Gordon D Paterson reflects on the life experiences that led him to the threshold of his doctorate focused on youth sport coaching strategies that are conducive to strengthening the self-esteem of school sport participants. His story covers the impact of his teacher-coach parents; influence of school teachers and coaches, including a year in New Zealand as an exchange scholar; University Physical Education lecturers and the many coaches and sports teams he has encountered; and fourteen years teaching and coaching at Michaelhouse, an independent boys’ school in the Midlands of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. Gordon’s enquiring mind and passion for educating adolescent boys through human movement experiences derived from play results in a fascinating account of his evolving philosophy and practice to develop competence and self-belief in those he taught and coached. Gordon is one of the fantastic Keynote Speakers at our National Boys’ Education Conference (NBEC). There is genius in passion is essential reading for educators interested in boys’ education.