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The Munich Cowboys Cheerleaders: Leaving Corporate Life for An Extraordinary Coaching Journey Abroad

Martha Hall Kelly


From New York Times best-selling author of Lilac Girls Martha Hall Kelly and coauthor Kathy Murray comes a novella based on Murray's true underdog story, following her time coaching a German cheerleading squad and ultimately inspiring a group of young women to reach new heights in their sport.


It's 1997, and Kathy Murray, desperate to leave her medical sales job and pursue her passion, accepts an offer to teach aerobics in Germany - as a former elite athlete, she's confident she can handle whatever comes her way. She quickly realizes, though, that her leap of faith may be more challenging than she thought, struggling with the German language and the overt racism she constantly faces as one of the only Black people in her new community. But that doesn't stop her from taking on her biggest challenge yet: coaching a cheerleading squad of disengaged teenagers with only weeks to prepare for their championship competition.


Meanwhile, 17-year-old Annika Jensen is a gifted gymnast, but when she arrives in Munich, she's still haunted by the troubling memories of her previous cheer squad and has no interest in revisiting the sport. Can the Munich Cowboys Cheerleaders and their fearless new coach reignite Annika's passion and rebuild her confidence?


Told from Kathy and Annika's perspectives, The Munich Cowboys Cheerleaders: Leaving Corporate Life for An Extraordinary Coaching Journey Abroad is an uplifting story of friendship and conviction in the face of adversity.

Book Details

  • Publisher: Fit Bodies Inc
  • Publish Date: Aug 2nd, 2024
  • Pages: 82
  • Language: English
  • Edition: undefined - undefined
  • Dimensions: 9.00in - 6.00in - 0.20in - 0.29lb
  • EAN: 9798218440633
  • Categories: General

About the Author

Kelly, Martha Hall: - Martha's debut novel Lilac Girls, became a New York Times bestseller the week it was published in 2016 and then went on to sell over two million copies and publish in 50 countries. The novel is based on the true story of 72 Polish women who were imprisoned and experimented on at Ravensbruck Concentration Camp and how Caroline Ferriday, an American philanthropist brought them to the U.S. for rehabilitation and the trip of a lifetime.Martha followed Lilac Girls with Lost Roses about Caroline's mother, and Sunflower Sisters about Caroline's great grandmother, which also became Instant New York Times best sellers.The Golden Doves, which returns to WWII is now available in paperback wherever books are sold and her upcoming novel The Martha's Vineyard Beach and Book Club arrives spring 2025.Martha grew up in Massachusetts and now splits her time between Litchfield, Connecticut, Hobe Sound, Florida, and New York City.
Murray, Kathy: - Kathy Murray is a certified personal trainer with over thirty years' experience in the fitness industry. She is a graduate of The Ohio State University where she was a member of the 1983 National Cheerleading Championship Team. After college she competed in and won the United States Aerobic Championship in 1986 and spent the year traveling the world as a Fitness Ambassador and worked as a free-lance educator to teach fitness to European Instructors. While in Munich, she coached the Munich Cowboys (American Football) Cheerleaders to six national titles in cheerleading and was head trainer/translator for the German Gladiators during a pilot TV show for the International Gladiators. Always an avid cyclist, Kathy dipped her toe into the world of multi-sport in 2000, first competing in duathlons then eventually moving to triathlons. Kathy has owned her personal training business Fit Bodies for 24 years and in 2022 co-authored the Audible book, The Munich Cowboy Cheerleaders based on her time coaching the squad. She lives in Atlanta with her husband Lutalo, dog Mingus and cat Sassy.

Praise for this book

A German cheerleading tale with Ted Lasso feels

This delightful novella explores the origins of The Munich Cowboys Cheerleaders and Kathy Murray, the woman who was tasked to turn a disenchanted group of German teens into a team worthy of competition. It's a story that could have inspired the hit TV series Ted Lasso (if Ted were a real-life person and a Black woman tasked to coach a German cheerleading squad). What a gift to have Coach Murray team up with historical fiction master Martha Hall Kelly (of Lilac Girls fame) to bring us this uplifting story of friendship and conviction. I'm still smiling.

Tricia F.

Audible Editor