In the Shadow of the Goalposts - Series

Arne Viimets loves opera, talks to his dog, and spouts philosophy. He also has a brilliant football mind. Ten years after being fired, he is back on the sidelines, motivated by a desire to regain control and meaning in his life and his marriage, both of which have been devastated by recent tragedy.

Kevin Willister is an undersized walk-on, trying to earn a dressing spot with toughness, heart, and a visceral love of contact. He is floating through university with no idea what he would like to do with his life, other than “make a difference.”

In the Shadow of the Goalposts is the story of two individuals, a coach and a player, both intent on winning, both struggling to maintain a moral compass amidst what they perceive to be the insipid and unguided principles of modern society.

This is college football. Buckle your chinstraps.


“Reading “Pacing the Sidelines” brought back wonderful memories of my time as a college football player at McGill University in the 1990s. The book is a tribute to the excitement, drama, and passion that make up a college football season, and it captures the essence of the game perfectly.Through his vivid descriptions and compelling characters, my old coach Gary Kirchner paints a picture of college football that is both authentic and inspiring. Whether you’re a fan of the sport or simply someone who appreciates a great story, you won’t want to miss this book!”
JP Darche, former McGill Redmen / Seattle Seahawks / KC Chiefs
“Gary Kirchner has done a terrific job conveying to readers a “behind the curtain” look at what it’s like to be a USport Head Football Coach and its unique challenges and rewards. A must read for anyone with an interest in college football.”
Pat Sheahan - former USport Head Football Coach /National Champion
“This book has it all: highly engaging and entertaining storytelling by a terrific writer. I didn’t want to put this book down.”
“Interesting, realistic, and written by someone that both understands and appreciates college football . . . a fantastic read . . . Five stars.”