Jeffrey Hickey | The Coach's Son

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The Coach's Son

by Jeffrey Hickey

The newest tale of sports superstition; Mark O'Bern is a special little boy, and this is the tale of the last perfect football season. A must-listen for any sports fan.
Genre: Spoken Word: Audiobook
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Introduction
0:59 album only
2. Chapter One
11:55 album only
3. Chapter Two
19:53 album only
4. Chapter Three
40:54 album only
5. Chapter Three (Cont.)
8:22 album only
6. Chapter Four
64:38 album only
7. Chapter Five
12:49 album only
8. Chapter Six
66:43 album only
9. Chapter Seven
25:49 album only
10. Chapter Eight
51:31 album only
11. Chapter Eight (Cont.)
29:59 album only
12. Chapter Nine
47:44 album only
13. Chapter Nine (Cont.)
55:27 album only
14. Chapter Ten
11:42 album only
15. Chapter Ten (Cont.)
17:09 album only
16. Chapter Eleven
9:29 album only
17. Chapter Twelve
14:28 album only
18. Chapter Thirteen
33:20 album only
19. Chapter Thirteen (Cont.)
24:31 album only
20. Chapter Fourteen
7:27 album only
21. Chapter Fifteen
41:21 album only
22. Chapter Sixteen
4:23 album only
23. Chapter Sixteen (Cont.)
75:38 album only
24. Chapter Seventeen
2:05 album only
25. Surina
1:40 album only


Album Notes
Have you ever felt that your presence at a sporting event influenced the result?

Are you certain your team could not possibly succeed without you at the game?

Do you believe your adherence to a precise routine on game day, whether at the stadium or in your own home, is the key to winning or losing? And if you don’t hold to these rituals exactly, do you believe in your heart that your team is doomed?

If you are a sports fan, you know about superstitions, curses and hexes. The sporting world is littered with these legends. Some, like the Curse of the Bambino, the Curse of the Billy Goat, or being on the cover of Sports Illustrated, are well known and documented. More recently, there has been a rising swell of evidence supporting the Madden Curse. But there are other stories similar to these that have never been told.

This is one of those stories. It is the story of a boy named Mark O’Bern.


Jeffrey Hickey is an author, composer, performing artist, teacher, coach, father of twins and arguably the happiest married man on the planet.

Those close to him know him as Chef-Boy-R-Jeff for his exquisite cooking. He is a relentless advocate for blood donation. He would like all live sporting events televised without commercials.

He and his family live in Inverness, California, with six ducks, two parrotlets, one cockatiel, one lop bunny, one gecko lizard, and are often visited by such a varied assortment of critters (human and animal), they call their home Der Zoo.

His previously published works include a book and audio recording, Wages Creek, and a CD of stories with music, Bats and Bones, both of which garnered great critical notice.



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When I first read Jeffrey Hickey's "The Coach's Son" around Christmas of 2006 I had to admit to a lust to discover what this insider to the pro football game had to show me beyond what the traditional, packaged corporate sports media did. Hickey's father, Howard "Red" Hickey had not only coached my home team, the San Francisco Forty Niners, but as one of the most innovative minds in the history of the game had invented the "shotgun" formation and coined the term for the "Alley oop" pass play so popular with fans. After turning a few pages, though, I was seduced into this rite-of-passage tale of Mark O'Bern, the protagonist of the story and the vehicle for Hickey to tell us about himself, his family, the wider political screen of the 60's and pro football in this semi-autobiographical story and its geographical and philosophical journeys across the USA and the continuously developing family saga. Mark O'Bern , a seeker has a gift-he isn't just any kid. He appears to understand a power of manifestation and a knack for speaking that sets him apart, sometimes to the consternation of his authority figures- CAN he affect the outcome of football games? Following his father's employment trail, the O'Bern family moves from San Francisco to Dallas and back to Santa Monica as Mark grows up and pokes at life to see what is real and precious and what is disposable; some of his "spiritual" work is to bring the Dallas Cowboys along through the years to their first Super Bowl victory; Hickey adroitly captures the feel of being a young person in many scenes much to our reading and now listening pleasure.

Luckily for us, because Jeffrey Hickey has already released "Bats and Bones," a CD of stories with music, the audio book reading of "The Coach's Son." actually introduces a whole different way to appreciate the story. Authors who read their own works live on a slippery slope - it is much too easy to let objectivity drift away in a rather self-centered, undramatic tone. Hickey, however reads the lines of his literary progeny with a sweetness, depth and skill that ONLY the author could bring to it, embellished by Hickey's own musical compositions; veteran actor Lauren Pizzi assists Hickey with some cameo role reads. Like the book, the CD listener can't wait to feed the player with the succeding disc because we HAVE to find out what is going to happen to Mark O'Bern next !!

The nine CD, 11hour fifteen minute audio book of "The Coach's Son," four months in the making is being released this first week in November; it is also available in an MP3 file format and can be accessed at Borders on itunes, Jeffrey,, Barnes and, (online publisher) and CD Baby. Hickey will be touring his work on the East and West Coasts in 2008 and has two children's stories and an adult story in the works for release soon.
- by Charlie Morgan, West Marin Citizen