The Phantom Letters

Motivation at Notre Dame in the Parseghian Era

by Tom Pagna (Hardwood Press)

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A collection of the letters signed by “The Phantom” that appeared in players’ lockers on the Monday prior to Notre Dame football games when Ara Parseghian was coach (1964 to 1974).

While some have been lost, the book contains 100 of the “Phantom Speaks” letters, which contained phrases and sayings designed to motivate the players.

Pagna was an assistant coach under Ara Parseghian, who contributes the preface for this book. Royalties from it are being donated to the Ara Parseghian Medical Foundation, which investigates Neimann-Pick Type C disease, a debilitating terminal disease in children.

(March 2006)