courtney goes against the grain of today's me-first culture, while explaining why these time-tested principles are needed now more than ever. He shows that winning isn't just about the score at the end of the game, or the profit margin. Ultimately, it's about the impact you make on your fellow human beings and the legacy you leave behind.

He receives rave reviews speaking to such groups as Nike, Frito-Lay, FedEx, the United States Olympic Committee, and many more.

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Against the Grain: A Coach's Wisdom on Character, Faith, Family, and Love

Against the Grain: A Coach's Wisdom on Character, Faith, Family, and Love

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  • What Is Success?

    According to Courtney, football doesn't build character. It reveals character. When Bill Courtney began volunteering to coach a local losing football team, neither he nor the players knew how far they'd go, but their journey together became an inspiring lesson.The players soon realized that Courtney would not let them slide when it came to the fundamentals. Not just of football, but of the actions that count in the real world: commitment, dedication, integrity.The same traits that Courtney encouraged of his players have proven themselves in his business success as well. Having started a lumber business from his living room, Courtney turned it into a $40 million enterprise that currently does business all over the world. Even when the recession hit, Courtney's business thrived. "Walking the talk" of hard work, integrity and dedication, he believes that if you do the right thing, profits will follow. According to Courtney, to do the right thing, you need to Get Out of Your Comfort Zone, Deserve Success, Serve Others and Outwork Everyone Else. His discipline, combined with true caring, showed his team that true success isn't about trophies or awards on a shelf. It's about living life by a set of values one can be proud of long after their days on the field were over.

  • For Faith Based Groups

    Bill Courtney volunteered as a football coach, but he became a father figure to the players as well. Most came from broken homes, and having grown up without a father himself, Courtney could relate to their situation.His personal faith had always sustained him, and as he grew and started his own family, it continued to be a cornerstone of the tools for living he successfully employs.

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Bill Courtney

Subject of the Academy Award-winning Documentary, UNDEFEATED Author, Against the Grain: A Coach's Wisdom on Character, Faith, Family, and Love

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Bill Courtney Biography

"His sucess serves as a moving example of what can happen when people in authoritiy care about others - not just about winning the next game or securing the next client." - Phil Jackson

Bill Courtney is a familiar name to those who saw him in Undefeated, the Oscar-winning movie about the high school football team he coached in a downtrodden section of North Memphis. The documentary, which The New York Times called "an irresistible story," follows the indefatigable coach as he tirelessly works to turn around a troubled inner-city football team, meanwhile putting out fires at his day job: a highly successful lumber company. Now, in his first book, Courtney, Esquire magazine's Coach of the Year in 2012, describes the key principles—including service, civility, leadership, character, commitment, and forgiveness—that have helped young people and adults to live better and more fulfilled lives.

Courtney has also passed along these values to his 120 employees at the lumber company he built from scratch. A former drug addict became a line manager and loving family man; an out-of-control cornerback is now a cadet at West Point; a star running back has discovered he can show his emotions and still be strong. Courtney shares these and other compelling stories—with pithy statements such as "True compassion is when you reach out to another person when there is no benefit to yourself," and "How we treat those we disagree with says more about us than our opinions"—to illustrate how readers can enrich themselves, their families, their businesses, and their communities.

Courtney goes against the grain of today's me-first culture, while explaining why these time-tested principles are needed now more than ever. He shows that winning isn't just about the score at the end of the game, or the profit margin. Ultimately, it's about the impact you make on your fellow human beings and the legacy you leave behind.

He receives rave reviews speaking to such groups as Nike, Frito-Lay, FedEx, the United States Olympic Committee, and many more.

Bill Courtney Videos

  • Undefeated Coach on Going Against the Grain
  • Newsmax: Famed Coach Bill Courtney: Character, Integrity Paramount
  • Coach Bill Courtney - Good Day Tulsa - YouTube

Bill Courtney Books

Bill Courtney Speaking Topics

  • What Is Success?

