Introducing the Rec Coach Series


After a successful career in Recreation Facility Management, Edith is inspired to share her experiences to help other leaders succeed.

The Rec Coach book series is a powerful trilogy: Lead with Your Heart, Lead with Your Head and Lead with Your Hands. This series contains practical wisdom for leaders inside the Recreation Industry and beyond.

Each book contains personal stories of what she has learned over the years. Each story has a lesson with some advice from The Rec Coach and includes quotes and questions for readers to reflect on how well they are doing.

Your time is precious so these books are short and easy to read. They are full of practical and useful ideas, quick tips and techniques for anyone having the desire to improve their leadership, teamwork and customer service skills.

The Rec Coach Book Series

Lead your Heart

A practical guide for Recreation Leaders interested in developing and leading teams that care. The first of the Rec Coach Series including real life stories with practical tips and suggestions for Leading with your HEART.

These 5 Leadership Keys make a big difference:

  •  Help
  •  Encourage
  •  Acknowledge
  •  Role Model
  •  Trust

Includes questions for reflection and the Rec Coach's best advice on "how to" Lead with your HEART.

"LEAD with your HEART and your team will never let you down"

~Edith Martin

Lead with your Head

The second book in the Rec Coach Series including real life stories and examples of Leading with your HEAD to build SMART teams.

These 5 Teamwork strategies will transform your team:

  •  Share
  •  Meetings Matter
  •  Accountability
  •  Recognition
  •  Teachable Moments

Includes questions for reflection and the Rec Coach's best advice on "how to" Lead with your HEAD

"Put your Heads together & you won't go wrong."

~Edith Martin

Lead with your Hands

The third book in the Rec Coach Series including more real life stories and tips on ways to Lead with your HANDS to serve- building an award winning service team.

5 Important Customer Service strategies are shared.

  •  Seize the Moments
  •  Engage
  •  Rally the Team
  •  Vary Approaches
  •  Exceed Expectations

Includes questions for reflection and the Rec Coach's best advice on "how to" Lead with your HANDS to serve.

"When a team SERVES together, nothing is too much trouble"

~Edith Martin


Book 1: Lead with Your Heart – Developing and Leading Teams That Care

“Edith’s book is chock full of practical ideas, recommendations and tips that will, no doubt, help the readers improve their leadership skills. Highly recommend this book to recreation facility managers, both new and seasoned who want to provide their customers with excellent leadership.”

Retired Rec and Culture Director

“I read your book and quite enjoyed the easy read. So often it is tough slugging but this one read well. I enjoyed the concepts and the context very much. I have ordered books and have given them to our supervisors.”


“After reading your book, I thought about your book and its ability to change the world. The book would awaken people to what good management might look like. It could be a very powerful tool for getting employees to recognize the oppressions they are often living with. Your book is about respect and learning to respect yourself and others. In the culture today many young people have never experienced being respected. They have been invalidated so often they do not know how to deal with positive affirmation.”

- Bruce