FALL 2018

GUS DORAIS - Gridiron Innovator  A new book about the life of Charles E. "Gus" Dorais is planned to be released in September 2018. The book will chronicle his football accomplishements and experiences from high school to pro football. Dorais is best known as the passing end of the "Dorais to Rockne" Notre Dame tandem that helped revolutionize the forward pass in football. Over the next four decades, Dorais gained prominence as a professional player in the pre-NFL days and college football coach—most notably at the University of Detroit. He finished as the head coach of the Detroit Lions.

During his long tenure as a coach, Dorais was one of the foremost, respected minds of football innovation in the first half of the 20th century. He played with and coached against all the prominent football legends of the time. He was an innovator and pioneer in football and had a lasting influence on the game. Many untold stories and interesting facts make the story of Gus Dorais a fascinating read.




GusDorais.comJOE NIESE - Author and sports historian Joe Niese is a library director in Dorais’ hometown, Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin. He has written two adult biographies on baseball players: Burleigh Grimes: Baseball's Last Legal Spitballer and Handy Andy: The Andy Pafko Story. The latter was awarded a bronze in Foreword Reviews’ 2015 INDIEFAB Book of the Year Award (Sports- Adult Non-Fiction). He was named 2015 Media Person of the Year by the Wisconsin Baseball Coaches Association.


GusDorais.comBOB DORAIS - Bob has been researching his grandfather’s story for decades. He has visited several universities, libraries and hall of fames, compiling a wealth of material over the years. He is former military having served in the Navy and stays active in military communities and research. The father of four currently lives in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He is an engineer with business interests in Brazil where he frequently travels.