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New book shares life and career of legendary NKU coach Kenney Shields

"Nothing More, Nothing Less, Nothing Else," shares the experiences of legendary Northern Kentucky University coach Kenney Shields. (WKRC)

CINCINNATI (WKRC) - A new book aims to shed light on the coaching career and life of a local basketball icon in Northern Kentucky.

"Nothing More, Nothing Less, Nothing Else," shares the experiences of legendary Northern Kentucky University coach Kenney Shields.

The book's title is taken from a speech Shields often gave before a big game. He told his players, "Go out and do your best... nothing more, nothing less, nothing else."

Shields compiled a 766-427 record coaching high school and college basketball in Northern Kentucky during his 39-year career.

Shields started his head coaching career at St. Thomas, a small parish high school. He spent 10 years there before becoming the boys' head basketball coach at Highlands High School, where he won 261 games and five Ninth Region championships in 13 seasons.

His success on the high school level led to him becoming the head coach at NKU. After a few rough years, he took NKU to the NCAA Division II national championship game in 1996 and 1997. He coached the Norse for 16 seasons, compiling a 306-170 record. He left the program as one of the top Division II teams in the country when he retired in 2004.

The book was written by former high school basketball coach and long-time friend of Shields, Dave Schabell.

The two will be selling signed copies of the book on the following dates:

  • Tuesday, Aug. 1 at Barleycorn's in Lakeside Park, 7-10 p.m.
  • Thursday, Aug. 3 at Barleycorn's in Cold Spring, 7-10 p.m.

A portion of the money from book sales will go to the Kenney Shields Scholarship Fund that was established at NKU for men's basketball players.

For more information or to order the book online, click here.

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