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Having coached one of the best basketball players to have ever played the game is a great accomplishment, but Cecil Mosenson has a bigger story to tell. In It All Began with Wilt the reader gets to see the power of a coach, the power of a man, and the power of a friend. Armed with the ability to coach and teach, Cecil worked his way through highly acclaimed and successful coaching positions, awards on every level, administrative opportunities, and, ultimately, into the lives of countless teenagers. His kids still thank him for the impact that he had—in sports and life. His inspiration now extends past the court into a wonderfully wrought memoir. Cecil Mosenson shares his life of coaching—starting with Wilt.
“I was talking to the other coach and the officials when I happened to glance at Wilt. He had adorned himself with a golf hat, a shimmering white silk scarf and dark sun glasses, I called him over and told him very directly…”
(Adam) “Even through the anguish that my father caused, I never wanted it to end. I loved every minute of it, even with the disappointments, the embarrassments, the endless valleys, and that one peak that will live with me forever.”
“As if by magic, all the fans stopped in their tracks, turned around, and started back into the stands. It looked to me as if he were holding the Ten Commandments in one hand and the other hand was pointing upwards into the heavens. He was the Charlton Heston of the basketball world.”
“This is about the people Mosenson touched, and those who touched him. It began with Wilt, but it hardly ended there.”
―Phil Jasner, Philadelphia Daily News NBA Sports Writer