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Inspiring Coach, Entrepreneur
Star of Academy Award-winning documentary "UNDEFEATED"

Set in inner-city Memphis, the Academy Award-winning documentary Undefeated chronicles the Manassas Tigers' 2009 football season, on and off-the-field, as they strive to win the first playoff game in the high school's 110-year history.

A perennial whipping boy, Manassas had gone so far as to sell their home games to the highest bidder, and severely underfunded and underprivileged, they were even hired out as a practice team for more successful schools. All that changed when Bill Courtney, a former high school football coach turned successful lumber salesman, volunteered to lend a hand.

When he arrived, the team consisted of 17 players, some timeworn equipment and a patch of grass masquerading as a practice field. Courtney focused as much on teaching the players values to live by as he did on winning games, and soon the football program began resurrecting itself. In 2009, he developed the most talented team Manassas had ever fielded; a team that finally had the chance to end the playoff jinx that had plagued the school since its inception.

Winner of the 2012 Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature, Undefeated is about so much more than sports. The lessons Courtney teaches about showing up, handling failure as well as success and being committed to a goal, are applicable to any organization.