posted February 4, 2009

Coach Morehouse Contributes to Book

A book series that allows real people to share real stories, "Chicken Soup for the Soul," has a new series that features basketball experiences including one contributed by Hope College women's basketball coach Brian Morehouse.

The book, "Chicken Soup for the Soul: Inside Basketball," is scheduled for public release on Feb. 9. A book-signing will be held Saturday, Feb. 14 at DeVos Fieldhouse prior to the Hope/Adrian women's basketball game.  Copies of the book will be available that day at the Hope-Geneva Bookstore kiosk at DeVos.

The collection was gathered by Pat Williams, senior vice president of the NBA's Orlando Magic.  More than 15,000 individuals were invited to contribute an article.  The editors selected 101 submissions.

The article by coach Morehouse focuses on Hope's 2006 national championship run. It tells the story of a player, Becky Bosserd, who didn't get to play in the NCAA Division III tournament by her own choice.  The NCAA limits the roster for teams in the tournament to 15 players; Hope's regular season roster had 16.  Bosserd approached her coach and volunteered to be the player to sit out.  Hope went on to win the national title and when it came time to accept the championship trophy it was Becky Bosserd who was chosen by the team to be the first person to accept it. A Hope basketball fan subsequently created a scholarship in recognition of unselfish service to others.

Chicken Soup for the Soul is a series of books, usually featuring a collection of short, inspirational stories. The more than 100 titles have sold over 100 million copies in print and in 54 languages world-wide.

Read more about the Rebecca Bosserd Scholarship Fund at Hope College
http://www.hope.edu/pr/pressreleases/content/view/full/10943

Current Brian Morehouse biography
http://www.hope.edu/pr/athletics/wbb/wbbcoach.html