A Westport book editor has published an anthology of essays about sports coaches that has won acclaim in both the general and sporting press.

Andrew Blauner's "Coach: 25 Writers Reflect on People Who Made a Difference" includes a foreword by former basketball star and U.S. Senator Bill Bradley and a preface by actor David Duchovny.

The essays range from novelist Francine Prose's profile of what Reed Business Information called "a 1950s gym teacher from hell" to a piece on the legendary New York Yankees' manager Casey Stengel by The New York Times sportswriter George Vecsey.

Also in the anthology is a story by Westport resident Frank Deford about the vibrant basketball coach Al McGuire.

Writers also include novelist John Irving, USA Today columnist Christine Brennan, author Benjamin Cheever and novelist Pat Conroy.

The coaches represent baseball, football, basketball, track, tennis, golf and fencing.

According to a news release from the publisher, the Los Angeles Times called the book "compelling ... rich ... an all-star squad of scribblers. You don't have to be an ex-jock with a trophy case to find someone you can relate to here."

Kirkus Reviews called it "A solid, entertaining collection recognizing great coaches, and a Beelzebub or two," according to the release.