Book Shop to host book signing with alumni author Kent Stock on Dec. 5

Nov. 18, 2009

The Luther College Book Shop will host a book-signing session with alumni author Kent Stock Saturday, Dec. 5, from 1-4 p.m.

Stock will visit and sign copies of his book “Heading for Home: My Journey from Little League to Hollywood!” Copies of the book are available for purchase at the Luther Book Shop for $17.95.

The event is open to the public with no charge for admission.

“Heading for Home,” co-authored by Stock and freelance writer Ken Fuson, is the inspiring story of Stock, a 1985 Luther graduate known nationally as the coach of the 1991 Norway (Iowa) High School baseball team during their now-famous “final season.”

Even more, “Heading for Home” is a story about family, about faith being tested and affirmed, and about the idea that if you never give up, incredible things can happen.

In 1991, Stock was caught up in the small town’s conflict between tradition and progress.  He accepted the head baseball coach position for one season during Norway High School’s final year before it merged with a larger district. Against all odds Stock led the Norway team to a 20th, and final, state championship.

Stock’s story was depicted in the 2007 film, “The Final Season.” In one of the film’s most poignant moments, Stock rallies his team near the end of the difficult season with the question that becomes the movie’s core message: “How do you want to be remembered?”

Stock holds the bachelor’s degree from Luther and the master’s degree from Drake University. He is currently a relationship manager at Community Savings Bank in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. He launched his professional speaking career in 2007 and previously held positions as a teacher, coach and principal.

Stock and Sean Astin, Oscar-nominated actor who portrayed Stock in “The Final Season,” were co-speakers at Luther’s 2008 commencement ceremony.

For more information about Stock, visit his website, www.kentstock.com.