Don Yaeger
DON YAEGER, CSP
Longtime Associate Editor for Sports Illustrated & 11-time New York Times Best-Selling Author
TRAVELS FROM:
Florida
SPEAKER FEE:

$15,001 - $20,000

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"The feedback as mentioned was endless; each and every story presented that day not only touched the hearts of each and every individual in the room, in addition the message that was intended for the meeting was totally on target and, most importantly, achieved."

VP, Commercial Division

"As an organization Presidio hates to lose. That is the reason we keep bringing you back because we will never lose with you as a presenter. We can’t thank you enough for your time, lasting messages and sharing and caring."

Founder and Chairman

"Over the years I have brought in many speakers for this event, and I have to say that you were my favorite. You inspired, motivated, amused and entertained me all in one experience, and that is not easily done."

Marketing & Promotions

"Don has transformed his twenty plus years' experience and accomplishments in writing into the opportunity to help individuals and companies transform themselves; all founded on Greatness."

Vice President
ABOUT DON YAEGER
As an award-winning keynote speaker, business leadership coach, eleven-time New York Times best-selling author, and longtime Associate Editor for Sports Illustrated, Don Yaeger has fashioned a career as one of America’s most provocative thought leaders. As a speaker, he has worked with audiences as diverse as Fortune 500 companies and cancer survivor groups, where he shares his personal story.

He is primarily sought to discuss lessons on achieving greatness, learned from first-hand experiences with some of the greatest sports legends in the world. He is also often retained by companies and organizations to coach their leaders, management teams, and employees on building a culture of greatness by studying great teams in sports and discerning the business lessons we can learn from them.

Additionally, as an Executive Coach, Yaeger has worked with a range of leaders from the president of the largest bank in the Caribbean to CEOs of financial services companies to technology executives. His coaching model is based on years of experience and study with those who have inspired championship-level teams.

Throughout his writing career, Don has developed a reputation as a world-class storyteller and has been invited as a guest to almost every major talk show – from The Oprah Winfrey Show to Nightline, from CNN to Good Morning America.

Few journalists can lay claim to as exciting and colorful a career as Don Yaeger. In the three decades since he accepted his first newspaper job in Texas, the breadth of his assignments has been astounding. He has traveled the world in pursuit of stories as diverse as:

  • Hiking through Afghanistan with the Mujahadeen as they fought the Soviets
  • Going into Baghdad with the victorious Iraqi soccer team as the battle between insurgents and the US military waged around them
  • Visiting China in pursuit of underworld characters counterfeiting American golf clubs
  • Heading to Damascus to find the last living terrorist from the 1972 Olympics
  • Living with football legend Walter Payton and his family as Payton was dying
  • Journeying around Europe and the Middle East interviewing Iraqi athletes tortured by Saddam Hussein’s son Uday, chairman of the Iraqi Olympic Committee
  • Traveling with candidates from both parties during presidential campaigns
  • Chronicling the high-profile Duke lacrosse scandal

Yaeger began his career as a reporter for the San Antonio Light where he rose through the ranks to pen investigative features for the daily. He later moved on to the Dallas Morning News. Following his time in Dallas, Yaeger worked as a political editor for the Florida Times-Union.
After four years, he decided to dedicate himself to the pursuit of writing books. Yaeger’s first book, Undue Process: The NCAA’s Injustice for All, was published in 1990. In the nearly 30 years since, he has penned 28 more books, including 11 New York Times best-sellers, including:

  • Under the Tarnished Dome: How Notre Dame Betrayed its Ideals for Football Glory – October 3, 1993
  • Never Die Easy: The Autobiography of Walter Payton – October 1, 2000
  • Ya Gotta Believe: My Roller-Coaster Life As a Screwball Pitcher, Part-Time Father and My Hope-Filled Fight Against Brain Cancer (with Tug McGraw)  – March 7, 2004
  • It’s Not About the Truth: The Untold Story of the Duke Lacrosse Case and the Lives It Shattered (with Mike Pressler) – July 7, 2007
  • I Beat the Odds: From Homelessness, to the Blind Side, and Beyond (with Michael Oher) – February 27, 2011
  • Play Like You Mean It: Passion, Laugh, and Leadership in the World’s Most Beautiful Game (with Rex Ryan) – May 22, 2011
  • Nothing to Lose, Everything to Gain: How I Went from Gang Member to Multimillionaire Entrepreneur (with Ryan Blair) – August 21, 2011
  • George Washington’s Secret Six: The Spy Ring that Saved the American Revolution (with Brian Kilmeade) – November 19, 2013
  • Thomas Jefferson and the Tripoli Pirates: The Forgotten War that Changed American History (with Brian Kilmeade) – November 22, 2015 (Paperback reached #1 in November 2016)
  • Teammate (with David Ross) – May 28, 2017
  • Andrew Jackson and the Miracle of New Orleans: The Battle that Shaped America’s Destiny (with Brian Kilmeade) – October 24, 2017

Yaeger also wrote A Game Plan For Life with legendary coach John Wooden. It was published on Coach’s 99th birthday in October 2009.

Movie rights to four of Yaeger’s books have been sold, with two slated for nationwide release soon.

After several years of freelancing for Sports Illustrated, Yaeger joined the magazine’s staff full-time in July 1996. Two years later, he was promoted to Associate Editor where his job was to cover not just sporting events but also the off-the-field happenings that affect the world of sports. He took an early retirement from full-time work at SI in 2008, but continues to freelance for the magazine.

