Coach Massucci, with Steve Hetzel, current assistant coach of the Charlotte Hornets, speaking at a Parent/Child Basketball Camp.
This web site is a tool to introduce, An Elite Journey: A Young Man's Leadership Story.
This leadership story was inspired by over 20 years of coaching varsity basketball. Though the story line and characters are fictional, the themes of this book are a direct result of Coach Massucci's experiences as a coach, teacher, and father.
Furthermore, Coach Massucci currently works with Tim McCormick and Mike Dietz, the co-founders of the Michigan Elite 25 Program, and was inspired to share the E25 model of success with a broader audience. Many of the quotes, anecdotes, and stories from the book, come directly from the E25 program. The Elite 25 brotherhood motivates the best and the brightest basketball players in the state of Michigan.
Though this book is designed for student-athletes, it is written for all leaders who want to be successful. Coach Massucci currently speaks to schools, teams, coaches, and organizations to share the principles of what it takes to create AN ELITE JOURNEY!
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Check out what people have been saying:
"I love this book and so do my boys! It encompasses so many lessons that will be valuable forever." Fran McCaffery University of Iowa Basketball Coach
"WOW! That is all I can say about your book. I was captivated by it and could not put it down. As I was closely following CJ's journey in the book it brought back memories of my own triumphs and failures as I progressed through my hockey career. I felt energized by the message and will try to implement in my life now. I will make all three of my boys and someday my daughter read your book. It is required reading in order to aid in building character that far surpasses sports"
Jimmy Carson former NHL All Star
"An Elite Journey is an entertaining story of resilience, perseverance, and triumph. With sports as the backdrop, An Elite Journey is loaded with countless critical lessons for life and its inevitable challenges. I recommend this book for all regardless of age or pursuit."
Former NBA Player
Sports Broadcaster & Motivational Speaker
"The Novi Athletic Department would like to extend our appreciation to Coach Mike Massucci for coming to speak to our 2016 Fall Captains! Coach Massucci had the ability to reach our students with his inspiring message about the many challenges that student/athletes face each and every day. Many of our student/athletes had never heard a message like this before or met someone like Mike. I am thrilled that they had the opportunity to hear his message at such a pivotal time in their lives. They're still talking about it!"
Brian Gordon, Novi High School Athletic Director
"We are using Elite Journey: A Young Man's Story with our Leadership Council class. The students have really enjoyed it and like the fact the story relates to real world. The questions at the end of each chapter are thought provoking and create great discussion. It has been a great tool to help our student-athletes develop leadership skills."
Bryan Masi, Northville High School Athletic Director
"I asked Coach Massucci to speak to the Brighton Varsity hockey players whom I am blessed to train. I asked for him to speak to the players about the life lessons from his book, An Elite Journey, in hopes to help the players better understand leadership skills and teamwork. Coach Massucci went above and beyond what I have ever experienced from any other speaker. His charisma, engagement, passion and knowledge are second to none. He not only tied in the lessons from the book, but also gave additional stories and testimonies from which the hockey players could learn from on how to be an E.L.I.T.E. person. Since his speaking engagement, the players have shown more confidence, positive attitudes and resiliency towards adversity. Thank you Coach Massucci for teaching these amazing life lessons to others in such a powerful way!"
Jennifer Matras, Owner of Competitive Edge Skating and Strength Training, Inc.
Coach Massucci is a dynamic speaker with a concise message. He engaged our players to discover their "best self" and that being E.L.I.T.E. is a process that needs to be developed. Elite Journey is easy for my players to relate to, especially the the main character and his development throughout the story. Coach Steve Norgrove: Boys Basketball Stoney Creek High School
"As the father of a high school freshman and promising basketball player I find myself seeking ways to give my son the edge he needs to grow into a mature young man while facing the difficult high school years. Using basketball as a platform I have been able to add this book as an invaluable teaching tool to speak in depth with my son to the intangibles that can make or break a young man at this critical developmental time in his life. As my son and I read the book together we got to discuss supporting and encouraging others, fear of failure, putting others first, self-talk, self-esteem, emotional intelligence, alcohol, and faith to name just a few of the gems sprinkled throughout this book in addition to the invaluable E.L.I.T.E. principles. This book is not a novel to be read, but a text for success that can be used and referenced as my son faces the challenges and pressures of his high school years. Like a good basketball coach I am always looking for ways to give my son the edge in a basketball game. Your book has helped me give him the edge he needs in life. Thank you for writing this sorely needed teaching tool." Bill Ruddy: Father and Coach
"From the moment I met Coach Massucci - it was evident that he was an individual that truly cared about helping others. Coach Massucci spoke to our team prior to the start of the 2015 season about sacrifice, service, and leadership. His message resonated with our players, and I believe it was a contributing factor to our team's success - which won't truly be known for another 15-20 years."
Coach Matt Ladach Northville Football 2015 League Champions