Jack Richards, author of Dormant Enhancement I & II, Return, Forlorn Hope, Cry of the Wolf, and Quest Associates

After Jack's father, a native of Sutter Creek, California, married his mother, from Independence, Missouri, they moved to Bartlesville, Oklahoma where he worked for the Phillips Petroleum Company.  Jack was born in Bartlesville on October 2nd, 1933.

The Richards family moved to Roseville, California in 1942.  In 1951 Jack graduated from Roseville High School where he served as Student Body President and received the American Legion "Boy of the Year" award at graduation.

The next year Jack entered California State University, San Jose in California.  He received his B.A. in 1956 and his M.A. in 1957.  While there, Jack played four years of varsity baseball and served as captain of the team in his senior year.  During his graduate year, he coached the freshman baseball team at CSUSJ.  Jack played a season for the San Jose Josox in the California League in 1957.  While at spring training with the Sacramento Solons, he received his military draft notice and spent six months on active duty with the California National Guard.

After completing active duty in March of 1958, Jack began his teaching career at Abraham Lincoln High School in San Jose, California.  While there he taught English and coached baseball, basketball, and assisted in football.  His undefeated basketball team won the California state championship in 1966.

In 1970 Jack accepted a position as English teacher and basketball coach at Gavilan College in Gilroy, California.  Highlights of his 25 year tenure there include: GCFA President, Academic Senate President, Curriculum Committee Chair, English Department Chair, ASB Advisor, GCFA Grievance Officer, and Athletic Director.  In 1995 he was inducted into the California Community College Basketball Coaches Association Hall of Fame.  He was the featured speaker at numerous basketball and sports psychology conventions in many states and in Canada and Mexico.  He conducted a series of clinics for Mexican basketball coaches and was offered the job as basketball coach for the University of Mexico in Mexico City.  His co-author, Dr. Thomas Tutko, and he were selected by the track and field coaches to be the team psychologists for the track and field athletes for the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles.  While at Gavilan Jack was a consultant for DisneyWorld in Orlando for the development of its Fitness Institute.  Dr. Tutko and Jack were the co-founders of the American Athletic Motivation Institute.

Jack and his wife, Linda, have been winemakers for more than 25 years.  They divide their time between their beach house at Sunset Beach in Watsonville, California and their main house in Gilroy, both of which he built himself.  Jack and Linda have three children: Laurie (b.1962), Karen (b.1964), and Grant (b.1967).  And now they have six grandchildren.


The Scramble Attack for Winning Basketball (Parker Pub. Co.)
Treasury of Basketball Drills from Top Coaches (Parker Pub. Co.)
Psychology of Coaching (with Dr. Thomas Tutko) (Allyn & Bacon, Inc.)
Plays for Reading I (Educational Progress Corporation)
Coach's Practical Guide to Athletic Motivation (with Dr. Thomas Tutko) (Allyn & Bacon, Inc.)
Complete Guide to Sports Scoring and Record Keeping (Parker Pub. Co.)
Plays for Reading II (Educational Progress Corporation)
Attacking Zone Defenses in Basketball (Parker Pub. Co.)
New Treasury of Basketball Drills from Top Coaches (Parker Pub. Co.)


Perpetual Motion
(Together, a black man and a white boy attempt to find escape and persecution. A group of street people in Chicago help them in their quest.)

Supporting Roles
(An aging and terminally ill Hollywood star and her constant companion gain new insights into their lives after befriending a young tabloid reporter.)

Dormant Enhancement
(A woman fights to keep her son out of a compulsory educational system that may be programming American youth for an ulterior purpose.)

Cry of the Wolf
(Based on the true story of literary folk hero Jack London's coming-of-age adventures from a stint as an oyster pirate, to seafaring, to gold mining in the Yukon, which leads to his extraordinary talent as the country's first paid writer.)

Forlorn Hope
(Based on real events in 1846, the Donner Party becomes trapped in a snow storm and resorts to cannibalism to stay alive.)

Murder at the Lake
(When a talented artist witnesses a murder but no body is found, he and his musician girlfriend do some investigating on their own that nearly gets them killed.)

(After a long absence from his home town, a successful executive returns to attend the funeral of a boyhood friend. While there, he gains insight into the pain that caused him to run away as a child.)

In the Arena
(The story of Joe Kapp as he struggles to reach the NFL and of the stand he takes in court against them when his career is cut short.)

Stage Plays:

Supporting Roles
(A play based on the screenplay by the same name.)

Perpetual Motion
(A play based on the screenplay by the same name.)

TV Pilot:

Quest Associates
(Three successful former teammates at Stanford University are offered a job looking for sunken treasure after they save the life of the wife of the owner of "Quest Associates.")


Dormant Enhancement I

Dormant Enhancement II

Return (Four Novellas)

Forlorn Hope

Cry of the Wolf

Quest Associates