Yaeger and his co-author William Nack were finalists for a 2000 National Magazine Award in the public interest category for their cover story “Who’s Coaching Your Kid?: The frightening truth about child molestation in youth sports.” This important piece triggered follow-up reports by programs such as Dateline, 20/20 and The Oprah Winfrey Show. It also resulted in changes to the law in several states and several youth sports organizations, including Little League of America, which changed rules to require background checks of coaches and volunteers.

Born and raised in Hawaii, Yaeger has traveled extensively and lived abroad in the Dominican Republic, Honduras, Japan and Great Britain. A 1984 graduate of Ball State University, Yaeger currently lives in Tallahassee, FL. He also owns a political consulting business and a public relations firm. He and his wife Jeanette have a son and a daughter.

DON YAEGER PROGRAMS & TOPICS

WHAT MAKES THE GREAT ONES GREAT

Over the course of a 30-year journalism career, Don has had the opportunity to ask the greatest winners of our generation: "Can you name a habit that allowed you to separate yourself from your competitors?" Their answers inspired this speech during which Don teaches you how to apply their lesson into your personal pursuit of excellence. Through inspirational stories learned from first-hand experiences with the greatest winners in sports, Don will teach your team what it takes for them to pursue greatness in everything they do.

WHAT MAKES THE GREAT TEAMS GREAT

Don was challenged by a corporate executive to answer the question "Why are some teams capable of consistently being high-performing when other teams rise and fall so often?" To answer the question, Don set out to learn from the best team-builders in North America. More than 100 team leaders from the world of sports and another two dozen in the world of business opened their doors to allow Don to study why their teams regularly remain at the top of their field. This study led to a best-selling book on Great Teams which naturally led to this keynote about how your team can become consistenly high-performing. In this keynote presentation, Don inspires and instructs your team with lessons from the Greatest team-builders of all time.

WHAT MAKES A GREAT TEAMMATE

This presentation is inpsired by the story of a long-time baseball player named David Ross who spent most of his 15-year career in the major leagues as a back-up player. But, when he learned how to become a great teammate, his career doubled in length, and he had the opportunity to win two World Series championships. This speech is about his journey and the lessons we can learn as we develop ourselves as better teammates and create environments that recognize and celebrate those people who can "become invaluable without ever being most valuable." Don shares what it means to be a great teammate, and how each member of your team can strive to attain such an important title in this live keynote presentation.

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DON YAEGER BOOKS
DON YAEGER, CSP
Longtime Associate Editor for Sports Illustrated & 11-time New York Times Best-Selling Author
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TRAVELS FROM:
Florida
SPEAKER FEE:

$15,001 - $20,000

Speaker fee falls within this range. For exact fee, please contact us.
"The feedback as mentioned was endless; each and every story presented that day not only touched the hearts of each and every individual in the room, in addition the message that was intended for the meeting was totally on target and, most importantly, achieved."
VP, Commercial Division

Belle Tire Distributors, Inc.

"As an organization Presidio hates to lose. That is the reason we keep bringing you back because we will never lose with you as a presenter. We can’t thank you enough for your time, lasting messages and sharing and caring."
Founder and Chairman

Presidio Networked Solutions

"Over the years I have brought in many speakers for this event, and I have to say that you were my favorite. You inspired, motivated, amused and entertained me all in one experience, and that is not easily done."
Marketing & Promotions

Herald & Review

"Don has transformed his twenty plus years' experience and accomplishments in writing into the opportunity to help individuals and companies transform themselves; all founded on Greatness."
Vice President

Software One

ABOUT DON YAEGER
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DON YAEGER PROGRAMS & TOPICS
WHAT MAKES THE GREAT ONES GREAT
Over the course of a 30-year journalism career, Don has had the opportunity to ask the greatest winners of our generation: "Can you name a habit that allowed you to separate yourself from your competitors?" Their answers inspired this speech during which Don teaches you how to apply their lesson into your personal pursuit of excellence. Through inspirational stories learned from first-hand experiences with the greatest winners in sports, Don will teach your team what it takes for them to pursue greatness in everything they do.
WHAT MAKES THE GREAT TEAMS GREAT
Don was challenged by a corporate executive to answer the question "Why are some teams capable of consistently being high-performing when other teams rise and fall so often?" To answer the question, Don set out to learn from the best team-builders in North America. More than 100 team leaders from the world of sports and another two dozen in the world of business opened their doors to allow Don to study why their teams regularly remain at the top of their field. This study led to a best-selling book on Great Teams which naturally led to this keynote about how your team can become consistenly high-performing. In this keynote presentation, Don inspires and instructs your team with lessons from the Greatest team-builders of all time.
WHAT MAKES A GREAT TEAMMATE
This presentation is inpsired by the story of a long-time baseball player named David Ross who spent most of his 15-year career in the major leagues as a back-up player. But, when he learned how to become a great teammate, his career doubled in length, and he had the opportunity to win two World Series championships. This speech is about his journey and the lessons we can learn as we develop ourselves as better teammates and create environments that recognize and celebrate those people who can "become invaluable without ever being most valuable." Don shares what it means to be a great teammate, and how each member of your team can strive to attain such an important title in this live keynote presentation.
DON YAEGER BOOKS

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