Greenville, NC (BlackNews.com) — From playbooks to children’s books, he’s the Coach we all love and adore and now in true Ruffin McNeill fashion he’s added author to his repertoire. McNeill, the head football coach at East Carolina University (ECU) believes in mentorship and giving back. He also believes that education and sportsmanship are keys to success.
ECU transitioned to the American Athletic League this year. Initially unranked, they quickly moved up and look forward to their match with USF this weekend. McNeill is one of the few African American head coaches in the country.
His decision to launch his authorship with a children’s book affords him the opportunity to mix numerous passions into one. A Little Pirate’s ABCs is a short story about the importance of people making good decisions, starting with their friends.
“I tell kids all the time to Avoid Bad Company. Success starts with the courage to surround themselves with people who are ambitious and hard workers. This book reiterates that on an elementary level; and that’s exciting.”
A Little Pirate’s ABCs is a short children’s book with a powerful message. Football player Tuffie has the smarts to succeed on the playing field. But when old friends try to teach him a few bad things, Coach Ruffin steps in. Coach helps Tuffie win by learning the other ABCs of following the right plays in life.
A Little Pirate’s ABCs is available for presale online at www.coachruff.com for $12.99.
A portion of the proceeds will benefit Coach McNeill’s Foundation, which includes football camps and other local initiatives. Books will ship no later than December 1,2014 and pre-sale orders will be filled first.
“This book is sure to sell out. We encourage people to pre-order and have a once in a lifetime gift for the holidays,” said Diane Taylor, Owner of Taylor Made Publishing LLC. “It’s truly an extraordinary story for little pirates everywhere and as Coach would say “you want some, come get some.”
Coach McNeill’s first official book signing will be Saturday Dec. 6, 2014 at On The Waterfront Restaurant located at 1 Harding Sq, Washington, NC 27889.