    According to Courtney, football doesn't build character. It reveals character. When Bill Courtney began volunteering to coach a local losing football team, neither he nor the players knew how far they'd go, but their journey together became an inspiring lesson.The players soon realized that Courtney would not let them slide when it came to the fundamentals. Not just of football, but of the actions that count in the real world: commitment, dedication, integrity.The same traits that Courtney encouraged of his players have proven themselves in his business success as well. Having started a lumber business from his living room, Courtney turned it into a $40 million enterprise that currently does business all over the world. Even when the recession hit, Courtney's business thrived. "Walking the talk" of hard work, integrity and dedication, he believes that if you do the right thing, profits will follow. According to Courtney, to do the right thing, you need to Get Out of Your Comfort Zone, Deserve Success, Serve Others and Outwork Everyone Else. His discipline, combined with true caring, showed his team that true success isn't about trophies or awards on a shelf. It's about living life by a set of values one can be proud of long after their days on the field were over.

  • For Faith Based Groups

    Bill Courtney volunteered as a football coach, but he became a father figure to the players as well. Most came from broken homes, and having grown up without a father himself, Courtney could relate to their situation.His personal faith had always sustained him, and as he grew and started his own family, it continued to be a cornerstone of the tools for living he successfully employs.

FAQs on booking Bill Courtney

  • How to book Bill Courtney?

    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Bill Courtney for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers. Fill out a booking request form for Bill Courtney, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Bill Courtney or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • How much does it cost to book Bill Courtney?

    Booking fees for Bill Courtney, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies according to the circumstances, including the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. Speaker fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Bill Courtney, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • Who is the agent for Bill Courtney?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Bill Courtney for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Bill Courtney for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service talent booking agency?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Bill Courtney or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Bill Courtney or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.

Bill Courtney is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics . The estimated speaking fee range to book Bill Courtney for your event is $10,000 - $20,000. Bill Courtney generally travels from Memphis, TN, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Daymond John, Gary Vaynerchuk, Alex Nicholls, Bill Rancic and Jay Walker. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Bill Courtney for an upcoming event.

Bill Courtney Speaker Videos

  • Undefeated Coach on Going Against the Grain
    Newsmax: Famed Coach Bill Courtney: Character, Integrity Paramount
  • Coach Bill Courtney - Good Day Tulsa - YouTube

Bill Courtney Speaking Topics

  • What Is Success?

    According to Courtney, football doesn't build character. It reveals character. When Bill Courtney began volunteering to coach a local losing football team, neither he nor the players knew how far they'd go, but their journey together became an inspiring lesson.The players soon realized that Courtney would not let them slide when it came to the fundamentals. Not just of football, but of the actions that count in the real world: commitment, dedication, integrity.The same traits that Courtney encouraged of his players have proven themselves in his business success as well. Having started a lumber business from his living room, Courtney turned it into a $40 million enterprise that currently does business all over the world. Even when the recession hit, Courtney's business thrived. "Walking the talk" of hard work, integrity and dedication, he believes that if you do the right thing, profits will follow. According to Courtney, to do the right thing, you need to Get Out of Your Comfort Zone, Deserve Success, Serve Others and Outwork Everyone Else. His discipline, combined with true caring, showed his team that true success isn't about trophies or awards on a shelf. It's about living life by a set of values one can be proud of long after their days on the field were over.

  • For Faith Based Groups

    Bill Courtney volunteered as a football coach, but he became a father figure to the players as well. Most came from broken homes, and having grown up without a father himself, Courtney could relate to their situation.His personal faith had always sustained him, and as he grew and started his own family, it continued to be a cornerstone of the tools for living he successfully employs.

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All American Entertainment (AAE) exclusively represents the interests of talent buyers, and does not claim to be the agency or management for any speaker or artist on this site. AAE is a talent booking agency for paid events only. We do not handle requests for donation of time or media requests for interviews, and cannot provide celebrity contact information.

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