Jim Lefebvre, author, speaker, and sports-historian, is a two time winner of the Independent Publisher Book Awards (IPPY) for his works Coach For A Nation: The Life and Times of Knute Rockne (2013) and Loyal Sons: The Story of The Four Horsemen and Notre Dame Football’s 1924 Champions (2008) .
In Coach For A Nation: The Life and Times of Knute Rockne Lefebvre provides the first comprehensive biography of the coaching legend. Jim has spent years researching every aspect of Rockne’s life and the times in which he flourished.
Jim is founder and editor of the website Forever Irish, which celebrates the heritage of Notre Dame football, at www.NDFootballHistory.com. He has been a guest on dozens of radio and TV shows from coast to coast and has spoken to numerous groups of Notre Dame alumni and other football enthusiasts. Jim also edits the e-newsletter Irish Echoes.
On November 1, 2013 he was the featured speaker at the Donor Appreciation Dinner for the Rockne Heritage Fund at Notre Dame Stadium.
A native of Green Bay, Wisconsin, Jim studied journalism at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He worked for newspapers in Madison and Milwaukee as a reporter and copy editor and later served as editor of a national magazine on sports administration. Since moving to Minneapolis in 1984, Jim has worked as a public relations executive, publisher of specialty publications, and author and book publisher.
Jim’s two daughters both graduated with honors from Notre Dame–Kerry in 2007, Elizabeth in 2009. Kerry has since earned a Ph.D. in classical languages from the University of Wisconsin and Elizabeth works as a magazine editor in Chicago.
Gelf Magazine Q&A
Learn more about author Jim Lefebvre and his passion for sports history and the drive behind bringing Rockne’s life story to a new audience. Click here to read the in-depth interview.
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