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4th & Goal: One Man's Quest to Recapture His Dream    by Monte Burke order for
4th & Goal
by Monte Burke
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Grand Central, 2012 (2012)
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* *   Reviewed by Bob Walch

At this point in his first season as the football coach of Coastal Carolina University, Joe Moglia is on the verge of qualifying for the Division I FCS play offs. In his first year as the Chanticleers' head man, Moglia has a 4-1 league record and is 6-4 overall.

Obviously, Moglia already has much to be proud of, but there's much more to this man's story than meets the eye at first glance. In 4th & Goal: One Man's Quest to Recapture His Dream, Monte Burke offers a very entertaining account of how the man who was the CEO of TD Ameritrade from 2001-08 now finds himself diagramming plays, conducting practices and guiding his athletes to a post season playoff berth.

For 16 years Moglia was a reasonably successful high school and college football coach. At the age of 33 he was the defensive coordinator of Dartmouth, the two-time defending Ivy League champions. It appeared that he was on the verge of taking the next step and landing a head college coaching assignment.

But a radical change in the direction of Moglia's personal life ended that dream or at least put it on hold. When his wife announced she was divorcing him, he realized he needed to do something very different and more lucrative to support his four children. An annual salary of $33,000 wasn't adequate.

Heading for Wall Street, Moglia landed an entry position job with Merrill Lynch. Twenty-five years later he was at the top of his game running TD Ameritrade.

Then in 2008 Moglia made another fateful decision. He had never lost his love of coaching football and was going to return to the gridiron and try to achieve his dream of being a head college coach.

Members of both the financial and football worlds thought Moglia was totally insane. Since he obviously couldn't find a job, the ex-CEO, at age sixty, took an unpaid intern's position with the University of Nebraska’s football team.

After looking for a college coaching job for three years, Moglia decided to take an offer from the United Football League's worst team, the Omaha Nighthawks. This would probably be the only opportunity he would have to prove he could handle the job he so badly wanted.

That first game as the Nighthawks coach, he looked across the field and there was Marty Schottenheimer, the 68 year old head man of the Virginia Destroyers and the sixth winningest coach in NFL history. Talk about a Baptism of Fire!

On December 20th of last year, Moglia finally realized his lifelong dream when he was named the head football coach of Coastal Carolina. As unlikely as this story may seem, it is true and it continues to play out as Moglia now steers his team toward the successful completion of the regular season and the playoffs.

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