John Brubaker

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Born (1970-06-14) June 14, 1970 (age 53)
CitizenshipUnited States Of America
  • Executive coach
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John M. Brubaker (born June 14, 1970) is an American executive coach, speaker and award-winning author of 12 books on leadership performance.

Brubaker, or "Coach Bru" as he's often known, has worked with a variety of organizations in athletics, academia, and corporate America, including the Pittsburgh Pirates, ESPN Radio, Harvard University, MIT, Fairleigh Dickinson University, University of California San Diego, Collegiate Strength & Conditioning Coaches Association, The CEO Clubs, Executive-Athletes Inc, Patriot Subaru and more.

John's book Seeds of Success won The Hollywood Book Festival's Business Book of The Year in 2013.[1] Shortly thereafter the book also won 2013 Business Book of The Year in the New England Book Festival and the Southern California Book Festival. In 2015 his readers crowdfunded over $33,000 in 30 days to have his book Seeds of Success adapted to a screenplay for a major motion picture by Hollywood producer Bob Burris.[2]

In 2016, Brubaker launched Yesterday's Underdogs, an ongoing online community that provides business strategy and content for entrepreneurs and small business owners. In 2019 Brubaker founded the motivational apparel brand Chin Up Chest Out which focuses on promoting mental health and partners with mental health nonprofit organizations throughout the United States.

His work has been featured in Forbes Magazine[3], Fast Company Magazine[4], Inside Lacrosse[5], NY Post[6], Talent Management Magazine[7], American City Business Journal[8], The Star Ledger[9], The Glass Hammer[10],[11], Life Hacker[12], College Recruiting Weekly[13], The Small Business Radio Show[14], NBC[15], and Inc. Magazine[16] among others.[17]

He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University, a Master of Arts degree in personnel psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University, and has completed his Ph.D. Candidate. coursework in Sport psychology at Temple University.


Brubaker is the author of several books including the Amazon best-seller Stadium Status: Taking Your Business To The BIG TIME and his award-winning books The Coach Approach: Success Strategies From The Locker Room To The Board Room and Seeds of Success. His book Seeds of Success has been used by dozens of collegiate sports teams as a leadership guide.

Some of Brubaker's writing makes use of a pen name Coach Morgan Randall.


Brubaker has delivered keynote speeches at national and regional conventions and to organizations across North America[18], including the Professional Development Summit of Canada[19], US Lacrosse Coaches Convention, International Association of Venue Managers, Event & Arena Marketing Conference[20], CBRE Real Estate, Collegiate Strength & Conditioning Coaches Association, MIT, Harvard University, Fairleigh Dickinson University, Alvernia University, Bates College, Colby College, University of New Hampshire, Executive Athletes, Vermont Coaches Association, The CEO Club of Boston, ERE Media, ESPN Radio, The Boston Banking & Financial Professionals Association, The Patrick Dempsey Center For Cancer Hope & Healing, Association for Operations Management, and The 431 Project Global Conference.


  • Brubaker, John (2011). Leadership: Helping Other People Succeed, Insight Publishing. pp. 232
  • Brubaker, John (2012). The Coach Approach: Success Strategies From The Locker Room To The Board Room, The Sport of Business Publishing. pp. 206
  • Brubaker, John (2014). The Daily Game Plan, The Sport of Business Publishing. pp.180
  • Brubaker, John (2016). Seeds of Success: Leadership, Legacy and Life Lessons Learned[21], Morgan James Publishing. pp. 217
  • Brubaker, John (2016). The Secret Playbook of Coach Morgan Randall, The Sport of Business Publishing. pp. 383
  • Randall, Morgan (2016). Everything Parents Know About Coaching, A Participation Trophy Series Book. pp.132
  • Brubaker, John (2017). Stadium Status: Taking Your Business To The Big Time[22], Taylor & Francis. pp. 160
  • Randall, Morgan (2017). It's Not My Fault Coach: 101 Excuses Why I Missed Practice, A Participation Trophy Series Book. pp. 51
  • Randall, Morgan (2018). Randall's Rules Volume 1: The Definitive Guide To Successfully Navigating The Coaching Profession. A Participation Trophy Series Book. pp.120
  • Randall, Morgan (2018). Randall's Rules Volume 2: The Definitive Guide To Successfully Navigating The Coaching Profession. A Participation Trophy Series Book. pp.107


  1. Connect, P. B. N. (2013-08-27). "New England Author John Brubaker Wins Hollywood Book Festival Business Book of 2013". Providence Business News. Retrieved 2020-09-30.
  2. "Seeds of Success – A Leader, His Legacy, and The Lessons Learned". Retrieved 2020-09-30.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  3. Hall, John. "10 Consultants Who Avoid the BS". Forbes. Retrieved 2020-09-30.
  4. LaVine, Lindsay (2014-01-16). "How Dabbling Can Actually Help Your Career". Fast Company. Retrieved 2020-10-02.
  5. "Former Lacrosse Coach John Brubaker Authors New Book 'Seeds of Success'". Retrieved 2020-10-02.
  6. Salemi, Vicki (2017-04-09). "'Employee of the Month' programs really work". New York Post. Retrieved 2020-10-02.
  7. "Servant Leadership Lessons From a 17-Year-Old". TLNT. 2017-05-19. Retrieved 2020-10-02.
  8. Retrieved 2020-10-02. {{cite web}}: Missing or empty |title= (help)
  9. Star-Ledger, Lee Miller/The (2012-12-05). "Miller: How to react to career setbacks". nj. Retrieved 2020-10-02.
  10. "No More Ms. Perfect". The Glasshammer. 2013-01-08. Retrieved 2020-10-02.
  11. "Sports as Metaphor? Depends on the Coach - TheStreet". Retrieved 2020-10-02.
  12. "How to Create Presentations that Don't Suck". Lifehacker. Retrieved 2020-10-02.
  13. "Episode 25: Author John Brubaker on Earning 'Stadium Status'". Retrieved 2020-10-02.
  14. Gilcrest, Courtney (2017-05-30). "#431 Resolve Workplace Conflicts and Master Cash Flow in Your Small Business with Jamie Wright, Al Zdenek, and more!". Barry Moltz. Retrieved 2020-10-02.
  15. Brubaker, John (2014-09-17). "Underdogs Can't Win Being Copycats". Retrieved 2020-09-30.
  16. Schwantes, Marcel (2017-05-31). "This 17-Year-Old Sums Up in 1 Paragraph What Great Leadership Looks Like". Retrieved 2020-09-30.
  17. "Press Media Kit & Samples for John Brubaker". John Brubaker. Retrieved 2020-09-30.
  18. "North America".{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  19. "John Brubaker". Professional Development Summit 2020. Retrieved 2020-10-02.
  20. EAMC. "Events | EAMC". Retrieved 2020-09-30.
  21. Seeds of Success: Leadership, Legacy, and Life Lessons Learned. 2015-11-10. ISBN 978-1-63047-571-0.
  22. "Stadium Status: Taking Your Business to the Big Time". Routledge & CRC Press. Retrieved 2020-09-30.

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