"When we write poetry, I tell them to use a lot of their own experiences, and that's often the best writing," Rightmyer said. "You can tell that it's real to them."
Besides focusing on his relationship with his kids, the book goes into his childhood and discovery of sports " first basketball and baseball and then long-distance running. A lot of it has to do with running and the associated travails, but there's always the universal components of life and parenting, triumphs and challenges.
In addition to coaching the BC cross-country team since 1997, Rightmyer is an assistant coach on the school's track team. Though running and fitness is a large component of his life and for his family, he hopes more people will find that an active lifestyle can be a great way to connect with their own kids.
"It shouldn't be work, it should be fun," he said of keeping fit.
The Burnt Hills resident also regularly writes book reviews and author interviews for the Daily Gazette in Schenectady.
The book has been out for several weeks now and has been a success. It's drawn positive comments and reviews for its humor, readability and poignancy.
"I really had no expectations because I really felt it's the type of topic that would appeal more to me and my family," he said. "But surprisingly it's been selling pretty well."
Rightmyer will appear at a book signing on Thursday, May 26, from 6 to 7:30 p.m., at The Book House in Stuyvesant Plaza.
"It's Not About Winning" is available at local booksellers, though Amazon.com (including in a Kindle version) and through vitessepress.com.""