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Dare to Dream:
How James Madison University Became Coed
and Shocked the Basketball World

by Lou Campanelli with Dave Newhouse

In 1971, Madison College was a small-town teacher's college with around 3,000 students, most of them female. To elevate the college's visibility and to appeal immediately to males, new president Dr. Ronald E. Carrier sought to build a comprehensive men's collegiate athletic program, in basketball and other sports. So he hired a young, energetic, ambitious, and fast-talking yet untested basketball coach from New Jersey—Lou Campanelli.

Dare to Dream, a collaboration between Campanelli and veteran sports writer Dave Newhouse, tells the amazing Hoosiers-like story of how Campanelli, within ten years, created a basketball program out of almost nothing, building it into a powerhouse. Coach Lou's teams were known for their innovative flex offense, relentless half-court man-to man defense, and a never-give-up attitude that led not only to conference, state, and division championships, but also to historic and nationally significant upsets in the NCAA tournament against Ohio State, West Virginia, and Georgetown and a classic down-to-the-wire, two-point loss against the University of North Carolina national championship team whose roster included future NBA stars Michael Jordan, Sam Perkins, and James Worthy.

Dare to Dream is an inspiring story of the Carrier and Campanelli glory years at what became James Madison University. In this fast-paced and compelling book, we share in the passion, integrity, and dedication with which Coach Lou recruited, coached, and mentored his players—most of whom were overlooked or passed over by the traditional basketball powers. And we also learn how sports at JMU transformed not only the lives of student-athletes, but also the once small and largely female school into one of Virginia's most distinguished public institutions of higher learning within just one decade.


240 pages
7.0" x 9.0" upright/portrait
45 photographs, 6 diagrams, and 2 charts

Limited hardcover edition with jacket:
ISBN 978-1-938086-33-5
$49.50 U.S. No e-book has been authorized.

Softcover edition with flaps:
ISBN 978-1-938086-34-2
$24.95 U.S. No e-book has been authorized.

Published in October 2015

Distributed by the University of Virginia Presscart
No e-book has been authorized.

About the Authors

Book Events & Exhibitions:
October 23-25, 2015
Book launch at the James Madison Univerity Homecoming, more details coming soon

Book Information Sheet (pdf)
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