Don Shula

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Biography

One of the most prestigious figures in the history of professional football, Don Shula represents the ideal model for success in coaching, as well as in business and life. With a total of 347 career wins, he is the "winningest" coach in football history, and is the only coach to ever achieve a perfect season in the NFL.

On July 26, 1997, Don Shula capped an illustrious career when he was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio, following his election into that shrine on January 25, 1997, his first year of eligibility. Shula’s unanimous election to the Hall was the ultimate honor in a career full of record-setting accomplishments.

Starting with the 1996 season, Shula has served as Vice-Chairman of the Miami Dolphins, having been named to that position on January 5, 1996. This year marks his 34th season with the Dolphins, a tenure that started when he was named Head Coach of the club in 1970.

With over 30 years of NFL experience, Mr. Shula blends his extensive coaching knowledge and principles with his gift for storytelling to create an extremely memorable speaking engagement. He translates the philosophies gained in his on-the-field coaching successes into powerful secrets that are highly valuable within both the business and personal arena.

A top-ranked motivational speaker, Don Shula enjoys sharing a lifetime of secrets to success and meeting challenges, both as a sportsman and businessman. His speech "You Can Inspire Anyone to Be a Winner" explores the principles of goal setting, motivation, teamwork and honesty that are the basis of Everyone's a Coach, the book Don Shula coauthored with Ken Blanchard.

Along with his football responsibilities, Don has always given considerable time and financial and emotional support to many charities. The Don Shula Foundation was established as a tribute to his late wife, Dorothy, to assist breast cancer research. He has also been active in the American Cancer Society, March of Dimes, American Red Cross, the United Way and Catholic Charities.

Speach Topics

"You Can Inspire Anyone to Be a Winner" explores the principles of goal setting, motivation, teamwork and honesty that are the basis of Everyone's a Coach, the book Don Shula coauthored with Ken Blanchard.

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