Team of Destiny: Jerry Ratcliffe, Chris Graham book chronicles UVA Basketball National Championship

team of destiny coverTeam of Destiny: Inside Virginia Basketball’s Run to the 2019 National Championship, by Jerry Ratcliffe and Chris Graham, is available for $25.

The book, with additional reporting by Scott Ratcliffe, Zach Pereles, and Scott German, takes you from the aftermath of the stunning first-round loss to UMBC in 2018, and how coach Tony Bennett and his team used that loss as the source of strength, through to the ACC regular-season championship, the run to the Final Four, and the thrilling overtime win over Texas Tech to win the 2019 national title, the first in school history.

Jerry Ratcliffe is the dean of the UVA sports media, having covered the ‘Hoos and ACC basketball for 45 years. The four-time Virginia Sportswriter of the Year, as selected by the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association, Ratcliffe is also the author of The University of Virginia Football Vault: The History of the Cavaliers, published in 2008. “Hootie” is now the editor of the popular and the host of “The Jerry Ratcliffe Show,” which airs on Saturdays at 9 a.m. on ESPN Charlottesville, 102.9 FM.

Chris Graham has covered UVA athletics since 1995. A 1994 graduate of the University of Virginia, he is also the co-author of Mad About U: Four Decades of Basketball at University Hall, a historical review of the famed former home of UVA basketball, published in 2006. Graham is the editor of, which launched in 2002, and a play-by-play broadcaster covering college baseball and college football for ESPN3 and ESPN+.

Scott Ratcliffe has covered UVA Athletics for more than a decade, and has been a correspondent for publications including the Miami Herald, Philadelphia Daily News, Charlotte Observer, Newport News Daily Press, Raleigh News & Observer, and Tulsa World, among others.

Zach Pereles covered UVA basketball for AFP. A 2018 graduate of Northwestern University, he covered Northwestern’s football and men’s basketball teams from 2014-2018, a run that included him covering Northwestern’s first ever NCAA Tournament berth in 2017. He has also written for Yahoo Sports and Sports Illustrated, and he recently completed a season as a digital media contributor for the Denver Broncos.

Scott German covers UVA Athletics for AFP. Scott has been around the ‘Hoos his whole life. As a reporter, he was on site for both of UVA basketball’s Final Fours, in 1981 and 1984, and has covered UVA football in bowl games dating back to its first, the 1984 Peach Bowl.


  1. Larry Hunt says:

    How do I pre order?

  2. Augusta Free Press says:


    Here is a link to the pre-order:

  3. zac says:

    is this hard cover? or soft?

  4. zac says:

    nevemind – says soft cover when clicking the link to preorder!

    good talk 🙂

  5. Linda Brooks says:

    I Pre ordered my book on May 5th and haven’t received it? When is delivery?

  6. Rachel Stegeman says:

    I have not received my order made on May

  7. quincy G caveness says:

    Great title to the book. Hey Jerry give the Twitter guy who coined team of destiny in March some kudos and good faith royalty…HTTRQGC !

  8. quincy G caveness says:

    I ordered mine today. Cant wait .

  9. Mark Stone says:

    Looking forward to receiving this. When can I expect to receive the copy I purchased on May 13? Thank you.

    • Augusta Free Press says:

      Most copies shipped last week. A second shipment will go out Tuesday. The number of pre-orders far exceeded expectations so shipping was outsourced. Check your mailbox. Should be there soon!

  10. Russell Lohr says:

    Jerry and Chris,
    Got the Book in the Mail Saturday, and could not put it down! Great read and great photography as well! Love all of the books I’ve received, but hands down, this is my favorite! Well worth the wait!!!

  11. Clark Grover says:

    Received my book this week. Publisher did a great job with it. Congrats Jerry and Chris!

  12. Gregory Zawada says:

    Eagerly awaiting my copy’s arrival from a June 12th order date. Assumed it went out with the second set of scheduled Tuesday, June 18th shipments according to one of the replies above, so should be here. Any help is appreciated.

    • Augusta Free Press says:

      Copies are still shipping. The final shipments are expected to go out this week. If you don’t receive by Friday, July 5, please let us know.

  13. Lee says:

    I ordered on June 8th directly from the Augusta Free Press and have not received my 2 copies. I have left messages with the VP of AFP and still no answer or return call.

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