‘Yogi, you’re a writer.’

My Mom told me that in 5th grade when I was writing for our school newspaper. At the time my sights were set on playing in the NBA or NFL but I must admit, she was right. I’ve always loved telling stories, whether I write them privately in journals, share them on a stage in front of thousands of people, or even depict them throughout books and in films.

The craft of sharing a story is embedded in my soul and my first two books, FROM PA TO LA and WIN FOREVER, which were unique experiences that helped start my writing career. I recently released 5-STAR QB that is a compilation of my life’s work in college football and will serve as a tribe of mentors to players, parents and fans of college football. Most recently, I wrote my first children’s book, FINDING FREE FUN, which was also made into an animated short film. So Mom, looks like you were right…again. Hope you enjoy!


The quarterback.

It’s the most hyped, most intensely scrutinized and highest paid position in sports. And once a high school prospect is labeled a 5-Star QB, his life path changes forever.

Some were only 16 when they got a title they never asked for, and the pressures were enormous. What had they done? They had fallen in love with American football, and their talent and drive had made them household names. Some found great success on the field; some didn’t. Yet all share one core experience: the football world told them what their life path was destined to be, and whether they were a success or a failure. But the fact is: each QB is much more than his star ranking, and much more than a prediction.

5-STAR QB is unlike any book you’ll ever read, as it takes you inside the minds, the lives, and the moment-by-moment experiences of more than 50 quarterbacks, in their own words. In addition, each chapter has advice from notable Ambassadors of the Game that is layered with a wisdom that will enrich the lives of any recruit, parent, or fan of football. Order 5-STAR QB from Amazon.

Finding Free Fun

Finding Free Fun

Zayn loves going on adventures with his dad. After a particularly great day, he asks his dad what made the day so perfect. “We had Free Fun,” his dad answers. Zayn’s dad tells him that Free Fun is a magical thing, something that you must find on your own. So, off Zayn goes on a quest to find Free Fun for himself.

After a day of searching in every place he can think of, Zayn worries he might never find Free Fun. He awakes the next morning with his dad’s words buzzing in his brain: “Every answer in life can be found while looking at waves.” That’s it-the ocean! Zayn and his dad grab their surfboards and race to the beach. When a powerful wave crashes down, forcing Zayn below the surf, he opens his eyes underwater and finally finds what he’s been looking for.

Order Find Free Fun from Amazon or watch the storybook video version at Vooks.com.

From PA to LA

From PA to LA isn’t like anything you’ve read before. Expect this book to cut deeper than your traditional tell-all. Built around a detailed, inside look at the Pitt and USC football programs, it is at heart a story about a small town kid from Pennsylvania who uses sports, travel and adventure as a way to develop his own winning philosophy of life. The underlying themes reveal a different, yet exhilarating path to getting the most out of each day in both our personal and professional lives. Anyone open to inspiration from someone who has worked tirelessly to get everything he has, while helping others and competing each step of the way, needs to read this book. Order FROM PA TO LA from Amazon.

Win Forever

Win Forever–Live, Work, and Play like a Champion which made its debut on the New York Times Best-Seller List at #7 releases in paperback on August 2, 2011 with a new chapter on Pete Carroll’s first season with the Seattle Seahawks.This self-help book, written by Carroll and Yogi Roth, was the first book by both. A portion of all proceeds go towards Carroll’s foundation, A Better LA, which was founded to curb gang violence in Los Angeles. Their relationship began during Yogi’s college career at the University of Pittsburgh where he was a wide receiver and Carroll’s son, Brennan, was a tight end. Yogi served as a member of Carroll’s staff at USC from 2004-2009. His own book titled, From PA to LA, has been on shelves since 2010, with Carroll authoring the foreword. Order WIN FOREVER from Amazon.

Published Works

Love wins in Pittsburgh

November 3, 2018