AUBURN – Tom Stacey, who coached successful basketball squads throughout the ’80s in western Maine, will sign copies of his first book, “Don’t Slip In The Mustard,” from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 11, at Percy’s Burrow at the Auburn Mall.

The book captures the unique qualities of small-town basketball in the Pine Tree State.

Stacey, who coached at Mexico High, before the school merged with Rumford to form Mountain Valley High School, shares his philosophy, successful drills and insights on successful coaching. He also details some of the stories and highlights exceptional players from the area.

“Mexico High School had some great teams through much of the 1980s. When I started coaching, I was fortunate to have mentors like John Bernard, Jim Anastasio and Robin Marshall, but I wished there was a comprehensive book out there giving practical advice for coaches,” said Stacey. “I’m hoping my book provides that for coaches at the youth and middle-school levels, as well as the high-school ranks.”

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“Don’t Slip In The Mustard” is available at Percy’s Burrow, Bartash Card & Gift in Rumford and Mr. Paperback locations throughout Maine; also directly from the publisher by mailing a check or money order for $19.95, plus 5 percent Maine sales tax and $4.50 to cover postage and handling, to Don’t Slip In The Mustard Press, P.O. Box 642, Turner, ME 04282.

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