Carroll: God of all coaches, but also a regular guy

So now Pete Carroll is the head coach of the Seattle Seahawks. Jim Moore of SeattlePI tracked him down at his first press conference and eventually got in a few questions. Here is what he wanted to ask, but read the full story,Carroll: “God of all coaches, but also a regular guy” for the rest.

I had precious little time with Carroll. I wanted to ask him about one of his favorite books, “The Inner Game of Tennis” by W. Timothy Gallwey, and why it meant so much to him.

I wanted to ask him about people who have been influential in his life such as psychologists Abraham Maslow and Carl Jung, and Buddhist meditation master Chogyam Trungpa and Zen master D.T. Suzuki. In Coach Pete, we might have a Phil Jackson on our hands.

I wanted to ask him about about being a Grateful Dead head and why Bruce Springsteen’s “Growin’ Up” made such an impact on him in the summer of 1999.

And of course, I wanted to ask about his three kids and one grandkid, his friendship with Will Ferrell and support of President Obama.

But I went with the old standby instead and asked him to tell me about his dogs. The golden was special because she was a family dog who was with the kids while they were growing up.

His wife found the border-collie mix on the Internet and she arrived at Carroll’s home with a broken leg.

“She’s got a wacked personality,” Carroll said. “She runs our life.”

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