Coleman Ruiz's Recommended Reading and Resources


Retired Navy SEAL Coleman Ruiz recently spoke to attendees at the 16th Annual Summit about attaining functional excellence, maintaining mental and physical toughness, advancing team dynamics and developing a Warrior Mindset. He provided an extensive list of reading and resources during his presentation. We are happy to share some of his top picks with you. 

Recommended reading from Coleman Ruiz:

  • Spark
  • How Children Succeed
  • Team of Teams
  • Endurance
  • Natural Born Heroes
  • Courageous Follower
  • Close to the Wind
  • Meditations
  • Man’s Search for Meaning

Papers by Coleman Ruiz:

Other items to watch:

An interview with USNA Alumni Association

A leadership video of a project at the US Naval Academy

Veteran’s Non-Profits:


Coleman Ruiz

Mr. Ruiz is a former US Naval Officer in the Naval Special Warfare community (Navy SEALs). He spent 13 years on active duty across increasing levels of responsibility, including six operational combat deployments in both the Afghanistan and Iraq theaters of war, in both troop and joint task force command. His final tour of duty was part of the Naval Special Warfare Development Group (NSWDG) in Virginia Beach, one of the U.S. military’s most elite Special Forces units. While at NSWDG he led hundreds of operations and sensitive military programs requiring coordination across the most senior levels of the U.S. government, including serving two U.S. Ambassador’s in both Yemen and Kenya.

Mr. Ruiz graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy with a B.S. in Mathematics and earned an MBA in Finance at the Government School of Business & Public Policy at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, CA.  Read full bio...